The crown jewel of the Dead’s studio output! The album's original 10 tracks include many of the Dead's best-known, most-loved, and most popular songs both on record and in concert for the next 25 years. An album that includes “Box Of Rain,” “Friend Of The Devil,” “Sugar Magnolia,” “Candyman,” “Ripple,” “Brokedown Palace,” “Attics Of My Life,” and “Truckin'” looks more like a greatest-hits compilation than a second album of 1970, and yet American Beauty demonstrates a band unable to slow down in terms of the quality of its writing, recording, and performing. This limited Picture Disc features customized album artwork on each side of the LP. Limited Edition of 15,000. Newly mastered in 2020 for the 50th Anniversary by Grammy® Award-winning engineer, David Glasser.
Sorry to whinge, but what a wasted opportunity for a very special 50th anniversary release. Yet another picture disk vinyl non-event. Why bother getting this when we will all already have the album and probably the CD, Couldn't we have had even a 'new' 2 LP set with some interesting related material from the vaults somewhere? Anything to make this 50th release a BIT special? When I think of all of the other really interesting and valuable 'special issue vinyls' I've bought that take a classic album and add something really special to its release, it really makes you wonder why the Dead's 50th Anniversary disks have been so cosmetic. It can't be 'lack of material' :-). Just a thought.