American Beauty (studio album) by Grateful Dead

American Beauty
American Beauty by Grateful Dead
Year: 1970
Overall rank: 309th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 713 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1970 (16th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1970s (80th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (309th)
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American Beauty, Grateful Dead, Good Original recording reissued, Ori
Condition: Good
Time left: 3h 1m 47s
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Grateful Dead - American Beauty 1989 Germany GmbH Alsdorf 246 074 1893-2
Condition: Very Good
Time left: 11h 17m 44s
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American Beauty [Bonus Tracks] [Digipak] by Grateful Dead (CD, Feb-2003, Warner
Condition: Very Good
Time left: 13h 5m 59s
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American Beauty is ranked as the best album by Grateful Dead.

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Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 83 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 713 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 80.5/100, a mean average of 79.4/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.6/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.0.

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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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95/100
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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65/100
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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85/100
From 08/20/2019 19:42
Deserves to be in no1 position. So laid back and infectious it makes you want to join in with every track. Even if you can't sing! 'Attics Of My Life' is so simple yet so huge with the instruments stripped right back and the vocals being the primary instrument. Throughout the whole album the drums are set well back in the mix which works for their sound. A similar approach is taken with the organ on 'Truckin' where little flourishes are added here and there with a less is more approach. It works!
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From 02/15/2019 07:04
Great country rock album!
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80/100
From 01/10/2019 16:46
Lots of fun to listen to. It's one of those albums where you can just ride the music and enjoy. Best songs are Ripple, Sugar Magnolia (though not as good as the live version) and Truckin '. A must have for Deadheads.
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From 02/14/2018 02:23
Enjoyable but not enough to make me a Deadhead.
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From 12/13/2017 09:15
Very nice country-rock album! Best songs are Ripple, Sugar Magnolia, Friend of the devi, box o rain and truckin
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