American Beauty

Grateful Dead - American Beauty
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
1970 Ratings: #2 / 103
User Score
Based on 141 ratings
1970 Ratings: #20
Liked by 5 people
November 1, 1970 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner Bros. / Label
Folk Rock / Genres
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Kinda wish more of the album was like 'Friend of the Devil' but for hippy bs this is about the pinnacle.
Imagine being a crazy psychedelic jam band, and then going to the studio and making something this country and folk influenced. How???

American Beauty is the quintessential American folk rock record. Along with its sister album, Workingman's Dead, it saw the Dead moving from a psychedelic sound to a folksy, country sound. I'm a pretty big dead head, and this was the first album I ever heard by them. It's beauty resonated with me, for good reason too, this album is very pretty and there's ... read more
Box of Rain - Solid start, a new strummed guitar followed by two harmonising singers, both of the male persuasion. It's getting even better, this is a really great opener and everything I was hoping for. Lyrics are interesting, guitars are super pleasant and catchy. Vocals are lovely. Nice little guitar solo towards the middle with a hint of a country twang which is never unappreciated. I may have to revisit this to double check this rating because I don't want to be be throwing out tens willy ... read more
Amazingly smooth feeling throughout. One of my all time favorite albums, it just fits me no matter the mod or situation.
I had a lot of friends in college who were Deadheads from birth, it was just something that was baked into their DNA. It wasn't just the music the band made, it was the whole culture behind them. It was, frankly, just a bit too much. The history was too long, and a lot of the jam records, or bootlegs they played were not for me. This studio record was one of the exceptions. It is just so warm and easygoing. It has long been an album I go to when I just need to relax after a long day. A more ... read more
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Track List

  1. Box of Rain
  2. Friend of the Devil
  3. Sugar Magnolia
  4. Operator
  5. Candyman
  6. Ripple
  7. Brokedown Palace
  8. Till the Morning Comes
  9. Attics of My Life
  10. Truckin'
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Added on: February 4, 2013