Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Grateful Dead - Solar Anthem (1968)

It was an interesting project putting together the Dead's 'Earthquake Country' album from the 'Aoxomoxoa' out-takes, and so i thought that I'd attempt a similar thing with their previous album 'Anthem of The Sun'. This was one of their most experimental albums, as the recording process involved the band recording all the songs in the studio, and then Garcia and the band mixing it with parts taken from live recordings that the band taped from concerts in late 1967 and early 1968, as well as slotting in weird electronic tape effects from Tom Constanren, a friend of Phil Lesh, who'd been drafted in to provide piano, treated piano, and John Cage-influenced sounds. For this reconstruction I've found some out-takes which have for years been considered to be the original studio recordings, although some people now believe them to be from a live concert in late 1967. I admit that they do sound live, but if they are then someone's done a great job of editing out every piece of crowd noise from the tapes, but either way they sound great, and include some sublime soloing. I've used the studio version of 'Born Cross-Eyed' from the b-side of the 'Dark Star' single, and as a bonus there's a rare studio version of 'Turn On Your Lovelight' and a take of 'Caution' (Do Not Stop On The Tracks)' from 1966. The cover is an alternate one that housed a remixed version of the album in 1972, and I've renamed it 'Solar Anthem'.

Track listing

01 That's It For The Other One
02 New Potato Caboose
03 Born Cross-Eyed
04 Alligator >
05 Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)


06 Turn On Your Lovelight
07 Caution (Do Not Stop On The Tracks) 


1 comment:

  1. Thanks. It took the Dead a few albums to learn what not to do in the studio. I still have a hard time listening to the first two. The first mix of Aoxomoxoa was better but the final mix is the start of what I feel is the true Grateful Dead sound, at least on record.