My cousin has a restaurant called Sugar Magnolias. I’m not a big Dead fan myself, but this was a good listen.
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.
Overall, it was an enjoyable album. Some songs seemed to drag a bit. Wren danced to every song. Mostly on her new beanbag chair.
I’ll listen 2day at the gym
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.
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.
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.
I always expect more out of the dead than I ever seem to get. Just okay at the end of the day.
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.
From this, you would barely recognise them as a 'jam band', the songs are tight and the three part harmonies steal the show. Brilliant.
Absolute cracker - ripple!!!!
A favorite but sometimes painfully nostalgic.
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.
Un classique des classique. L’album d’une generation tan qu’a moi. J’yai meme redecouvert fes tounes. 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
LOVED IT felt like a country man on a long drive back to my farm 10/10 stuff
I wish I hadn't listened to this already so I can experience listening to it for the first time all over again.
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?)
I own this one. Long time favorite. Fun listen, as I hadn't played it in years.
Fantastic Americana from the best band in the world
reminds me of the drive to go camping, nostaligic almost
My favorite Dead album. I had this on CD and know all the songs by heart.
Excellent, Dead Americana and folk. Many great songs.
My favorite Grateful Dead album. Timeless.
I dig it a lot, a lot
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.
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.
Not sure what else can really be said about this one.
Warm & wonderful. Like old friends playing in a basement. I'm later to The Dead party by decades but love this. Added.
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
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.
Classic Dead album. I always liked their sound.
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!
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
Get on the bus
GOAT jam band
Friend of the devil and truckin live rent free in this head
Truly one of the greatest albums ever made. Friend of the devil is one of my favorite songs ever
12/22 Very woodsy, very rural, barefoot, psychedelic music. Standout Tracks: Friend Of The Devil, Sugar Magnolia, Operator, Attics Of My Life, Truckin'
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'"
Över förväntan. Ett trevligt album
Tyckte om detta. trevligt att lyssna på, goa röster, skönt proddad. Lagom trippy. en fyra!
country road take me home sounding
I never realized their music was so mellow
Awesome mix of folk americana and jam sesh stuff. Beautiful lyrics in some cases.
Probably the best Dead album for the non-Head.
Wonderful album. Really nostalgic.
Great stuff from the Dead in 1970.
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.
Pleasant, pleasant, pleasant.
Creative and satisfying instrumentation
Chill rock, quite good
Nice beattles vibes!
Con melodía y ritmo. Muy de su época. Gratificante escucharlo
Blindspot filled for sure! I like this for more relaxed driving music.
Really surprised my this. Didn’t realise GD were so folky.
Had some classic tracks on there that I didn’t realize were Grateful Dead songs. Good easy listening album
Great album, not listened to gd b4. Impressed
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.
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
Excellent album from a band that simply has the "jam band" label. This showed their early work and lyrics rather than just instruments
Nice but not outstanding would listen again
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.
Very nice sounding album. A bit too country for me
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.
Good listen. Friend of the devil is my highlight.
Had never heard of them, a pleasant discovery nonetheless.
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
Good, classic. Who doesn't like the dead?
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.
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.
Nice. like country music with weird lyrics.
Oh aan zo een album had ik nood!
Probably a grower
Country rock music. Está bien. No me ha encantado muchísimo, pero está bien. Un 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
Classic Dead sound!
Folksy, meditative, surprising
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.
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 🌟
It all kind of blended together but it was tighter and more enjoyable than I expected.
Ja nakon šećerne magnolije: Mama pusti me, ja sam od sada grateful dead fan 👈😎👈
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.
Really nice album, beautiful and fun
3.5/10 Country Dead is pretty good
Good music but not my style.
much better than I expected, I don't know them so much somehow.
good stuff! 4/5
Best boomer music so far! Very relaxed, will definitely come back to this for porch drinkin
Hi- Box of Rain Lots of lovely 70's style hard-pan, less swampy swamp rock than CCR, well executed folk-rock. Not bad!
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'
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.
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.
Good album. I have some emotional memories mixed up in a couple of these songs.
Dehär va rockin fr
The Dead are pretty good for being dead.
Easy listening, country
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.
Friend of the Devil is a classic and the Mumford and sons cover is sweet also
An absolute classic. Not perfect, but have very fond memories of listening to this one in days gone by
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.
