Mon, 5 November 2018
I'm joined by guest Phil Stacey as we discuss the Grateful Dead's second album, 1968's Anthem of the Sun.
- Recorded at CompCon world HQ
- Anthem of the Sun was recorded in 1967, released in '68
- Very experimental, similar to Zappa's song splicing in the '70s
- Studio and live performances mixed together
- An early concept album
- Songs would evolve through the years in performance
- Robert Hunter makes his first appearance as a lyricist on this album
- Producer grew frustrated with the band and left during the recording
- The sound of "thick air"
- Triple kazoo attack
- The Dead must have been a shock to fans of bubblegum pop
- Live, the Dead mixed up their shows every night
- This album sounds more jammy, like you would expect a Dead album to sound
- A lot of covers of bluegrass, country, jug bands, blues
- Pearl Jam adopted the Dead practice of releasing official bootlegs of shows
- The Dead used to do more audience banter, but recent incarnations of the group just play with minimal talking
- Anthem of the Sun was the next step in the evolution of the band's sound
- Next up: Aoxomoxoa
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