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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.Read more ›
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....
I think the 1969 live album, "Live/Dead" is just as musically accomplished as "American Beauty." However, many new listeners may find it much less accessible and won't be able to immediately digest a 23-minute version of "Dark Star." These are streamlined songs, most of them lasting about 4 minutes. Again--if you're curious about the Grateful Dead, I assure you this is by far the best place to start. And I assure you that you'll find it to be an amazing and beautiful contribution to music.
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The quality of the cd was superb
I still have my original LP, so I am not enthusiastic about adding more tracks of live music to this perfect studio allbum.
The fifth studio album by The Grateful Dead was released in November 1970 and is a true classic. It’s more country and folk than rock ‘n’ roll, with Gerry Garcia playing acoustic... Read morePublished 21 days ago by The Guardian
Album arrived in great, new condition. Wrapped in plastic. Sounds great. No complaints at all.Published 22 days ago by Bill
Personally, I find their style similar to that of Metallica's and other 80's metal bands. Great masterpiece from the pioneers of modern metal music!Published 3 months ago by edna wall
Personally, I think this was their best work ever recorded . The CD was a perfect copy of it.Published 3 months ago by Cordell L. Carwile