Interesting, seminal country-rock. Very easy listening.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Holds some of Grateful Deads best songs.
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.
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.
Entertaining and very easy listening. Definitely could feel the relaxed, California-vibe. Enjoyable album although it's lacking real stand-out songs
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.
Vjerojatno njihov najbolji studijski album
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.
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.
i like this genre, the chill guitar strums and occasional harmonica <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
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.
Ok background country music
Meh. Never was a big fan.
Chill album. Obviously great for the time, unsure if I’ll crave listening to it
Visste inte att dem körde folk/country
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
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.
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
This album was a little slow for me. This just is grateful dead style. I did like friend of the devil and ripple.
Not bad, just not really my style. Just sounds like music from that era.
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.
Classic Grateful Dead. Hmmm... why there is a helicopter next to the bay where I live?
Hmm ok... not my usual cup of tea but I can see why folks see this as a classic.
just not a deadhead, need to smoke more for that.
i was hyped because i hear about the dead a lot, but i wasn’t that impressed.
Why did I think the Grateful Dead were a heavy metal band? Pleasantly proven wrong
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
Another album I just couldn't get into. It's absolutely musically competent, but I didn't find anything here that engaged me. Your mileage may vary
No es la octava maravilla, pero suena muy bien. Una calidad de sonido que no esperaba de un disco de 1970. Tiene canciones entretenidas: Box of Rain, Sugar Magnolia o Till the Morning Comes.
A bit too mellow. 5/10
Not back light listening.
(Folk rock / Americana) Decent and consistent album, well-regarded among psych rock fans. 6/10
Pretty good! Nice vibes
Not a Deadhead but not too shabby. I’ll take a Box of Rain to go.
Excelente! Buen sonido. Que bueno descubrir nuevas canciones. Gracias.
Innoffensive enough, but just... not memorable. Nothing that really makes it stand out, but I can imagine how it laid the roots for things that followed it.
All a bit meh.
Easy listening. Nothing to take offence too.
sounds like grateful dead. pleasant background what i'd call folk rock. i will return when i'm specifically in the mood but otherwise would make great playlist filler
Not bad. Nice to drive to Aldi playing in the background
Enjoyable and easy to listen to. Nothing that rocked my world. But I liked it! Favorite track: truckin'
Much better if I was smoking a doobie presumably
Reeks of west coast America, some nice harmonies and twangy guitar in places. I know they were huge in the U.S. not so much in the U.K.
Hippie music. Some nice jams if you're in the mood. Ripple," "Attics of my Life," and "Brokedown Palace" are all pretty good.
Ripple and Friend of the Devil were the standouts - pleasant but not incredible.
Very of it's time. Was half dreading it as the only previous time ive heard them was 'dylan and the dead' which is shite. Bit bland, but ripple is fantastic. Overall, i enjoyed it but wouldn't rush to fire on again. 6.7/10
Listened through three times. Was not particularly impressed first run through but it did grow on me.
Me deja un poco indiferente aunque tiene alguna buena
Nothing grabbed me.
Enjoyed it, especially some of the guitar work and vocal harmonies.
This was not what I was expecting but I found it enjoyable. Quite folksy and a 60s vibe. ***
70s rock so a bit country, not too bad.
It was OK, but I'm not a fan of the Dead
I'm been putting of this review for a few days because slaughtering sacred cows makes me uneasy, but here goes: American Beauty's standing in the pop music canon is more due to it's place in the cultural zeitgeist of 1970 and the ferocious loyalty of The Grateful Dead's fans than any intrinsic musical value. The harmonies are wobbly, as are the lead vocals, instrumental performances, arrangements, and compositions. If any of these guys had sung in church, the choir director would have slipped them a quarter not to sing. The music itself is an amalgam of early rock 'n roll, country, folk, and most importantly bluegrass. That's crucial because the Dead were the only high profile band to incorporate bluegrass into their music at the time (the Byrds and others of their ilk stuck to country). Together with the shambolic vocals and performances, this lent the music a ramshackle stoned charm that resonated with counter cultural audiences of the time. I know because I was part of that audience, even if I wasn't much of a fan. I can't count the number of times I heard Box of Rain or Sugar Magnolia or Friend of the Devil sung around a campfire or played at a party or on an eight track cassette in a Volkswagen van with a bunch of kids getting stoned. Actually, the more bluegrass oriented songs, like Friend of the Devil, tend to be the strongest. (An offshoot of the Dead, Old And In The Way, went on to make a very good bluegrass album five years later.) I actually find the music charming in a low key way, but a bona fide classic this is not. Frankly, the biggest accomplishment of American Beauty is that it made bluegrass cool to a whole new generation. My guess is that Bill Monroe owes his latter day career resurgence in large part to the Dead.
