Aoxomoxoa [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The Grateful Dead's third studio effort was also the first that the band did without any Warner Bros. staff producers or engineers hampering their creative lifestyle and subsequent processes. As they had done with their previous release, Anthem of the Sun, the Dead were actively seeking new forays and pushing envelopes on several fronts simultaneously during Aoxomoxoa (1968) -- which was created under the working title of "Earthquake Country." This was no doubt bolstered by the serendipitous technological revolution which essentially allowed the Dead to re-record the entire contents when given free reign at the appropriately named Pacific High Recording facility. As fate...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The Grateful Dead's third studio effort was also the first that the band did without any Warner Bros. staff producers or engineers hampering their creative lifestyle and subsequent processes. As they had done with their previous release, Anthem of the Sun, the Dead were actively seeking new forays and pushing envelopes on several fronts simultaneously during Aoxomoxoa (1968) -- which was created under the working title of "Earthquake Country." This was no doubt bolstered by the serendipitous technological revolution which essentially allowed the Dead to re-record the entire contents when given free reign at the appropriately named Pacific High Recording facility. As fate would have it, they gained virtually unlimited access to the newly acquired Ampex MM-1000 -- the very first 16-track tape machines ever produced -- which was absolutely state of the art in late 1968. The band was also experiencing new directions artistically. This was primarily the net result of the budding relationship between primary (by default) melodic contributor Jerry Garcia (guitar/vocals) and Robert Hunter (lyrics), who began his nearly 30-year association with the Grateful Dead in earnest during these sessions. When the LP hit the racks in the early summer of 1969, Deadheads were greeted by some of the freshest and most innovative sounds to develop from the thriving Bay Area music scene. The disc includes seminal psychedelic rockers such as "St. Stephen," "China Cat Sunflower," and "Cosmic Charlie," as well as hints of the acoustic direction their music would take on the Baroque-influenced "Mountains of the Moon" and "Rosemary." The folky "Dupree's Diamond Blues" -- which itself was loosely based on the traditional "Betty & Dupree" -- would likewise foreshadow the sound of their next two studio long-players, Workingman's Dead (1969) and American Beauty (1970). The too-trippy-for-its-own-good "What's Become of the Baby" is buried beneath layers of over-indulgence. This is unfortunate, as Hunter's surreal lyrics and Garcia's understated vocals languish beneath the soupy sonics. In 1972, Aoxomoxoa was overhauled, and the original mix -- which includes several significant differences such as an a cappella vocal tag at the tail end of "Doin' That Rag" -- has yet to be reissued in any form. When the title was reworked for inclusion in the Golden Road (1965-1973) (2001) box set, three previously unreleased and incomplete studio instrumental jams -- respectively titled "Clementine Jam," "Nobody's Spoonful Jam," and "The Eleven Jam" -- as well as a live rendering of "Cosmic Charlie" from a January 1969 performance were added as "bonus material(s)."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/2003
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227439422
  • Catalog Number: 74394
  • Sales rank: 23,009

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grateful Dead Primary Artist
Mickey Hart Percussion
Bob Weir Guitar, Vocals
Tom Constanten Keyboards
Debbie Musician
Peter Grant Musician
Phil Lesh Bass, Vocals
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan Voices
David Nelson Musician
Technical Credits
Grateful Dead Arranger, Producer
Greg Allen Art Direction
James Austin Reissue Producer
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Dan Healy Engineer
Bob Matthews Engineer
Gary Peterson Discographical Annotation
Gary Lambert Liner Notes
Ramrod Equipment Technician
Rachel Gutek Art Direction
Rick Griffin Cover Illustration
Betty Cantor Engineer
Shawn Amos Liner Note Coordination
Daniel Goldmark Editorial Research
Blair Jackson Liner Notes
Michael Wesley Johnson Producer, Research Coordination
David Lemieux Reissue Producer
John Hagen Equipment Technician
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Somewhat Different Dead CD Than The Ones I've heard

    I own Workingman's Dead and American Beauty. Wow! The acoustics and the harmonies are so beautiful. But, I wanted to check out their original psychedellic stuff from the late 60s. I would have to say that Aoxomoxoa is a great farewell to the psychedellic jam sessions to the folk gems that would follow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Psychedelic Rock at it's Best!

    I admit it.. I'm a deadhead that doesn't do drugs! But you don't have to be on drugs to know what good music is! And this CD is a great example. Every song on here is a beautiful fabrication of Psychedelic Rock, Jug Band, Jam Band, and Country-Rock. A must-have for anyone who enjoys gerat music!

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    Posted January 7, 2010

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