Offered for sale is a still sealed U.S. copy of the rare “white cover” version of Anthem of the Sun by the Grateful Dead, containing a different mix from the original release.
The change in cover art was issued without the band’s approval and was withdrawn shortly after release.
About this copy: This copy of Anthem of the Sun is a 1975 pressing on the Warner Brothers label.
As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.
This copy does not have the “Remixed, September, 1971…” text on the back cover.
The wrap is fully intact with no rips, tears or holes. An original price sticker is attached to the shrink wrap (not shown in photo.)
A beautiful copy of a rare Grateful Dead LP and only the second copy we’ve ever had for sale.
Background: Released in 1968, Anthem of the Sun was the second album by the Grateful Dead.
The album reached #87 on the U.S. album chart.
In 1971, the album was remixed by Phil Lesh, this version still had the original purple cover but had “RE” etched in the dead wax.
The album was reissued in 1975 with a white cover that was changed by the record company without the band’s involvement. In addition to changing the color of the cover, the font used for the title of the album was changed.
Some copies also had a note on the back cover that said, “Remixed September, 1971, at Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco.”
As the band had not approved of this cover change, the white covers were withdrawn shortly after release with the original purple cover art restored.
As the second long-player by the Grateful Dead, Anthem of the Sun (1968) pushed the limits of both the music as well as the medium. General dissatisfaction with their self-titled debut necessitated the search for a methodology to seamlessly juxtapose the more inspired segments of their live performances with the necessary conventions of a single LP. Since issuing their first album, the Dead welcomed lyricist Robert Hunter into the fold — freeing the performing members to focus on the execution and taking the music to the next level.
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|Country of origin:||U.S.|
|Record Label:||Warner Brothers|
|Year of Release:||1975|