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Anthem of the Sun (Expanded) [Original recording remastered]

Grateful Dead Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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1. That's It For The Other One (Parts I-IV)
2. New Potato Caboose
3. Born Cross-Eyed
4. Alligator
5. Caution (Don't Stop On The Tracks)
6. Alligator
7. Caution (Don't Stop On The Tracks)
8. Feedback
9. Born Cross-Eyed

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Troisième album dans la continuité des précédents, Aoxomoxoa cherche encore à capturer l'intensité des concerts du Dead, même si l'arrivée du poète et parolier Robert Hunter marque le début d'une imagerie poétique et musicale qui définira le groupe au cours des années à venir. Sorti en 1969, ce disque conjugue interactions musicales brillantes et expérimentations sonores sur des morceaux comme "China Cat Sunflower" ou "St Stephen", sommets d'une oeuvre qui ne fait qu'accroître la ferveur suscitée par le groupe, surtout en concert. -- Florent Mazzoleni

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A live version of Alligator/Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks) suite makes the trippiest album of all time even trippier!

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2.0 out of 5 stars Weak!!!! June 24 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When I first bought this album some years back it was a unique psychedelic record which tried to recreate the Grateful Dead's live sound. There are actual live clips pieced together throughout this studio album. The songs are not as successful as I once thought. The live "orange" album from 1969/70 is a much more accurate depiction of the Grateful Dead with Dark Star being a highlight. As for this album, the songs are way too long and not focused enough to keep the listners attention for very long. The jamming isn't as worthwhile when compared to an album like 1969's Mighty Baby or Amon Duul's Yeti. Both these albums are excellent records that make a more cohesive artistic statement. The Grateful Dead were more than capable of making excellent studio recordings from 1967 to 1969. Somehow they didn't feel comfortable in the studio and came up this and two other very, very weak, patchy albums. Both Working Man's Dead and American Beauty are strongly recommended. Both are superb, pioneering early roots/country-rock records.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Surprised I can Remember this Album! June 3 2004
Format:Audio CD
Well, here we are - slightly over 35 years since this album was first cut - a masterpiece for its day and age and even by today's standards (if there are any left!) I remember when this first came out - no one but those who knew the Dead then listened to it - a pastiche of several live concerts and studio jams - the sound of "thick air" by spinning a gyroscope over a piano's chord strings - weaving, bobbing, bubbling, spinning, spiraling sounds made by these guys who were speaking from a different plane of reality at the time. Musically coherent during most of the album, the songs (That's it for the Other One, New Potato Caboose, The Rounder we go, the Faster we Get, Quadlibet for Tenderfeet, et al) are so timeless. They are painters using sound as their brushes - from the sublimely narrow to the widest strokes of their instruments they create a picture of sound that evokes their listeners to get on the bus and go for the ride.
Like Bill Graham once said "They are not the best at what they do - they are the only ones that do what they do." Listen to this album and you'll understand why!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Grateful Dead's Timeless Anthem!! Feb. 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
"Anthem Of The Sun" is The Grateful Dead's second album originally released in 1968. Even at this stage, the band was already turning new corners and had reinvented itself both in the studio and onstage. The original five-piece Dead line-up had expanded with the addition of second drummer/percussionist Mickey Hart and additional keyboardist Tom Constanten giving a fuller muscular sound to the entire band.
"Anthem Of The Sun" captures the psychedelic Dead in its prime and is a mindblower to listen to with headphones. The album itself is a carefully constructed mix of studio and live recordings along with a tedious but rewarding editing and mixing job and wild studio effects.
Tracks such as "The Other One", "Aligator" and "Caution" have since become Grateful Dead classics and are among many a Deadheads favorites.
The bonus material on the Rhino remaster is a complete unedited live recording of "Alligator", "Caution" and "Feedback" captured at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles in August 1968. This is worth the price of the reissue alone as it features the band fully jamming with the ignition turned up to full - a prime example of when the band members were all on the same wavelength, they truly gave it their all.
As a hidden bonus track, an alternate mix of "Born Cross-Eyed" is featured which includes an additional 30-seconds of feedback sound collage in its fadeout.
As mentioned above, The Grateful Dead had already turned a corner with "Anthem Of The Sun" and this was ONLY their second album. It all depends on which Deadhead you talk to when asking what the bands greatest album is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It still holds up Oct. 22 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Anthem of the Sun, Live/Dead, After Bathing at Baxters and Bless its Pointed Little Head; These albums formed the cornerstones of a long ago teenage musical sensibility. Since then, my tastes have broadened and hopefully matured. This hasn't stopped my from coming back to these four albums.
Over the years, I've purchased the CD reissues of many albums that I loved as a teenager only to find them shallow, disappointing and sometimes almost unlistenable. These four albums have however continued to hold up musically. This is particularly true of Anthem and Baxters.
Anthem and Baxters, in my mind have always been the American counterparts of Sergant Pepper's. Unlike Sgt. Pepper, neither Anthem nor Baxters was radio friendly (possibly by intention). Each album did however create a coherent musically artistic statement.
Now, since this is supposed to be a review of Anthem, I'll stop talking about Baxters.
Several people have made a big deal about Anthem being trippy and weird. On the other hand, a couple of somewhat astute reviewers have mentioned the fact that the album is arragned in suites. For me, its the suites that are the key to my continued interest. Musical themes are stated, embellished and then echoed in later sections. The album taken as a whole is truly an orchestrated composition.
Forget the "mixed it for the trips" stuff. Back then we all thought that stoned improvisation was the only true path to cool (unfortunately, many of us didn't get past that point musically or otherwise). Anthem was Garcia and Lesh's largely successful attempt to use studio production as a legitimate tool of serious composition.
Garcia upon awaking from coma is said to have quipped that he wasn't Beethoven. He was right.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I Love Them, But I'll Pass On This One
I love the Grateful Dead, and while I will concede the historical importance of this album and its revolutionary avant-garde and artist aspects, I'm not a big fan of it. Read more
Published on May 16 2009 by Mark Nenadov
5.0 out of 5 stars Something Different
Many people would say this Dead album is TOO weird, and just doesn't seem like it fits in with things they did like Workingman's Dead. Read more
Published on July 13 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a question...
A great CD, but I have a question for everyone else who bought it--
Why are the song times on the back of the CD completely wrong? Read more
Published on March 13 2004 by Adam Jaffe
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice remaster of the Dead's wierdest, with bonus tracks
This is the Grateful Dead's second album. They have added Mickey Hart on drums, Tom Constanten on keyboards and Robert Hunter writing lyrics. Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2003 by kireviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars Check out the remastered version instead
This is the Grateful Dead's second album. They have added Mickey Hart on drums, Tom Constanten on keyboards and Robert Hunter writing lyrics. Read more
Published on Oct. 6 2003 by kireviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars Question
I have the original CD issue. I was dissapointed when I first heard it because there were very noticable differences from the original vinyl. Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars weird
In a way, the dead's Trout Mask Replica.
Do not listen to this on headphones without parental guidance. Read more
Published on June 14 2003 by R. Bruynesteyn
4.0 out of 5 stars really cool grateful dead album
This is a really cool grateful dead cd. It's pretty short, but it makes up for it. The first song, That's it For the Other One, is prettyu decent and so are the two songs after it. Read more
Published on May 9 2003 by Diana L. Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic cosmic Dead
This remastered CD is an essential replacement for the original CD issue. The old CD restored the album's original mix (very psychedelic & complicated, a collage of studio &... Read more
Published on May 5 2003 by Howard Sauertieg
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