This is a great sounding original Warner Bros. / Seven Arts copy of the Dead's third studio album. It features the more experimental original mix, which they pulled two years later and cleaned up a bit in an attempt to reach the new fans that came along with the two classics that followed, Workingman's Dead and American Beauty. This was the first Dead album I fell in love with so I guess I have this one to blame for... well, plenty. It's got great songs like "St. Stephen," "China Cat Sunflower," "Cosmic Charlie", and "Doin' That Rag," all among my favorite Dead songs to this day. I like both the original mix presented here and the '71 remix for different reasons and keep a copy of each hard-filed on my personal shelves. The sound here is rich and full-bodied with excellent transparency and clarity, the vinyl plays quietly.
Allmusic: "Fueled by acid and keeping pace with the quickly changing hippie subculture of the late '60s, the band went wild with this newfound sonic freedom. The exploratory jamming and rough-edged blues-rock of their live shows were ornamented with overdubbed choirs, electronic sound effects, and layers of processed vocal harmonies. "
Vinyl: VG+ (light hairlines, plays great)
Cover: VG+ (light wear around edges, but sturdy overall)
Play notes: A great sounding, quiet copy with the harder-to-find original mix