Even though I hate ranking things, if someone were to put a gun to my head, I would consider this to be the Grateful Dead's second-best studio album.
Being a collection of ultra-produced songs—in a manner invoking British art rock—, the album provides a perfect contrast for the band's live recordings. The album gets even more interesting when one notices that the band, years after its release, starts to imitate parts of it in their concerts.
As an owner of the album for over 20 years, I only recently developed such a high estimation of it. I used to do what many other listeners did: skip the first five songs and focus on the seemingly more ambitious title song. Now, however, I can also appreciate the layers of care that have been placed into the shorter songs.
My only complaint about this album is that it is too short. All I am asking is for an ultra produced version of every Grateful Dead song!