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American Beauty [Dual Disc]

Grateful DeadAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (November 23, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Dual Disc
  • Label: Rhino / Wea
  • ASIN: B000667FNI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,161 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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'

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The Dual Disc seamlessly unites CD and DVD technology, allowing this 2-sided disc to plays in all CD and DVD players as well as DVD-based games consoles and computer ROM drives. American Beauty was released by Warner Brothers in 1970 and became an instant classic of American roots rock. It is widely regarded as one of the high points of the Grateful Dead's long career, and it continues to be one of the band's best-selling albums.

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109 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Make Your Duck A Grateful Duck" March 4, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Grateful Dead's first four albums earned them the reputation of being another jam-oriented, hippy-trippy band from San Francisco. But their two classic albums from 1970--WORKINGMAN'S DEAD and AMERICAN BEAUTY--showcased their strong songwriting talents and their country, folk and bluegrass roots. The album prominently features Garcia's pedal steel playing--there is not a single Garcia guitar solo to be found anywhere!--and friend David Grisman adds mandolin on "Friend of the Devil" and "Ripple." Songs like "Sugar Magnolia," "Friend of the Devil" and "Truckin'" became permanent fixtures in their live shows.

This HDCD remastered edition by Rhino is the same one that was included as part of the 2001 box set THE GOLDEN ROAD. As such it is packed with with nearly forty minutes of bonus material, including the single version of "Truckin'" (which peaked at No. 64, making it the highest charting single of their career until "Touch of Grey" went Top 10 in 1987), as well as five live songs from various concerts from 1970: "Friend of the Devil," "Candyman," "Till the Morning Comes," "Attics of My Life" and "Truckin'." There are also two hidden tracks: a live version of "Ripple" and a hilarious 60-second radio spot promoting the Dead's then new album, which encourages listeners to buy the record and "make their duck a grateful duck."
In addition, there are some terrific photos included with the 16-page booklet along with an essay by Deadhead David Gans, who wrote last year's "Conversations with the Dead: The Grateful Dead Interview Book.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty indeed December 1, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I would venture to guess that more people were lured into the magical, maniacal world of the Grateful Dead through American Beauty than any other way. More times than I can count, I've seen a non-Deadhead listen to this album, be blown away, and slowly join the rest of us in our nirvana. American Beauty features lyrical, complex songs and straight-forward American Folk music. "Ripple" may be the most beautiful song ever written. "Box of Rain" is funny and poignant. And I dare you not to break into a huge grin during "Sugar Magnolia." While this is a much different Grateful Dead from what you saw in concert, it is equally glorious.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty July 2, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I always feared having to write a review of this album, but I guess I can accept it as a challenge, and attempt the impossible. For truly, how could one review something like a part of their lives, a place where they lived, or a transitioning period? To me the album brings on smells, tastes, and visions from all three of those stages.
Objectively, American Beauty has its flaws. The songs were done in the studio, something the band never looked forward to, and a little bittle of evolution, well, took some of these songs a long way. Look at Sugar Magnolia and Truckin' for instance, two of the bands most famous works, they never became great songs until they played them live, let them evolve, unfold, and bloom. Any experienced listener would take a live Truckin' or Sugar Magnolia over the studio versions anyday. But that doesn't really matter, because what the rest of the album has to offer is probably the best of what folk and rock music have to offer....
Box of Rain, Ripple, Brokedown Palace, Candyman, Friend of the Devil, and Attics of My Life.
Of all the jazz, classical music, folk & roots music, and world & ethnic music I have ever listened to, I still have not found songs which parallel these in their strength and grandeur. These are'nt merely songs, these are moments, these are Zen watercolor paintings, and they are the most sincere, and human pieces of art that I have ever come to know.
Coming to know these songs was like developing a new sense for me. It was like seeing, or smelling, or hearing for the first time, when the buddha sprang from beneath the bodhi tree he must have felt similar. I truly envy you if you have never listened to these songs, I would pay astronomical amounts of money to hear these songs again for the first time.
But then again, that was another time, another world....
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best place to start for the Grateful Dead March 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Doesn't everybody already own this album? I'm an old Deadhead - so you can calibrate my remarks. This is the best place to start in learning about the GD. If you had to own to just one GD album, this would be it. Box of Rain, Attics of My Life, Brokedown Palace, Ripple - all beautiful poetry in their own right. Hunter-Garcia, what a KNOCKOUT combination! Cherish well Jerry's voice here - as his singing voice declined markedly in his later years. What a burst of creativity American Beauty is. Buy this one, then go listen to some of their live albums - Live Dead, the "Skull & Roses" album, or Europe 72, and you'll get a glimpse of what it was all about.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Materpiece September 25, 2000
Format:Audio CD
What else can be said about this album? Because the album is worth listening to over and over, so is reading, writting and talking about it. The vocals on Attics of my Life are the best the dead ever produced on any album. They are perfect. All the songs are expertly written and performed. Ripple is one of the best true- blue american folk song ever written. The melody meshes perfectly with the words which gives the feeling of optimisim,hope and pure happiness. The song Till the Morning Comes never made it into the regular concert rotation, is a excellent rendition. The sound is joyful and very peppy. Box of Rain is song written by Robert Hunter and Phil Lesh which was wriiten at the time of Lesh's farther dying of cancer. As a matter of fact, Garcia's mother and Bob Weir's Parents had also passed away at the time. All the emotion and passion for life were put into this album. This is the "Crown Jewel" of recordings in american folk music, not just for the Grateul Dead. Other songs of note are Candyman and Friend of a Devil. Again, Garcia sings beautifully. His voice is young,fresh, and full of heartfelt passion. This album is not at all like the live concerts the band was playing at the time. Some shows had acustic sets but the electric sets were like entering a war zone of Fire Breathing Dragons. The sound on American Beauty is rich, warm and very inviting. This is a testiment to the incrediable versitility of this remarkable band of very fine musicians. Special note goes to David Grisman and Howard Wales for adding texture with mandolin and keyboards respectivly.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep on Truckin' with this Vinyl
A classic album. All of the hits that you remember sound even better on vinyl. I highly suggest you pick up this record.
Published 13 days ago by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite Dead albums!
Published 1 month ago by S. Bernath
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album!
This is definitely the best Dead album of all time! My husband and I just bought a record player, so we are on the hunt for vinyl. This record did not disappoint!
Published 2 months ago by KC
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
Even if you aren't a Dead fan, this has catchy tunes and Box of Rain just doesn't get any better - especially once you know the context of Lesh's reason for writing it.
Published 4 months ago by Wallace Krumpledorf
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have Grateful Dead
This CD along with Workingman's Dead are the cornerstones of the Dead studio experience. Music that has provided me with over 40 years of great listening. A must have.
Published 4 months ago by Perry P Diamaduros
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Nice and soothing
Published 4 months ago by james turzilli jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning: Burbank Palm Tree Label is a re-issue, not an original
Listening to the vinyl right now- it is a thing of beauty, indeed. But the Amazon description here is wrong, as original vinyl was on swamp-green WB label (the one that spins on my... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mandrill
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Ten Greatest Albums Ever Recorded
It is one of the most influential and seminal rock albums of all time. It set a standard for production, songwriting and musicianship that was unequaled at the time.
Published 5 months ago by GrtflMark
5.0 out of 5 stars america best country album
just listen.this was the only c&w album i use to listen to. but there is outstanding bluegrass picking here. real American rock
Published 5 months ago by James Sorah
4.0 out of 5 stars A beauty
What more needs to be said, older Dead. Concerts always rambled but studio seemed neater with better acoustics, sound separation.
Published 5 months ago by Frank Hrabetin
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