Vintage Dead was produced without the approval or cooperation of the Grateful Dead. However, it is a legal recording, not a bootleg. It was released on the Sunflower Records label, a subsidiary of MGM Records, and reached number 127 on the Billboard 200. Produced as a vinyl LP and long out of print, it has not been released as a CD although I Know You Rider did appear on the box set So Many Roads (1965 to 1995).
Vintage Dead was followed by another Sunflower Records album recorded at the Avalon in 1966, Historic Dead.
- "I Know You Rider" (traditional) – 4:25
- "It Hurts Me Too" (Elmore James) – 4:17
- "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" (Bob Dylan) – 4:50
- "Dancing in the Street" (William "Mickey" Stevenson, Marvin Gaye, Ivy Jo Hunter) – 7:55
- Jerry Garcia – lead guitar, vocals
- Bob Weir – rhythm guitar, vocals
- Ron "Pigpen" McKernan – organ, harmonica, vocals
- Phil Lesh – bass, vocals
- Bill Kreutzmann – drums