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.
Got it purely for the collection. Got the 3cd edition on the way for my real listening. Well, even then I'll more likely listen to the rip of it that will be on some USB drives. But it looks good, and I got Workingman's as well. I've always heard picture discs don't sound as good, so just having this on the shelf looking pretty will be worth the 20 bucks.
Just received mine today, so I haven't played it yet (I assume it sounds fine), but: While the vinyl itself is beautiful, the sleeve is disappointingly flimsy. I can't imagine it not getting easily torn if it's taken out of and placed back in a shelf of records more than once or twice.
I agree - especially if its not going to be played - to me it feels like a waste of the worlds resources and carbon wastage. Yes I am feeling guilty for future generations about my buying records and and and ... and time maybe for the Dead to have a Sustaianbility Charter?
Album looks Great!!!
Sounds Terrible.....constant drone.....on a pretty good turntable
Also wish there was more....booklet, bonus cuts, etc.
Have to say, I'm a bit disappointed
Sad to say, gimmick lp's always sound like shit in my book. I buy them all the time, but not to listen to. I got both version of this lp. Just got the Joni Mitchell "clear" lp in. I'm not sure how the 45's they've been sending out sound, but I have them all. (they're all wild colors)
I got the cd's coming to listen too. (same with the Joni album)