Few bands have created such a dedicated following as the Grateful Dead, earning this commitment from fans from their start shortly before the flower days of San Francisco. It would be a complete disaster to skip adding several albums in your Desert Collection. Surely, with only one choice, as an avid fan of the band, I would want “Working Man’s Dead,” “Wake Of The Flood,” “From the Mars Hotel,” “Blues for Allah,” and “Terrapin Station.” However, “American Beauty” hands down remains the top choice for its fantastic balance between rock and folk, along with blending blues and bluegrass along with elements of psychedelia. Favorites on the album include “Truckin’,” “Ripple,” “Friend of the Devil,” and “Sugar Magnolia.” True treasure seekers should look for the out of print DVD edition that contains an excellent surround mix plus a hi-res stereo layer. Of course, without a top end system on your Desert Island, a CD copy will due in a pinch!
It is also worthy to note that the Grateful Dead have become most well known for their improvisational concerts. A standout decades later remains their 3 LP Europe ’72 album. Also, picking up any of the Dick’s Picks series will surely transport fans back to the trippy scene right from the comfort of their listening room, or if your treasure chest is large enough, from the edge of your tranquil beach.
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Wesley is a lifelong music enthusiast. He started his career in the recording industry in New York City as an audio engineer, producer, and studio manager. Subsequently he toured across America as a guitarist with the short-lived band Land's Crossing. After many years in the technology sector and amassing a substantial vinyl and CD collection, he delved into immersive audio and created Hi-Res Edition to share with other listeners about the sound quality and discrete mixes available on many formats. He recently upgraded his system to 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos and continues to seek out and share about the best sounding releases.