American Beauty [Bonus Tracks]

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A companion piece to the luminous Workingman's Dead, American Beauty is an even stronger document of the Grateful Dead's return to their musical roots. Sporting a more full-bodied and intricate sound than its predecessor thanks to the addition of subtle electric textures, the record is also more representative of the group as a collective unit, allowing for stunning contributions from Dave Torbert the poignant opener "Box of Rain" and Bob Weir "Sugar Magnolia"; at the top of his game as well is Jerry Garcia, who delivers the superb "Friend of the Devil," "Candyman," and "Ripple." Climaxing with the perennial "Truckin'," American Beauty remains the Dead's studio masterpiece -- never again would they be so musically ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
A companion piece to the luminous Workingman's Dead, American Beauty is an even stronger document of the Grateful Dead's return to their musical roots. Sporting a more full-bodied and intricate sound than its predecessor thanks to the addition of subtle electric textures, the record is also more representative of the group as a collective unit, allowing for stunning contributions from Dave Torbert the poignant opener "Box of Rain" and Bob Weir "Sugar Magnolia"; at the top of his game as well is Jerry Garcia, who delivers the superb "Friend of the Devil," "Candyman," and "Ripple." Climaxing with the perennial "Truckin'," American Beauty remains the Dead's studio masterpiece -- never again would they be so musically focused or so emotionally direct. [The 2003 reissue on Rhino contains expanded liner notes with lots of photos. It also adds five new tracks to the album's original running order: the single version of "Truckin'" and four live tracks "Friend of the Devil" recorded at the Filmore East on 5/15/1970, "Candyman" recorded at Winterland on 4/15/1970, "Till the Morning Comes" recorded at Winterland on 10/4/1970, "Attics of My Life" recorded at the Filmore West on 6/6/1970, and "Truckin'" recorded at Legion Stadium on 12/26/1970.]~ Jason Ankeny
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/2003
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227439729
  • Catalog Number: 74397
  • Sales rank: 20,702

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Box of Rain (5:18)
  2. 2 Friend of the Devil (3:24)
  3. 3 Sugar Magnolia (3:19)
  4. 4 Operator (2:25)
  5. 5 Candy Man (6:13)
  6. 6 Ripple (4:09)
  7. 7 Brokedown Palace (4:09)
  8. 8 Till the Morning Comes (3:09)
  9. 9 Attics of My Life (5:14)
  10. 10 Truckin' (5:17)
  11. 11 Truckin' (3:17)
  12. 12 Friend of the Devil (4:21)
  13. 13 Candy Man (5:18)
  14. 14 Till the Morning Comes (3:20)
  15. 15 Attics of My Life (6:31)
  16. 16 Truckin' (10:10)
  17. 17 [Untitled Hidden Track] (3:01)
  18. 18 [Untitled Hidden Track] (1:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grateful Dead Primary Artist
Mickey Hart Percussion
Jerry Garcia Guitar, Piano, Pedal Steel Guitar, Vocals
Bob Weir Guitar, Vocals
Ned Lagin Piano
Howard Wales Organ
David Grisman Mandolin
Bill Kreutzmann Drums
Phil Lesh Bass, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
David Nelson Electric Guitar
Dave Torbert Bass
Technical Credits
Grateful Dead Composer, Producer
Robert Hunter Songwriter
James Austin Reissue Producer
Stephen Barncard Producer
David Gans Liner Notes
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Gary Peterson Discographical Annotation
Shawn Amos Liner Note Coordination
Daniel Goldmark Editorial Research
Michael Wesley Johnson Research Coordination
David Lemieux Reissue Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    To me this is the essence of Grateful Dead

    I love this album, especially since I've learned the lyrics, some of the songs are just gorgeous (Ripple; Attics of my life), others very creative (Box of Rain), challenging (Friend of the devil) The only one I don't like very much on this album is Operator. Overall I love the specific Grateful Dead sound, so different from any other band i know, and it is very clear on this album. I guess the Dead were often in an altered state of mind, so to speak, how else could they come up with lyrics like these?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE THE GREATEFUL DEAD

    This is the greatest album by The Grateful Dead that I have heard. While I love hearing their extensive concert jams, this album brings out their love of folk music like none other. Box Of Rain, Brokedown Palace, and Truckin are my favorites on this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    American Beauty

    This is one of the best Grateful Dead albums out there. It's actually the first one I bought. I enjoy the pop-ish songs with a tinge of country-blues. The opening song just hooked me into the album. They would get heavier, but they would never be this musical. In fact, aside from Workingman's Dead, this is the best Dead album. This would be the first Dead album I would buy if I was just wanting to start to get into him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Dead's Greatest

    This is the greatest album by The Grateful Dead that I have heard. While I love hearing their extensive concert jams, this album brings out their love of folk music like none other. Box Of Rain, Brokedown Palace, and Truckin' are my favorites on this album. A +.

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