10 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This 1970 release found the Grateful Dead writing and recording with uncanny economy, creating an album filled with the ringing steel and acoustic guitars of country rock and the lush harmonies and pop arrangements of California folk and psych. “Ripple” and “Box of Rain” are dusty, melancholy-tinged turns that address spiritual and mortality issues, while the jovial “Sugar Magnolia” tells of new-love innocence. The roiling “Truckin’” is a dream-weaving life/road metaphor that helped to soothe an entire generation reeling from the Vietnam War and the death of the hippie dream.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

This 1970 release found the Grateful Dead writing and recording with uncanny economy, creating an album filled with the ringing steel and acoustic guitars of country rock and the lush harmonies and pop arrangements of California folk and psych. “Ripple” and “Box of Rain” are dusty, melancholy-tinged turns that address spiritual and mortality issues, while the jovial “Sugar Magnolia” tells of new-love innocence. The roiling “Truckin’” is a dream-weaving life/road metaphor that helped to soothe an entire generation reeling from the Vietnam War and the death of the hippie dream.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
83 Ratings

83 Ratings

DreadPirate ,

Essential Grateful Dead

Any collection of the Dead should include Blues for Allah, Working Man's Dead, and American Beauty.

zach0683 ,

The Best

I bought this on eBay, because according to family friends and Freaks and Geeks this is the best one and it always puts a stressed person in a good mood. After going to my fourth Gathering of the Vibes, I was excited to get some more Grateful Dead, and this album is just perfect

JayOkUSA ,

A Masterpiece!

A true studio masterpiece. My favorite of the bluegrass driven GD albums, created in a moment when the band starts to explore studio production and vocal harmonies along side contemporaries Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young, the Mommas and the Poppas, and others. An incredibly textured and moody album. One of my favorites from any band any time.

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