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American Beauty (Lp)

Grateful Dead LP Record
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
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Heavyweight 180gm vinyl LP pressing of this album. Rhino. 2011.


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 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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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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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 "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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Greatful Dead Studio Album! Feb. 17 2004
By Morton
Format:Audio CD
This is by far the best studio album The Greatful Dead ever recorded. Workingman was good but this is just that much better. Jerry Garcia's amazing guitar playing comes through full blast here on this classic album. The lyrics are the best they had been up untill this point.
The album starts off with the bands all time best song 'Box Of Rain' its a slower ballad with some beautiful lyrics. The album also closes with The Greatful Dead's second best song 'Truckin' this song is The Deads most rock and roll song, and it has Jerry Garcia's greatest guitar solo of all time! Other classics include 'Friend Of The Devil' 'Sugar Magnolia' 'Ripple' and the awsome 'Ripple' The band was never tighter then on this album.
Like I said you cant get better then American Beauty for The Greatful Dead, Working Man's Dead is good but this is bettter. Dont be fooled by the people who tell you that the live albums are better, beacuse they can get boring some of the songs are like 45 minutes long on Europe '72. If you want a good live album stick with Live Dead, its their only decent live album.Col
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1.0 out of 5 stars Warped album
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... Read more
Published 6 months ago by The metric
5.0 out of 5 stars American Beauty
Vintage Grateful Dead. I was overjoyed to find this CD on Amazon, since the original album was so meaningful to me back in the day.
Published on Jan. 30 2010 by Lynne
5.0 out of 5 stars less than 5 stars?
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... Read more
Published on July 4 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album
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... Read more
Published on June 25 2004 by Justin Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars 1970's Deadly one-two punch!
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. Read more
Published on May 20 2004 by Ed Kaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Studio Dead
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.
Published on May 12 2004 by John Candy
5.0 out of 5 stars always wonderful
I'm now 21, and this has been my favorite album since I was 13. Definitly something worth having.
Published on April 6 2004 by "amazonvalkryie"
5.0 out of 5 stars The title of the album says it all...
The Grateful Dead have made many, many albums but this has got to be the best and essential album. If you are interested in listening to the Grateful Dead at all buy this album... Read more
Published on Dec 6 2003 by dave
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Not Live!
O.K.--it's the Grateful Dead, but... you really need to hear live stuff to fully appreciate them. There are several good songs on this album, most notably being Truckin', Friend of... Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2003
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