Hinter dem Bandnamen würde man ja eher Metall vermuten als Ohrwurmhippies. Kann man mal hören, ein paar richtig gute Tracks sind dabei, Friend of the Devil zB. Insgesamt vllt etwas seicht und eintönig.
Interesting. Shows it’s age a bit.
Well the Grateful Dead are great, but mostly as a live band, probably should've looked for a live version of this album, but oh well.
через пару часов после прослушивания поймал себя на том, что один мотив засел в голове и постоянно напевается. а потом понял, что это песня из альбома саймона и гарфункеля. А благодарный дед — ну не альбомная это группа, я хз. Так же как и с Крэмпс, это, вероятно, был мощный экспириенс живьем (хотя я тут послушал пару их живых тем, каждая по длине как этот альбом, если честно довольно унылый перфоманс), но в музыкальном плане никакого откровения не вижу от слова совсем. Ну да, кантри-роцк, даже психоделики, коей якобы отцами являются, не особо увидел. Без негатива, но переслушивать вообще не тянет, не моё. 5/10
A folk rock album from the psychedelic Grateful Dead. Easy listening and good vibes are side effects from this album. Can't go wrong with some classic Grateful Dead!
A classic from a band not known for their studio recordings. Standouts include Friend Of The Devil, Sugar Magnolia, Beautiful sounding album recording and engineering wise. The clear separation between guitars and vocals is impressive for 1970. "What a long strange trip it's been"
Not my vibe but I get the hype!
I don't have the qualms rusty has with the "folk/country rock style". that part i think is genius. mixing blues, folk, and psychedelic rock is - A OK with me. love it! I've tried time and time and time and time and time and time and time and time (oh wait this isn't a jam session or a record skip) again to get into the "dead". its always the same for me: vocals kill me. not just lead, but harmony too. i've spent a time or TOO in church choir. the serious yet still off pitch, but trying so hard to harmonize. in church choir it's all about THUH GEEEZZZUUUSSS. the dead sing so seriously about love and heartbreak and being alive. beautiful topics. just cant deal with the lack of vocal execution<PERIOD>
A little too much folk for me. Great production and musicianship, and the lyrics are wonderful. But I'd rather listen to the Allman Brothers...
Ok, but folk is not my thing
Why are their songs so...repetitive? It’s fine. One song I really liked - “Friend of the Devil”. This is kind of like Christian music without the Christians. On the plus side - Grateful Dead don’t suck as much as I assumed they do.
Beautiful vocal harmonies; jangling guitar; laid-back, feel-good melodies. I was already pretty familiar with this album, and while I wouldn't rank it among my favorite albums, I'll put it on every once in a while e.g. for a peaceful break on a long drive.
Not bad, but I didn’t love it.
Classic hippie music, wasn't bad. I don't really get why they had such obsessive fans, the music seems good and the instrumentals are deceptive in that when you really start listening close you can see how much is going on with them.
Can someone please explain the hype behind this band? They really don’t seem that special.
Pleasant album. I wouldn’t be upset if someone threw it on in the car, but I’m not going out of my way to listen to it
Mellow country sound. 3 stars
Pretty good album. Favorite of their first five. 7/10
If grateful dead are known for playing 12 hour concerts - this album is what they play at 2 am when everyone is asleep
First Listen. Very good stuff. Better than expected.
Pretty good american folk rock. Very pleasant. A 3.5 for me. For most of the album I thought I would round that up to a 4, but the last two tracks were pretty bad. Especially Attics Of My Life was horrible. Therefore rounded down.
