Historic Dead was produced as a vinyl LP on the Sunflower Records label and distributed by MGM Records. Sunflower had purchased the rights to a number of concert recordings from the Avalon, including some by the Grateful Dead. Historic Dead is therefore not a bootleg album. However, the band did not participate in its production. The album reached number 154 on the Billboard 200. It has long been out of print, and has never been issued on CD.
Historic Dead was preceded by another Sunflower Records album recorded at the Avalon in 1966, Vintage Dead.
- "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" (Sonny Boy Williamson) – 11:01
- "Lindy" (Will Shade, Jab Jones) – 2:49
- Jerry Garcia – lead guitar, vocals
- Bob Weir – rhythm guitar, vocals
- Ron "Pigpen" McKernan – organ, harmonica, vocals
- Phil Lesh – bass, vocals
- Bill Kreutzmann – drums
- Produced and engineered by Robert Cohen
- Edited and remixed by Richard Delvy
- Album design by Robert Hickson