1974's From The Mars Hotel was The Grateful Dead's second album to be released on their own recently formed record label. By this time they were definitely much better known for their live performances (and resultant live albums) than studio recordings, though nevertheless the album came together well. One song in particular, "Scarlet Begonias", became an instant live favourite and remained as a staple of their set list for the rest of their career. Elsewhere the album featured two songs written and sung by bassist Phil Lesh (which was something of a rare occurance).
Following the album's release the band took a brief hiatus from touring.
Wake Of The Flood (1973) <|> Blues For Allah (1975)
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