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    bonus materials:
    —for the first time ever, the complete 110 minute version of GRAYFOLDED as a direct-from-the-master digital file.
    —additional Grayfolded insert and disc art, and the "I want to hear the Light Show" promo flyer.
    —10,000 word historical essay.
    —two time maps delineating where each of the 100+ electroquoted concerts occurs.
    —two 'radio edit' tracks :"Transitive Axis" & "La Estrella Oscura"
    originally released as a promo CD in 1994.
    —a brand new version of the formerly secret and well-hidden "Mirror Ashes" zero track.
    —exclusive rough mix preview track from the upcoming TRANSITIVE AXIS LIVE album, with a video clip from a rehearsal.
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  • "This double CD, lasting almost two blissful hours, has been rightly acclaimed as the ultimate Dark Star, the one you always hoped the Dead would one day get around to playing."
    - The London Daily Telegraph

    Patti Smith: "I opened the top of my desk and found the last package Sandy [Pearlman] had sent me, […] Opening the small package, I pictured Sandy hastily addressing it, securing it with an excessive amount of scotch tape. It was a CD of GRAYFOLDED, an experimental Grateful Dead recording, difficult to find and much coveted. […] I suddenly felt dead — no, not dead, more otherworldly , a grateful kind of dead. I could feel life scurrying about, a plane overhead, the sea just beyond and unfolding notes of Dark Star drifting through the grid of my screen door. I could not bring myself to move, and let myself be transported elsewhere," (from her book Year of the Monkey)

    includes 2 timemaps and 10,000 word description by grammy-award winner Rob Bowman, incorporating exclusive interviews with Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Robert Hunter.

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    "Grayfolded is literally a hundred or so great nights rolled into one extraordinary extended high. Gorgeous sonic oragami." ~ Rolling Stone

    "An extended time-warped psychedelic jam that is meticulously hallucinatory." ~ New York Times

    Here it is, Deadheads, the ultimate Dark Star is now on vinyl. Deluxe audiophile pressing cut in Toronto under the watchful ears of John Oswald. Elaborately printed packaging in a heavy duty triple gatefold jacket includes liner notes by musicologist Rob Bowman featuring exclusive interviews with Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, and Robert Hunter, plus six "time maps" which chart the source concerts of Dark Star.
    Pressed in transparent red vinyl.

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'dark star crashes'


v3.0 — 4 february 2021 — a new version of 'mirror ashes track zero'
beta 2.3 — 7 november 2020 —'mirror ashes track zero' to be revised
beta 2.0 — 6 november 2020
beta 1.0 — 5 november 2020

back in 1994, when GRAYFOLDED "Transitive Axis" was released as a single CD with its cliffhanger ending, it included this note:

There is in the Grateful Dead repertoire a song so legendary as to often be only referred to as "IT" by dedicated dead heads. The Dead have been playing this song in concert sporadically for a quarter of a century now, often using it as a vehicle for musical travels far beyond the predictable. When Phil Lesh asked me to plunderphonicize the Dead's music, this song seemed to be the obvious place to start. With the invitation of the band I've had the opportunity to comb through the (also legendary) Grateful Dead Vaults and to listen to all the performance recordings of this piece on file. These board mixes are the sources for Gray Folded. I've collected what I think are interesting portions from over a hundred performances, thereby accumulating 40 hours of digital copies of the master tapes. Fifty-one of these performances are featured on Transitive Axis. The music slides back and forth over the years, often shifting from the recent present back to 1969 or the early 70s in the twinkling of an arpeggio. Within this Tralfamadorian time scheme there are some familiar moments and many unique surprises. There are a few appearances by The Grateful Dead Orchestra (multiple Weirs, Leshes, Kreutzmanns etc., all playing together) and the Jerry Garcia Chorus (in which a time shifted Captain Trips is heard harmonizing with himself over the years). For some this disc will conjure specific memories. For others it will reveal how wild and embracing the music of the Grateful Dead can be. —John Oswald. 1994

the following year, with the addition of the 'mirror Ashes" disc to the package, the above note was replaced by Rob Bowman's extensive essay including exclusive Dead interviews, which we are including in the bonuses in pdf form.


released August 9, 1995

all music played live by the Grateful Dead, 1968-1992

reproduced and redirected and further recomposed by John Oswald

McGannahan Skjellyfetti was the collective credit the Grateful Dead assigned themselves for their group improvised forays

GRAYFOLDED  was commissioned by the  Grateful Dead 

special thanks to
 Phil Lesh  and  David Gans;




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plunderphonics is the genre title coined by John Oswald to 'cover the counter-covert world of converted sound and retrofitted music, where collective melodic memories of the familiar are mined and rehabilitated to a new life. The blatant borrowings of the privateers of sound are a class distinct from common sample pocketing, parroting, and tune thievery.' ... more

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