Anthem of the Sun

Studio Album

Released: 1968


That's It For The Other One [7:46]
I. Cryptical Envelopment
II. Quadlibet Tor Tender Feet
III. The Faster We Go, The Rounder We Get
IV. We Leave The Castle
New Potato Caboose [8:18]
Born Cross-Eyed [2:04]
Alligator [15:17]
Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) [5:32]


Liner Notes:

The Grateful Dead first came to national prominence in the late-60's as San Francisco's premier psychedelic band. The group's initial line-up consisted of Jerry Garcia (guitar), Phil Lesh (bass), Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (keyboards), Bob Weir (guitar) and Bill Kreutzmann (drums).

The group's self-titled debut album, released in 1967, was recorded in three days. Anthem of the Sun, their 1968 follow-up, took six months to complete.

The group recruited two new members for the project: drummer Mickey Hart and keyboardist Tom Constanten. Recording began in Los Angeles and subsequently moved to New York where the group, with producer Dave Hassinger, experimented by grafting in-concert recordings with studio sessions. The live material had been recorded early in 1968 during a tour of the Pacific Northwest.

On several tracks, most notably "That's It For The Other One," overlays of several concert performances were mixed together to create a multi-dimensional song suite. The album's second side highlighted a pair of live show-stoppers; "Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)" and "Alligator."

Composed entirely by the Grateful Dead, Anthem of the Sun featured a range of additional instrumentation including kazoo, vibraslap, Celesta Claves, harpsichord, prepared piano and electronic tape.



Produced by the Grateful Dead

Arranged by the Grateful Dead

Studios (Producer Dave Hassinger):
Sept. '67 - RCA Studio A, Hollywood
Oct. '67 - American Studios, No. Hollywood
Dec. '67 - Century Sound, New York; Olmstead Studios, New York

Live (Producer Dave Hassinger):
11/10-11/67 Shrine Exposition, L.A. (Producer Grateful Dead, Executive Engineer: Dan Healy; Asst. Engineer: Bob Matthews) Stereo Mix Mastering: Columbus Recorders, San Francisco; Criteria Studio, Miami; Apolstolic Studios, New York.

Jan. 20, '68 - Eureka
Jan. 26, 27, '68 - Eagles Auditorium, Seattle
Feb. 2, 3, '68 - Crystal Ballroom, Portland
Feb. 14, '68 - Carousel Ballroom, S.F.
Feb. 22, 23, 24, '68 - Kings Beach, Lake Tahoe
March 15, 16, (17), '68 - Carousel Ballroom, S.F.
March 29, 30, 31, '68 - Carousel Ballroom, S.F.

Jerry Garcia - Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Kazoo and Vibraslap
Bob Weir - Rhythm Guitar, 12 String Guitar, Acoustic Guitar and Kazoo
Ron McKernan - Organ and Celesta Claves
Phil Lesh - Bass, Trumpet, Harpsichord, Guiro Kazoo, Piano and Timpani
Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann - Drums, Orchestra Bells, Gong, Chimes, Crotales, Prepared Piano, Finger Cymbals
Tom Constanten - Prepared Piano, Piano and Electronic Tape

Cover Art: Bill Walker
Liner Photo: Thomas Weir
Art Direction: Ed Thrasher



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Anthem of the Sun was released on July 18, 1968.

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