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American Beauty (Expanded) [Original recording remastered]

Grateful Dead Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
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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'
11. Truckin'
12. Friend Of The Devil
13. Candyman
14. Till The Morning Comes
15. Attics Of My Life
16. Truckin'
17. Ripple
18. American Beauty Radio Spot

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The Grateful Dead produced some of the most extraordinary and innovative music ever to fall under the general heading of "rock". In fact a blend of exploratory jazz, folk, rock & roll and world music all bound together by the purest improvisatory psychedelia, few bands have attempted music of such scope and ambition. The problem was that although they could often produce music of this stature live, their inspiration nearly always crumbled when faced with a studio setting. The exceptions that proves the rule, American Beauty and Workingman's Dead, are the band's finest studio excursions. They contain more excellent songs, better performed, than any other two albums of theirs. Featuring a smooth electric/acoustic mix of instrumentation spiced by pedal steel and mandolin, American Beauty harks back to their folk and jug-band days of the mid-60s. Besides the stunning harmonies--which owe a debt to David Crosby's coaching--and the band's outstanding songwriting ability, it's Robert Hunter's lyrics which raise this album to classic status. Songs such as "Truckin" (a true story of life on the road with the Dead in early 1970), "Box Of Rain", "Friend of the Devil", "Brokedown Palace", "Attics of My Life" and the magnificent "Ripple" contain some of Hunter's most direct and compelling verses. For those who might want to hear where the Grateful Dead could take songs like these on a good day, however, an attempt should be made to get some of the many live recordings now available.--James Swift

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Six extra tracks including one of the few live performances of Till the Morning Comes !

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1.0 out of 5 stars Warped album April 25 2014
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
In no way is my rating related to the grateful dead or their magnificent album. My 1/5 stars is for buying records from amazon, my record came in looked great, plastic on outside looked a little crinkled like it has been too warm. Album was warped on edged and doesn't play properly. Would not recommend this. Go support a local record store if you can instead. At least you can see the vinyl yourself in person.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album June 25 2004
Format:Audio CD
This was the first Dead cd I bought and I loved it right away. Classics like Truckin, Candyman, and the great overlooked song, Operator, and the live songs are awesome to listen to. Any fan of classic rock should own this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars American Beauty- "True to it's name" May 28 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
What can I say about this album? In my opinion it's one of the best Dead albums ever made. I know that's up for debate, because they made so many albums, but this one seems to have such a cohesivness and rock solid feel to it, it's hard to think otherwise.
I've been a dead head for a long time, at least since the very early stuff they did. For starters, I've never seen another band that in my opinion is as versital as The Grateful Dead. Start with their first album. They just seemed to be kicking to get out of the stall. Then get into Anthum of the Sun and Aoxomoxoa. Now, down the road here we get back to their roots and have an album called American Beauty, and boy what a beauty it is. What a colection of songs, finely crafted and very cohesive together. Still, they have the variety and style of the one and only, Grateful Dead. How could you not like a song like Sugar Magnolia, or the bluegrass oriented Friend of the Devil. It's almost too much fun for one album. Then you get soulful with songs like Box of Rain and Ripple. In the words of good old American slang: "It just don't get no better than this". These guys can play their ass off on songs like Dark Star and Turn on your love light, then turn around and do something like Box of Rain or Ripple. What a nice transition. To me this just shows the incredible versitility of the band called "The Grateful Dead" Long live The Grateful Dead. They'll stretch you're musical horizons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars less than 5 stars? July 4 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I wonder sometimes what motivates people to say what they do and why. This CD is a desert island disc, or , if you only had 10 cd's to own, or, if you wanted to pick out music that was the most significant and important in rock n roll history, this is one of them. And this is not coming from a "Deadhead". This album is a gem. Not one bad tune. It re-defined the role of American themes and genres in a contemporary setting. It is a record almost perfect : we should all be so lucky if someone down the line could produce something equally as significant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1970's Deadly one-two punch! May 20 2004
By Ed Kaz
Format:Audio CD
So what if the Dead (or the 70's for that matter) never got better than this. American Beauty along with Workingman's Dead are astonishing works of sonic bliss. And to think they were both released in 1970! To listen in 2004 is to marvel; this album will cure your ills without any side-effects (except for chronic smiling). Ed Kaz 5.20.04
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4.0 out of 5 stars One great studio CD from a legendary band May 14 2004
By The Bas
Format:Audio CD
I was NEVER a fan of the Dead until the past few years, as I have gotten into more mellow music and jam bands, and began to rediscover the past music that I either ignored or didn't get a chance to appreciate. And I am not one to flock to a band that EVERYONE says is GREAT, like the dead...so here I am praising this great CD, as that is just what it is. You do not have to be a 'dead head' to appreciate the brilliant songwriting and mellow swing this CD puts you in!!!
The GD are really known for their miles of jams on live CD's, but if you don't want that *right now*, pop this gem in for some great dead music. If you want the endless jamming, well we all know that there are other GD choices there... Any way you look at it, I consider American Beauty one of the best albums (CDS) ever made! For those that doubted that these potheads could ever put together a focused CD of great music without turning a 4 minute song into a 40 minute one, look no further - these guys are legendary, and this CD is the ultimate proof.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Studio Dead May 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is their best studio album. What more can I say? Brokedown Palace may be the most beautiful rock song of all time. A must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Let there be songs...to fill the air!" April 7 2004
Format:Audio CD
"It's the same story the crow told me it's the only one he knows..." Yes, we have heard the story. You know...how the Grateful Dead were great in concert, but for reasons unknown, were never able to "catch lightning in a bottle", when it came time to going into the studio to produce an album. Well folks, that's a myth that's disproven with this remastered, re-release (w/ bonus tracks) of the Dead's 1970 classic, "American Beauty". This is a band, who never cared to be pigeonholed in one musical catagory or genre. As the 1960's ended the record industry pretty much had the them pegged as an experimental psychedelic band, who couldn't make much of a dent in the charts.But just when you zig the G.D. would zag and do the unexpected. They refined and simplified both their song writing craft and their vocal performances, creating a beautiful collection of rock, country, folk & blues songs, that were new and modern, but at the same time felt like they wouldn't be out of place being played a half century earlier.The album starts on a high note of perfection with "Box of Rain", bassist, Phil Lesh's ode to his dying father. This is a tuneful, powerful song, which is just an outpouring of emotion.The album's high quality of song writing and performances continues all the way to the last note of the last song, the band's autobiographical rocker, "Truckin". Other highlights include tunes such as "Friend of the Devil", the lively country rocker, "Sugar Magnolia" and the zen like sing-along, "Ripple". But to be truthful, there isn't a clunker in the bunch.The songs seem to easily work together creating an almost historical/emotional portrait of the American spirit and psyche. Read more ›
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