Published on Jul 3, 2012
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The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The band was known for its unique and eclectic style, which fused elements of rock, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, country, improvisational jazz, psychedelia, and space rock, and for live performances of long musical improvisation. "Their music," writes Lenny Kaye, "touches on ground that most other groups don't even know exists." These various influences were distilled into a diverse and psychedelic whole that made the Grateful Dead "the pioneering Godfathers of the jam band world." They were ranked 57th in the issue The Greatest Artists of all Time by Rolling Stone magazine. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. The fans of the Grateful Dead, some of whom followed the band from concert to concert for years, are known as "Deadheads" and are known for their dedication to the band's music. From 2003 to 2009 former members of the Grateful Dead, along with other musicians, toured as The Dead and The Other Ones. There are many contemporary incarnations of The Dead, with the most prominent touring acts being Furthur and Phil Lesh & Friends.
Aoxomoxoa is the third studio album by the Grateful Dead. It was originally titled Earthquake Country. Many Deadheads consider this era of the Dead to be the experimental apex of the band's history. It is also the first album with Tom Constanten as an official member of the band. Rolling Stone, upon reviewing the album, mentioned that "no other music sustains a lifestyle so delicate and loving and lifelike." The album was certified gold by the RIAA on May 13, 1997. The title of the album is a palindrome created by cover artist Rick Griffin and lyricist Robert Hunter. According to the audio version of the Rock Scully memoir, Living with the Dead (read by the author and former Dead co-manager himself), the title is pronounced "ox-oh-mox-oh-ah". The words "Grateful Dead" on the front of the album, written in large, flowing capital letters, are an ambigram that can also be read "we ate the acid". The artwork around the bottom edge of the album cover depicts several phallic representations. In 1991 Rolling Stone selected Aoxomoxoa as having the eighth best album cover of all time. A five-year-old Courtney Love appears on the album's back cover.
1. St. Stephen 0:00
2. Dupree's Diamond Blues 4:26
3. Rosemary 8:00
4. Doin' That Rag 10:01
5. Mountains Of The Moon 14:45
6. China Cat Sunflower 18:50
7. What's Become Of The Baby 22:32
8. Cosmic Charlie 30:45
9. Clementine Jam 36:29
10. Nobody's Spoonful Jam 47:20
11. The Eleven Jam 57:30
12. Cosmic Charlie (1/25/69 Avalon Ballroom, SF) 1:12:35
Phil Lesh -- bass, vocals
Bob Weir -- guitar, vocals
Jerry Garcia -- guitar, vocals
Mickey Hart -- drums, percussion
Bill Kreutzmann -- drums, percussion
Tom Constanten -- keyboards
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan -- keyboards, percussion
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