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This 1970 release found the Grateful Dead writing and recording with uncanny economy, creating an album filled with the ringing steel and acoustic guitars of country rock and the lush harmonies and pop arrangements of California folk and psych. “Ripple” and “Box of Rain” are dusty, melancholy-tinged turns that address spiritual and mortality issues, while the jovial “Sugar Magnolia” tells of new-love innocence. The roiling “Truckin’” is a dream-weaving life/road metaphor that helped to soothe an entire generation reeling from the Vietnam War and the death of the hippie dream.

Customer Reviews

The Best

I bought this on eBay, because according to family friends and Freaks and Geeks this is the best one and it always puts a stressed person in a good mood. After going to my fourth Gathering of the Vibes, I was excited to get some more Grateful Dead, and this album is just perfect


This album may be the best Grateful Dead album, all the songs are perfect. This album just puts me in the best mood. This is a must for all deadheads!!!!! Deadheads Unite!!!

A Masterpiece!

A true studio masterpiece. My favorite of the bluegrass driven GD albums, created in a moment when the band starts to explore studio production and vocal harmonies along side contemporaries Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young, the Mommas and the Poppas, and others. An incredibly textured and moody album. One of my favorites from any band any time.


Formed: 1965 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Rock's longest, strangest trip, the Grateful Dead were the psychedelic era's most beloved musical ambassadors as well as its most enduring survivors, spreading their message of peace, love, and mind expansion across the globe throughout the better part of three decades. The object of adoration for popular music's most fervent and celebrated fan following -- the Deadheads, their numbers and devotion legendary in their own right -- they were the ultimate cult band, creating a self-styled universe all...
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