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Aoxomoxoa Aoxomoxoa

1969 (2001)



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Aoxomoxoa Review - Grateful Dead

Aoxomoxoa review

This album like the two that preceded it is very psychedelic and late 1960's sounding. Though, unlike Anthem of the Sun that focused heavily upon jamming, these compositions are more song oriented. Noteworthy is that they  were all written by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter with the exception of bassist Phil Lesh assisting on "St. Stephen."

From this album only "China Cat Sunflower" survived through the years; originally this song frequently appeared in their concerts between "Dark Star" and "The Eleven."  This CD includes  "St. Stephen," the song that smartly replaced "China Cat Sunflower" as their live staple to serve as the filling between the "Dark Star" and "The Eleven."  It is a powerful piece of music rhythmically which was dropped from the repertoire shortly after Keith Godchaux joined the band. It did appear on rare occasions in the late 1970's and early '80's, but sounded best in the band's early years.  

Several of the shorter songs are more folk oriented and are a prelude as to the direction the band was evolving towards; as would be heard in their next two studio albums.   

The bonus material is a treasure. It includes three separate studio jams recorded on 8/13/68. These special compositions include the progressive "Clementine Jam," the bluesy "Nobody's Fault Jam," and the psychedelic "The Eleven Jam." 

The additions to Aoxomoxoa are one of a kind that make this album more than worthy of consideration. It is noteworthy to mention the outstanding versions of many of these songs on  Dick's Picks 26.  

Original Album - C +
Bonus Material - A
Final Grade -

The remastered version of Aoxomoxoa is available in the box set The Golden Road.

Aoxomoxoa Tracks - Grateful Dead

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1. St. Stephen (Garcia / Hunter / Lesh) - 4:27
 2. Dupree's Diamond Blues (Garcia / Hunter) - 3:34
 3. Rosemary (Garcia / Hunter) - 2:00
 4. Doin' That Rag (Garcia / Hunter) - 4:44
 5. Mountains of the Moon (Garcia / Hunter) - 4:04
 6. China Cat Sunflower (Garcia / Hunter) - 3:42
 7. What's Become of the Baby (Garcia / Hunter) - 8:13
 8. Cosmic Charlie (Garcia / Hunter) - 5:44

Bonus Tracks Studio (8/13/68) 
The following tracks were recorded at the Pacific Recording Studio in San Mateo, CA
 9. Clementine Jam 
     (Garcia / Hart / Kreutzmann / Lesh / McKernan / Weir) - 10:51
11. Nobody's Spoonful Jam 
     (Garcia / Hart / Kreutzmann / Lesh / McKernan / Weir) - 10:09
12. The Eleven Jam (
      Garcia / Hart / Kreutzmann / Lesh / McKernan / Weir) - 15:05

Bonus Tracks Live (1/25/69)
13. Cosmic Charlie (Garcia / Hunter) - 6:47
      January 25, 1969, at the Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco.

Aoxomoxoa Musician List - Grateful Dead

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Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
Ron "Pig Pen" McKernan - keyboards, vocals
Tom Constanten - keyboards
Bill Kreutzmann - drums
Mickey Hart - drums

Aoxomoxoa Notes - Grateful Dead

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Released - 1969
Reissue - 2001 
Tape Archivist - Davis Lemieux
Article - A great interview with David Lemieux where he discusses The Golden Road

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