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Anthem of the Sun (Expanded) Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (March 4 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino-Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00007LTIH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,580 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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


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 --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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Format: Audio CD
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. It's a bit too trippy and raw for my tastes. Experimentalism is good, but this gets a bit excessive and furthermore one is hard pressed to find a few comprehensible lines of vocal lyrics in here.

The vocals are nowhere near the crisp greatness of American Beauty and Workingman's Dead. It was an important step in their development as a band, but thankfully not the final step. I get a kick out of New Potato Caboose, and I like long songs, but it is probably a few minutes too long. Born Cross-eyed has some great aspects to it. But the rest is pretty unremarkable in my opinion. I think they totally messed up the rendition of Alligator, they've done much better versions at their live shows and this version is just far too cluttered with the vocals and the kazoo sounds are way too overwhelming. Overall, the instrumentals are pretty darn good, if you can swallow the "experimentalness" and length of it all. This was basically the band members experimentation in the studio, where they got to experiment with some of the equipment for the first time and had full control of the production. They did a fine job of "sticking it to the record company", but that doesn't make this an appealing album. If you are going to grab this, make sure you also watch the film "Anthem to Beauty", which gives a lot of neat inside perspectives on how they made this. If you are going to get weirded out by this album, watching "Anthem to Beauty" ahead of time will increase your interest and the inside scoops will probably perk your interest and help you "swallow" it.
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By A Customer on June 24 2004
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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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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"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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