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American Beauty

Grateful Dead

1970

American Beauty

Album Summary

American Beauty is the fifth studio album by rock band the Grateful Dead. Released November 1, 1970, by Warner Bros. Records, the album continued the folk rock and country music style of their previous album Workingman's Dead, issued earlier in the year. Upon release, American Beauty entered the Billboard 200 chart, ultimately peaking at number 30 during a nineteen-week stay in January 1971. On July 11, 1974, the album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, and it later reached Platinum and Double Platinum certification in 1986 and 2001, respectively. In 2003, the album was ranked number 258 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, 261 in a 2012 revised list, and 215 in a 2020 revised list.

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Rating

3.22

Votes

5425

Genres

  • Rock
  • Country
  • Psychedelic Rock
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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

My cousin has a restaurant called Sugar Magnolias. I’m not a big Dead fan myself, but this was a good listen.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
1

This is the best music Grateful Dead's ever put out and it still blows

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Fri Jul 02 2021
5

So many classic tunes, and such weird songwriting. Jerry is a truly unique mind. Sounds like one of the funnest bands to be in. The guitar solo on candyman is one of the most beautiful things ever.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

I can understand why Grateful Dead is known less for their studio albums - the mix on some of these tracks is a letdown. Percussion parts too forward, guitars buried in the background where they can barely be detected. The vocal harmonies are rough at parts - phrases not ending crisply, not nailing certain parts, etc. Admittedly, these same warts likely add to the overall human charm. Despite my gripes, this is an amazingly strong collection of songs - just a happy listen from start to finish.

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Overall, it was an enjoyable album. Some songs seemed to drag a bit. Wren danced to every song. Mostly on her new beanbag chair.

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Mon May 10 2021
2

first GD studio album I've listened to as opposed to live recordings. Still not a fan. Reminds me of a less likeable version of crosby/stills/nash and or neil young. Meh.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
1

I will never understand how such a mediocre band became so monstrously popular. The tracks here aren't bad, moreso forgettable - there's only so many ways you can arrange a major blues scale and noodle over it. Also some majorly uncomfortable vibes on 'Til the Morning Comes'

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Fri Oct 08 2021
1

God, I really can't stand the Grateful Dead. I've never understood the hype. And this apparently 'legendary' album...why anyone would choose to listen to 45 minutes of janky country-ish songs with off-key vocals is nothing short of deranged to me. I don't get it. Sue me.

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Tue Oct 25 2022
1

You might know American Beauty from Freaks and Geeks. If you’re like me, you know it as the response every Deadhead will give when confronted with the fact that the Dead were not a good studio band (as in: “but American Beauty, maaaan”). So here it is, the sole documented successful studio outing from one of the most overrated bands in American history. Let’s rewind a little, though. The Dead rose to prominence as regular performers at Ken Kesey’s Acid Tests. If you’ve ever taken LSD, you’ll know that the bar for entertainment while tripping face is low. I once watched a friend try and tape a kaleidoscope to his head, so he could spend the entire night looking through it while on LSD. It was the funniest thing in the world to me that night and if I’m being honest, I still find it extremely funny, but that’s because it’s a pretty dumb thing to try to do and I got to witness it. It didn’t open my mind or expand my consciousness, it made me laugh because it was so stupid. He had a full head of hair and tried to duct tape a kaleidoscope around it. Zero thought was given to what would actually happen when he had to take the tape off his head, he just wanted stare through a kaleidoscope all night. As a result of the Acid Tests, or maybe before (I don’t know for sure and don’t really care enough to get the timeline straight, it’s ancillary to my point), The Dead linked up with Owsley Stanley, audio engineer and America’s foremost manufacturer of LSD at the time. Stanley built the Dead’s Wall of Sound and was their live sound engineer. So, the Dead were touring the country with the nation’s supplier of LSD, turning every concert into their own Acid Test, but people, to this day, will swear that the Grateful Dead were such a cultural phenom because they were master musicians and that the drugs were secondary. Remember when Bach used to give out absynthe at his concertos? Those master musicians, always getting their audiences off their gourds in order for their music to be “truly” appreciated. And in order to fully appreciate what great live band the Dead were you’ll have to go through thousands of hours of bootlegs, and find the ones where they weren’t an omnishambles on stage. When the Dead were bad, they were baaaaad. Regarding their studio work, Jerry Garcia and the band have admitted in interviews that the Dead never really got it right in the studio and couldn’t capture their live energy in the studio environment. They did this shit for nearly 30 years and couldn’t get it right in the studio. Let that sink in. American Beauty is probably the closest they got to making a “great” studio album. At the least, it’s an album you can sit through and not be too terribly bothered by most of the songs. Most of the songs aren’t especially tuneful, they’re overly busy with guitar licks and the vocals leave much to be desired. At best, it’s a mid-tier early 70’s Americana/roots rock outing. The Byrds, The Band, and Creedence Clearwater Revival all put out much better and more interesting records along similar lines in the same timeframe as American Beauty. You could even argue that The Kinks’ Muswell Hillbillies does it better and more interestingly…and those dudes are from England. The Dead are vastly overrated and mythologized. American Beauty, the crown jewel of their studio output, is no exception.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

I’ll listen 2day at the gym

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

Большую часть своей сознательной жизни думал, что Grateful Dead - это нечто сродни Black Sabbath, только пуще погруженное в оккультную тематику. Отсюда и незнание такой приятной музыки. В целом без откровений, но альбом было слушать в удовольствие.

