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Dark Star / Born Cross-Eyed

Grateful Dead

Initial release : April 1968

Warner Brothers 7186

7" single released in conjunction with Anthem Of The Sun. A white label promotional version of the single was also released.


  • Dark Star (Garcia / Hunter)
  • Born Cross-Eyed (Grateful Dead)

  • Tom Constanten - keyboards
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
  • Mickey Hart - drums, percussion
  • Bill Kreutzmann - drums, percussion
  • Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
  • Pigpen (Ron McKernan) - organ, percussion, vocals
  • Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
  • Robert Hunter - voice (at end of Dark Star)

  • Producer - Grateful Dead, Dave Hassinger
  • Arranger - Grateful Dead
  • Engineers - Dan Healy, Bob Matthews, Betty Cantor
Related releases

The single version of Dark Star is completely different to the album version. It was recorded during the Anthem Of The Sun studio recording sessions.

A white label promotional version of this single was released:

A vinyl replica 7" single was released in 2017; The version of Born Cross-Eyed is a different mix of the version that was released on; A promotional version of the single was released in the UK in 1977 and distributed with the Dark Star magazine. The picture sleeve of this version is shown above. The rear cover of the sleeve included the lyrics of Dark Star and the message "This record presented exclusively by Dark Star Magazine with the kind cooperation of WEA Records Ltd".

Both tracks on the single were subsequently included on;

album cover

album cover

album cover

1968 Warner Brothers picture sleeve

album cover

1977 Dark Star magazine picture sleeve