What's the best song on Aoxomoxoa?

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Listen to the 1969 mix (now available on the streaming svcs) before voting! It has a few surprises. Poll closing date is the 50th anniversary of the album's release.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
St. Stephen 9
China Cat Sunflower 9
Mountains of the Moon 5
What's Become of the Baby 1
Dupree's Diamond Blues 0
Rosemary 0
Doin' That Rag 0
Cosmic Charlie 0


WmC, Monday, 10 June 2019 00:50 (three months ago) link

I couldn’t possibly choose btw. St. Stephen & China Cat... and nor will I!

Theodor Adorno, perhaps the greatest philosopher alive today (morrisp), Monday, 10 June 2019 02:04 (three months ago) link

probably mountains of the moon if we're dealing with the actual studio version (if live then china cat of course)

tylerw, Monday, 10 June 2019 02:12 (three months ago) link

i'd love to lol-vote for "what's become of the baby" but this is china cat easy

Flood-Resistant Mirror-Drilling Machine (rushomancy), Monday, 10 June 2019 02:16 (three months ago) link

Between Stephen, Rosemary, and Mountains. China Cat I’ve heard too many times and the melody just grates. The rest is a load of charming nonsense

calstars, Monday, 10 June 2019 02:33 (three months ago) link

Does anyone prefer the 69 mixes over the 71s? Latter seems much better

calstars, Monday, 10 June 2019 02:38 (three months ago) link

I prefer ‘71 m’self

Theodor Adorno, perhaps the greatest philosopher alive today (morrisp), Monday, 10 June 2019 03:20 (three months ago) link

"China Cat Sunflower."

clemenza, Monday, 10 June 2019 03:35 (three months ago) link

gotta be mountains of the moon, everything else is either an interesting sketch or a shadow of what it would become live

oiocha, Monday, 10 June 2019 03:38 (three months ago) link

i've kind of come around to what's become of the baby (og mix) over the years... but this is mountains of the moon just shading out china cat.

which mix was it that made it onto the early cd? cos i'm not sure i've actually heard the '71 version.

no lime tangier, Monday, 10 June 2019 04:14 (three months ago) link

^it was the ‘71 mix (although: Mistakenly, the song timings on the first (1987) CD release refer to the original mix, not the remix (varying most significantly on "Doin' that Rag," which was edited from 5:15 to 4:41, and "China Cat Sunflower," edited from 4:15 to 3:40).)

Theodor Adorno, perhaps the greatest philosopher alive today (morrisp), Monday, 10 June 2019 04:17 (three months ago) link

I believe this new anniversary reish is the first time the ‘69 mix has been officially issued on CD.

Theodor Adorno, perhaps the greatest philosopher alive today (morrisp), Monday, 10 June 2019 04:19 (three months ago) link

ah, thanks... then i haven't heard the remix in 15+ years. might be interesting to get hold of a copy and contrast & compare at some point (though taking out the "experimental" factor, boo!)

no lime tangier, Monday, 10 June 2019 04:44 (three months ago) link

I liked the 69 mix better for a while after I first heard it, but really the 71 is better for most of the album. But "What's Become of the Baby" is tons better in the original mix.

WmC, Monday, 10 June 2019 11:21 (three months ago) link

What was the version on the Golden road box set was that still the '71.

Stevolende, Monday, 10 June 2019 15:54 (three months ago) link

St Stephen and it isn't even close

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 10 June 2019 16:00 (three months ago) link

xp To my understanding, yes. (That’s what I owned, and I dl’d a rip of the ‘69 LP mix from Slsk back in the day)

Theodor Adorno, perhaps the greatest philosopher alive today (morrisp), Monday, 10 June 2019 16:26 (three months ago) link

voted for china cat, even tho the studio version is almost unrecognizable to me at this point. it's still got some A+ guitarwork.

