Grateful Dead – American Beauty [Stereo] (VMP Anthology Series Edition)

Remastered all-analog (AAA) from the original master tapes by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering.


Product Description

The Story of the Grateful Dead

2nd Edition. Told through eight albums / 14 LPs (four classic studio & four legendary live albums), curated by VMP and pressed at Vinyl Media Pressing.

A great series unfolds in episodes

...and the best stories are told in chapters. We're reinventing the box set experience as VMP and the Grateful Dead take listeners on a joyride through one of the deepest catalogs and richest legacies in rock history. This eight album, 14 LP collection connects the Dead's history, subculture and lore to modern relevance and mainstream music culture. While the box will ship with all eight albums inside, the exclusive podcast will guide you through opening the records at specific points on our four-week journey.

What's Included

8 Essential Grateful Dead Albums

Take a trip through four studio and four live albums that transport the listener across the band's storied career. The lacquers were cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood, CA. This set is pressed on high quality 180g vinyl in a kaleidoscope of hues with heavyweight tip-on jackets.

Exclusive Podcast Series

In this six-episode podcast series, two VMP staff members grapple with the Grateful Dead's impressive catalog using the box set's eight albums as windows into the Dead, the music of the era, and themselves.

Star-studded Liner Notes Booklet

Features essays by contemporary musical figures on the eight albums in the set and the impact on their lives and musical approaches. Printed on thick cover matte stock, this deluxe 12x12" booklet also features archival and rare photos and ephemera courtesy of iconic photographers from the eras.

Premium Commemorative Box

This heavyweight two-piece slip and slash box features original design by Jeremy Dean, whose modern approach with the band's iconic imagery in his work is widely sought after and repped by Dead fans. Limited to 7500.

AMA Video Series

Access AMAs with guests such as the Grateful Dead’s official audiovisual archivist and inspiration for 'Dave's Picks', David Lemieux and other notable guests.

Sounds like the Dead is playing in your living room.

Top-Tier Audio Mastering

All eight titles in this VMP Anthology had lacquers cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood, CA. All titles were cut 'AAA' from the original analog tapes, with the exception of Without a Net coming from the original master digital audio. Pressed at Vinyl Media Pressing on high quality 180g colored vinyl.

Take a journey through the liner notes.

The Influence Goes Far & Wide

Hear from a cross-section of contemporary musical figures as they share stories of the Dead's influence on them and their music. Contributors include:

MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger • Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors • Jim James of My Morning Jacket • Avey Tare of Animal Collective • Hunter Brown of STS9 • Margo Price • Scott Devendorf of the National / LNZNDRF • John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats • Jenny Conlee of the Decemberists

The booklet also features an extensive collection of both iconic and rare photos taken throughout the different eras of these albums by some of the Dead's beloved photographers. Photography by:

Jim Marshall • Jim Anderson • Adrian Boot • Bob Minkin • Jay Blakesburg • Herbie Greene • Rosie McGee

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