500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

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Grateful Dead, 'American Beauty'

261. Grateful Dead, 'American Beauty'

Warner Bros., 1970

The Dead were never better in the studio than on the down-home stoner country of American Beauty. Released just six months after the folky classic Workingman's Dead [see No. 264], it has some of the band's most beloved songs, including "Box of Rain" and "Friend of the Devil."

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