i had hoped to sit down listen to all the pressings of the early releases and chime in with some longer, more thoughtful posts, about the 1st 2 WB albums. things were moving too fast to do so, since I was listening to all of the 65-67 shows I have as well. In short, I love the youthful, positive energy of the 1st LP. I know it's been atributed to amphetemines, but songs like Golden Road and Alice D. Millionare just glow with optimism and forward movement. I know that Hassinger was chosen to produce based on his production of The Stones, but I hear no resemblence. Anthem is an explosion of growth -- all of the sudden the weirdness springs forth fully formed. Phil Lesh's style of long contrapuntal lines comes to the fore. The addition of Mickey Hart gives the percussion a swishing, chaotic, acid craziness, with all of the music moving together and independently at the same time. I've NEVER been able to find a copy of the original mix, but would love to hear it. If Garcia and Lesh think it's too weird, then it must be really far out. I really admire what they were trying to achieve by mixing the live and studio elements -- very forward thinking and artistic.