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Anthem Of The Sun (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) CD
“This is one of the most thrilling albums the Grateful Dead ever produced, mixing portions of live recordings from the first six months of Mickey's tenure with the band, along with studio experimentations that would hint at where the Dead would go when they started recording to 16-track tape the following year. The 1971 remix, produced in order to make the album more accessible to the newer fans who were brought on board with WORKINGMAN'S DEAD and AMERICAN BEAUTY, has been the most commonly heard version for the past 45+ years. However, having this side-by-side with the original 1968 mix demonstrates countless differences, with the original mix being more primal, psychedelic, and experimental. Add to this the first extant live recording featuring Mickey as a member of the Grateful Dead, and you have a very special release in every way.” - David Lemieux
We're continuing our 50th anniversary reissue series with ANTHEM OF THE SUN: 50th ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION, due July 13th. Released 50 years after its anniversary date, this two-disc deluxe version features a double dose of the original album - one fully remastered from the original 1968 mix and the other remastered from the more well-known 1971 mix - as well as a bonus disc of a previously unreleased complete live show recorded on October 22, 1967 at Winterland in San Francisco, CA. Newly remastered by Jeffrey Norman, this is the first known recording of the Grateful Dead with Mickey Hart, who joined the band in September 1967. The first run will come with a special lenticular of the cover.
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Release Date: July 13, 2018
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They were one hell of a blues band.
Another Bear recording awesome so many years ago. Jerry sure did play fast and Phil was a locomotive! Cool recording to release. Vocals are a little low,heck I'm just grateful he recorded this rumbling early show.
I'm old. I've been listening to Anthem since it came out, I was just a kid. Wore out I don't know how many LPs. Anthem, IMHO, is one of the most amazing albums and still lights up the noggin' to this day. The 71 mix just sounds off to me. Bleached of the detail. I guess it's hard to hear with new ears as time marches on.
I'm happy people enjoy the 71 mix. If it puts a smile on your face, it's good stuff.
This CD set is very cool indeed.
If you like the vinyl record, the LP, album, whatever you called it in the past or now in the present, here's a novel way to play them. Unfortunately, this model is long out of production. Bring this model back into production and upgrade to a direct-drive platter, better cartridges, better electronics and I think you've got a winner.
hi all, does anyone have or know of a list of the available live shows from oct 67 to dec 67. any help we be appreciated.
They BETTER pick a good show??
Whatcha gonna do if they don't??
since it seems that public opinions are not liked by some here i will stop posting .no need to be bashed.see above
Couldn't agree more on this incarnation being my favorite, too! I hope they release everything they have from 1967-1968 in a box, warts and all, no complete shows necessary. Two From the Vault and that Shrine release blow my freakin' mind every time, in a way that even the juiciest 1972 and 1978 shows do not.
This is a very high quality anniversary release. Upon first listen to both versions, me and my girlfriend liked the remix better. Sounds warmer and more full and complete. Hard to find words to describe. Steve Silberman's liner notes are interesting, also.
I love the second disc. Great Bear recording.
this would be a top contender in my tape collection had i had this say 20 years ago.
i tried to read this but it confused me so much that i have absolute no clue at all. i do dig the cover tho the 3 d is amazing and the fisheye lens photo on the back.wish the back cover for aoxomoxoa was in color instead of black and white.
No other band has even come close to the work/play of these recordings. I don't even think the Dead topped Anthem as for being cutting edge. Expect many more new listeners well into the future on this one. Anthem is one for the ages.
And the cover art of Anthem will always be visionary. Rick Griffin did not even top this one. But that's just my Un centivos worth of opinion.
This may have already been posted, but just in case here's Bill Walker's explanation of the cover art he created for Anthem of the Sun: http://www.billzart.net/files/AnthemGuide_2002-12-02_web.pdf It's a bit long, but at least check out the illustrations that break down the various components of the final image.
First of all, I'll state that Anthem has been, is still, and will always be my all-time favourite album ! When I play it, I have to play all the way through ...
That's why I have so many versions of it, from when I first purchased it at 18 ('68 mix on vinyl).
Then came the remix, which I'll admit I had reservations about, at the time. Then all the CD reissues .... some better than others.
Then the DL's, including the vinyl remix.
And so, I now have the 50th Anniversary Edition on CD, and HD DL, and love both mixes (even the shorter 'caution' on the '71) and they've made a great job of it .... listen to Alligator loud !
I've listened to both of these enough times now to have an opinion.
