The legendary live band’s finest moment in the studio, 1970’s American Beauty found the band diving deeper into the rootsy textures they had explored on Workingman’s Dead, released less than six months prior. Though its sound may stray away from the Bay Area, the San Francisco spirit is still there in abundance.
Ed Maxwell, admin of the Local Bay Area Music Facebook page, says: "It has often been stated that the Grateful Dead were only at their best when playing live shows. While there is some truth in that statement, this does not mean they did not release any excellent studio albums. American Beauty finds the band at its creative peak in the studio. American Beauty stands as one of the greatest country rock/folk rock records of all time, with gems such as ‘Truckin’, ‘Friend of the Devil’, ‘Sugar Magnolia’ and ‘Ripple’ still receiving airplay on classic rock stations."