The Grateful Dead American Beauty Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid Stereo SACD
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Numbered, Limited Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity! Mastered from the Original Master Tapes!
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The Most American Folk-Rock Ever Made: Indelible Harmonies, Spare Playing, and
Gorgeous Textures Surround Masterfully Crafted Songs
Close Your Eyes As the Dead Serenade You in Your Room: MoFi SACD of American
Beauty Epitomizes Realistic Space, Vocals, Instrumentation, and Ambience
Includes “Truckin’,” “Sugar Magnolia,” “Friend of the Devil,” “Ripple”
American Beauty is the most perfectly realized, superbly played, and openly
natural folk-rock record ever released. They don’t make albums like this
anymore, but thankfully, Mobile Fidelity’s extraordinary hybrid SACD allows you
to experience this 1970 masterpiece with unrivaled intimacy, realism, detail,
and perspective. The Dead might as well be sitting on a Persian carpet right in
your living room.
The pinnacle of the Dead’s studio output, American Beauty lives up to its
name—as well as that of the “American Reality” ambigram on the iconic cover.
Airy vocal harmonies blow like fresh breezes. Strummed acoustic guitars amicably
intermingle with plaintive percussive beats. Warmth, relaxation, and poignancy
envelop the performances and create sensations of bliss, peace, and honesty.
Songs flower with majestic melodies and emotionally direct lyrics. It’s a rare
album that invites and makes you feel, restores one’s faith, and renews one’s
appreciation for all life offers.
Mastered from the original master tapes, this collectable hybrid SACD possesses
seemingly limitless dynamics, reference-grade presence, and expansive
soundstages. The seamless, effortless integration of the group’s vocals has
always been a high point of American Beauty, and when you hear it here, you’ll
want every record you own to sound half as good. Every member’s distinctive
singing resounds with tube-like clarity; the intended expressionism is as plain
as day. Instruments, too, resonate in glorious Technicolor. The supple tension
of Phil Lesh’s bass lines, charismatic timbres of Jerry Garcia’s pedal-steel
fills, and interwoven dialogue between the pianos and percussion are rendered
with lifelike scale and tone.
Made just months after its companion release, Workingman’s Dead, the San
Francisco legends’ second 1970 masterpiece furthers the former work’s close-knit
relationship between country and folk while adding extra rock and bluegrass
currents. Understated amplified passages, graceful melodies, layered singing,
and old-time string flavors—including mandolin work from masterful guest David
Grisman—bestow the material with easygoing, comfortable vibes. Again taking
advantage of the best songwriting of Robert Hunter’s career, the Dead turns in
its most collective studio performance, with every individual contributing
equally and focusing on nothing but the songs at hand.
Indeed, Garcia doesn’t even indulge in a single guitar solo on the record. A
majority of fare lacks any significant instrumental breaks. The Dead recorded
the foundations (drums, bass, acoustic guitars) of nearly every track live,
which helps explain why American Beauty sounds so powerfully rich and clear.
Coupled with the band’s personal reflections of the circumstances surrounding
them—Bob Weir’s parents had died, Garcia’s mother and Lesh’s father were in the
process of passing, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan’s health was in decline—these
characteristics combined to yield a purity of heart that exceeds that managed by
Dead peers (and roots revivalist leaders) The Band and Bob Dylan.
From Garcia’s breathtaking gospel-laden homage to his mother (“Brokedown
Palace”) to Lesh’s healing salve in the form of the groove-based “Box of Rain,”
from Weir’s jaunty and free-wheeling summer escape “Sugar Magnolia” to
McKernan’s eloquently simple homespun plea “Operator,” all the way to the
closing autobiographical anthem “Truckin’,” American Beauty feels like the warm,
spirit-infusing embrace of a loved one after a long journey away. Welcome home.
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Mastered From Original Master Tapes
1. Box of Rain
2. Friend of the Devil
3. Sugar Magnolia
7. Brokedown Palace
8. Till the Morning Comes
9. Attics of My Life