Dead Set (album)

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Dead Set
File:Grateful Dead - Dead Set.jpg
Live album by the Grateful Dead
Released August 26, 1981
Recorded September 25 – October 31, 1980
Genre Rock
Length 73:51
Label Arista (original release)
Rhino (2008 reissue)
Producer Dan Healy
Jerry Garcia
Betty Cantor-Jackson
Grateful Dead chronology
Dead Set
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(1987)In the Dark1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Dead Set is a live album by the Grateful Dead. It was released in August 1981 on Arista.

The album contains live material recorded between September and October 1980 in a variety of venues.[2] Most CD pressings omitted the track "Space" so the entire album could fit on one CD.[2] However, "Space" was included when the album was later rereleased as part of the 2004 Beyond Description box set, as well as on one CD in 2006. The 2006 release also included a bonus CD of live material.

Dead Set is essentially the electric brother of the acoustic Reckoning: both of the albums come from the same recorded concerts. It was originally intended for both of the albums to be one double record set, but due to the lengthiness of many of the Grateful Dead's electric tunes, it was decided to release the material separately.[2]

The album is also well known for its iconic cover featuring an Uncle Sam skeleton perched on the Marin Headlands looking at the view of San Francisco, with a striking twilight sky reflecting off the bay. The back cover of the original gatefold album continues this image, except that it shows a view of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Track listing

Disc one

  1. "Samson and Delilah" (trad., arr. Bob Weir) – 5:02
  2. "Friend of the Devil" (John Dawson, Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia) – 7:28
  3. "New Minglewood Blues" (trad., arr. Weir) – 4:41
  4. "Deal" (Hunter, Garcia) – 4:36
  5. "Candyman" (Hunter, Garcia) – 7:15
  6. "Little Red Rooster" (Willie Dixon) – 4:31
  7. "Loser" (Hunter, Garcia) – 5:45
  8. "Passenger" (Peter Monk, Phil Lesh) – 3:21
  9. "Feel Like a Stranger" (Barlow, Weir) – 5:41
  10. "Franklin's Tower" (Hunter, Garcia, Bill Kreutzmann) – 5:22
  11. "Rhythm Devils" (Mickey Hart, Kreutzmann) – 4:02
  12. "Space" (Hart, Kreutzmann, Lesh, Brent Mydland) – 2:29
  13. "Fire on the Mountain" (Hunter, Hart) – 6:30
  14. "Greatest Story Ever Told" (Hunter, Hart, Weir) – 4:04
  15. "Brokedown Palace" (Hunter, Garcia) – 5:42

Disc two (2004 bonus material)

  1. "Let It Grow" (Barlow, Weir) – 9:38
  2. "Sugaree" (Hunter, Garcia) – 9:51
  3. "C.C. Rider" (trad., arr. Weir) – 7:17
  4. "Row Jimmy" (Hunter, Garcia) – 10:14
  5. "Lazy Lightnin'" (Barlow, Weir) – 2:53
  6. "Supplication" (Barlow, Weir) – 5:50
  7. "High Time" (Hunter, Garcia) – 8:40
  8. "Jack Straw" (Hunter, Weir) – 6:17
  9. "Shakedown Street" (Hunter, Garcia) – 10:42
  10. "Not Fade Away" (Holly, Petty) – 4:50


Grateful Dead

Recording dates

Dead Set was recorded during the same shows as Reckoning. Although the individual recording dates are easier to determine, there are still some dates missing. The known dates are:

  • "Brokedown Palace" recorded at Warfield Theatre, San Francisco on October 3, 1980
  • "Deal", "Feel Like a Stranger", and "Not Fade Away" recorded at Warfield Theatre on October 4, 1980
  • "Shakedown Street" recorded at Warfield Theatre on October 7, 1980
  • "Samson and Delilah", "New Minglewood Blues", and "Jack Straw" recorded at Warfield Theatre on October 10, 1980
  • "Loser" and "Passenger" recorded at Warfield Theatre on October 11, 1980
  • "C.C. Rider", "Lazy Lightnin'", and "Supplication" recorded at Warfield Theatre on October 13, 1980
  • "Franklin's Tower" recorded at Radio City Music Hall on October 25, 1980
  • "Let It Grow" and "Sugaree" recorded at Radio City Music Hall on October 26, 1980
  • "Friend of the Devil" recorded at Radio City Music Hall, New York on October 27, 1980
  • "Candyman" and "Little Red Rooster" recorded at Radio City Music Hall on October 29, 1980
  • "Rhythm Devils", "Space", and "Fire on the Mountain" recorded at Radio City Music Hall on October 31, 1980
  • "Greatest Story Ever Told" recorded at Warfield Theatre on October 9, 1980

"Row Jimmy" and "High Time" are missing dates.



Year Chart Position
1981 Pop Albums 29


  1. Allmusic review
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Grateful Dead Family Discography – Dead Set". Grateful Dead Family Discography. Retrieved 2007-02-05. 

External links

  •, the official homepage of the Grateful Dead.