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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."'
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Performance CreditsGrateful 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 CreditsMickey 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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
American Beauty based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 +.