500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Grateful Dead, 'Live Dead'

247. Grateful Dead, 'Live Dead'

Warner Bros., 1969

After two expensive studio albums put them $100,000 in debt, this live set was more than just cheap, it was pivotal. For the Dead, the magic happened onstage, as demonstrated by the glorious 23-­minute jam-outs on "Dark Star" and a raging, 15-minute cover of Bobby Bland's "(Turn On Your) Love Light."

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