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Tue Mar 02 2021
3

Day 43 of Albums You Must Hear brings the 1970 album American Beauty from Grateful Dead. I know a lot of “Dead Heads” and I’m familiar with how much of an impact The Dead have had on musical culture worldwide. I don’t, however, know a whole lot about this band and their music. When I was younger, I wrote this band off as ‘Hippie music’, whatever I really thought that meant. Listening to American Beauty was a treat. It doesn’t get too rowdy or excitable, it’s more or less what we could call “chill music” or “good vibes”. On American Beauty, Grateful Dead use a mix of rock, bluegrass and country, to my surprise. My favorite songs on American Beauty are Friend Of The Devil, Ripple, Truckin’ and Box of Rain. The version of American Beauty I found was the 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, with 23 bonus live songs, which, for time purposes I’ll have to save for another time. Grateful Dead was one of those rare bands that actually welcomed the recording of the audio of their live shows by fans, even allowing some folks to connect right into the soundboard. There are a lot of really high quality tape recordings out their of this band. This tactic really helped the band to grow their fan base over the years. I agree that this album is a must hear, and I look forward to more music from The Dead.

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Sun Mar 14 2021
3

I always expect more out of the dead than I ever seem to get. Just okay at the end of the day.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
2

no idea why people followed this band around. you can do drugs at any show folks

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Mon May 02 2022
2

Soft rock/country. It has a country feel but is lacking any real soul or tunes. Like a guitar with no strings. Best Tracks: Box of Rain; Friend of the Devil; Truckin'

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Tue Jun 14 2022
2

Literally my first time listening to the Dead. A band I always had low on my list to check out, but never got around to. Well, now I have. Don't have much great things to say. Passable, jammy country tunes with a steel guitar or acoustic. Harmonies that don't always sound great. Tunes that just aren't for me.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
2

I was expecting a lot more from this. The Grateful Dead are such a legendary part of '60s counter-culture but on the evidence of this bland, middle of the road take on Americana I am struggling to see why.

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Tue Dec 22 2020
5

From this, you would barely recognise them as a 'jam band', the songs are tight and the three part harmonies steal the show. Brilliant.

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Thu Nov 05 2020
5

Absolute cracker - ripple!!!!

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

A favorite but sometimes painfully nostalgic.

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Wed May 05 2021
5

i've never loooooved the dead. i appreciate them as well as i can, and i definitely have fond memories with people who did loooooooove the dead, but it's never been for me. that said, this was a great album, and i will always always love ripple.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

Un classique des classique. L’album d’une generation tan qu’a moi. J’yai meme redecouvert fes tounes. 5*

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Sun Apr 25 2021
5

Klasyczny material wdziecznych truposzakow, jak dla mnie jedna z takich plyt ktora definiuje gatunek folkowego rokowania z domieszka kountry, nie wiem czy przemawia przeze mnie glownie sentyment do tego konkretnego albumu, ale dzwieki tych akustykow brzmia wyjatkowo cieplo, zwlaszcza na trakach takich jak ripple, jeden z moich ulubionych gratefulowych jamow, ciekawa sprawa jest to, ze praktycznie kazdy czlonek bandy mial swojego jama na tym albumiku, wiec nie ma tu klasycznego glownodowodzacego singera i grajkow, a raczej wymieniaja sie tym zadaniem, sprawa ma sie podobnie z pisaniem tekstow, bo banda wystepowala w tym czasie w 5 osob, ale jednak mieli dodatkowego czlonka, pana Huntera, ktory byl z Garcia filarem, jesli chodzi o tworzenie slow, przewinelo sie tez troche studyjnych muzykow przez ten album, bo jednak dodatkowe harmonijki, mandoliny, czy organy to jednak feature kountry, lirycznie album nawiazuje do swojego tytulu, bo to z hamerykanskich tradycji czerpie inspiracje, kawalki o tej jedynej kobiecie, miejscu do ktorego chce sie wracac, staruszkach ktorych szacunek starszkowy sie nalezy, zycie i zbrodnia jak na outlawa przystalo, wszystko to sie przewija, pojawiaja sie tez watki bardziej osobiste jak na otwierajacym box of rain, ktory pomimo tego, ze brzmi melodycznie jako szczesliwy jamik, to jest jednak lirycznie dosc smutna i stara sie walczyc z tym smutkiem, otwarcie drugiej strony plyty rowniez ma w sobie motyw wodny, bo jak sam tytul wskazuje ripple, sam kawalek jest chyba jednym z najbardziej spersonalizowanych trakow jakie slyszalem, bo spiewane jest o tym dlaczego w ogole jest spiewane oraz o tym jak ciezko jest spiewaniem przekazac to co sie chcialoby, a jeszcze trudniej zrozumiec to tak jak chcialby ten kto przekazuje informacje swym spiewem i nie tylko spiewem, mialem na plejke nie dodawac nic nowego, bo juz polowe albumu tam mam, ale jednak dodam jeszcze truckina, czyli zamykajacy kawalek i zarazem singiel promujacy plytye, ktory jest jedynym trakiem poruszajacy ladowanie po kablach na tym materiale, glownie jego negatywne efekty, przed tym przesluchaniem jakos mi to ucieklo z radaru, przy dodawaniu na plejke rozcil mi sie w oczy rowniez niezly pierdolnik jakie panuje na profilu trupiakow, naliczylem okolo 160 albumikow, z czego pewnie polowa to beda live materialy, ale najgorsze jest szukanie konkretnej wersji danego albumu, bo american beauty mozna znalezc w 5 wersjach remastera, powinno to byc podlinkowane pod konkretny album i tam sobie wybierac, zakladka na live albumy, jak jak na single rowniez bylaby dosc milym dodatkiem

