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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 46 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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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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This is the Grateful Dead's second album. They have added Mickey Hart on drums, Tom Constanten on keyboards and Robert Hunter writing lyrics. The original LP cover had a blue background, but later versions of the LP had a white background. The CD cover has gone back to the original blue. This is the original CD. There is a new, remastered CD which contains 40 extra minutes of live material (mostly an extended version of Alligater).
This is one of the Dead's wierdest and wildest albums. There's a lot of space and psychodelic music. It is a mixture of studio and live recordings. There is only one real song on this album. The rest are long, extended suites. The Dead even goes back to it's jugband origins, playing Kazoos on one track.
The album starts out with the suite, That's It For the Other One, which bounces around in style. As this piece evolved in concert, much of the middle part would be dropped and the band would concentrate on the driving, simple "The Other One" part of the piece.
Alligater is a 15 minute live track. The middle of it sounds an awful lot like the Allman Brothers' Mountain Jam. The Allman Brothers took Donavan's song (First There is a) Mountain and stretched it out to 35 to 45 minutes. Since the Allman Brothers weren't formed until a year after Anthem of the Sun came out, it makes me think that they were influenced by the Dead.
Jerry Garcia's guitar playing was always evolving as he kept experimenting. Here, he sometimes sounds like the Allman Brothers, and sometimes sounds like the typical San Francisco psychodelic guitar player, similar to the Jefferson Airplane or Big Brother. Later, he would drop both those styles as he moved on to new things.
Overall, this is an interesting but wierd album. If you like the space music, this is the one to get. If you prefer songs, then get Aoxomoxoa or American Bueaty.
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The Dead at their most "psychedelic", weaving together live and studio recordings, phasing things in and out, and generally trying their best to make some "trippy" music. This is the original "trippy" mix, not the more crisp and conservative mix that the band reissued later.
"Cryptical Envelopment"/"That's It For the Other One" is timeless. "New Potato Caboose, unfortunately, is more aimless. "Born Cross-Eyed" is a wild impressionistic finish to Side 1.
Side 2 combines live tapes of "Alligator" and "Caution" with the drum soloing and skitterish blues-based jamming that characterized performance of these tunes. As a bonus, the new (currently comes with the box set; will be the new version in future) digipack version of the CD contains about 30 minutes of the band playing this material live. It's a bit hard to hang with, it kind of puts me to sleep, but it's interesting to hear what they doing with this material live. Another version of "Caution", even more extended and very worth hearing, is on the Dick's Picks 16 CD (from 11/8/69).
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For Jerry Garcia it was Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters Bus and the Electric Koolaid Acid Test...but we all got on one kind of bus or another back then.
This is the Grateful Dead I loved: acid-drenched, spontaneous, crazed & loopy. The Dead, then, either gave the best concert you had ever heard or the worst. In 3 straight nights at El Monte Legion Stadium, with no-seat stand-up concerts, the first night they were terrible, disjointed, off-tempo...lousy. Then the 2nd night "the magic" happened and the music came rolling out of the huge banks of Marshalls like waves and thunder, building & ebbing and flowing and crescendoing and washing over you like nothing you had ever heard before. Everybody on the same page and seemingly inventing and improvising as one person. The next night...so-so again. It was really hit or miss with them every time out, probably depending on if their highs coincided.
Anthem of the Sun catches some of that concert magic. Never mind that they blended studio and differing concert recordings...this album gives the feeling of the Psychedelic Grateful Dead when they were really cooking. On "That's It For the Other One" you get that rolling thunder with Garcia, Weir and Lesh twining around each other while bouncing atop Hart & Kreutzmann's pounding rythmns that after a sidetrip of psychedelic sound effects leads into the more melodic and lilting New Potato Caboonse & Born Cross-Eyed, with the long looping trademark Garcia bouncing lead weaving in and over and around and under Weir & Lesh. Remarkably beautiful stuff.
Side Two brings us the humorous and bluesy Alligator with some driving jamming riffs trading off between Garcia & Weir and the traditional concert windup dance and Pigpen rave-off.
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