500 Greatest Albums of All Time

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

Grateful Dead, 'Live Dead'
254/500

254. 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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