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From the Mars Hotel

Grateful DeadAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Rock's longest, strangest trip, the Grateful Dead were the psychedelic era's most beloved musical ambassadors as well as its most enduring survivors, spreading their message of peace, love, and mind-expansion across the globe throughout the better part of three decades. The object of adoration for popular music's most fervent and celebrated fan following -- the Deadheads, their ... Read more in Amazon's Grateful Dead Store

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  • Audio CD (March 7, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 1974
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Grateful Dead / Rhino
  • ASIN: B000E1ZBF4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,000 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. U.S. Blues
2. China Doll
3. Unbroken Chain
4. Loose Lucy
5. Scarlet Begonias
6. Pride Of Cucamonga
7. Money Money
8. Ship Of Fools
9. Loose Lucy (Studio Outtake)
10. Scarlet Begonias (Live)
11. Money Money (Live)
12. Wave That Flag (Live)
13. Let It Rock (Live)
14. Pride Of Cucamonga (Studio Acoustic Demo)
15. Unbroken Chain (Studio Acoustic Chain)

Editorial Reviews

Phil Lesh's masterpiece Unbroken Chain and the classics Ship of Fools and U.S. Blues can be found on this #16 LP from '74. And an extended live Scarlet Begonias ; the only live version of Let It Rock ; a demo of Unbroken Chain , and other rarities are among the bonus stash!

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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Score! March 13, 2006
By H3@+h
Format:Audio CD
This album was actually quite hard to find for a long time, but not anymore. Now we get the original 8 classic tracks nicely remastered, and with 7 bonus tracks. This is a personal favorite of mine, and sometimes I think even better than "American Beauty". Included are the excellent jams "US Blues" and "Loose Lucy", the softies "China Doll" and "Ship Of Fools", and my favorites "Scarlet Begonias" and the spacey "Unbroken Chain". The extras here are outtakes/demos of "Loose Lucy", "Pride Of Cucamonga", and "Unbroken Chain", plus live versions of "Scarlet Begonias", "Money Money", "Wave That Flag", AND "Let It Rock". In short, with the better sound and added tracks, this classic disc is now twice as nice.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
By t'amant
Format:Audio CD
IF YOU LOOK AT IT RIGHT! ... It could be an illusion, but I might as well try. That line from Scarlett Begonias always stood out. When I bought this as a teenager in the 70's, I was just becoming a big Dead fan and had recently been blown away by the trippiest concert I had ever seen. I slowly began moving in (to the MARS HOTEL) and became the guest who never left - the lizard on the wall, just hangin' out with the band. A few other DEAD recordings were earliest favorites, but it didn't take long for this one to become a regular spin, and it always gave me a welcome lift (still does). I wouldn't ever WANT to leave!

This album feels to me like the FAMILY ALBUM, a milestone recording documenting the huge build-up to that point (with the GD, we all began hovering around the warm and sparkling fire they created and became family at some point, at least it feels that way to me). Look how Phil Lesh breaks out on here - Unbroken Chain (one of the best) and Pride of Cucamonga (no, that's not Jerry playing the pedal steel, but John Mcphee) are big classics for me. The extended, multi-part Garcia guitar lead on Chain, combined with the trippy warbling synthesizer (played by Ned Lagin) is a high point for sure and has always made my hairs stand on end. Both songs have unreleased demo versions on here showing the bare bones guitar framework ... interesting for players, even with the "practice" singing.

Can any DEAD fan deny that Scarlett Begonias ROCKS! Now that is a sweet song ... Garcia weaves the most beautiful melodies (the guitar lead is a beauty) and Weir shows-off with his empathic chord work (they sling the energy all over and pull it all back without blinking), the rhythm section is tight as can be.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As close as they got in the Seventies November 24, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The evolution was already in progress and the music of The Grateful Dead had come a long, long way from from 1967 when the band released their very first record: "Grateful Dead" to this highwater mark of San Francisco rock exploration entitled: "From The Mars Hotel". First released way back in 1974, this little gem was as close as this fantastic band would come to big-time mainstream success until the big bust through of: "In The Dark" in 1987.

With only eight songs on the original release, this re-issue has an additional seven tracks added on to really increase it's value. For the original eight, six of that bunch are considered 'Classic' Dead songs. For most of us the two diamonds from the pen of Phil Lesh are the stars of this show: "Unbroken Chain" & "Pride Of Cucamonga". But Jerry weighs-in heavy as well on "Mars Hotel" with three stunners of his own: "U.S. Blues", Ship Of Fools" & "Scarlet Begonias" which would be staples of the live shows...{Well, they STILL are included in the live shows}. And then there is: "China Doll", that is about the most beatiful ballad this band ever performed in the 30 Years they existed.

