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  • Audio CD (September 15, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Swell/Artifact
  • ASIN: B00000E127
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,358 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Novature (Formless Nights Fall)
2. In Revolving Ash Light
3. Clouds Cast
4. Through
5. Fault Forces
6. The Phil Zone
7. La Estrella Oscura
8. Recedes (While We Can)
9. Transilience
10. 73rd Star Bridge Sonata
11. Cease Tone Beam
12. The Speed Of Space
13. Dark Matter Problem/ Every Leaf Is Turning
14. Pouring Velvet
15. Foldback Time

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1995 Canadian release featuring the deleted 'Grayfolded Vol.1' & an hour long mix of 'Dark Star' comprised of bits fromover 100 performances of the tune in conjunction with the25th anniversary of it by John 'Mr. Plunderphonics' OSWALD.15 tracks total on two black & white picture CDs in a doubleslimline jewelcase. The music is performed by the GratefulDead; the production is by John Oswald. Released on theSwell Artifact label.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By rubidium84 on March 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
A lot of people in other reviews say that this disc doesn't sound like the "real" dark star as played by the Grateful Dead back in the '70s. Well, it's not. This is a JOHN OSWALD album - NOT a Grateful Dead album. What Oswald did was use parts of the Dead playing "Dark Star" to create his own piece.
And what a piece he created. Nearly two hours of seamless music, and all of it sounding like the paintings of Jackson Pollock, or the ultimate pipe dream. My favorite moments are the end of disc 1 and the beginning of disc 2, especially the feedback solo on "The Phil Zone". And how about the transition from "73rd Star Bridge" into "Cease Tone Beam"? Great stuff.
In some pressings of disc 2, there are three minutes of extra music hidden before the Multiple Garcias shout "transitive nightfall of diamonds". To find them, start the disc and as soon as the CD starts playing, hold down the "Reverse search" button on your CD player. The thing that shows the time will start counting backwards until it shows -3:02. When it does, release your finger and listen.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By William Wood on December 10, 2002
Format: Audio CD
For Dark Star fans(and I understand there are a few of us)this is IT(so far).
Almost two hours of the Dead doing what they did best,improvising.This is John Oswalds "version" if you will of the ultimate Dark Star.He has taken over a hundred hours of tapes from the Dead Vaults ,all of performances of Dark Star and compiled ,segued and overdubbed a symphony of the Dead.The most amazing thing is that although this set covers a thirty year timespan it sounds so perfect and so cohesive that it defies logic.It is as if we owned a time machine instead of a compact disc player as we hear Jerry Garcia in 1971 duelling with Jerry Garcia in 1991.This is the most exciting music I have heard since I bought the King Crimson ProjeKCs box set.
You know you need this set!.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Sharik on February 23, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Let me start off by saying that Greyfolded is NOT what you might think it is...the ultimate Dark Star. It is far from it. That said, however, it is a work of intense complexity, dexterity, and an amazing knowledge of the material. It was put together in much the same way that Anthem was done; that is, from various live performances of the Dead, except that Greyfolded is done so to the nth degree. As others have noted here, it is performed with an "orchestra" of the various Grateful Dead bands across time, faded in and out to often devastating psychedelic effect. There is even a chart at the back of the booklet showing where all of the differing performances come in and out. Greyfolded is like an alloy of these performances, producing a final product with its own properties.

Since Grayfolded is its own work, it is not the happy Darkstar that I like to bliss out on for 20 minutes at a time. However, it is nearly 2 two hours of intense Darkstar-based music and sounds, all performed by the Dead according to the meticulous arranging and puzzle-fitting efforts of John Oswald. For someone out there looking for the ultimate Darkstar, go elsewhere. However, if you want a really interesting experimental GD extraganza, pick this up! Because this doesn't deliver the ecstatic punch that Darkstar delivers, I only give this record 4 stars out of 5. However, this IS still an amazing work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mathew VINE VOICE on October 11, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I'm going to be the odd one out here. I'm not a Grateful Dead fan; they do nothing for me. However, I'm a big fan of John Oswald's experimental plunderphonics, and a fan of ambient music and prog rock (amongst other things).

Approached with no knowledge of the source material, Grayfolded is an intriguing slice of ambient noodling. The edits work almost subliminally; it sounds like it could be an actual live performance, except every now and again there are hints that something isn't quite right.

It's a long way from the savagery of Oswald's "Plunderphonics"; it's almost a transitional work to his "Aparenthesi", which assembles almost an hour of a single note from environmental sounds and musical textures.

So like Eno's ambient music, there's enough going on here that your attention can be satisfied, but not too much to prevent focusing on other things. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. C. L. Olson on April 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you just like the down-home, country-sounding aspect of the Grateful Dead's music, this probably isn't the album for you. But if you love the spacy, swirling, improvisational aspect (think "Dark Star" on Live Dead), this DEFINITELY is the album for you. Pick a quiet night, settle back in your favorite chair with your earphones and a nice buzz (from whatever), close your eyes, and feast your brain! RATING: 5 "DARK" STARS!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By luke skywalker on March 26, 2010
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Dark Star through the ages- a unique way to listen to the Dead performing one of their most hallowed songs over multiple shows-simultaneously!! The disc is one seamless continuation of music culled from many different shows, in which the producer layers show on top of show, creating a new take on and old favorite. The disc follows a general structure of the original, but is distinctly different as a piece of music. It's very cool hearing tracks from '89 blend into '69, by way of '73, '90 and '70 in the mix as well. Some may enjoy the disc all the way through, although it can get a bit repetitive. But many sections are incredibly cool that any DeadHead will enjoy. This is probably for the most Deadicated of fans, the ones who already own large quantities of live Dead and are on the bus, and are looking for something new with their favorite music. Great for watching fractals by!
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