This is a very clean 1971 Warner Bros. Green Label pressing. It's a pretty unusual version in that it has the original mix from 1968 on side one and the 1971 remix mastered at Artisan on side two. Once the band had some commercial success with American Beauty and Workingman's Dead, this album and Aoxomoxoa were remixed in an attempt to make them more commercially palatable. Spoiler alert: there wasn't much you could do to make anything on this one sound like "Ripple" or "Uncle John's Band". Anyway, I've long preferred (by a fairly slight measure) the original mix in a musical sense but the remix for it's sound quality (and I think that's the Artisan mastering at play more than anything) so this weird "misprint" pressing is a nice way for someone to get a taste of both. Unless of course you're as crazy as I am and need a killer pressing of each version.
The sound here is wonderful on both sides, despite the differences in mix and mastering. It's lush and warm with excellent clarity and real separation between the parts. Both the top and bottom are nicely extended -- the upper highs are captured and the bass goes DEEP.
4 1/2 stars Allmusic: "The idea to create an aural pastiche from numerous sources -- often running simultaneously -- was a radical concept that allowed consumers worldwide to experience a simulated Dead performance firsthand."
Vinyl: EX (one of the cleanest early pressings I've seen)
Cover: VG (ringwear, wear to edges and corners)
Play notes: A great sounding copy, lightly ticky start to each side but quiet after
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