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The Grateful Dead: Anthem to Beauty 

Documentary about the making of two Grateful Dead albums: 1968's "Anthem of the Sun" and 1970's "American Beauty".

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Jeremy Marre
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Documentary about the making of two Grateful Dead albums: 1968's "Anthem of the Sun" and 1970's "American Beauty".

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English

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15 April 1997 (UK) See more »

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More Than Meets The Eye

I remember watching the start of this DVD for the first time & instantly falling in love with it, how could you not fall in love with The Grateful Dead performing Truckin' live in 1972? I have seen a few other classic albums in this series such as Jimi Hendrix - Electric Lady Land & The Who - Who's Next, although I love both of those albums the episodes dedicated to the making of them were really boring, so boring in fact I started to dislike the bands, so thats when I knew I had to turn the t.v off.

Anthem To Beauty is different to all the other ones for several reasons, i.e It focuses on several albums rather then one, it also is a lot more funnier and interesting because of all the old hippies commenting on the band and the albums (true freaks) with Anthem To Beauty it felt like a mini documentary on the era as well as the albums and the band.

The first part is dedicated to the acid rock phase of The Grateful Dead and that is always a lot of fun, the second part is less weird and more down to earth, just like the music. Robert Hunter provides a heartfelt moment when he talks about his view of the time around the making of American Beauty, there are simply beautiful scenes in which a song from the album will be playing and you will be shown footage of them traveling on a train along with other great images. The whole band realises how many lives have been changed by American Beauty and they to share their thoughts and feelings on one of the most heartfelt albums of all time.


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