Ranking the Discography: Grateful Dead part 3: Aoxomoxoa

Aoxomoxoa was one of the first albums to be recorded using 16-track technology. According to manager Rock Scully, the title is pronounced ox-oh -mox-oh-ah. This is the only album where Garcia sings lead on every track.


Jerry Garcia: guitar, vocals

Bob Weir: guitar, vocals

Ron “PigPen” McKernan: organ, percussion

Tom Constanten: keyboards

Phil Lesh: bass, vocals

Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart: drums, percussion

The Tracks:

  1. “St. Stephen”: This song references the first martyr of the Acts of the Apostles. I like the rhythm of the song.
  2. ” Dupree’s Diamond Blues “: An excellent bluesy number with some good keyboards.
  3. ” Rosemary”: This song was too short.
  4. “Doin’ That Rag”: Probably my favorite song from the album. This song just rocks.
  5. ” Mountains of the Moon”: Really like the vocals on this. Some excellent guitar riffs.
  6. “China Cat Sunflower “: One of the weirdest songs I’ve ever heard. I like it.
  7. ” What’s Become of the Baby”: This is supposed to be about Jesus’s birth, but the lyrics are difficult to understand. Luckily, a friend provided me with the lyrics.
  8. “Cosmic Charlie”: A pretty good trippy closer for the album.

Final Verdict: Despite having trouble understanding some of the album, I liked this one a lot.

Grade: A


Author: rocklobsterjwt

I am a Christian and an anime fan. My blog will cover anime reviews and maybe an occasional story

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