I like the remix just slightly better too. The remix seems, to me, to be more focused on the music, where the original
has some parts where it seems like they were just fiddling with knobs in the studio while they were tripping.
It's an amazing work, regardless. Nobody else was doing stuff like this back then.
I haven't even listened to the live disc yet. I've been too enthralled with comparing the two Anthems.
I prefer the remix. probably because that's what I heard first years ago.
the original had too many things faded, it sounds.
either will do.
having BOTH on one disc is appreciated and awesome and tremendous.
Because it’s 192/24.
44.1/16 is less than the CD
I was wrong, Tom Constanten's contributions are surely included in the 1971 remix.
It will be tonight (in a few hours in France) that I will listen to these two beautiful records.
Nice to read your response to Anthem, and hope you enjoyed it last night. A truly great re-issue in every respect. One thing though-Tom Constanten's contributions are surely included in the 1971 remix. He didn't perform at the live concert from 1967, though.
Gorgeous ! The front of the case celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of Anthem Of The Sun is covered with lenticular film. The illusion of relief is striking, giving the image five different levels of depth. The cover represents a kind of mandala: inside a circle of fire, masks - the faces of the musicians (except Tom Constanten, who was not part of the group when the image was designed) - appear at the end articulated arms that meet at the center of the circle. This drawing (a true work of art that fascinated me already when I was not yet 20 years old) is perfect for a relief image. And the process reinforces the impression of mystery or magic that emerges from this cover.
In one of the last dreams of the past night, I saw a package trailing in front of the keeper's lodge and noticed with emotion that the package had an image of the Grateful Dead - which woke me up. During breakfast, I flipped through a magazine devoted to French May-68. Then, on his return from shopping, my husband brought me this package that was waiting for me in the mailbox. Anthem was made in 1968.
This is a double CD. The first contains two versions of Anthem Of The Sun: first the original mix (from 1968) then the remix (1971, wiser, and without the presence of Tom Constanten). The second one gratifies us of the concert given on October 22, 1967 to the Winterland of San Francisco, a very short concert (about 55 minutes) of which I have the most titles for ten years.
The first time I bought Anthem, I had to be 18 or 19; it had to be remixing. When I bought Anthem in 2001, I got the first mix; since, it is this one that I listen to. I can not wait to compare the two. Tonight will be a beautiful evening!
the HD Flac download is more than the hard copy 2 CD set, because.....?
I can accept sound quality that’s not quite exactly perfect. Just glad to have a recording from 1967.
was the Winterland live disc. The first song was all over the place, particularly the mix, but after that it was just amazing. I still consider the "Magnificent Seven" lineup from this period to be their best and most musically adventurous, certainly when it came to live performances, but then I'm a sucker for that primal Dead sound.
...is not the correct term in the musical context Quodlibet? Misprint? Always wondered about that since I read about the musical form of Quodlibet. My guess is the title or concept came from Phil and/or TC.
My copy arrived here in Holland today. I have to agree that the cover is awesome. I was already well aware of what lenticular pictures are but this cover exceeds all my expectations. Now to crank up the hi-fi!
Lenticular cover from Amazon.
I ordered it form Amazon to save the $7 and shipping. You will not be disappointed. Lenticular cover is awesome!
I just tried to order this -- as I have always loved Anthem. And it's out of stock! Does anyone know if it will be restocked? This is not a limited release, is it? Because I really would like to have it. So I ordered the tee shirt, instead. Funny how it costs more than the music. But at least I'll look really cool in purple.
Edit: After reading Boblopes affirmation that Amazon is shipping with the lenticular cover, i just ordered mine because I simply cannot wait. I am sometimes hesitant to order from them because i did not get what i bargained for with the Sunshine Daydream release, but this sounds legit. I can't wait to see it with the headphones on. I'm totally stoked.
Under both discs theres a picture of hand written studio notations including instruments or channels as well as numbers and L,R,M. Can anyone shine some light into whose notes they are and what these notations mean?? Love the '68 mix, greatest Quadlibet ever. That name still kills me!!! Wheres Kayak??
Holy shit! I just received my Anthem Of The Sun t-shirt and it has THE most phenomenal colors I have ever seen (sober) in a tee! And I live in tees, 90% of which are the GOGD
The winner is...........10-22-67.
For those who might complain that it isn’t just exactly perfect, think of what it probably sounded like on a high-gen cassette. And yet, back in those days that cassette would have been a cherished item.
Just entered the 71 remix and definitely more bassy, and vocals more prominent.
Sometimes seems like more distortion too.