Nyt tuli genre puskista, kaikkea uutta sitä oppiikin. Jostain syystä olin kuvitellut Grateful Deadin olevan jotain 80 -luvun progemetallia. Tämähän olikin mukavan leppoisaa country/folk/americana -meininkiä. Ei mikään täyskymppi genressään, mutta taustamusiikkina meni oikein sujuvasti läpi pariin kertaan. Ehkä levyn alkupään biisit jäivät eniten mieleen. Lopussa kappaleiden keskinäinen samankaltaisuus alkoi vähän puuduttamaan.
Joskus aikoinaan koitin kuunnella jotain Grateful deadia, mutta ei tuolloin uponnut ja en ymmärtänyt bändin kulttiasemaa ja bändiä kiertueella seuranneita faneja. En ymmärrä edelleenkään mikä tässä niin erityisesti puhuttelee. Ihan ok taustamusaa, ei siinä mitään, mutta ei tästä mitään erityistä mieleen jäänyt.
It was ok. Not exactly my kind of music.
Worth another listen
Leuk rustig album
Never listened before – not what I expected. Enjoyed it more than I thought I would.
I have already listened to it and I liked listening to it again. Gives me the feeling of driving in the car with my brothers.
Here we have another album that has no bad songs yet no songs that really stand out from the rest. It’s just a competent, solid Grateful Dead album. Fav songs: candy man, truckin
This is so easy to listen to. Soothing, rolls over the skin and senses. I cant say I'm 100% invested, but I have no desire to run away screaming either.
Kicks off with some enjoyable folksy guitar and decent tunes, then follows the template to diminishing returns as the album progresses. I’d rather listen to CSNY. That song about calling the operator was a bit much.
I just cannot get into this band. Even with the connection to my hometown and the rich history there....I just do not get it. It's a bit boring.
Excellent album from the Dead. It's a solid listen, with a great chill vibe and beautiful guitar work. Fave Songs: Truckin', Box of Rain, Sugar Magnolia, Ripple
My only experience of 'the dead' was through their collaboration with Dylan at the end of the 80's. Listening to this I can see why they were a good match as there are echoes of The Band and The Wilbury's in this, but nothing truly lands unfortunately.
The music of this album is not complex by any means, which makes it to be an easy going listen. It gets a bit boring at times but overall a good album to relax to.
Enjoyable listen. Turns out I knew a few Grateful Dead songs without knowing it!
Enjoyable, easy listening!
Imao sam tu neku fazu gdje sam ih baš htio zavoliti, pasao mi taj stil u to vrijeme, taj neki zabiti osjećaj da si negdje na zapadu, slušaš ovaku glazbu negdje kod benzinske stare. Taj stari folk/country rock. Zapravo mogu reći da album bolje zvuči sada, nego tada, više mi je sada ušima drag. Iskreno mogu i bez Truckin', možda da je Attics of My Life zadnja pjesma, e to bi bio poso (ujedno i favoritna).
Very grateful and mesmerizing although it doesnt grip me all the time
Not really for me
American Beauty lacks thrill and does not bode well for the impatient listener. Less thrill and more chill would be an appropriate assessment of the listener that this album appeals to. Background music is the best quality this album can conjure as nothing really seems to set itself apart. Perhaps a generational chasm separates this listener from the capability of real appreciation for the Grateful Dead's contribution here, but the context of this list does enable a sort of respect for this album. The album lends unsolicited advice to the bored listener to 'come back later' and the advice seems like a good piece.
Nothing stuck out too much to me. Felt very country.
Lovely guitar. Must listen again
The Dead make folded music, which I happen to like, and it's easy to listen to in its folk clothes. If American Beauty stuck to the high points of the opener and Till the Morning Comes, occasionally dipping into territory like the closing track, it would be a great album. As it slowed down, though, I found myself merely liking it. The musicians are playing with something as the tunes unravel, but not with something as complicated or rewarding as one would hope.
At first, I pegged this as disappointingly square, given that my one Grateful Dead album (the debut) is as loose as a pocketful of change and totally wild. But after a few songs the squareness started sounding tight, and tightness has merits of its own. They pick pretty and sing straightforward, the wooden rhythms still have forward motion, and from the lyrics I picked out there's something going on in every song. And then I checked the run times. Four 5+ minute songs? If they can keep shit sounding tight at those lengths, this can't be the downhill slide I feared.
