American Beauty

American Beauty

by Grateful DeadGrateful Dead

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Overview

Continuing with the groundwork laid on Workingman's Dead, American Beauty finds the Grateful Dead digging deeper into their well of original songs based in the idioms of American roots music. From the opening strums of "Box of Rain," American Beauty lives up to its title, weaving a quilt of modern-day American campfire classics out of a fabric made of bluegrass, country, blues, pop and rock. With the Dead's songwriting skills hitting their apex, songs like "Ripple," "Brokedown Palace," "Candyman," and "Attics of My Life" tug on musical heartstrings, broaching the subjects of love, loss, and consolation. Enlisting the accompaniment of compadres the New Riders of the Purple Sage and David Grisman, whose mandolin work graces "Friend of the Devil," American Beauty also provides the world with two staples of Classic-rock radio, the sweet-harmonied pop of "Sugar Magnolia" and the blues-tinged travelogue "Truckin."'

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Warner Bros Uk
UPC: 0075992719025
catalogNumber: 927190
Rank: 13548

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Grateful Dead   Primary Artist
Mickey Hart   Percussion,Drums
Jerry Garcia   Guitar,Piano,Pedal Steel Guitar,Vocals
Bob Weir   Guitar,Vocals
Ned Lagin   Piano,Keyboards
Howard Wales   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
David Grisman   Mandolin
Bill Kreutzmann   Drums
Phil Lesh   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan   Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals
David Nelson   Electric Guitar
Dave Torbert   Bass
Dave Nelson & the King's Men   Electric Guitar
Dave Torbet   Bass
Dave Nelson   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Mickey Hart   Engineer,Sound Design
Jerry Garcia   Composer
Grateful Dead   Producer,Audio Production
Bob Weir   Composer
Robert Hunter   Songwriter,Composer
Greg Allen   Reissue Design
Stephen Barncard   Producer
Tom Flye   Engineer
David Gans   Liner Notes
Steve Hall   Stereo Master
Phil Lesh   Composer
David McLees   Executive Producer
Jeffrey Norman   Engineer
Rachel Gutek   Reissue Design
Dave Collins   Pre-Mastering Assistant
Daniel Goldmark   Editorial Research
Rudson Shurtliff   Engineer
Robin Hurley   Producer

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American Beauty 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the most underappreciated albums in American music history. It's amazing how little credit this band got as songwriters, all anyone seems to care about is how much drugs they used. Just on this one album you have ''Friend of the Devil'', ''Truckin''', ''Sugar Magnolia'', and ''Box of Rain''. And of course, ''Ripple'', one of the loveliest tunes ever strummed on guitar. Maybe somewhere down the line the Dead will get their due, we'll see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
junna More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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