American Beauty is a perfectly executed, superbly performed and natural folk rock album. Remastered by Shawn R. Britton for Mobile Fidelity, the 1970 masterpiece boasts unparalleled intimacy, realism and details never heard before. The Dead just sound like they’re sitting right next to you in the living room. Their airy harmonies and strumming guitars to venerable melodies and soulful lyrics are able to restore the listener’s faith in life. American Beauty is of rare quality and a musical highlight.
The hybrid SACD opens up seemingly limitless dynamics and a wide stage. The voices of all band members are clearly distinguishable and at the same time wonderfully interwoven. David Grisman features as a guest on these recordings, contributing masterful mandolin sounds. American Beauty feels like a loved one hugging you after a long journey. Welcome Home.