American Beauty (studio album) by Grateful Dead

American Beauty by Grateful Dead
Year: 1970
Overall rank: 313th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 746 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1970 (15th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1970s (82nd)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (313th)
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Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 746 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 80.3/100, a mean average of 79.3/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.4/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.9.

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75/100
From 09/29/2021 03:11
When I was younger, I felt like "Operator" killed the momentum of the album and then "Candy Man" did nothing to revive it. These days I appreciate those songs a lot. It is interesting to listen to things again after many years and see how one reacts differently.
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From 06/23/2021 01:26
It's hard to believe that jam band icon Grateful Dead made one of the finest country-rock records of all time, filled with simple and focused melodies instead of improvisation and psychedelic experimentation. It's flawed, yet perfect. Wistful, yet charming. Loose, yet effortfully assembled.

Essential.

Career Highlight: Friend of the Devil
Gems: Ripple, Box of Rain
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80/100
From 03/18/2021 16:12
calm real music with harmonies, harmonica. type of country and folk mix. very nice.
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From 12/06/2020 14:59
Arguably my favorite studio album by one of my favorite live bands.
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65/100
From 12/05/2020 14:19
Their most accessible and enjoyable album, despite never having been a fan of country. Overall, 65/100.
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From 11/02/2020 15:39
For me A. B is almost perfect, listen this record is the most energetic and spiritual experience in rock music, the best of the large discography of Grateful dead, this has an interesting mix of Folk, Country, blue grass, psychedelic, and a bit of hard rock.....very recommendable.
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70/100
From 09/13/2020 16:11
I'm torn. On one side of the spectrum there's the people who goof on Grateful Dead endlessly and on the other side there's people who followed them around like creepy stalkers. But the songs don't deserve either side of this hate or love. Lukewarm at best, but enjoyable.
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From 03/28/2020 19:50
I believe this is their best studio album with such classics as Box of Rain, Friend of the Devil, Sugar Magnolia, Ripple & Truckin’. You will hear at least a few of these songs on a bulk of their live albums. It’s a very cohesive set no need to skip any songs.
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From 01/23/2020 05:03
The Dead prove that if they want to release a pop album, they can do it as well as anybody.
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From 01/21/2020 07:45
I get that the Deadheads love it when Phil Lesh sings Box of Rain, but that's a taste I can't acquire. After that, it's real good up through Ripple, then it completely loses me. Too much singing, not enough playing; it's as if they're trying to take on CSN, and that's not their game. There are six or seven Dead albums I like better than this one, and that's just the standard ones, before you get to all the Dick's Picks and whatnot.
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