10 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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