Grateful Dead Announce 'American Beauty' 50th Anniversary Reissue

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Grateful Dead has announced their landmark 1970 album, American Beautywill be getting the deluxe reissue treatment this fall. American Beauty: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition is slated for release via Rhino on October 30. See the full track list below. 

The three-CD bundle includes liner notes by David Browne and a remastered version of the album that includes Dead essentials, such as "Friend of the Devil," "Truckin'" and "Ripple."

Also included in the set is a previously-unreleased live album from the band's famed performance on Feb. 18, 1971 at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, mixed by Jeffrey Norman at Dead guitarist Bob Weir's TRI Studios and mastered by Grammy Award-winning engineer David Glasser. The night in Port Chester is commemorated in Dead history as the band unveiled five essential tunes during the historic show: "Wharf Rat," "Playing in the Band," "Bertha," "Greatest Story Every Told," and "Loser."

The remastered American Beauty will be sold on separate limited picture disc and colored vinyl, also available October 30. You can pre-order both, as well as the band's new line of merchandise for the anniversary here

“It still boggles my mind to think of the Grateful Dead's creative output in 1970," shared archivist and producer David Lemieux in a press release. "Ten songs, nearly all of which became cornerstones of the band's live repertoire for the next 25 years. Today, 50 years on, these songs are still essential parts of the band members' continuing live activities."

He continued, "The 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition includes one of the first, and best, live performances of 1971, just a couple of months after the release of American Beauty, and the five live debuts in the show demonstrate that the spectacular creativity of 1970 was no fluke. This was the new Dead, and we're still tapping our feet and humming along to these songs 50 years later.”

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