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Mars Hotel

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


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

Product Details

  • 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 (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,093 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jinkyu on May 24, 2002
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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Dannyboy on 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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By H3@+h on August 4, 2004
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 By A Customer on March 14, 2001
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 By brianolson@boogie.co.uk on 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kid A on December 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
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 and stuffing it all into a tiny studio in an attempt to capture it on tape. Most of the Grateful Dead's catalog of studio releases fall between the range of downright awful to "not bad". Mars Hotel is one of the very few studio albums that rises above all that.

For those familiar with the list of material the Grateful Dead performed live, half of the tracks on this album were in regular rotation throughout most of their years. These are all very strong tracks. These would be U.S. Blues, China Doll, Scarlet Begonias, and Ship of Fools. Reviews could be written about each of these songs individually as they tend to be an amazing blend of all the genres the Dead grew up with and had merged into their own unique sound.

Of the lesser known four tracks, Unbroken Chain is thought of among "heads" to be possibly one of, if not their best song ever. It's certainly an 11 on the scale for complexity, which is the main reason they refused to play it in concert for so many years. Loose Lucy, Pride of Cucamonga, and Money Money are all good enough songs in and of themselves, but tend to detract somewhat from the overall mood of the album. Specifically, Pride is an overt attempt at a country tune. While the Grateful Dead are extremely adept at Country-influenced music (see American Beauty for prime examples of their genious blend of Country, Blues, etc.), Pride just seems to go overboard and ruin the feel set in place by China Doll, Unbroken Chain, and Scarlet Begonias.
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