Helt swag, älskade Trucking
If there’s any Grateful Dead album you have to listen to before you die, it would be a concert recording. This is a good album, however
I'm not a deadhead, but this is a nice-sounding album. 3/5. Standouts: Truckin' Other: Box of Rain, Friend of the Devil, Ripple,
Un bon divertissement. Bonne musique qui fait très 70s au soleil en roadtrip au US.
Je m'excuse auprès de tout le monde pour cette série d'albums insipides que nous devons nous coltiner, j'en suis le principal responsable comme expliqué dans mon review précédant. Tout devrait revenir dans l'ordre dès demain, puisque Robert nous a promis un album de Radiohead pour repartir sur les chapeaux de roues après cette punition bien méritée. Le firewall anti virus robien a été rétabli sur mon générateur pirate, aucune nouvelle erreur ne surviendra de mon côté, ce qui nous permettra de profiter pleinement de l'expérience offerte par Robert.
I like the Grateful Dead and know they are a legendary band but just didn't quite click with this album like I have with others of theirs and I don't really know why. Maybe just not in the mood for it!
Yeah it this was quite pleasant but I wonder if it needed more of my attention. it didn't massively stand out to me in any way but I appreciated pretty harmonies in the singing
Jipis piojosos de los que esperaba un poco más… Tienen mucha fanaticada y muchos músicos que me gustan los citan como sus influencias y les hacen covers, pero la neta es que se necesita un poco del mood San Francisco con olor a tapete quemado para que el disco te llegue. No significa que no me haya gustado; de hecho "Friend Of The Devil" se me hace una gran rola, pero si prefiero un poco más de acción.
An alright album. Not a big fan of grateful dead
When I read I was gonna listen to 'American beauty' by the 'Grateful dead' I expected some kind of metal band with lots of criticism for the state of humanity. This was just an easy listeb and bop. Not to say I didn't like it, but it's just much less.... Eventful than I expected
I've never been a dead head. Bed head, yes. They do have good harmonies. And some pretty iconic songs that remind you of the 60s and 70s, because you've mostly forgotten what they were.
I enjoyed it. I listen to these while working so they are mostly background music and I am not analyzing each song or getting super invested. That being said, this is much more my speed and was GREAT for just playing in the background. However I do like songs with a bit more weight and musical oomph. Found it a little bland. Very easy to tune out. There was nothing memorable about it at all.
A chill, pleasant album. It gives me “summer afternoon barbecue” vibes. No particular song rose above the rest, but I wouldn’t complain if one showed up on a playlist.
Easy listening like I was on an old VW bus.
The first few tracks (and Truckin') are awesome but it definitely loses me in the middle when it gets too slow and meandering.
I bash hippies and their ilk a lot. I generally hate their music and their...ways. A lot of my ratings here use the term and never positively. Surprisingly I do not and never did hate Grateful Dead. Well, their studio music anyway. I don't need an 18 minute drum solo or whatever nonsense. I'm the guy who hates live Dead and is fine with studio stuff. Odd in a way. American Beauty is ok. I'm very casual about this band. I like some stuff, other stuff kinda bores me. I like the country rock sound. When done right it's pleasant. A 3 seems fitting. I guess a friend of the devil is a friend of mine after all.
I just loved it
I've never listened to a whole Grateful Dead album, so that was a worthwhile check on my list. It's got a good folksy sound and I get the appeal of the mellow ambiance it creates as a whole. Nothing really there to grab your attention and pull you away from that vibe.
Peut-être pour pas cher (trop vedge)
Lilting folky rock with slightly darker lyrical themes
Good album, influences are clear, and much of their sound has influenced a bunch of other people. Truckin' was my favourite, but it was pretty solid all the way
This is the first time I ever listened to a Grateful Dead album. I find that shocking since they are a well known band with lots of die hard fans. In fact I just met someone last week who talked about a vacation in the 90s when he went to a number of Grateful Dead shows. I previously said that it's hard to like more than a handful of folk bands. You need to dedicate time to really get to know them. These guys deserve one rating in the 4/5 category since they are legendary but this isn't the album to dole it out.
