Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Aoxomoxoa -The Grateful Dead (Album of the Month)

1 St. Stephen (Garcia/Hunter/Lesh) - 4:25 Lyrics
2 Dupree's Diamond Blues (Garcia/Hunter/Lesh) - 3:40 Lyrics
3 Rosemary (Garcia/Hunter/Lesh) - 2:02 Lyrics
4 Doin' That Rag (Garcia/Hunter/Lesh) - 5:15 Lyrics
5 Mountains of the Moon (Garcia/Hunter/Lesh) - 4:15 Lyrics
6 China Cat Sunflower (Garcia/Hunter/Lesh) - 4:15 Lyrics
7 What's Become of the Baby (Garcia/Hunter/Lesh) - 8:30 Lyrics
8 Cosmic Charlie (Garcia/Hunter/Lesh) - 5:45

If you haven'y heard this album then shame on you. The content is by no means immediately assessable, but it will grow on you slowly; and still sound fresh after a hundred listens. Has been getting serious action on my CDplayer in the last five months.

The Grateful Dead's masterpiece 'Aoxomoxoa' remains one of their best records. In fact, I think it's their best studio record. Phil Lesh, Bob Weir and Jerry Garcia all just jam on this one.

'St. Stephen' became a concert staple for the Dead, and it appears on many of their bootlegs (look at most of the 'Dick's Picks' series and you'll probably find 'St. Stephen' on the bootlegs, say, 10 or 11 times maybe). The vocals are strong, and the guitar riffs are powerful, as only Jerry could deliver.

Other highlights here are 'Doin' That Rag,' 'Cosmic Charlie' and another concert classic, 'Rosemary.'

Overall, this is highly recommended for any Deadhead. Released in 1971, it sounds just as good today as it did back then.

Highly recommended. ENJOY!!!

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