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Product details

  • Audio CD (31 Aug. 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B000002KAN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,316 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. That's It For The Other One (Parts I-IV)
  2. Cryptical Envelopment
  3. New Potato Caboose
  4. Born Cross-Eyed
  5. Alligator
  6. Caution (Don't Stop On The Tracks)

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-anthem of the sun [original recording reissued][original recording remastered]grateful dead | format: audio cd ------listen 1. that's it for the other one (parts i-iv) (lp version) 7:40$0.99 buy tracklisten 2. new potato caboose (lp version)8:26$0.99buy tracklisten 3. born cross-eyed (remastered lp version)2:04$0.99buy tracklisten 4. alligator (remastered lp version)11:20album onlylisten 5. caution (do not stop on the tracks) (lp version)9:36$0.99buy tracklisten 6. alligator (live in los angeles version)18:43album onlylisten 7. caution (do not stop on the tracks) (live in los angeles 1968 version)11:38album onlylisten 8. feedback (live in los angeles 1968 version)4:01album onlylisten 9. born cross-eyed (single version)

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This was the first Grateful Dead LP that I bought and it changed me forever. I'd heard it before I bought it - at a friend's house where we wouldn't listen to albums late into the night - and this one really had a huge impact. It was just about seamless - apart from having to flip sides after 20 minutes or so - and carried me along with it on strange internal journeys of the mind. If you've seen the BBC programme "From Anthem to Beauty" (part of the "Classic Albums" series) you'll know something about the album's history. For those who haven't seen the programme, it's a complex mix of live and studio work, with the live stuff recorded at a number of venues. Its production - months and months in the studio with a bunch of hippie weirdoes using tapes played backward, speeded up and slowed down, plus the addition of "dead air" - nearly drove the executives at Warner Bros crazy.

With its use of audio effects such as stereo phasing to switch sounds from side to side, and brilliant guitar solos from Jerry Garcia it is a psychedelic tour de force. But it's more than that. Side 1 is a story - segueing from track to track without a break - each episode of the story a minor masterpiece. The section "That's it for the Other One" became a staple of the Dead's repertoire for the rest of their career. Side 2 of "Anthem" (tracks 5-7 on the CD) is dominated by Pigpen - with his vocals, harmonica and organ playing - and is, simply, brilliant.
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Anthem Of The Sun, in its original vinyl form, was the first Dead album I acquired, a little after it first appeared in UK shops, in 1969, and I still believe it is probably the best album to buy first by the band, as it holds the key to so many aspects of this most rich and diverse of groups. Grateful Dead records fall most basically into two camps: those recorded in the studio and those recorded on stage in front of an audience.
It is on their live performances that their reputation rests, and more albums of live recordings by the Dead have been released than probably by any other band in history. The first of these, Live/Dead, from 1970, remains a high watermark in the history of live albums and is still the best point of entry for those wishing particularly to explore that side of the band.
Anthem Of The Sun was the second album by the Grateful Dead, and was as innovative and ambitious as their excellent debut album, The Grateful Dead, had been conventional. Although essentially an 8-track studio album, the endlessly creative Dead were trying to find a way to translate their live sound onto record, and to this end were multi-tracking onto tape all the live concerts the band were playing during the six month period they were recording and mixing the album. For the studio engineers it was an exasperating process and having begun in Los Angeles CA, three dissatisfied studios and four months later they finished up on the East Coast, at a fourth studio, Olmstead Sound in New York NY, with their own live soundman, Dan Healy.
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Anthem of the Sun, the Dead's second album, is a severely under-rated psychedelic delight, which should classify as one of the most innovative albums ever released, as it mixes live takes of the band with studio recorded material to re-create the real sound of rolling thunder that they were always aiming for. The songs flow seamlessly into one another and contain all manner of trippy effects and percussion alongside some of the most acid drenched guitar soloing to ever reach your third eye. The psychedelic opus, That's It For The Other One, is like 4 songs in one and from its final waves New Potato Caboose emerges beautifully, Alligator has the most amusing use of kazoo on record, and Caution Do Not Stop on Tracks fades in and out like the dissolution of some visionary experience; indeed the whole album is shot through with amazing beauty and graceful playing. Although Live Dead is often regarded as their best album, this one is an ambitious attempt to combine the studio trickery of Aoxomoxoa with the their legendary live sound, and it works a treat.
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Anthem Of The Sun is still probably the best album to buy first by the Grateful Dead, as it holds the key to so many aspects of this most rich and diverse of groups. Grateful Dead records fall most basically into two camps: those recorded in the studio and those recorded on stage in front of an audience.

It is on their live performances that their reputation rests, and more albums of live recordings by the Dead have been released than probably by any other band in history. The first of these, Live/Dead, from 1970, remains a high watermark in the history of live albums and for those wishing particularly to explore that side of the band is still the best point of entry.

Anthem Of The Sun was the second album by the Grateful Dead, and was as innovative and ambitious as their excellent debut album, The Grateful Dead, had been conventional. Although essentially an 8-track studio album, the endlessly creative Dead were trying to find a way to translate their live sound onto record, and to this end were multi-tracking onto tape all the live concerts the band were playing during the six month period they were recording and mixing the album.

For the studio engineers tasked with pushing the envelope it was an exasperating process and having begun in Los Angeles CA, three dissatisfied studios and four months later they finished up on the East Coast, at a fourth studio, Olmstead Sound in New York NY, with their own live soundman, Dan Healy.
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