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Mon May 03 2021
5

Very nice

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Mon Feb 08 2021
5

LOVED IT felt like a country man on a long drive back to my farm 10/10 stuff

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Mon Feb 08 2021
5

I wish I hadn't listened to this already so I can experience listening to it for the first time all over again.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
5

I was happy when I saw this album as today's recommendation. I own this album, and it is my favorite album from the Grateful Dead. The songs have elements of folk, americana, and country. My two favorite tracks are "Box of Rain" and "Ripple". I've learned to play both on the guitar (with varying success). Individually, each of these tracks would get 5 stars from me. "Box of Rain" and "Ripple" have lyrics that tumble around in my head every time I listen to them. I would not say that I know exactly what the lyrics mean, but at the same time they feel meaningful to me. All together, the album works as a whole and is definitively a 5 for me. (Perhaps 4.6 to 4.75 at the lowest?)

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Sun Apr 18 2021
5

I own this one. Long time favorite. Fun listen, as I hadn't played it in years.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
5

Fantastic Americana from the best band in the world

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Wed Sep 15 2021
5

reminds me of the drive to go camping, nostaligic almost

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Thu Nov 04 2021
5

My favorite Dead album. I had this on CD and know all the songs by heart.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

Excellent, Dead Americana and folk. Many great songs.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

My favorite Grateful Dead album. Timeless.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

I dig it a lot, a lot

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

I'm 26 years old, and this is my first time listening to Grateful Dead. This will not be my last. I absolutely love the harmonies.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
5

A classic for sure! So many great songs, here. I bought this one in high school. Alas, the stars never aligned so that I could see them live. I think I would have enjoyed that.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
5

Loved it

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Wed Dec 08 2021
5

Not sure what else can really be said about this one.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

Warm & wonderful. Like old friends playing in a basement. I'm later to The Dead party by decades but love this. Added.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
5

Such a fun, funky, folksy album. Love the mashup of bluegrass, funk, country, blues. It's no wonder people followed them all over the country

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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

The first time I heard Truckin’, it blew my mind. High school me was hooked. I’ve had my chips cashed…all-in…since then. I love this album. It’s easily in my top 15, probably top 10. After several years pursuing psychedelic rock (read: jamming), The Grateful Dead got back to their blues and folk roots, with both American Beauty and it’s preceding album Workingman’s Dead, at the urging of David Crosby. In an effort to save money on studio time, the band rehearsed more before recording, resulting in a more streamlined and well organized arrangement. The efforts paid off handsomely. Truckin’ is still great after all these years and yes, the band did get setup and busted for pot in New Orleans. Ripple is a special, special song. It’s a simplistic, yet profound song about finding your own path in life. Friend of the Devil tells the tale of an outlaw trying to out run his mistakes and rueing them nightly. I can’t get enough of this song as well as Box of Rain, Sugar Magnolia, and Attics of My Life. The harmonies amongst Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, and Phil Lesh on Attics of My Life always get me. It’s beautiful stuff. I’ll finish with the one blemish on American Beauty, Candyman. No doubt Candyman it is a let down. It’s not horrible, but just a filler track. The biggest knock is that it is also the longest track on the album. BONUS!!!!!!!!!! The band worked on their throw back sound and released Workingman’s Dead just 4.5 months before American Beauty. The songs that were done were released on Workingman’s Dead in June while those still in flux were saved for American Beauty in November. Effectively, these form a double album. Workingman’s Dead is not on the 1001 list. It deserves a review, so I’ll tack it on here. The Grateful Dead, especially Jerry Garcia, we’re not confident about the sound of their voices. Crosby, Stills, and Nash to the rescue. CSN showed The Dead how to stack vocal tracks to blend and smooth out their voices. They didn’t get it quite right all the time on Workingman’s Dead as you can hear in High Time when they sing “high tiiimmmeee.” It’s harsh. They seem to have figured it out by American Beauty though. Of all the tracks on both albums, Uncle John’s Band is my favorite. The harmony throughout is on point. When the chorus shifts to a cappella near the end, I get chills…every…single…time. The lead guitar chimes in here and there to provide apt, short, fill-in licks. Perfectly timed, not over done. And the percussionist adds some kind of ratchet sounding thing that is well-placed. None of the other songs on Workingman’s Dead are as good as half the tracks on American Beauty, but they are all better than Candyman and Operator. I savor New Speedway Boogie, Easy Wind, Cumberland Blues, and really all 8 songs. Jerry Garcia’s pedal steel guitar is fantastic throughout the album. It gives Workingman’s Dead a more bluegrass-y sound than American Beauty. Overall the sound of both of these albums is reserved, not over ambitious (a good thing), and tight. These are not hallmarks of The Grateful Dead, who are mostly known for musical (aided by chemical) experimentation in an unstructured setting. It takes me back to albums like The White Stripes’s Elephant or xx by The xx. Those albums obviously have completely different sounds, but they share commonalities in their arrangement methods. Often times less is more, which applies here too. And this is what frustrates me personally about The Grateful Dead’s musical choices. These two albums demonstrate their extreme talent. These two albums are accessible and soooo remarkable. I am certainly grateful they were made, but at the same time I am left wishing the band had pursued more albums like them.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

