TAS Rated 4/5 Music, 4/5 Sonics in the January 2011 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
180g LP Mastered From Original Analog Masters by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering Studios and Pressed at RTI!
Rolling Stone 2015 Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Jam Bands: The Grateful Dead Rated 1st!
This Luminous 1970 Classic features "Truckin'," "Sugar Magnolia," "Friend of the Devil" & "Box of Rain."
American Beauty, the fifth album by the Grateful Dead, was recorded and released in 1970 by Warner Bros. Records. The album continues the folk rock and country music vibe they had explored on Workingman's Dead.
"Showcasing 10 concise, country-rooted gems that sound equally good whether you're hanging on the front porch in the afternoon or nursing a bottle after hours, this one could win over many an anti-Jerry..." - Rickey Wright, wax.fm
Between 1967 and 1970, the Grateful Dead recorded five studio albums for Warner Bros. Those records formed the psychedelic canon on which the bands live legend was built. The five albums were pressed on premium 180g vinyl at RTI and packaged as a Deluxe 5LP Box Set. This 180g LP is the same as the pressing that was included in that set.
Reviews of the 5LP Box Set:
"... Each LP's cover has been meticulously reproduced, the 180-gram vinyl pressed at RTI from freshly-cut lacquers mastered from the original analog tapes by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Studios..." - Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, January 2011
"...when it comes to focus, overall clarity, balance, dynamic punch, and bottom-end weight, which are hallmarks of [these] Rhino's reissues. As to Phil Lesh's marvelous and important bass playing - the clarity of line, and his round, almost creamy tone - is one of the great joys of this new set. These new LPs knock the others, including the CD box, right off my shelf." - Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, January 2011
To ensure the highest degree of quality, this album was pressed on 180-gram vinyl at RTI using lacquers cut from the original analog masters by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. The album features detailed replica of the original album packaging.
"For once a truly beautiful album cover is more than matched by the record inside. The Dead just refuse to keep within any normal limits, and I hope that it stays that way for a long time... Damn it all, the album is American Beauty, of the best possible kind. The positivity of the Dead just can't be kept down... They have given us all something to treasure with this album. It's one for now and one for the kids in 20 years too." - Rolling Stone, 1970
Premium 180g vinyl pressing
Original replica packaging featuring heavy board tip-on jacket
Pressed at RTI
Lacquers cut from original analog masters
Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering
Jerry Garcia, guitar, pedal steel, piano, vocals
Phil Lesh, bass, guitar, piano, vocals
Bob Weir, guitar, vocals
Pig Pen (Ron McKernan), harmonica, vocals
Mickey Hart, percussion
Bill Kreutzmann, drums
1. Box Of Rain
2. Friend Of The Devil
3. Sugar Magnolia
2. Brokedown Palace
3. Till The Morning Comes
4. Attics Of My Life