Classic Albums

Season 1 Episode 2

Grateful Dead: American Beauty

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 15, 1997 on VH1
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Grateful Dead: American Beauty
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This 1970 release was an important step in the rise of the Grateful Dead to legend status. Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, along with some interviews with Jerry Garcia, discuss what went into the writing and recording.

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  • Not the most obvious choice for a 'Classic Album'.

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    It appears that the producers wanted to chronicle the band more so than the album. Very little was shown of what went into the writing and recording process, compared to other episodes of this series, and the group itself seemed rather disassociated with the recording, preferring to focus on the rifts with the record company, the ambivelence of the radio markets, and the distaste from the critics. They made their point strongly, that a group can succeed without the support of their industry, but they failed to inform us, the viewers, what was so great about their songs, and (according to the title of this show) this particular album.moreless

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