Classic Dead album. I always liked their sound.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
5

I love this. I have given it multiple listens now. Not nearly as psychedelic as I was expecting. It's a band of fantastic musicians (but not self indulgent), clear crisp vocals, and catchy melodies. I wouldn't call myself a Deadhead just yet, but I'm on my way!

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Sat Jan 22 2022
5

more like the basedful dead 10/10 some of the lyrics are kind of stupid but I still think it has a lot of value and heart

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

Get on the bus

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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

Good vibes.

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Thu May 26 2022
5

GOAT jam band

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Thu May 26 2022
5

Friend of the devil and truckin live rent free in this head

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Thu May 26 2022
5

Truly one of the greatest albums ever made. Friend of the devil is one of my favorite songs ever

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Fri Jun 03 2022
5

Got into this originally from the final scene of Freaks and Geeks. Listened to it ever since. Perfect summer album

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Thu Jun 30 2022
5

Som muito bom de ouvir, do Country a pegada estilo Beatles. Truckin com um baixo bem legal

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Sat Jul 02 2022
5

Loved it. The harmonies were amazing.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

Aptly named. This is a beautiful album of genuine Americana rock. Such a lovely, folksy, rocking album. And it doesn't even have any of my favourite Dead songs on it!! But damn, it's just so good. Jerry can take the wheel any time, I know I'm in good hands. Ripple is a standout track, and Truckin' is the ultimate ode to road trippin', but Friend of the Devil is a powerful ditty too. I can see why people tossed their lives aside to follow these guys and jam all day long. What a cool, chill way of life. Wish I'd been able to do the same. Rest in power, Jerry! Fucking love you dude. And the rad ice cream you inspired too :)

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Sun Jul 24 2022
5

Never really got in to the dead, and have just always had varied associations with them. This record is objectively great, the middle set of Candyman, Ripple, and Brokedown Palace is excellent and I can see how this album has been so enduring for so long. Up there with any of the best of the classic American music records.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
5

Grateful Dead were an acquired taste for me, but I love this album so much now.

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

really liked friend of the devil

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Tue Aug 16 2022
5

masterpiece. brooks is a freak.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

The absolute pinnacle of The Dead's studio albums and probably the best starting point for someone new to their music. Rather than continuing to get lost in studio experimentation, they perfected the approach they began with "Working Man's Dead," where they focused on distilling their songwriting skills and myriad influences into these tight, well-crafted anthems. These songs would then of course go on to become mere starting points for further musical explorations in live settings on subsequent tours - particularly their 72 European tour (my personal favorite). For a band who isn't necessarily best known for their studio albums, this is a nearly flawless masterpiece. 5 stars for "Ripple" alone. Seriously, that is one the most timeless pieces of music I've ever heard. It's up there with things like "Amazing Grace" to me. Beyond Rock and Roll, or any genre for that matter.

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Sat Oct 08 2022
5

One of my all-time favorites.

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Wed Dec 23 2020
4

12/22 Very woodsy, very rural, barefoot, psychedelic music. Standout Tracks: Friend Of The Devil, Sugar Magnolia, Operator, Attics Of My Life, Truckin'

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

I knew this would come up eventually. I feel like I've been held hostage by recordings of live shows for the Grateful Dead so much, I have a soft spot in my heart for them. At the same time, I could go the rest of my life not hearing another. Gorgeous harmonies, and I can enjoy this when I know the songs aren't 20 minutes long for no reason. Favorite tracks: "Ripple", "Box of Rain", "Truckin'"

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Över förväntan. Ett trevligt album

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Tyckte om detta. trevligt att lyssna på, goa röster, skönt proddad. Lagom trippy. en fyra!

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Thu Dec 24 2020
4

4/5

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

country road take me home sounding

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

I never realized their music was so mellow

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Awesome mix of folk americana and jam sesh stuff. Beautiful lyrics in some cases.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Probably the best Dead album for the non-Head.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Wonderful album. Really nostalgic.

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Sat Feb 06 2021
4

Great stuff from the Dead in 1970.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

This album is packed with GD hits, but they don't really command too much attention. Good in the background. Ripple is probably my all-time favorite GD track.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

true classic

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

rootin' tootin'

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

Excelente

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Nice one

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

Pleasant, pleasant, pleasant.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Creative and satisfying instrumentation

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

Enjoyed!

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Chill rock, quite good

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

Nice beattles vibes!

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Con melodía y ritmo. Muy de su época. Gratificante escucharlo

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Sun Mar 14 2021
4

Blindspot filled for sure! I like this for more relaxed driving music.

