The Grateful Dead will mark the 50th anniversary of their American Beauty by releasing another “Angel’s Share,” a companion collection of never-before-heard demos, alternate mixes and outtakes from the LP, Number 215 on Rolling Stone‘s new list of the 500 Greatest Albums.
The October 15th arrival of American Beauty: The Angel’s Share follows the July 2020 release of Workingman’s Dead: The Angel’s Share which similarly excavated the band’s vaults from that 1970 album’s recording sessions. Both were released as a gift to fans separate from each album’s respective 50th-anniversary edition.
Ahead of the full 56-song digital release from American Beauty: The Angel’s Share, the Grateful Dead have shared 10 demos featuring the entirety of American Beauty — sans “Box of Rain” — in its early studio form, as well as a demo for “To Lay Me Down,” later included on Jerry Garcia’s first solo album Garcia. The