Still not a deadhead, but worth a listen
yee-haw Prefs: Box of Rain, Sugar Magnolia, Attics of My Life, Truckin' Moins pref: Ripple
6/10 Best Song - Candyman
Listened through to Candy-man, not bad. Makes me think of Nate Miller. Old times on Lake Wallenpaupack. 5/10
Meh, was expecting more from such a hype band
Somewhere between country and rock I guess. Has its place but I won't seek it out.
not my vibe liked one of the songs
I did not care for this. The music is so simple and they can’t sing.
A couple of known songs, but sounds very samesy and boring.
Entirely too much country for me
Didn’t enjoy it as much as I’d hoped. Too upbeat or something. Like they deluged a fart of music and called it an album.
You will never find me consuming the devils lettuce with other dead-heads
Nice, relaxing sound - not blown away but would definitely have it on in the background
American Beauty just seemed too happy for me The songs weren’t necessarily indistinguishable, but nothing stood out, and before I knew it, the album was over. It’s completely inoffensive music that I could listen to while in line at a coffee shop that wouldn’t get me riled up or wind me down.
Bit of a slog, two stars
Bland plodding folk rock, most of it sounds like it should be montage music for 70’s American TV shows.
Inoffensive and a bit bland
Never picks up from the slow pace. Dull to my ears
Meh. reminded me of a cell phone ring tone
Тот случай, когда понимаешь, что, вероятно, просто музыка не для тебя, но ты её понимаешь, и при этом слушать вообще не хочешь. Ну не, к такому снисходительно решил перестать относиться. Нормальное музло всё же не должно наталкивать на мысль вырубить. А тут просто уныль пустая. Эстетика которой, вероятно, так плотно вошла в культурный код, что воспринимается как generic, не вызывает эмоций, не интересна, скучна. Значит, проверка временем не пройдена. Значит - не одобряем.
Not a fan
This music is all reds and greens and I’m sitting here colorblind.
Guess I'd prefer their more psychedelic side.
Never got on the Grateful Dead wavelength. Suspect that requires green stuff.
I feel this must have been a seminal album at the time, but it just sounds dated. For stuff that was coming out at the time, like the Beatles, or Rolling Stones, this one just feels sort of lacking. Nothing really all that interesting which would be fine but lyrically it didn't seem inspirational either.
no idea why people followed this band around. you can do drugs at any show folks
Not my vibe unfortunately… just beige country rock; by Americans for Americans!
Weirdly combines lots of elements I like, country, banjo picking, stoner rock, but it didn’t really click. Maybe needs a few more listens, or just not for me.
Not vibing with it unfortunately :/
Eh. Never understood the Dead or the love for them. Not wired to, I guess.
It's no wonder they all got fucked off their tits on this at Woodstock. Unadulterated hippy.
This album was a slog. Too country. But I like Sugar Magnolia and Brokedown Palace was decent.
'Friend Of The Devil', 'Sugar Magnolia' and 'Till The Morning Comes' are the pick here, the rest of this album was a slog. Also people who say that the harmonies on this record are great obviously haven't heard a Beach Boys or Crosby, Stills & Nash record.
I tried. I really tried. It's just way too folksy. No angst, no fire, too cute and self-absorbed. Not a fan!
To my ears it seemed very generic and not really something I enjoyed all too much. It's like something some random garage band out in the midwest could have come up with. Nothing really stood out. 4/10
Never really listened to Grateful Dead before always imagined them to be somewhat rebellious. This was just spineless.
It was fine, nothing really stood out. I thought it was going to be more catchy or groovy, but it was very flat.
Not what I was expecting, never listened to them before. You would think dead heads would rock a little harder
White people tacos night
wasnt what i expected at all i heard the name a few times in the past and i expected it to be angrier? it reminds me of when i worked in that toy store and the boss would only play this one bruce springsteen cd on repeat and at some point it started sounding uncanny. theres nothing really wrong with it, just not for me
Not bad, but not really my bag. Sorry, fellas.
Folk country with a bit of psychedelic stuffs. Where did this album took me? Along the generic landscapes of the countryside of America? With Fields so green one can smell it? With a forest that is thick enough to cool the place but not thick enough to conjure funny images at night? Wooden house with beer barrels? I could go on, but this whole thing feels like coloring a greyscale photo. The place where this album took me felt colorless, and it only gains those greens and browns when I let my imagination paint the scene. Perhaps I'm too colorblind as of now to see the "American Beauty". I'm not sure if this is a good representation of Americana music, and I don't even know why is this so popular both among the critics and the listeners. I'm definitely colorblind at these stuffs.
