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Mars Hotel

Grateful DeadAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (October 10, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: 1974
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000002VJT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,981 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

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Disc MINT! insert MINT! jewl case very nice. from my dead collection.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And I done some time - with this LP. It is GREAT. July 23, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Mars Hotel gets better with age, and to me, captures the live sound and spirit of the Dead far better than either American Beauty and Workingman's, though those two records had more top-shelf classic tunes. THIS IS THE ONLY STUDIO LP FROM 1974, ARGUABLY THE BAND'S ZENITH. Really, when I want to check back in with what the Dead were about (with my kids, pals, and such), I listen to this LP. There is no other studio rock album I love more than this one, and trust me, I have heard and lived quite a few....
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hotel worth checking in to May 24, 2002
By Jinkyu
Format:Audio CD
Mars Hotel sticks out as one of the most interesting and imaginative, as well as best, Dead albums, veering at times from their country style. The lovely "Unbroken Chain" is perhaps their best song ever, as every instrument clicks to create a track of compelling beauty, and Jerry's melodic guitar is just as strong as in his more typical work. Another gem is "Scarlet Begonias," with its cool offbeat rhythms. "China Doll" is great psychedelia with harpsichordish overlays, and "Pride of Cucamonga" cruises with soft swagger. You don't need to be a Deadhead to appreciate Mars Hotel, which is for one and all.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites of anyone. August 4, 2004
By H3@+h
Format:Audio CD
This is probably my 2nd favorite studio album after "American Beauty". It's only 8 tracks, but there's alot to like. "U.S. Blues" and "Loose Lucy" are two good jams. Two great mellow songs are "China Doll" and "Ship Of Fools", both wonderful. But the ones I love most, are the spacey "Unbroken Chain", and the excellent "Scarlet Begonias", which is one of my top five songs of theirs ever. If you're a fan looking for more than just a hits album, this is a great choice.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Remember it's a Studio Recording March 14, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Grateful Dead from the Mars Hotel is a wonderful presentation of studio recordings that capture some of the Grateful Dead's live vitality. The album as a whole reflects the influence that folk and blues had on the Grateful Dead. Of course the Grateful Dead is known for their live performances and improvisational jams between and within songs. Unfortunately, this album, with the exception of Unbroken Chain, does not do justice to the live psychedelic experience. Unbroken Chain does however, exude the classic Dead psychedelic style. Through voice and instrument interaction, the Dead created two different song styles. China Doll and Ship of Fools use the voice to move the song forward, creating a very bluesy sound. Lighter and more spirited, Loose Lucy and U.S. Blues demonstrate the reliance on instruments ( rather than voice ), like the piano in U.S. Blues, to create the bright folk sound. Present in this album is another quintessential Dead style. Although not proliferated, there are some short jamming intervals reminiscent of true psychedelic rock. They use the music to create tension that they let linger, resolving it only after a thorough musical " discussion " among members of the band. Unbroken Chain is best representative of this classic Dead psychedelic style. This album is a terrific collection of Grateful Dead musical styles. The album as a whole moves from folk to blues, makes a brief psychedelic stop, returns to folk, and ends with bluesy inflection. It is a musical journey that starts and ends with the Dead's earliest influences ( folk and blues, especially Joan Baez ), with a short psychedelic interlude. As with any fantastic live performance band, it is hard to emulate the vitality and ambiance of the concert at a studio recording. Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE DEAD:ALIVE WITH INSPIRATION!! February 23, 2002
Format:Audio CD
MARS HOTEL illustrates all that was great and,furthermore,important about GARCIA,LESH,WEIR and co.
It unleashes a wealth of riches that has been known to leave many a listener struck down with open mouthed awe.
Kicking off with the boogie rock and roll of U.S BLUES featuring GARCIA'S deft ,meticulous guitar work a feature that permeates this whole joyous confection,the warm,delicate and intensly moving CHINA DOLL follows with its baroque feel and 'oh my' those harmonies in the finale .Listen and weep.