Some of the Grateful Dead's most majestic playing can be found on this record. The arrangements are well thought out, and every note played here is on-the-mark. The piano of Keith Godchaux makes every tune better because of what he plays. Bill Kreutmann, the drummer often sounds like three guys, he really gets to leave his stamp on these great recordings. And Jerry? Some of his finest Solos found on an studio GD record are to be found on this one! He snakes around and dances brightly with this. The melodies are real fine, and with Jerry's help and explorations things head for other star systems often.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mars Hotel Original Master Recording CD June 16, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Pro: Sounds a lot like my old LP

Con: My old LP does not sound as crisp as the Rhino remaster. I'm keeping both but the Rhino is what I would recommend for overall better sound quality and MUCH better value.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grateful Dead's Best (Studio) Album August 8, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I love the good ol' Grateful Dead. They got started a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. The editorial review actually says they started creatively expanding their long, strange trip in 1873. Well, okay, I guess maybe they did. Perhaps their music gave them increased longevity. There is definitely something magic about it. Anyway, I really have always absolutely positively LOVED this album, and I consider it the Dead's best studio release ever. One of the greatest albums of all time by the greatest American rock and roll band ever (only possible exception - The Doors). If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would - it's that good. My personal favorites on this album happen to be bassist Phil Lesh's 2 contributions: Unbroken Chain and Pride of Cucamonga. Everything Phil Lesh wrote for the Grateful Dead was super. It's great to have 2 of his coolest songs on the same album. Unbroken Chain is probably my all time favorite Grateful Dead song. I think Garcia's Ship of Fools is, well, amazing. Every other song on this album is great, too. Loose Lucy is incredibly groovy. Scarlet Begonias is one of the Dead's catchiest songs. Money Money is a great song, and how true the message is - thank you Bobby for you eternal wisdom... and China Doll is a lovely heartfelt little number with nice lyrics, sung by the late great Garcia. US Blues is a clever rock and roller that holds up as well today as it did when it was released, considering all the absurdity that's still going on with the US today. I sure have the US Blues - don't we all? Well, that's all I want to say about this album for now. If you don't have it, get it, or else you really are missing out. I would like to write more and describe it in more detail, but I think it's better to let the music speak for itself.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm sure the album would have been great if I received the correct...
I'm sure the album would have been great if I received the correct vinyl. It was a birthday present so I had no reason to open it. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Music enthusiast
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album from a legendary band
Another great album from a legendary band. You can really hear Robert Hunter's kind of dry sense of humor on "U.S. Blues" but also his more poetic side of "Ship of Fools. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jacob Finkbiner
5.0 out of 5 stars Top rated Dead Studio Album
Most of you should know that this is a great Dead studio album. If you are planning to get this CD for the extra tracks that are on it, STOP!. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Perry P Diamaduros
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
I think this is the best of the Dead's releases, it seems they went through a change after the Mars Hotel on their future releases but maybe it's just me.
Published 8 months ago by MT Madman
5.0 out of 5 stars Good album
Sometimes it's nice to here a clean version of some of my favorite dead tunes. This album doesn't have quite as much character as some others but it makes up for it by being... Read more
Published 9 months ago by William smith
5.0 out of 5 stars love the dead
lost this cd on a boat down the shore. glad i found it again. one of my favorites of the dead. thanks amazon for the easy ordering.
Published 13 months ago by llinda clinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Go to the Mars Hotel!!
This is yet another great album from the Grateful Dead! "U.S. Blues" is a rock and roll masterpiece that still sounds new 40 years later! Read more
Published 15 months ago by dylanfan1235
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful oraganic & analog sound
I have never heard any other version From the Mars Hotel, but this edition sounds magnificent. I can't imagine it being bested by any other version.
Published 18 months ago by Geee!
5.0 out of 5 stars Deadhead
Always been a Deadhead, just looking to get this on CD to listen to in my truck, while I'm "Going down the road! Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mike DeLisle
5.0 out of 5 stars The Grateful Dead At Their Finest!
Once again, The Grateful Dead scored another blockbuster hit in 1974 when they
released their next masterpiece From The Mars Hotel where it was met with critical
acclaim... Read more
Published 22 months ago by RH
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