About From The Mars Hotel (On Sale) by Grateful Dead:
The Grateful Dead made their supreme jam band reputation on the road with their live shows, and though some may argue that they struggled to capture that magic in the studio, From the Mars Hotel, although perhaps not a classic, represents one of their best studio albums!
From the Mars Hotel is the seventh studio album by the Grateful Dead. It was mostly recorded in April 1974 and originally released on June 27, 1974. It was the second release under the band's own label, Grateful Dead Records, after fulfilling their contract with Warner Bros. Records.
From The Mars Hotel features 8 studio tracks from the stellar Grateful Dead line-up of Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzman, Keith Godchaux and Donna Godchaux, all self-produced by the band themselves. The original vinyl album has been out of print for over the past three decades, making this a highly collectable recording now for the first time ever on limited edition 180g audiophile vinyl courtesy of Friday Music.
This was the final album before the band's hiatus from touring in October 1974, during which time they would finish up the film editing of The Grateful Dead Movie.
Two songs from this album were rarely played live ("Unbroken Chain" was played 10 times in 1995; "Money Money" was played three times in May 1974) and one was never played live ("Pride of Cucamonga").
"Pride of Cucamonga" and "Unbroken Chain" are both sung by bassist Phil Lesh, making these Lesh's final lead vocal work for the Dead for over ten years.
The album cover artwork is of the Mars Hotel, a rundown, skid row flophouse located at 192 Fourth Street in San Francisco.