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Audio DVD, October 30, 2001
Audio, Cassette, January 1, 1970
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Another seminal masterpiece, the 1970 classic featuring many of the Dead's best-known songs - "Sugar Magnolia" and "Friend Of The Devil" among others - now has 6 extra tracks, including the single version of "Truckin'", the first electric recording of "Candyman," and one of the few live performances of "Till The Morning Comes."
Who says discipline is a bad thing? No one who's heard American Beauty, the Dead's greatest studio achievement. Showcasing 10 concise, country-rooted gems that sound equally good whether you're hanging on the front porch in the afternoon or nursing a bottle after hours, this one could win over many an anti-Jerry. Bewildered by loss both personal and social--the hippie dream was quickly crashing by Beauty's 1970 release date--the band put its querulousness ("Box of Rain") and wry humor ("Truckin'") into the service of a masterwork. The most impressive cut of all may be "Ripple," Garcia's spiritual credo. --Rickey Wright
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 4.92 x 5.55 x 0.39 inches; 2.68 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Grateful Dead Production
- Item model number : 2020950
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Date First Available : July 27, 2006
- Label : Grateful Dead Production
- ASIN : B00007LTIL
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #42,092 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Certainly a bizarre anomaly in my collection, but one that I like just as much as the rest!
And overall great product and I'm well satisfied with it.
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I love this album, I already have this on an old vinyl record, and that plays fine, albeit a few clicks and pops, but it is 40 odd years old.
So I thought I'd treat myself to this record, as I'd already heard the 50th Anniversay CD, and the remastering is great, and I like things on vinyl, I have a good set up, maybe that's why I can hear any faults? (I genuinely didn't know this was a picture disc when I ordered it) I remember buying Curved Air Airconditioning in '72 I think, and that was a bad sounding record) When I got this, I hoped that it would play ok, maybe I'm wrong, but I do think the printed surface is the reason it sounds so bad
So I'm sorry I cannot recommend this at all. and can only it two stars only, purely because It does look good, and would be great as a piece of art, maybe on a wall.. but that's all.
Tracks: 1 Box of Rain, 2 Friend of the Devil, 3 Sugar Magnolia, 4 Operator, 5 Candyman, 6 Ripple, 7 Brokedown Palace 8 Till the Morning Comes
9 Attics of My Life 10 Truckin' all tracks written by members of the band.
If you're thinking of investigating Grateful Dead, then 'American Beauty' along with 'Workingman's Dead' and 'Blues For Allah' are good starting points.
There's no fillers here, as the band's collaboration with songwriter Robert Hunter yields another great collection, a selection of blues-tinged country compositions. Its easy to see why the versatile Jerry Garcia is held in such high esteem, his contribution here (as usual) is superb, an example being his acoustic guitar picking on "Friend Of The Devil" which is a delight, but I'm certainly not overlooking the great contribution from the rest of the band.
Its sometimes said that the band's vocals lack power, and that may be so, but personally I don't want to be blown out of my chair with powerhouse vocals when listening to these songs, I find the vocals here to be sensitive and emotional, and blend perfectly with the often beautiful and tender music/lyrics.
My favourite tracks are "Box Of Rain" - the personal pain behind Phil Lesh's aching vocals add extra emotion and poignancy to this classic opening track. Then "Friend Of The Devil". Also the truly beautiful "Ripple" with it's moving lyrics and vocals. The catchy "Truckin" is an uplifting foot-tapper. A great album from a uniquely special band, an album that still sounds fresh over forty years after it's release.