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Fri May 28 2021
4

4/5

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

Yeah

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Mon May 24 2021
4

Really surprised my this. Didn’t realise GD were so folky.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Had some classic tracks on there that I didn’t realize were Grateful Dead songs. Good easy listening album

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Sat Feb 27 2021
4

Great album, not listened to gd b4. Impressed

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

I realised today that despite them being extremely well known and famous, I’ve never actually heard a single Grateful Dead song In my life. God knows why, I assume I just thought they were a bit of a shitty ‘yer da’ band but boy was I wrong. This album blew me away. It feels like a perfect blend of Simon & Garfunkel, The Rolling Stones and The Kinks. Such a perfect album to be out biking in the sun on a lovely Swedish spring day. I particularly liked Ripple even though it has the exact same structure as Country Roads and the same lyric scheme as Band Aid. Overall thoroughly surprised and impressed. A well deserved 4/5.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
4

Gefällt mir

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Proper Noel rock. Reminds me of the kind of music he'd stick on when we used to drive to the local swimming pool when I was like 6. I can't put my finger on what it is I really like about this album. I'd rate it somewhere between a 3 and a 4. Been meaning to check out Grateful Dead for a while, after someone recommended it a while back - I'll be listening to this one again

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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

Excellent album from a band that simply has the "jam band" label. This showed their early work and lyrics rather than just instruments

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Tue Apr 06 2021
4

Nice but not outstanding would listen again

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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

A mellow, lovely Grateful Dead album. I'm not always a fan of the Grateful Dead, but I can see myself listening to this again! Especially loved Box of Rain and Friend of the Devil.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Very nice sounding album. A bit too country for me

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Sat Jun 26 2021
4

A great, laid back album. Friend of the Devil is an all time classic song, and the rest of the album is just a good time. Lots of acoustic and very cool harmonies.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Smooth!

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Good listen. Friend of the devil is my highlight.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

Had never heard of them, a pleasant discovery nonetheless.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

Would like to give this a five since it got me listening to more Grateful Dead, but I think a four is most accurate for me… really solid jam album

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Mon Aug 30 2021
4

Good, classic. Who doesn't like the dead?

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

This album is so relaxing, it would be perfect for chilling around a campfire or going for a stroll in the park on a sunny day. Nothing bad on here, but nothing sticks out as a standout on the first listen through. Definitely gonna listen to this again.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

Альбом приятно звучит, но ничего кроме этого не запоминается. Помню в текстах что-то про кокаин и какое-то название у песни забавное, но его я уже не помню.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
4

Nice. like country music with weird lyrics.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

Oh aan zo een album had ik nood!

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

Probably a grower

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

Country rock music. Está bien. No me ha encantado muchísimo, pero está bien. Un 4.

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Sat Oct 23 2021
4

A little upset at liking this more than I thought I would... Guess this is getting older. Maybe it's time to try some live albums... Sigh

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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

Classic Dead sound!

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

Folksy, meditative, surprising

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Thu Nov 04 2021
4

A tale of two albums. I I listened to this album in two different sittings. The first I was in relatively good spirits and it felt like a warm blanket. I was brought back to laying in the grass on a warm spring afternoon, enjoying the final years of being a youth. On the second listen I was a bit crabby and the music reminded me of loathsome prep school trustafarians. I would give this a 3.5 if that were an option. The album drags a bit in the middle section, but also has some stone cold classics.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

A very good Americana album. I was surprised how many acoustic guitars on the album. I enjoyed most of the songs, the first and last being hilights 4 🌟

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

It all kind of blended together but it was tighter and more enjoyable than I expected.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

Ja nakon šećerne magnolije: Mama pusti me, ja sam od sada grateful dead fan 👈😎👈

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

Really, really good shit. Peak dead and so smooth. I'm a weirdo in liking some of their album stuff better than their live stuff, and this is the dankest.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

Really nice album, beautiful and fun

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

3.5/10 Country Dead is pretty good

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

Good music but not my style.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

much better than I expected, I don't know them so much somehow.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

good stuff! 4/5

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

Nice one

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

Best boomer music so far! Very relaxed, will definitely come back to this for porch drinkin

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

Hi- Box of Rain Lots of lovely 70's style hard-pan, less swampy swamp rock than CCR, well executed folk-rock. Not bad!

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

Listened Before: N Alright, man! The Dead! Pros: This album was great! Mellow and good harmonies. Wonderful guitars and a very peaceful mood. I will definitely be looking into more Dead later on. Cons: It drags a bit at the end. In particular I found "Attics of My Life" to be a slog to get through. Too sleepy. Maybe I'm not stoned enough. Good thing "Truckin'" comes after to wake me up. Added to Collection: P Songs added to playlist: Friend of the Devil, Truckin'

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

I find Grateful Dead quite an intriguing band that capture my imagination. I have a soft spot for this album which seems to feature in quite a lot of American film/ TV and fits that really well.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

A bit on the slow side but a very enjoyable album. It truly felt like listening to "an slice of America" from the late 60s early 70s.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

Good album. I have some emotional memories mixed up in a couple of these songs.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

Dehär va rockin fr

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

Good vibes

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

The Dead are pretty good for being dead.

