TAS Rated 4/5 Music, 4/5 Sonics in the January 2011 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
180g LP Mastered From Original Analog Masters by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering Studios and Pressed at RTI!
Rolling Stone 2015 Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Jam Bands: The Grateful Dead Rated 1st!
Aoxomoxoa was released in 1969 and features one of Rick Griffin's finest
Grateful Dead album covers, having originated as a poster for the Dead at the
Avalon Ballroom in January 1969. Apparently, the band liked the poster so much
they asked Griffin to rework it for the cover of their third album, which was
their first with Tom Constanten as an official band-member. Constanten was
instrumental in creating unique sounds from the keyboards utilizing such common
items as combs, Dutch dimes, and a gyroscope to alter the sound of the keyboard.
Between 1967 and 1970, the Grateful Dead recorded five studio albums for Warner
Bros. Those records formed the psychedelic canon on which the bands live legend
was built. The five albums were pressed on premium 180g vinyl at RTI and
packaged as a Deluxe 5LP Box Set. This 180g LP is the same as the pressing that was included in that set.
Reviews of the 5LP Box Set:
"... Each LP's cover has been meticulously reproduced, the 180-gram vinyl
pressed at RTI from freshly-cut lacquers mastered from the original analog tapes
by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Studios..." - Wayne Garcia, The Absolute
Sound, January 2011
"...when it comes to focus, overall clarity, balance, dynamic punch, and
bottom-end weight, which are hallmarks of [these] Rhino's reissues. As to Phil
Lesh's marvelous and important bass playing - the clarity of line, and his
round, almost creamy tone - is one of the great joys of this new set. These new
LPs knock the others, including the CD box, right off my shelf." - Wayne
Garcia, The Absolute Sound, January 2011
To ensure the highest degree of quality, this album was pressed on 180-gram
vinyl at RTI using lacquers cut from the original analog masters by Chris
Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. The album features detailed replica of the
original album packaging.
"Aoxomoxoa is the work of the magical band. Can you hear this music and not see them before your eyes? The music is so much the reality of their physical and spiritual bodies that seeing them is the wonder of seeing music... Elemental and celebratory, they don't need to fool you because they aren't fooling themselves. No other music sustains a life style so delicate and loving and lifelike." - Rolling Stone, 1969
Premium 180g vinyl pressing
Original replica packaging featuring heavy board tip-on jacket
Pressed at RTI
Lacquers cut from original analog masters
Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering
Phil Lesh, bass, vocals
Bob Weir, guitar, vocals
Jerry Garcia, guitar, vocals
Mickey Hart, percussion
Bill Kreutzmann, percussion
Tom Constanten, keyboards
Ron McKernan, pig pen
1. St. Stephen
2. Dupree's Diamond Blues
4. Doin' That Rag
5. Mountains of the Moon
1. China Cat Sunflower
2. What's Become of the Baby
3. Cosmic Charlie