Mon, 12 November 2018
I'm joined by guest Phil Stacey as we discuss the Grateful Dead's third album, Aoxomoxoa.
- Recorded at CompCon world HQ
- Aoxomoxoa was released in 1969
- A big year for rock music
- Tons of legendary albums came out: Zeppelin, Who, Beatles, Neil Young, Stooges, MC5, Stones
- First two Dead albums were commercial failures
- Went way over budget in studio, stuck to their guns
- Very experimental sound
- Robert Hunter contributed lyrics to most of the album
- Songs featured eccentric characters, way out lyrics
- Plenty of drugs were part of the process
- The old West, the devil, the rose were recurring themes
- First album ever recorded using 16-track technology
- Band spent $180k on the album
- Jay: A lot to like about this album
- "Dupree's Diamond Blues" sounds like a Kinks song
- "What's Become of the Baby" is 8 minutes of weirdness that should have been left off album
- When bands release unnecessary hits compilations
- There was a definite '60s resurgence in the mid-80s that led to growth in popularity of the Dead at colleges
- And then jam bands really caught on: Phish, Allman Brothers, Blues Traveler, Widespread Panic
- Iconic Dead skull and lightning bolt logo was released in '69
- Phil: Band was very good at mobilizing fanbase
- Dead merch is so unique and well-known
- The confounding popularity of "Africa"
- "China Cat Sunflower" is a Dead classic
- Some songs evolve in concert, some don't get played at all
- Aoxomoxoa sounds like the Dead
- Jay: Jams can be fun, but you don't necessarily want to put them on a record
- We'll listen to more live stuff vs. studio albums going forward
- Next up: Live/Dead
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