Interesting piece of Dead history.
The sound is a but rough and varies from track to track-
However it is not unlistenable by any means.
If you are looking for official release studio quality then you may wanna pass-
but if you are a fan of this era and don't mind a little hiss and a few flaws then this is a fun little collection.
A big thank you to Old Dirty Banjo for this and several other flac/shn files from '67-
Mail trading is still alive!
I'll be seeding more of them as time allows.
Studio Sessions for Anthem of the Sun
Date and location uncertain
Likely Fall of 1967 in California
Disc Time 42:42
01 //That's It For The Other One
02 Alligator >
04 Turn On Your Lovelight
-- Unidentified studio take (mono)
05 Smokestack Lightnin'
Notes on dating tracks 01 thru 04:
The Taping Compendium Volume One lists the tape as "11/19/67, Unknown Studio
Location Rehearsal". Deadlists calls it "11/1?/67, Rehearsal Studio Session".
The Deaddisc discography page lists the following Anthem studio sessions:
- Sept 1967, RCA Studio A, Hollywood;
- Oct 1967, American Studios, North Hollywood;
- Dec 1967, Century Sound, New York; Olmstead Studios, New York.
To add to the confusion, db.etree lists the following studio tape dates:
"10-20-67, American Studios", "11-19-67 Unknown location", and "12-02-67,
Studio". Obviously, this material fits somewhere within this time period.
TIFTOO cuts in during the first verse. The vocals are mostly missing, then
fade up near the end of the Cryptical Reprise. All the vocals are missing
from Alligator, although they can be heard distantly in the background.
There's some tape-warble damage in the right channel during Lovelight.
The Smokestack take was included as unlabeled filler on a vinyl bootleg LP
of the Terrapin Station outtakes, thus the audible crackle and pop. It is
not the same version that appears in ShnID-18124. Soundforge was used on
all the tapes to make fades, and to adjust the levels in a few spots.