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by John Oswald/Grateful Dead

"An extended time-warped psychedelic jam that is meticulously hallucinatory... GRAYFOLDED is literally a hundred or so great nights rolled into one extraordinary, extended high... two Cds' worth of gorgeous sonic orgami."
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Novature (Formless Nights Fall)
Grateful Dead / John Oswald
1:20 album only
2. Pouring Velvet
Grateful Dead / John Oswald
2:58 album only
3. In Revolving Ash Light
Grateful Dead / John Oswald
16:59 album only
4. Clouds Cast
Grateful Dead / John Oswald
7:13 album only
5. Through
Grateful Dead / John Oswald
8:52 album only
6. Fault Forces
Grateful Dead / John Oswald
6:19 album only
7. The Phil Zone
Grateful Dead / John Oswald
4:45 album only
8. La Estrella Oscura
Grateful Dead / John Oswald
9:33 album only
9. Recedes (while we can)
Grateful Dead / John Oswald
1:57 album only
10. Transilience
Grateful Dead / John Oswald
0:45 album only
11. 23rd Star Bridge Sonata
Grateful Dead / John Oswald
14:22 album only
12. Cease Tone Beam
Grateful Dead / John Oswald
13:27 album only
13. The Speed of Space
Grateful Dead / John Oswald
9:25 album only
14. Dark Matter Problem/Every Leaf is Turning
Grateful Dead / John Oswald
7:13 album only
15. Foldback Time
Grateful Dead / John Oswald
4:34 album only


Album Notes
(August 11, 2004 / TORONTO) John Oswald's FONY label has decided to reissue the critically and popularly acclaimed 2CD Grateful Dead plunderphonic GRAYFOLDED. Out of print since June 2000, the 2004 edition (10th year anniversary) features exclusive background info and interviews with Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, and Robert Hunter plus 2 "time maps" which chart the source Dark Stars used and a 10,000 word essay by musicologist Rob Bowman. Gary Lambert, editor of the Grateful Dead Almanac said : "The decade-leaping GRAYFOLDED is an astonishingly accurate evocation of that sublime, hallucinatory 'unstuck in time' feeling one gets at a really good Grateful Dead show."

"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

"Even casual Dead fans will be floored by this astonishing new project. Absolutely brilliant."

- John Sakamoto, Toronto Sun, album of the decade

"Oswald shoots fearless high voltage into this Grateful Frankenstein."

- Milo Miles, The Village Voice

There is in the Grateful Dead repertoire a song so legendary as to often be 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 opportinity 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 GRAYFOLDED. I've collected what I think are interesting portions from over a hundred performances, accumulating 40 hours of digital copies of the master tapes.

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 conjour specific memories. For others it will reveal how wild and embracing the music of the Grateful Dead can be. - John Oswald/1995

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This is an amazing album. AMAZING. I think any music lover would enjoy this mix.

Hugh D

Excellent for deadheads
If you're a deadhead, you'll love this disk. 30 years of Dark Star reduced/expanded through electronic magic to 1 hour and 48 minutes. This was done at the band's request and receives a thumbs up from Jerry and Phil. No longer available at DeadNet.

Shawn Garbett

Get Your Jam On
I thought that with the passing of Jerry, and the band kinda unfolding, and with the pile of concert recordings of the Dead I have, that there was very little left for me to explore of the Dead. Then I find this album. How wrong I was. This thing is a whole new take on it. This is one of the best treatments of a Dead recording ever.

Psychatrone Rhonedakk

Not just for Dead-heads ,FOR Psychedelic HEADS!
Killer two Cd remix of 100's of versions of Dark Star(thee most psych song the Dead recorded)!

This is one long dream version of that trippiest of GD'll please any Psychedelic Head!

Hear a chorus of Jerry Garcias sing on disc 2 like a kaliedoscope of voices all ending on one word,then hear all the Grateful Deads from many eras jam together by the magic of this mixer's mind. There are too many great moments to mention.........and it's all just so fantastically enjoyable just as a great listening experience.

All psychedelic heads,and Dead Heads need to hear this.


The coolest and only mix of John Oswald's view of Dark Star!
This CD is John Oswald's version of 25 years of DARK STAR played by over 100 member of the Grateful Dead. The 2 sets are out of this world and bring incredible excellence to the spirit and inspriation the Grateful Dead made on Dead Heads! Enjoy!

norman christiansen

an amazing amalgam distilled from three decades of one of hunter's most enduring psychedelic offerings...
try it, you'll like it...
wonderful stuff...
the stuff dreams are made of...

Michael B Mellor

I first bought this whilst living in Taiwan. When in 2000, I moved to Egypt with my 1,200 cds, Greyfolded was the only CD missing. It has taken me 7 years to find it again. It was worth the wait.


Totally insane, absolutely fucking insane.
The first time i experienced this, I was sitting in a totally dark room at night, chainsmoking joints, with Transitive Axis followed by Mirror Ashes playing. During the first disc, the guitars wound and chased each other through my mind. After putting Mirror Ashes on, i was on a totally different planet. This will blow your mind.