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Sun Feb 13 2022
4

Easy listening, country

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

Fantastic

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

J'ai décidé d'accorder un quatre à ces gars-là pour leur banane et leur bonne humeur contagieuse. Des personnes extrêmement sympathiques. Passons maintenant au dossier épineux que doit traiter Robert très rapidement, vous avez bien compris de quoi je veux parler. Aujourd'hui, eltrapeze a violé le septième commandement du décalogue de Robert "7. Tu n'écouteras les albums qu'après leur génération, quand bien même tu les connaîtrais déjà." Il s'est rendu coupable d'avoir écouté l'album Heroes de David Bowie, évidemment partie intégrante de la liste des 1001, sans que celui-ci n'ait été généré au préalable. Le dossier est pris très au sérieux par Robert et pourrait observer un dénouement très prochainement, je vous partagerai toutes les informations qui me parviendront dans les jours qui viennent.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

Friend of the Devil is a classic and the Mumford and sons cover is sweet also

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Sat Mar 05 2022
4

An absolute classic. Not perfect, but have very fond memories of listening to this one in days gone by

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

I actually haven't listened to a lot of Grateful Dead albums, so I didn't know what to expect. This one has several songs I'm familiar with and it has a nice mellow country-rock vibe throughout. I'll probably listen to more albums around this time period because I quite like it, but I'm not interested in becoming a Deadhead anytime soon.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
4

Interesting, seminal country-rock. Very easy listening.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

Not gonna lie, I know this album reasonably well from my teenage years, so hard to disentangle it from nostalgia for me; but Box of Rain, Friend of the Devil, Sugar Magnolia, Ripple, are all great songs and definitely enjoy the vibes of this.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

There’s no lack of late 60s early 70s folk-rock-americana on this list, but this is a particularly pleasant example. Why do I know Ripple so well? As soon as it started, I was humming along but I’ve not heard this album and apparently it’s not in a film… Maybe it’s just an all time classic but it’s now my favourite song I didn’t know I knew.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

The Grateful Dead was one of the groups that came to mind when I signed on to this site. I had never listened to an album from either and thought I should listen to an album from them. And so here is AMERICAN DREAM. The country-folky sound at first surprised me, but after a few seconds I realized that I shouldn’t be surprised. I sat back and loved this album! Really nice music. Great early 70s sound. No complaints here! I knew the song “Truckin’” and when I heard “Box of Rain” it was very familiar. Really enjoyed “Operator” with what I believe to be a guiro as a great addition to the percussion (we had a guiro as a child that I loved playing… but I had to do a little research today to figure out what that thing was called). The spacey “Candyman” was really nice. I enjoyed it all.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

I've managed to avoid listening to Grateful Dead all this time. Not sure why I was so hesitant but I liked this quite a bit.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

Never had the motivation to be on the Grateful Dead bandwagon. Nothing really ever appealed to me. Listening today, the music was nice enough and more of the tracks were familiar to me than I expected. Still not driven to become a fan, but I enjoyed the album today.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

Holds some of Grateful Deads best songs.

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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

I listened to this album and Workingman's Dead on repeat almost exactly a year ago in spring, and I haven't revisited it much beyond that following summer. A lot of people like the live albums of these jam bands, but I really enjoy these two polished works. In a lot of ways they remind me of CSNY. The jangly guitar, those harmonious vocals, and the cheery hippie lyrics. No bad tracks, and there's something I enjoy about each of them. All the tracks have a good length. If you want longer, there are the live albums. There's a lot of classics here. It took some time for me to appreciate the bluegrass "Friend of the Devil," but eventually it all grew on me: the fast pace, Garcia's everchanging vocals, and that twingly guitar solo. "Ripple" is by far my favorite Grateful Dead song. Beautiful melody and songwriting. Inspirational, excellent use of imagery and metaphor, each line hits you one after another. "Truckin" is their biggest pop hit (if you exclude their 80s comeback), and it's an outlier as their bluesiest and most passionate vocals, as well as Weir's rockabilly performance. I especially like that last minute finish. The small things - like the distant country guitar in the background of "Sugar Magnolia", the harmonica in "Operator", the ghastly mood of "Candyman", the grooviness of "Till the Morning Comes" - establish each songs' character, engraving each of them in my mind. When the Grateful Dead performed at my school in 1970, they brought along a student to play piano on this album's recording of "Candyman," my favorite country song on the album, which I find really cool.

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Sun Apr 17 2022
4

I don’t know nothing about whatever this will be ( hope it’s good)… The album starts off with box if rain I like how the other peoples vocals get placed on here the song really lacks a hook until right at the end but lots of intro tracks don’t have any so it’s fine. Friend of the devil is a good song I like how the verses get faster throughout it’s very folky but very good. Sugar magnolia is a small step down from the first two it’s still a good track but just maybe tone down the “doo do do’s”. Operator is a good song fells like it’s used to bridge the gap a little being the album’s shortest song also there’s some annoying screwing sounds ( probable least favourite.) Candyman is great a nice slow closer to side one, I can’t say for certain but it seems like the song is either about some sorta creep or at least something dodgy going on. Ripple has a good intro also I like the extra guitar works on the chorus to sound… well like a ripple and the outro is cool. Brokedown palace is not the best but its a really nice slower song but specially I like the buildup on this song. Next up is till the morning comes a song that brings back the energy, if I were in the shoes of this group I may have swapped this and brokedown palace. Now the penultimate track attics of my life , the song starts off with quite a cool guitar part then goes into these sorta heavenly vocals.Around 2 mins in the energy builds up ever so slightly which works well. And while the song lacks any hook it’s still my favourite. Finally truckin probably another favourite I may have swapped this and attics of my life but I get that the band would want to put it’s only real single on the album in quite a significant position. Well it’s sure a treat! Some very good songs, fine I would prefer a different running order for side two but it wasn’t an unlistenable order just something I might change on spotify.

