“In 1969, for their third album, the Grateful Dead eschewed outside producers and created Aoxomoxoa themselves, beginning a run of self-produced albums that would continue until 1977. Scrapping the first sessions, which were recorded to eight-track tape, the Dead now had 16 tracks with which to experiment their psychedelic sound, with an album that included entirely Robert Hunter-penned lyrics for the first time.” – Archivist David Lemieux

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the enigmatic classic AOXOMOXOA and we’re celebrating with a DELUXE EDITION featuring two versions of the album – one fully remastered from the original 1969 mix and the other remastered from the definitive 1971 band-produced mix. This is the first time both mixes will be presented together in a single release. And if that weren’t enough, we’re rounding it out with a bonus disc of previously unreleased live music recorded January 24-26, 1969 at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco, CA. Newly remastered by Jeffrey Norman, these shows were among the first live performances ever to be recorded to 16-track tape.

grateful-dead-announces-aoxomoxoa-50th-anniversary-deluxe-editionThe live tracks include early versions of two songs from the album – “Dupree’s Diamond Blues” and “Doin’ That Rag” as well as the final live performance of “Clementine,” a song the band began performing in 1968 but was never released on a studio album. The band also played several songs from its second album, ANTHEM OF THE SUN. Highlights include a dynamic romp through “New Potato Caboose” and an electrifying “Alligator > Caution” jam that captures Pigpen at his primal best.

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The DELUXE EDITION of AOXOMOXOA will be available on 2-CD and as high-definition ALAC and FLAC downloads on June 7th. Along with the CD, there will be a 12″ vinyl picture disc and they’ve also recreated the t-shirts with the album art. Hit the link below for the items.

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