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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.Read more ›
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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I love this album but it sounds like It was recorded underwater. I have some recent vinyl copies of American Beauty and Workingman's Dead that sound crystal clear but this just... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Justin C.
I used to listen regularly to the Grateful Dead, and I especially liked both "Workingman's Dead" and "American Beauty", so it was natural to give the predecessor to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Morten Vindberg
I agree with the most fans that the two best studio albums of the Grateful Dead are Workingman's dead & American Beauty. This album is my next favorite after those. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jason Kramasz
The first classic Dead album would rate five-stars had they included a different mix (or take) of "What's Become of the Baby" -- like the one found on the "Aoxomoxoa... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tony Sclafani