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Sat Apr 30 2022
4

Entertaining and very easy listening. Definitely could feel the relaxed, California-vibe. Enjoyable album although it's lacking real stand-out songs

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Sat Apr 30 2022
4

Great sound and definitely something I like, but I feel like it was missing something that would really make them as legendary as they are.

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Fri May 06 2022
4

Vjerojatno njihov najbolji studijski album

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Mon May 16 2022
4

Two of the loveliest songs every written are on this album. Ripple and Brokedown Palace come on the same tracklist as other popular songs Friend of the Devil, Sugar Magnolia and Truckin'. The Grateful Dead are a polarizing band, you either like them or you don't, there is no in between. Their songwriting and musicality are simplistic at best, but don't let a studio recording convince you of their influence and impact without listening to them live. The time to see them live with Jerry at the helm has passed, but their spearheading of a new genre within rock and roll has kept their style of music going since the late 60s. You can't really argue with an impact like that. 4/5.

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Mon May 23 2022
4

Like.

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Sat May 28 2022
4

I've never gotten the whole Grateful Dead phenomenon. I've tried, even when I worked at an outdoor goods store where lots of people where into them. Didn't get into either with a roommate with tons of recordings of live shows. But this album is nice and of its time.

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Mon May 30 2022
4

I was never a big Dead fan, though when a friend put Friend of the Devil on a mix tape it swayed me to consider that I hadn’t given them a proper chance. Still not entirely my thing, but listening to this now I can see that there is a resonance that transcends its genre and era.

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Sat Jun 04 2022
4

A really nice album. The whole thing has a very warm and sunny vibe to it. 7/10

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

Before today, I have heard of The Grateful Dead but I'm not sure I could name any of their biggest hits. I am excited to listen a "new" band. I love this album and the whole folksy style. Very easy to relax and listen to. I am eager to listen to the rest of their discography.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

very notable standard. Appreciated the folk sound.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
4

I quite enjoyed this one. Hadn’t listened to much grateful dead before. Might listen to some more.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
4

Really liked this one actually

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

Very good!

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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

it’s good but i don’t really have anything else to say about it. ive never heard of this album before but i will no doubt listen to it again.

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Sat Jul 30 2022
4

Els discos d'estudi de Grateful Dead sempre han semblat la nina lletja de la seva discografia, exceptuant uns pocs clàssics. Aquest és un d'ells, continuació d'un altre ('Workingman's Dead'). Rivalitzant amb The Band pel títol de la gran banda d'arrels nordamericana, títols com la indispensable 'Truckin'', 'Attics of My Life', 'Sugar Magnolia' o la reivindicació de Bob Weir a 'Box of Rain' van ajudar a fer d'ells la institució en la cultura del país com ja fa temps que se'ls considera

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

5th August 2022 Listened in the morning while pottering. Chilled at Jake’s Friday night watching the first game of the season. They’re a band I could definitely get in to more, this album is very well made with gorgeous vocals and exceptional musicianship.

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Tue Aug 09 2022
4

It was pretty good.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

Re listen later didn't finish

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Love this album.

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Sat Sep 17 2022
4

Clas west coast America hippie vibes. Listen again.

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

4/5. A mostly solid album of nice folk rock songs. Songs on here that are going to be on repeat for me. Some songs I will skip every time. Good ones outweigh the bad.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

The most striking element is the vocal harmonies. The music is a nice mixture of country, folk and rock making it a very pleasant listen. Most Dead albums feature long jams whereas this is a lot more song based.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

4/5 Ripple is the best song

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Sat Oct 01 2022
4

Bunch of really great tracks here, including Ripple, which is my favorite Dead song. In fact, as someone who only knew the band kind of tangentially, I think this album has almost all of the songs I was familiar with. Anyway, Ripple, Truckin', Sugar Magnolia, Friend of the Devil, all great.

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Sat Oct 01 2022
4

Tough one- brokedown place is a top 5 dead song easy. This album is full of amazing songwriting. Still, I’d put a live version of any of these tunes on before the album cut. Can’t wait to give 5s to Reckoning and Workingman’s Dean, but this one is a 4

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

I wish I liked Grateful Dead more, they are tight and sound great but the folk psych/rock is a bit boring for me. It's stereotypical but if I smoked a huge bowl I would likely definitely enjoy it more. 3 for enjoyment but 5 for legacy of sorts, so I'll go to 4.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
4

Good shit

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Tue Oct 25 2022
4

Groovy, good vocals harmonies

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

My second favorite Dead album after Workingman's Dead.

