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From the Mars Hotel


Download links and information about From the Mars Hotel by The Grateful Dead. This album was released in 1974 and it belongs to Rock, Folk Rock, Songwriter/Lyricist, Psychedelic genres. It contains 8 tracks with total duration of 37:29 minutes.

Artist: The Grateful Dead
Release date: 1974
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, Songwriter/Lyricist, Psychedelic
Tracks: 8
Duration: 37:29
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No. Title Length
1. U.S. Blues 4:40
2. China Doll 4:11
3. Unbroken Chain 6:45
4. Loose Lucy 3:25
5. Scarlet Begonias 4:19
6. Pride of Cucamonga 4:17
7. Money Money 4:24
8. Ship of Fools 5:28



By the mid-'70s, The Grateful Dead were legendary for live concerts that went well beyond the script set by their studio albums. This mindset often meant their records were shortchanged and have been underrated since their initial releases. From the Mars Hotel is among the band's strongest albums, featuring ensemble playing that needed no audience present to swing for the fences. Phil Lesh's "Unbroken Chain" and Jerry Garcia's "Scarlet Begonias" are two great examples of the band's ability to stretch out in a shorter space. Lesh's other vocal track here, "Pride of Cucamonga," lets pedal steel guitarist John McFee bring an authentic country sound to the Dead's less orthodox approach (it was never played live). Garcia and Robert Hunter's "U.S. Blues" reflects 1974's political turmoil, where "China Doll" is a perfect acoustic ballad and "Ship of Fools" remains another song that benefitted from the band's grand musicianship. Shortly after the album's release, the Dead took a break from touring.