Anyway, my recollection is that Aoxomoxoa was the album that really, really started minting Deadheads in large numbers. In any case, it was the album that got me onboard, absolutely.
When it was released in summer of '69, I was still in the Army, about to spend my last year stationed in Oakland. That after spending the previous 13 months in a faraway place... a faraway place that at least produced some splendid agricultural products to help take one's mind off being there.
To continue, though, I well remember walking around Berkeley and North Oakland then and often hearing "Cosmic Charlie" or something blaring from someone's speakers. It just seemed that everyone was playing it. Which wasn't the case with their first two albums.
I have a question about the album cover, though, that maybe someone here can answer. The script on the album cover that spelled out AOXOMOXOA was done by Rick Griffin in what is called Ambigram style (meaning it could also be read as something else... which in this instance also said, "We ate the acid.")
Does anyone know if any band members worked, in any way, with Rick Griffin in creating that? It would seem to me that they would have had to, at least, given the artwork the OK. But in all these years, I never came across a story about that.