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Sat Nov 05 2022
4

I’m not sure I’ve ever heard anything by Grateful Dead. Are they the band that people were mad about in the 60’s and would follow on tour, making big events of it? I’m interested to hear if it sounds aged or if it can still win over new fans these days. Songs I already knew: none Favourites: Truckin’, Till The Morning Comes This was a really enjoyable album. I’d consider it to be a mix of folk and rock music, probably leaning more towards folk. The vocal harmonies work very well, and the instrumentation stays interesting throughout. I didn’t feel like any songs were bad, but some songs were definitely better than others. Overall, I can definitely see the appeal the the Dead, and I didn’t really feel that the music had aged at all. It still sounds current enough to my ears! An easy recommend to rock/folk music fans.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
4

I have to give the Dead credit for sounding completely original and unlike any other band, even if I don’t always love their sound. I’m not a huge fan of Jerry Garcia’s voice and the arrangements sometimes have this washed out, sleepy sound to them that leaves me underwhelmed. But this album has so many classic songs on it I can’t be too hung up on it’s shortcomings. Ripple might be one of the most beautiful melodies ever written by any band, Friend of the Devil is such a fun and catchy tune, and Attics of My Life arrives completely unexpectedly, like a loving hymn. The harmonies on it are transcendent. I go into a happy trance every time I listen to it. 3.8/5

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Mon Nov 07 2022
4

Tough to rate this one. While the songwriting is excellent—one of the great American bands working at a creative peak—the production and recording of these songs is bland. But the Dead were never an album-focused group. These songs, and those from Workingman’s Dead which came out this same year (🤯), were part of a songbook, a template for the band to journey from and back to while on the road. Most notably in their renowned Europe ‘72 tour. As such, these aren’t the best recordings or performances of any of these songs. But, it still stands tall as evidence of the group’s songwriting prowess and their surprising ability to churn out a whole album of great pop-Americana tunes with crossover potential. For newcomers, it’s a great starting point with pleasant bops and lasting songwriting. But it hardly touches on the entirety of the band’s long, strange trip. Highlights for me are the Phil Lesh helmed “Box of Rain,” “Friend of the Devil,” “Ripple,” and “Brokedown Palace.” But boy, there are just an absurd number of classic songs on this album! Sad Fun Fact: my Dad wants “Brokedown Palace” played at his funeral. I imagine he has a different version in mind…

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Sat Nov 12 2022
4

really liked it - had a bit of a country Byrds vibe to it which I liked a lot

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

The grateful dead has an awesome name but their music is boring. This is no exception. I know they're like the dictionary entry on hippie rock, but... eh? This just sounds like that half country folk rock shit, same as the rest. 3/5 because I have no good excuse to give it less.

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Mon Nov 16 2020
3

i like this genre, the chill guitar strums and occasional harmonica <3

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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

I absolutley love the first 2 songs, but the rest of the album loses me a bit. Still a pretty good album though, closer to a 3.3

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Fri Dec 04 2020
3

While I'm apparently the oddball and prefer their studio work to their live stuff. I'm just not in the mood for this level of chill in my music right now.

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Thu Nov 12 2020
3

Ok background country music

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Fri Jun 04 2021
3

Meh. Never was a big fan.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
3

Chill album. Obviously great for the time, unsure if I’ll crave listening to it

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Was okay! Laid back tunes and a good vibe. Not something that blew me away though

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Mon Mar 22 2021
3

Visste inte att dem körde folk/country

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Wed Mar 31 2021
3

It's got its moments, but there there are lots of other moments when I wonder when this album is going to finally end 3/5

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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

В целом -- неплохо. Очень качественная запись. Как по мне, ей не хватает скорости. Все как-то вяло. Возможно у американцев такой стиль жизни. Больше всего понравилась последняя песня "Truckin", ибо была быстрее, нежели все остальные.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

Here's another album that there's absolutely nothing wrong with except the fact that I don't like the musical stylings -- kind of a folk/country rock style with lots of harmonizing. This one hovers between 2 and 3 stars for me, and I'm feeling generous. 3 it is! rusty, i love that i finally know about this site. also i figured out you can only be in one group at a time and there's no security on user accounts whatsoever. glad to see toddles started rating yesterday. he would also be abysmally disappointed in the securitIIIIEEE! The extra notes REMAIN! :D

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Sat Feb 20 2021
3

This album was a little slow for me. This just is grateful dead style. I did like friend of the devil and ripple.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

Groovy

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Sat May 22 2021
3

Not bad, just not really my style. Just sounds like music from that era.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

Band I'd never listened to before. A mellow mix with a mild country twang. Would take more than one listen to do it justice.

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Sat Feb 06 2021
3

Classic Grateful Dead. Hmmm... why there is a helicopter next to the bay where I live?

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Wed Jan 13 2021
3

Hmm ok... not my usual cup of tea but I can see why folks see this as a classic.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

just not a deadhead, need to smoke more for that.

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Sat Jan 23 2021
3

i was hyped because i hear about the dead a lot, but i wasn’t that impressed.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
3

Why did I think the Grateful Dead were a heavy metal band? Pleasantly proven wrong

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Tue Mar 02 2021
3

It's fine

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

so, so meh. barely noticed it was on. i get that it must have been great at the time, and influenced lots, but it felt like a pale shadow

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