But for me, American Beauty was my favorite studio album. Box of rain is the only song I've ever heard where I think the quality of the studio recording is superior to any live recording I've ever heard. It's more emotional to hear BOR at a show, but that's different than quality.
I think David Grisman and David Nelson added a lot of "umph" to American Beauty. I especially enjoy Grisman on the mandolin in Ripple. And I did not know / realize Jerry was playing the piano on this one.
* Jerry Garcia - guitar, pedal steel, piano, vocals
* Phil Lesh - bass, guitar, piano, vocals
* Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
* Pigpen (Ron McKernan) - harmonica, vocals
* Mickey Hart - percussion
* Bill Kreutzmann - drums
* Dave Torbert - bass on Box Of Rain
* Dave Nelson - electric guitar on Box Of Rain
* David Grisman - mandolin on Friend Of The Devil and Ripple
* Howard Wales - piano on Brokedown Palace and organ on Candyman and Truckin'
* Ned Lagin - piano on Candyman
* New Riders of the Purple Sage .
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