Grateful Dead*Anthem Of The Sun

Label:Warner Records – RCV1 695008, Rhino Records (2) – 081227883171
Series:Vinyl Me, Please. Essentials – E121
Vinyl, LP, Album, Club Edition, Reissue, Remastered, Stereo, Orange / Yellow Splatter, 180g, Gatefold
Style:Psychedelic Rock


That's It For The Other One
A1.ICryptical Envelopement
A1.IIQuadlibet For Tender Feet
A1.IIIThe Faster We Go, The Rounder We Get
A1.IVWe Leave The Castle
A2New Potato Caboose
A3Born Cross-Eyed
B2Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)

Companies, etc.



Packaged in a spot-gloss, tip-on gatefold sleeve with a VMP obi.

• The original mix of the Dead's 1968 psychedlic patchwork masterpiece
• (AAA) lacquers cut from the master tapes by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering
• Pressed on exclusive 180g "noonday sun" vinyl
• Includes listening notes booklet by David Lemieux and art print by Jeremy Dean

Track A1.IV, "We Leave The Castle," does not appear on the back cover tracklist.

Ice-Nine Pub. BMI

(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

(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
Apostolic Studios, New York

Jan. 20, '68 - Eureka
Jan. 26, 27, '68 - Eagles Auditorium, Seattle
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.

℗ & © 1968 Warner Records, Inc., a Warner Music Group company.
Manufactured for Rhino Entertainment LLC, a Warner Music Group Company, 777 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90021.
Made in Czech Republic.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): RCV1-695008-A 081227883171 CB 249643E1 1345056
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): RCV1-695008-B 081227883171 CB 249643E2 1345052

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Anthem Of The Sun (LP, Album)Warner Bros. - Seven Arts RecordsWBS 1749New Zealand1968
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Anthem Of The Sun (LP, Album)Warner Bros. - Seven Arts Records, Warner Bros. - Seven Arts RecordsWS 1749, 1749Germany1968
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Anthem Of The Sun (LP, Album, Misprint, Stereo)Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. - Seven Arts Records, Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. - Seven Arts RecordsWS 1749, WS.1749UK1968
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Anthem Of The Sun (LP, Album, Stereo)Warner Bros. - Seven Arts Records, Warner Bros. - Seven Arts RecordsWS 1749, 1749Canada1968
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  • porkmoss's avatar
    I am no scholar of the Dead but this appears to be a very unique, strange novelty. To me the audio is crystal clear but what I do hear is the hollow background of the original tape as this seems to have been pressed without any additional futzing about with improvements or polish that would not meet the intent of solidly pushing out to the world this original version of the album. That being said, it is not for everyone. Lol. But if you are the last person awake at the party and need something for your brain to chew on while you attempt to nod off before sunrise, I can see where this would fit into the playlist. The memos printed inside the gatefold and the recording doodles in the liner notes booklet make it clear that the recording process for this album was just as wild as the result. This one is pretty far out.
    • jsmit339's avatar
      Edited 8 months ago
      An absolutely phenomenal pressing from the way it looks to the way it sounds. And the bass! Oh my goodness the bass is incredible. I'm very grateful to have this.
      • madpelican's avatar
        Can someone compare SQ on this to the 2011 Rhino AAA vinyl (also utilizing the ‘68 mix):
        • aagstn's avatar
          This is a very interesting mix of the album. Glad this was the version they choose for this release. Packaging is usual glossy and high quality cover we expect from VMP. I enjoyed the booklet and art print. My only downside with this release is the surface noise. Even after a wet clean this has pops and crackles on occasion that are noticeable through the music. Considering what VMP charges, I really wish they would use a more consistent vinyl source than GZ. Though to be fair, most of my problem GZ purchases have been non VMP records.
          • TheAmnesiacKid's avatar
            Wow. I'm not sure if it's the 1968 mix or the BG mastering but this blows my 2020 reissue (which utilizes the 1972 mix) out of the water. Really, really impressed with this one. Hearing the album like I've never heard it before.
            • jloper's avatar
              Edited 29 days ago
              sounds amazing i bought the Chris bellman 50 annv. vinyl and it was terrible !!!! This Chris bellman AAA pressing smokes the 50 annv. cut he did !!!!!!!!!!! I wish these record companies and labels would stop being so cheap and press AAA when the source was AAA to begin with instead of cutting off a digital file! This is a clear Example of how much better the Record can be when done right!
              • iangraham's avatar
                Packaging is insanely nice. My record showed up with a bug (a literal bug) pressed into the record. Record was unplayable because the bug was half in/half out. Pretty crazy. Quick response from VMP and new copy on its way.
                • SunDemon's avatar
                  Gorgeous release. The artwork and lettering on the front cover are all spot gloss on a deluxe mat purple background. It's almost silky. You can FEEL the quality as well as see it. The round photo on the back cover is spot gloss as well. I have never heard this album sound better and the vinyl is a spectacular orange and yellow sunburst. The whole thing is a true work of art. You get a booklet and an art print as well. The letter from the Reprise Records head honcho complaining about the band's attitude in the recording studio (as well as the guys' response scrawled all over it) is a nice touch, You NEED this.!!
                  • jbwelda's avatar
                    Along with Aoxomoxoa and Live/Dead, one of my absolute favorite GD albums from the day it was released and this new pressing is all that and more. Not a lot of top end but thats to be expected wish such layering recording techniques but the bass more than makes up for it. Crystal clear deep sound too, hear a lot of things I never heard before. I probably have a dozen copies of this release, both remixed and the original (as this record is) and this one tops them all.

                    Just a side note: my parents had a vacation place right near Kings Beach Bowl and I used to go there often and catch acts at the bowling alley lounge. Thats what it was, Kings Beach BOWL as in bowling I recall the lounge was downstairs (you could hear the bowling balls upstairs as they went down the alley when it was quiet) with a separate entrance around the side of the building. So some might think the Dead were playing some big Hollywood Bowl type place but it was just a neighborhood bowling alley on the edge of the lake. I think one night Bill the drummer was too tired to play after skiing all day and Mickey had to do it by himself that evening. I unfortunately was not in town when they played there so I missed it. Listening to the KBB recording I only hear a few snippets, feedback mostly, that I recognize on the Anthem LP. -jb
                    • flybar33's avatar
                      Incredible pressing. Awesome separation and soundstage. This is the reissue we have all waited for and needed, to hear the album in its true intended glory. A true timeless art piece


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