that's what jerry once said about aoxomoxoa. it was mixed for the hallucinations. of course he was referring to the original 1969 mix, which is very hard to find, yet superior to the early 70's remix, which is what you get here. probably the dead's weirdest album, aoxomoxoa is not their best in terms of songwriting or musicianship, but if you are a fan of the dead's psychedelic side, then you may find this album worth your while. 'st. stephen' is quintessential 60s dead. raw, ebullient, and unabashedly cryptic, the album opener sets the mood for the sonic experimentation to follow. aoxomoxoa then rambles back and forth from rootsy americana to ambient noisescapes. most folks consider this more experimental side of the dead to be self-indulgence easily explained away by their extreme psychedelic intake. other folks consider this more experimental side of the dead to be a glimpse into the boundless artistic possibilities that were made possible through their extreme psychedelic intake. listen to the spacey 'what's become of the baby.' you will either hate it or you will love it. heads at the shows will either go to the bathroom during 'space', or they will freak-dance their brains out to the cacophony of the spheres. likewise, aoxomoxoa is an album which seems to split deadheads into two camps. highly recommended for the spaceheads; fans of material like 'truckin'' and 'casey jones' will be happier with the band's later, more focused, yet less interesting work.