Grateful Dead - American Beauty

 (Numbered Limited Edition)

Grateful Dead's American Beauty on numbered limited edition double LP

180-gram 45 RPM LPs pressed at RTI

1/4" / 15 IPS analog master direct to lathe

Indelible harmonies, spare playing, and gorgeous textures surround masterfully crafted songs

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 LP reissue allows you to experience this 1970 masterpiece with unrivaled intimacy, realism, detail, and perspective.

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.


Side 1
1. Box of Rain
2. Friend of the Devil

Side 2
3. Sugar Magnolia
4. Operator
5. Candyman

Side 3
6. Ripple
7. Brokedown Palace
8. Till the Morning Comes

Side 4
9. Attics of My Life
10. Truckin’

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 3 person(s) rated this product.


posted on 03/06/2020
5 Stars

Worth The Wait!

posted on 12/05/2014
5 Stars
Reviewer: GP
I've been patiently waiting for this and its counterpart, Workingman's Dead, since announced about a year ago. I didn't think the folks at mofi could top what they did with Wake Of The Flood last year but it seems they have. I own every audiophile pressing including the original mofi LP but nothing comes remotely close to this 45. It's spectacular. Beautifully rich and perfectly balanced instruments and vocals spring to life from a dead silent background. One of those "ah ha" moments in audio when, although you've heard an album 1,000 times or more, it's as if you're hearing it for the first time. My copy was perfect....flat and quiet. Can't wait for Workingman's!

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