For how much time I spent around hippies living in Boone, NC for 5 years, I really don't know the Dead. This album was totally unrecognizable. None of the songs were familiar. The sound, on the other hand, was familiar. It sounded like pretty typical southern rock. There was some other Cali band we listened to that also did the southern rock sound... ah, it was CCR! Anyway, the CCR album stood out in that genre more than "American Beauty" did. I didn't get any sense of what made the Grateful Dead special from this album. I then checked out some of the Dead's most popular songs, and I recognized most of them (though not the ones from this album). But I didn't really recognize them as Grateful Dead songs usually. It was more of an "I know this one... this is the Grateful Dead!?" kind of thing. So I'm surprised how little I really knew the Grateful Dead. And also surprised how little I cared for this album, though the other popular songs were a bit better.
One of those influential bands I keep reading about but I've not heard much of their work. Whenever I do, I'm always surprised it's not some heavy gothic rock music... I don't think it's really for me. Some nice foot-tapping bits but 'nice' is about as far as it goes - I found it fairly bland. Supposedly they meld lots of disparate genres but maybe the whole is less than the sum of its parts?
Pleasant enough, but no more, with one or two exceptions
Has some good songs has some weaker ones.
I know the Grateful Dead were famous for being a live band so I guess it's hard to evaluate their albums because this is just bland. Also the mixing sucks.
Miten bändi, jolla on näin hc nimi, voi olla näin kantria? Ihan söpöö mellow-musaa, mut eipä tää tunteita juuri herätä.
Comienza bien pero va desacelerando hasta llegar a un paso tranquilo que a mi gusto se estanca y no varia sino hasta el final. De la canción 5 a la 9 pareciera el mismo track y me terminó aburriendo. Tienen un sonido agradable pero nada que me interese volver a escuchar. 2.5 que baja a 2 porque pese a haber escuchado el nombre muchas veces y pensar que era una banda que tenía "pendiente" no me quedaron nada de ganas de conocer más de ellos o volver a escuchar este disco.
Not for me.
Ganzo. Però anche troppo country e mi smaga un pochetto.
A couple of known songs, but sounds very samesy and boring (duplicate album in my review history).
Thought I liked Grateful Dead but found dis a bit boring.
just dull, sounds like a bar band playing CSNY but forgetting how the melodies work
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'
Best Song: Truckin'. The layered vocals are nice here, and the rhythm is real rhythmic. Despite the name, doesn't actually feel like driving music. Driving montage music, maybe. Worst Song: Candyman. So slow. So staccato. So wispy in the vocals. Overall: I'd never listened to the Grateful Dead before. All I knew was that they had a cult following unlike any other band. If this album is indicative of what their stuff is like, then I really don't understand. It isn't bad, but it certainly isn't interesting enough to warrant a cult. Sleepy dad rock.
This wasn't bad, but it's really not my jam so I couldn’t get thru it. But what I heard was a solid 2
It's a bit hard to believe that so many people, Americans, jumped on this hippy/country/folk sound in 1970. There's a strong CSNY influence. I prefer the songs that feature a single lead vocalist.
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'
Hated it. Total drivel.
Bland, plodding, some noodly guitar that adds nothing to the mid-tempo dullness
Wie Homer Simpson sagen würde: Laaaangweilig.
Nope. That was dull.
Didn’t enjoy at all
I don’t get it
Too sleepy for me
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.
This was shit
This is the best music Grateful Dead's ever put out and it still blows
I did not enjoy listening to this album. My instinct has always steered me away from the Grateful Dead and I guess there's something to that. I feel like this album belongs to a certain time and place. Outside of that, it feels like a museum exhibit.
Meh, never could get into the dead. Was hoping now I would but still can't. Only song I like is the last song "Truckin". Have to go take a shower now.
not my thing
A pretty boring album by the Greatful Dead. Felt like any other country rock from the 70s. Best: Truckin' Worst: Candyman
Too country for me
un poquito country
An album I didn't remember from Grateful Dead, the remaster in Spotify has good quality. I liked Bow of Rain and Candyman but the whole album could be signed by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Not really in the mood for that music so I will listen to it at another time