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Is there an in-between with the Grateful Dead? I don’t like them. I don’t know that I’ve met anyone that was like, “meh, they’re okay.” It seems to be an all or nothing kind of thing. And the “all” side seems to be a tape trading lifestyle. I don’t know what they trade these days. I dated a Deadhead in the ‘90s and during that time it was DAT tapes. Can Dead concerts just be downloaded now? Don’t tell me. I don’t actually care.

Anthem of the Sun is the second album from the Grateful Dead, released in 1968. According to wiki the album “combines multiple studio and live recordings of each song. The result is an experimental amalgam that is neither a studio album nor a live album, but both at the same time.” Rolling Stone quoted Jerry Garcia as saying, “We really mixed [the album] for the hallucinations, you know?” Sure. Whatever.

The album is only 5 songs long, but for those that don’t know the Grateful Dead those 5 songs clock in at almost 40 minutes. Sometimes it seemed almost never ending. I imagine it’s hard for a jam band to make a studio album and maybe that’s why they combined the live and studio concept. I dunno. Doesn’t matter. I don’t like it.

Warner Bros., 1968