The Dead were already on Studio when a Major Breakthrough in Recording Material took place. The First Multitrack Recording Machine appeared, and as the explorers of the world of Sounds, they automatically set to explore the new capacities of such a Major difference in the recording world. Thus they spent about 8 months in the Studio, both recording and trying out the new effects they could perform with the new toys, which in turn ended resulting in a massive bill of over 180,000 dollars for them to pay. Aoxomoxoa also marks the changing point in Dead's Music. Acoustic-based Music, that they would later expand and turn into kind of a signature Sound. It was Phil Lesh's First time playing the Acoustic Bass, even furthering the experimental attitude towards the Recording of the Album, Lesh found it difficult to keep up the pace, as he had never played a fretless Bass before, which goes to show how far they were betting. Lesh and Jerry Garcia returned to the Album in 1971 to remove the excessive use of Tracks, which was destroying the Melody and creating a concrete wall of Sound, instead of the intending Musical Harmony.
Best Tracks - "St. Stephen", "Dupree's Diamond Blues", "Rosemary", "Doin' That Rag", "Mountains Of The Moon" and "Cosmic Charlie". The Cover is generally considered to be one of the Best in Rock's History, The Grateful Dead letters were designed to allow a more subtle reading to be made, We Ate The Acid, it isn't hard to understand why they put it there, 5 years had not gone by between this Album and the Acid Tests with the Merry Pranksters. Courtney Love, wife of Nirvana's frontman Kurt Cobain, made her first appearance on the Back-Cover of this LP, only 5 years old. This is the 1971 Version.
- Phil Lesh - Bass, Vocals.
- Bob Weir - Guitar, Vocals.
- Jerry Garcia - Guitar, Vocals.
- Mickey Hart - Drums, Percussion.
- Bill Kreutzmann - Drums, Percussion.
- Tom Constanten - Keyboards.
- Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - Keyboards, Percussion.
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