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Aoxomoxoa

Grateful DeadAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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Rock's longest, strangest trip, the Grateful Dead were the psychedelic era's most beloved musical ambassadors as well as its most enduring survivors, spreading their message of peace, love, and mind-expansion across the globe throughout the better part of three decades. The object of adoration for popular music's most fervent and celebrated fan following -- the Deadheads, their ... Read more in Amazon's Grateful Dead Store

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  • Audio CD (February 25, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1969
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00007LTII
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 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 Eleven Jam
12. Cosmic Charlie (Live)

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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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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Aoxomoxoa" February 19, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Grateful Dead's third studio album "Aoxomoxoa" serves as a bridging gap between the band's psychedelic experiments and the harmony-laced folk-rock they would adopt a few years later. The album still remains a favorite amongst Deadheads and includes concert staples such as "Saint Stephen", "China Cat Sunflower" and "Cosmic Charlie". There are also some fun sing-along moments such as the memorable "Dupree's Diamond Blues" and "Doin' That Rag". "Rosemary" and "Mountains of the Moon" are beautiful acoustic pieces that fuse folk and baroque influences into the mix. Then, there's the infamous "What's Become Of The Baby" which is nothing but 8-minutes worth of Jerry Garcia chanting with vast amounts of echo plastered on his voice. Depending on who you talk to, this track is either the Dead's finest studio moment or their absolute worst. Either way, the track certainly is different.
The Rhino/Warner remaster includes four additional tracks which brings this album to more than double of its original length. The first three bonus tracks are extended instrumental jams recorded live in the studio. Like always, the band's musicianship and ability to play off each other comes through effortlessly in these jams. There is a definite jazz-fusion feel to these improvisations. "The Eleven Jam" is particularly striking with it's use of odd time signatures (mostly 11/8). The bonus material closes with a rare live recording of "Cosmic Charlie" which is a bit raw and rough but solid.
Since it's initial release 35 years ago "Aoxomoxoa" has become an instant Dead classic.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an underrated masterpiece of oddness June 20, 2004
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original, 3 stars; remastered, 4 stars December 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
A transitional album for the Dead, in between the wilder psychedelic years and the return to roots music that followed. Strong songwriting and playing and good production make this one of the Dead's more successful studio albums. However, as usual, the live versions of all of these songs should be heard as well. Much of the Dead's studio work serves as a template for what the songs turned into live. That said, this is a fine album, with the exception of "What's Become of the Baby," which quite honestly could have been left off the album entirely and few would have cared.

This CD features the 1972 "remix" of the album, as every Deadhead knows. The reason for this is because no one could find the original mix of Aoxomoxoa, according to interviews with Dead archivist David LeMieux. Rhino, in conjunction with the Dead, decided that it would be better to release a strong version of the 1972 mix. The alternative would have been to release a straight album-to-CD digital transfer with inferior sound.

The included extra material, to my mind, more than makes up for the lack of the original mix. The studio jams and outtakes add a lot to this album and show that the Dead were powerful musicians, something that often gets overlooked outside the circle of Deadheads. Overall, this remaster is worth having, especially for those who aren't Deadheads per se but want to get a grip on what the Dead were all about.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated October 16, 1999
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A requisite classic, if not their most listenable offering.
Published 3 days ago by Sean K. O'Brien
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic Greatful Dead!!!! I can't seem to get enugh of this!
Published 25 days ago by D. Fancher
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Grateful Dead Album
Aoxomoxoa (1969) is my favorite album from The Grateful Dead. Why? It's because it features a little bit of everything, from psychedelic rock, experimental, blues, and the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Todd7
5.0 out of 5 stars experimentation paid off
One of the Dead's more experimental albums (read: lots of acid trips during this time). Well worth the listen from beginning to end; not a bad tune on it.
Published 4 months ago by Wallace Krumpledorf
5.0 out of 5 stars My Nr. 1 Favorite Grateful Dead Album
This is not only my personal favorite Grateful Dead album but it is probably one of my favorite albums PERIOD! Read more
Published 9 months ago by L.E.J.
5.0 out of 5 stars All time great
I liked this. I have to say more than 20 words so I'll elaborate a little. It's good which is amongst the reasons, although there may be others why I thought this was a good... Read more
Published 10 months ago by MR LAURENCE E MARDEN
4.0 out of 5 stars Original mix on vinyl
I had been wanting to hear the original mix for years. I have to say I am a bit disappointed. While the original mix is full of studio trickery and has a lot more going on than the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Leigh Orf
5.0 out of 5 stars And I thought I knew Aoxomoxoa.
I thought if knew Aoxomoxoa inside and out but I was mistaken. Listening to this record with the 1969 mix is like hearing a new album. Read more
Published 17 months ago by C. Bagwell
1.0 out of 5 stars Guess I'm not enough Deadhead
'Cause I just can't "hear" this music.
Garcia was a musical genius, but maybe this album
is a bit too self absorbed, for certain it's too advanced for me. Read more
Published 18 months ago by cdandie
5.0 out of 5 stars AOXOMOXOA's 1969 MIX -- compared to remix
My dream realized, Grateful Dead's most psychedelic album, AOXOMOXOA, as the Acid fueled Dead intended. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE MIX OR PRESSING. Read more
Published 19 months ago by W. T. Hoffman
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