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Aoxomoxoa (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: B00007LTII
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
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1. St. Stephen
2. Dupree's Diamond Blues
3. Rosemary
4. Doin' That Rag
5. Mountains Of The Moon
6. China Cat Sunflower
7. What's Become Of The Baby
8. Cosmic Charlie
9. Clementine Jam
10. Nobody's Spoonful Jam
11. The Eleventh Jam
12. Cosmic Charlie

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Four bonus tracks including a rarely performed live Cosmic Charlie and three ultra-rare studio jams from the summer of '68!

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Format: Audio CD
though "blues for allah" is probably the most accurate studio representation of what the dead truly were and are, "aoxomoxoa" is still my favorite dead record. it was recorded right when the band was making the natural transistion from bluesy psychedelic music and into a more folkish country sound. you can really hear the two musical realms butt heads. even the simple folk songs like "rosemary" and "mountains of the moon" have a real ambient psychedelic mood to them. however, "what's become of the baby" is definitely the oddest track on the album and is almost too spooky to listen to. dead naysayers who claim that the band wasn't dark and were only into singing about good times have obviously never heard this track. the album also includes the future concert staples "china cat sunflower" and "st. stephen," but a really good track that the band all but abondanded not too long after the record's release is "doin' that rag." it's got a lot of great effects and time changes and really sounds like the musical equivalent to going insane. this record really captures a great transistional period in the band's history and will grow on you immensely after repeated listenings. the remastered version also has some great studio jams, including the only studio recording of the phenomenal live favorite "the eleven." one more great reason to buy this thing immediately
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The key to this CD is to skip over track 7, "What's Become of the Baby". That one is a drone of sorts that sounds like a Gregorian chant. The two best tracks on the CD are immediatlely before and after it, "China Cat Sunflower" and Cosmic Charlie".
The CD starts off with a version of "St. Stephen" that I always preferred over some of the live versions that I have heard and continues on with two tunes that are very typical of the bluegrass type of sound that the Dead sometimes had, "Dupree's Diamond Blues" and "Doin' That Rag".
One of the more lovely tunes on the CD is "Mountains On the Moon" which is a real mood piece, but doesn't get to the point of being overly long and boring.
I used to have this one on vinyl, but now have it in CD format, as part of the Golden Road collection, so I also get the bonus tracks. If you get a chance to either get the box set that has the extra tracks for Aoxomoxoa or can find one in a Used CD store, go for it. What I really like about my CD is that this is like two different CD's in one. Not only do I get the GD original tracks from it, but I also get a full 35 minutes of some of the best jazz that I have. There are three jams, the best of the three is the just over 10 minutes long "Nobody's Spoonful Jam". The rhythm section on this one alone is a masterpiece and the guitar work that goes throughout the basic riff is very creative but doesn't stray too far.
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I can not rate this recording up with American Beauty or some of the live recordings, but Aoxomoxoa does have some creative moments. The keyboard playing by Tom Constantin is a nice foil for Jerry Garcia's trippy guitar solos. And that Dupree's Diamond Blues number has some catchy hooks and a nice instrumental balance. Mountains Of The Moon offers a pleasant harpsichord passage which supplements Jerry's vocal style.
However many of the other songs just seem to run out of ideas. The chord progressions are interesting for a while. However the melodies on the other numbers are not that memorable. Well maybe on St. Stephens to a small degree. But that What's Become Of A Baby piece is down right atrocious. Gosh I hate when band's put tuneless garbage like that on a record. What is the purpose of filling up eight and half minutes of space with aggravating chanting where it is nearly impossible to make out what Jerry Garcia is even saying.
A decent Grateful Dead recording but certainly not a must have.
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After the insanity of putting together "Anthem of the Sun," the Dead decided to do a more "traditional" album, and it's a shame that so many people tend to dismiss this album, because some classic Dead tunes are on this. For example, St. Stephen, the beautiful Rosemary and even more beautiful Mountains of the Moon (see 2-11-69 Fillmore East CD, which has a killer Mountains>Dark Star), the upbeat Cosmic Charlie, and the till-the-end staple, China Cat Sunflower (soon to be paired with I Know You Rider...). If you want weird, check out What's Become of the Baby, where the boys play with sound like kids in a sandbox. It's pure mental warp, and it's sooo fun. The infamous Barbed Wire Whipping Party (which I have on a bootleg) was recorded during these sessions and it's too bad there wasn't a pause at the end of the album with Barbed Wire added as a demented sort of We Bid You Good Night. The remastered version in the box set has added material, and I hope at some point that CD is released on its own... Still, Aoxomoxoa is a great album that catches the Dead as they're ending one era and moving towards another.
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By A Customer on Oct. 16 1999
Format: Audio CD
The Dead always had the reputation of sounding much better live than in the studio. While I can't say that that reputation was completely undeserved, I can say that this album (and its predecessor, Anthem of the Sun) have some real pleasures that you don't have to be high or tripping to enjoy (I've never done drugs, and I've liked this album since I bought it). The most famous track, "China Cat Sunflower," is even catchier on record than in concert. The other future-Dead-show-standard, "St. Stephen," is a bit ponderous, but has some great CSN-ish harmonies that predict the (very successful) immediate future direction of the group. The same can be said for the folky ballads "Mountains of the Moon" and "Dupree's Diamond Blues," and for two other songs that *should* have become concert standards--"Doin' That Rag" and the gorgeous "Cosmic Charlie." My favorite tracks, however, go off in directions to which the Dead never returned--the surrealistic magnum opus "What's Become of the Baby" and the shorter, more poignant "Rosemary," neither of which the band ever performed in concert to my knowledge. Absolutely compelling, these tracks (allegedly made under the influence of laughing gas and with free hands on the mixing console) are not quite like anything else you will ever hear.
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