If you’ve ever talked to a Deadhead for even 5 minutes you’ll know that it’s all about the live shows and recordings. On Anthem Of The Sun, band would attempt to capture the surrealistic and psychedelic magic of the live shows with a bit of studio trickery: they would fuse different versions of the same song to suggest “a thousand-petal lotus, unfolding in constant renewal.” Other unconventional techniques were used as well including prepared piano à la John Cage and tape manipulation similar to an electronic composition. The album ended up sounding nothing like a live show, but it did succeed in capturing the band’s avant-garde approach to rock.
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Tags: Avant-Garde / Psychedelic