#FreeFriday: American Beauty

It’s #FreeFriday, y’all! Here’s a little giveaway to end the week.

For a chance to win today’s featured album, all you gotta do is read this post, then share it on social media at least one of these ways:

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Be sure your social settings are on public so we can see your post! Enough details. Now on to the album we’re giving away…

Grateful Dead American BeautyAmerican Beauty (Grateful Dead, 1970)

The Grateful Dead are one of those bands. Some people love ’em and some hate ’em. I feel you need to hear the right song of theirs at the right time to get hooked. And once you’re hooked…it’s for life. American Beauty is The Dead’s sixth album, and possibly one of the band’s most popular. Stylistically it’s similar to Workingman’s Dead, which they released just a few months prior in 1970, because it channels the same elements of country, rock, and folk.

The first chords on track 1, “Box of Rain”, stir up images of driving down Highway 1 on a sunny day with the windows down. It’s a feel-good tune that sets the tone of the entire album, with plenty of acoustic guitar and easygoing harmonies. Track 2 is a fantastic song about an outlaw called “Friend of the Devil”, with the lyrics being the strongpoint, in my opinion. “I set out running but I take my time / A friend of the devil is a friend of mine / If I get home before daylight / I just might get some sleep tonight.”

Other stand-out tracks to me are “Ripple”, a song with a storytelling layout, “Brokedown Palace”, a slow country anthem, and “Till the Morning Comes”, a ’70s rock gem. “Attics of My Life” is another great one that’s a testament to The Dead’s surreal topics. The lyrics are amazing. “In the secret space of dreams, where I dreaming lay amazed / When the secrets all are told, and the petals all unfold.” The album closes out with the upbeat song “Truckin'” which boasts the very popular Dead lyric “What a long strange trip it’s been.”

American Beauty is a must-have in your collection if you love ’70s rock, and it’s a great place to start if you’re not familiar with the Grateful Dead yet. Time to get on the bus, man! ;)

Share this post in one of the ways listed above, and we’ll let you know if you won the album on Saturday! There can be more than one winner! Best of luck. :)

Album Preview: “Heaven & Earth” by Yes

Heaven & EarthAlbum
Heaven & Earth

Artist
Yes

Release Date
July 22, 2014

Label
Frontiers Records (Universal)

Pre-order Link
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Preview
Very few progressive rock bands have enjoyed a career as successful as Yes. Any The Yes Albumfan of the genre will undoubtedly have loads to say about the band’s influence on music. With roots in 1960s psychedelia and a seemingly constant change of member personnel, Yes has consistently pushed the boundaries of pop music through lengthy compositions that combine symphonic sounds and rock and roll.

FragileThe early 1970s were perhaps the most fruitful period of the band’s career. The Yes Album, released in 1971, was packed with songs that instantly became icons in the Yes catalog. In the same year, the band released Fragile which peaked at #4 in the United States and contained one of the band’s most popular songs, “Roundabout.”

Close to the EdgeThe following year, Yes released Close to the Edge which charted even better than the previous two albums and spawned several hits. The band would continue to write and record over the next three decades as their music evolved stylistically.

Although many members have come and gone throughout the band’s tenure, early member and lead guitar player Steve Howe remains confident that the band’s current lineup will satisfy Yes fans of every era. Speaking on the new album, Howe stated that “Heaven & Earth has a freshness and different stance from many records we’ve done before.” Check out a preview of Heaven & Earth‘s first track below!

A teaser from Heaven & Earth

Pre-order your copy of Heaven & Earth today at Murfie! Each CD comes with unlimited streaming (Web, iOS, Android, Sonos) and downloads in mp3, aac, FLAC and ALAC.