UNBROKEN CHAIN occupies another plateau altogether and is simply astonishing.It somehow personifies that whole DEAD,AIRPLANE,CSN,HAIGHT ASBURY scene in all its lush marvel.Warm with a hint of biblical imagery in the lyrics.
SCARLET BEGONIAS has an eccentric rythym that is both ingenious and infectious.LOOSE LUCY is the DEAD rocking out with fun.Delightfully playful.PRIDE OF CUCAMONGA reaffirms their country credentials and features GARCIA'S superb pedal steel.The wistful SHIP OF FOOLS with its captivating sing a long chorus exudes elegance.
Check into MARS HOTEL,believe me,you WONT want to leave.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By mixer
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the better Grateful Dead studio albums of the mid 70s. In other words, "Mars Hotel is is a great but gradual transition from the folk/country rock from American Beauty and Workingman's Dead." Here, Jerry Garcia's gentle and benign vocals stand out- like in "US Blues," whick has a laid back theme and a catchy rhythm guitar. "China Doll" is a more s l o w and semi spaced song with pleasing background vocals.The title for the song "Loose Lucy" is composed of a silly but comical story with a style all of it's own. Just think of the song name and it's lyrics- and buy the CD to see what I mean!
Now, it is a rare instance to hear bassist Phil Lesh on lead vocals more than once in an album (or at a live show for that matter). In "Pride of Cucamonga" and "Unbroken Chain," Lesh sang with a laid back style which can be mistaken for Garcia's voice- but deeper. Notice the petal steel guitar in Pride of....Those two tracks also illustrate Lesh's exceptional songwriting talent.this is so until he wrote "Passenger"- a few years later. Go on Phil!
This album maintains it's classic Dead style until the disco era- which changed the sound of the band in the proceeding years. Yet, if you consider the efforts of Garcia's vocals and BRILLIANT song writing talent and Lesh's never before occurance of vocals and songwriting. Not to mention the other band members. I say: Good Work Guys!
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3.0 out of 5 stars okay country album
But good country requires a lot of vocal personality which is something you won't find in this band unless you're a dedicated fan of this band. Read more
Published 12 months ago by bob turnley
4.0 out of 5 stars Mars
I bought Mars Hotel for China Doll as my ex wife committed suicide one day....pills though not a shot. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Joe Kamenszki
5.0 out of 5 stars Mars Hotel is always great
How can you go wrong with the Grateful Dead Mars Hotel album? This is a gem. And really holds up well over time.
Published 24 months ago by jack goldman
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT EXPLICIT LYRICS
The main reasonn that I'm writing this is that This CD does not have any explicit or Vulgar lyrics. It is a great CD from the 70s when the Dead had their own record company and... Read more
Published on June 12, 2009 by James Moulton
5.0 out of 5 stars best Gratefeul Dead CD ever
to me this was the best music Grateful Dead ever made. every song is fantastic.
Published on February 6, 2009 by Christopher Baum
5.0 out of 5 stars Give me five! Im still alive!
Only Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter can write such lyrics and make it work; add some of the funkiest southern styled licks and you get this amazing album. Read more
Published on March 6, 2007 by Abey Grey
5.0 out of 5 stars If you can get a reservation......
Mars Hotel represents some of the best Dead played live, and oddly some of the best studio work. As much as I'll jump for joy to hear live versions of Pride of Cucamonga or... Read more
Published on May 2, 2006 by D McPixel/Vectors
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets for GD studio releases
The Grateful Dead are truly maddening. It was obviously nearly impossible to capitalize on the sheer intensity and creativity these guys were capable of generating on the stage... Read more
Published on December 9, 2005 by Kid A
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice!
This is one of my favorite Dead studio CDs. This along with Workingman's Dead, Anthem of the Sun, and American Beauty, is a great representation of how good studio Dead can be! Read more
Published on November 24, 2005 by Randy
3.0 out of 5 stars Seventies Dead
Not one of the top Dead albums ever made, but then I was buying it for a track I haven't heard for 30 years. It got limited radio play then, and none since. Read more
Published on September 23, 2005 by F.M. von Sanders
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