Monday, February 29, 2016

The Grateful Dead - Aoxomoxoa (Original Mix, 1969)

The Grateful Dead's third studio album, Aoxomoxoa, was first released in a way different mix than is commonly heard on the CD today. The mix most people are familiar with is actually a remix from 1971. Not only is the mix of the original LP different, but the editing differs as well, because entire sections of songs were removed in some cases.

Unlike with the Dead's second album, Anthem of the Sun, which was also remixed in 1971, the remodeled Aoxomoxoa is very different from the original. You could write a whole chapter on the differences between the two mixes. In fact, someone did. The subject makes up the entirety of Chapter 13 of the book "Grateful Dead FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Greatest Jam Band in History," which is the only tome to critically assess the band's recorded legacy in detail.

Rather than regurgitate (i.e. steal) the information for this blog entry, I'll direct you to the Amazon link to the book, which you can get on sale pretty cheaply.

As for this mix, remember when I mentioned a few weeks back that some albums from the 1960s are best listened to while setting the mood in the room with colored lights? Well, that goes double for this one. Maybe even triple.

Other Grateful Dead posts:
The Grateful Dead - Spirit of '76: Live at the Cow Palace Bonus Disc (2007)
The Grateful Dead - Days Between: The Final Album That Never Was (1992-95)

Grateful Dead-related posts:
Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions - Live at the Top of the Tangent (1964)
Keith & Donna - Keith & Donna (1975)
Diga Rhythm Band - Diga (1976)
Robert Hunter - Jack O' Roses (1980) 
Bobby and the Midnites - Featuring Bob Weir (1981)
Brent Mydland - Unreleased Solo Album (1982)
Tom Constanten - Grateful Dreams (2000)

Track list:
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



  2. Great post! In most cases mono sounds better then stereo.