Jeff the grown man (voodoo chili), Monday, 10 June 2019 17:06 (three months ago) link

Love Phil’s 5ths during the St Stephen intro

calstars, Monday, 10 June 2019 18:41 (three months ago) link

Interesting -- not sure i ever heard this version of China Cat before. I don't hate it. Still have to go with St Stephen though.

enochroot, Monday, 10 June 2019 19:12 (three months ago) link

for jams & future purposes china cat easy. for "what's my favorite song to sing & play, the best song-qua-song here" I think it's St Stephen for sure

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Monday, 10 June 2019 19:12 (three months ago) link

the little "china cat!" harmonies are so goofy, forgot about those.

oiocha, Monday, 10 June 2019 19:39 (three months ago) link

I hate the "la-la-la" on this china cat. Glad they dropped that.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 10 June 2019 20:00 (three months ago) link

yeah this record sounds very of its time, way too much going on at any given moment

there's a lot of hippy dippy crap on this record but the opening lines of saint stephen are so evocative and great

Saint Stephen, with a rose
In and out of the garden he goes
Country garden in the wind and the rain
Wherever he goes the people all complain

just instantly conjures up this beatific, persecuted holy fool.

oiocha, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 00:01 (three months ago) link

this is always worth a "wow, different times" look

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wx6OAfvlxTs

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 02:06 (three months ago) link

It was one of the first LPs recorded using a 16-track (which I imagine most folks posting here already know...).

Theodor Adorno, perhaps the greatest philosopher alive today (morrisp), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 02:41 (three months ago) link

lol @ bob at 5:38. he's so corny and always has been

global tetrahedron, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 03:18 (three months ago) link

Heard the live set with the 50th anniversary edition yesterday and it sounds pretty great.
Captured during the 24th-26th January 69 live shows that Live Dead comes from apparently. Seems to be quite peak 69.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 06:00 (three months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 00:01 (three months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:01 (three months ago) link

kudos to the brave soul who voted "what's become of the baby"

thread got me into "mountains of the moon"... but only live. the dp26 version is nice. (goes into a nice pre-rider china cat, too) the studio version... i mean it's a good song but harpsichord was past its sell-by date in '69

Flood-Resistant Mirror-Drilling Machine (rushomancy), Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:12 (three months ago) link

Luv the tie score!

Consider the coconut (morrisp), Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:23 (three months ago) link

but harpsichord was past its sell-by date in '69

― Flood-Resistant Mirror-Drilling Machine (rushomancy), Wednesday, June 19, 2019 7:12 PM (fourteen minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah i mean bach had already been dead for almost twenty years

budo jeru, Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:31 (three months ago) link

Rosemary deserved better

think the toledo mud hens but for twitter (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 20 June 2019 02:50 (three months ago) link

It was down to that or What's Become for me. I knew St Stephen and China Cat would get plenty of love.

I am curious (george) (slight return) (WmC), Thursday, 20 June 2019 03:22 (three months ago) link

sorry about my dumb joke

as you were

budo jeru, Thursday, 20 June 2019 07:55 (three months ago) link

in fairness knowledge of bach's death wasn't common knowledge until the 1978's "duck stab"

Flood-Resistant Mirror-Drilling Machine (rushomancy), Thursday, 20 June 2019 12:44 (three months ago) link

rosemary is cool cos it sounds like proto-ween

oiocha, Thursday, 20 June 2019 16:19 (three months ago) link

Rosemary’s ”a breath of cologne” such good phrasing by big J

calstars, Thursday, 20 June 2019 16:27 (three months ago) link

Boots were of leather
A breath of cologne
Her mirror was a window
She sat quite alone

All around her
The garden grew
Scarlet and purple
And crimson and blue

She came and she went
And at last went away
The garden was sealed
When the flowers decayed

On the wall of the garden
A legend did say:
No one may come here
Since no one may stay

calstars, Thursday, 20 June 2019 16:30 (three months ago) link


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