Maybe they will release "Workingmans" one year and "American Beauty" the following year. As "Europe 72" was heavily overdubbed in the studio, making it something of a hybrid, maybe that could count as the studio album for the year after that. I shudder to think how old I will be by the time we get to "Built To Last".
So I expect a one-CD show from late '68, early '69 for Aoxamoxoa. Then it's on to Workingman's and American Beauty -- shows from those eras will be sweet, but two years off(?)...
I'm old enough to remember when, after 2 years of our listening to the original lp, one of the deadhead college group played the 71 remix. No one liked the new mix over the original then, especially the chord ending BCE on side one. Listening to that mix now, many many years later, to my ears it sounds like something run through a 1970's Dolby noise reduction filter: the high end is seriously clipped and, while a few vocals and instruments are brought upfront, most everything else seems muddied. "Anthem" has always been one of my favorites, it had a crazy live jam aspect that in the early 70's was hard to find with good sound quality, other than Live Dead. Fortunately there have been lots of great live sets of the 68-70 material released over time. I do like the live material on disc 2, but parts are super-speed induced (Cold Rain and Snow), pretty much like the first album. Nice packaging and notes, everyone does a terrific job in providing the historical context for these releases.
An accompanying concert would be nice.
Aoxomoxoa might be a 1 cd concert.
Both with Live/Dead and Europe 72 accompanying concerts have already been released, so I wonder what they'll come up with.
Skull and Roses could be more material from April 71
...but I think that too.
My reticulated, tentacled, synapse-tickling and last but not least, most lenticularly encapsulated copy arrived aujourd'hui (albeit 2 days late: shipping delay). I headed straight for Disc 1 Track 6 and the '71 remaster, then proceeded to disc 2 and made it to BIODTL on my virgin listen. As someone that did not purchase the anniversary edition of the first album, I am quite satisfied with this edition, as I figured I ought to be. Anthem is a classic album and they certainly did the album justice with this package. The sound is fantastic to my ears. Thanks Dead.net!
Nice well done booklet as well. BTW, what is that logo on the last page with the blue and red? Not sure I've seen that on releases before...
Big thanks to David, Rhino, Mr. Norman, and everyone involved. The two album mixes are fun to have---another '67 concert in high quality a delight.
The '68 mix has the bells and whispers and filagrees throughout; '71 mix takes much of them out, but improves bass and vocals, and smooths several studio-to-live transitions. As noted, the '71 mix has the big ending chord on Born Cross-Eyed (who thought not to include that in '68?). But '68 has a more extended Caution finish that in the right mood is quite ethereal--love the near-end finger cymbal hits. Just right.
Don't hesitate to get it.
Of course people are prepared to pay what is asked, no matter what is offered. We see this all the time here. We cannot help ourselves. If subsequent 50th anniversary reissues are accompanied by a full show from the same period as the album in question, then everyone will purchase irrespective of how many discs it comprises. I, and probably most others, would rather have more discs and a higher price tag to get a full show that to get a single disc best of a show. Bring 'em on!
I'm wondering if the next re-issues will be multi-disc shows or compilations to keep the package at 2 discs or 1 disc for the re-issued album and 2 or 3 discs for a complete show? Any thoughts? Obviously we'd like complete shows but are people willing to pony up for a multi disc package?
Hello this is Mr. Floyd, calling for Mrs. Floyd. Are we reaching?
I am sure they didn't! Live it must have been great. I only experienced one Lovelight live-in London 1990 sung by Bob Weir. I don't rate Weir's versions very highly when I am listening at home-in fact its years since I've tried one-but live it was a different story-great fun. I can remember during the one I heard there seemed to be an unrelated telephone call coming out of one of the amplifiers. Very strange.
My shipment was last scanned on 7/13 scheduled for delivery on 7/17, no sign of it, my instincts say it is lost, how long do I have to wait to request replacement.
Listening to Anthem , Born Cross Eyed playing , meet you in the sweet bye and bye,....
In the old days I don't remember too many heads runnin for the door at the first strains of lovelight.
Since I was 12 or 13 years old, live albums that had songs which faded out drove me insane. They still do, but I agree with stoltzfus, in this case, I gladly accept anything and everything I can get concerning Live Dead, especially from this era.
When live songs fade, I just can't help wondering what greatness I'm missing. But I sometimes imagine that the tape ran out, and they're saving us from a cold, dead stop.This makes me feel better, for some stupid reason.
There are some Lovelights that I wish DID fade out. But this isn't one of them.
i also wish Lovelight didn't fade out
but I will smilingly take what we get from 10/22/67