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  • Aoxomoxoa - Grateful Dead (Warner Bros. WS 1790)
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  • The Dead:
    Jerry Garcia - guitars, vocals
    Bob Weir - guitars, vocals
    Ron McKernan - Pigpen
    Phil Lesh - basses, vocals
    Mickey Hart & Bill Kreutzmann - percussion
    Tom Constanten - keyboards

  • Full album download includes Bonus Material:
    Clementine Jam (8/13/68 Pacific Recording Studio, San Mateo, CA)
    Nobody's Spoonful Jam (8/13/68 Pacific Recording Studio, San Mateo, CA)
    The Eleven Jam (8/13/68 Pacific Recording Studio, San Mateo, CA)
    Cosmic Charlie (1/25/69 Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA)

  • Released on June 20, 1969, and possibly as early as May, 1969.

  • The Dead recorded the album between late August, 1968 and early 1969, mostly at Pacific Recording Studios, San Mateo. This was one of the first recording ever made using sixteen-track tape, an Ampex MM-1000 deck at Alembic studios.

  • Peter Grant plays pedal steel on "Doin' That Rag".

  • "The Eleven" was recorded for the album, to be linked with "St. Stephen", but was not included.

  • The lyrics to "St. Stephen" and to "China Cat Sunflower" were written by Robert Hunter when he was in New Mexico in February, 1966, working as a portrait artist. Hunter had been working on "St. Stephen" before going to New Mexico.

  • The word AOXOMOXOA is a palindrome thought up by artist Rick Griffin. One of the working titles for the album was "Earthquake Country".

  • According to Robert Hunter, "Cosmic Charlie" is not based on Charles "Cosmic Charlie" Bosch, one of the characters on the scene in the Haight, who was 'so cosmic'. "Calico" is based on a woman who was one (and may still be) one of the Hog Farmers. The characters and themes in "St. Stephen" do not appear to be based on any real person of the Sixties; they may all come from Hunter's deep appreciation of English poetry and imagery.

  • In the studio on August 13, 1968, the Grateful Dead played extended versions of "Clementine", "Nobody's Fault", and "The Eleven"; these appear here as bonus tracks.

  • The engineers on the album were Bob Matthews and Betty Cantor.

  • (notes excerpted with permission from "The Compleat Grateful Dead Discography" by Ihor Slabicky)
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    Set One

    St. Stephen 266


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    Dupree's Diamond Blues 212


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    Rosemary 118


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    Doin' That Rag 281


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    Mountains Of The Moon 242


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    China Cat Sunflower 220


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    What's Become Of The Baby 492


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    Cosmic Charlie 329


    Clementine Jam 645


    Nobody's Spoonful Jam 604


    The Eleventh Jam 900


    Cosmic Charlie 407


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