I've posted this elsewhere, but I really prefer the original mix of AOXOMOXOA to the 71 remix, which is the only one that's been available for years. I would LOVE to see this remastered and officially released, it could probably be put together with the remix of ANTHEM OF THE SUN, which is the opposite scenario, where the original mix is the one widely available. I'm just going to keep bringing this up until I can get a really great sounding copy of this...
I just finished reading 'Grateful Dead Gear' by Blair Jackson, which made me go back and revisit the old studio albums as I read about the sessions. From day one, live albums have always been my preference, 'Dead Set' being my first GD album purchase. 'Aoxomoxoa', 'Workingmans', 'Beauty', 'Wake', 'Mars', 'Allah' are all great studio albums, then the start of the Arista period got real cheesy and some weak production took over until 'In the Dark' and 'Built to Last' which are both great sounding studio works. I am all for remastering, who really wants to listen hiss or low signal poorly mixed recordings on your digital ipod or cd player? I still own a turntable and have all the studio albums both on CD and LP formats should I get really nostalgic and desire to spin a record. My only gripe with remastering is that it seems to me that on some of the early albums(I am guessing that for historical reasons) the tape speed/pitch was not correct or corrected so voices and song keys are much higher than they should be. The first album is especially bad in this respect to me(I've been a musician and audiophile for 30 years so no I'm not insane), those opening notes on The Golden Road just don't exist on regular organ!
yes...the live shows and events were the closest to the flame we could get
but when i got the hook-set they went and took a hiatus. i didn't even know what that meant.who knew what was going to happen. a reunion did not seem likely to me anyway with things rumored to be LOM or no one seemed to really know if they would ever be back. the studio and "live" releases like "skull fuck", "live/dead" and "europe" were the only way to get there and we were fairly adept at making them as real as possible even with the old basement victrola's. at that time i lived on "wake", "mars" and "blues"..."terrapin" and "shakedown" rounded out that sort of present era as it rolled out. i loved those "records" and other dead recordings from First to American Beauty. i think they were very underated in the studio...strong sidenotes are Jerry's first and second releases and Bob's Ace. i love the fact that they dropped a blackjack with the 10 of diamonds and the ace of spades. cool! very very fortunately...they as you know returned to the road and the bus came back and many got on and the many shows are in perpetual motion
for many more to enjoy and per chance to visit.
"sound of the thunder with the rain pouring down"