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Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Jerry Garcia was best known as a founding member of the Grateful Dead, the rock band for which he served as de facto leader for 30 years, 1965-1995. Concurrently for much of that time, he also led his own Jerry Garcia Band (JGB), and he performed and recorded in a variety of configurations and a variety of styles, ... Read more in Amazon's Jerry Garcia Store

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  • Audio CD (September 28, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0002XEDOE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,617 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Sugaree
2. Catfish John
3. That's What Love Will Make You Do
4. Simple Twist Of Fate
Disc: 2
1. How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You
2. After Midnight
3. Eleanor Rigby
4. After Midnight (Reprise)
Disc: 3
1. I'll Take A Melody
2. Tore Up Over You
3. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
4. The Harder They Come
5. Tiger Rose
6. Promontory Rider
See all 8 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Compiled from two back-to-back shows in Union, New Jersey, this historic live recording captures three CDs' worth of eclectic performances by the stripped-down quartet configuration of the JGB. Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter takes vocals on his compositions "Promontory Rider" and "Tiger Rose." Packed with key originals and plenty of covers, it's an essential snapshot of Jerry at his peak.

One of rock's true icons, Grateful Dead lead guitarist, vocalist, and goodwill ambassador Jerry Garcia pursued an eclectic array of folk, bluegrass, roots-rock, and R&B-influenced solo projects throughout his career. Recorded both solo and with the Jerry Garcia Band, his albums include a slew of classic covers and many songs that became an integral part of the Grateful Dead's live set.

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I get an upbeat feeling while listening to this music.
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Imho, this is the best official Grateful Dead / Jerry Garcia release of any sort.
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Not much to say other than the 3 disc cd is a must for any Jerry fan.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mike E. Cooperider on September 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Simply one of the finest releases to come out of the Garcia archives since his passing. Let's face it Jerry was a brilliant, fluid, mesmerizing guitarist on his good nights, and on the nights where he wasn't his best he could be down right awful. Fortunately for us this was one of those brilliant nights, from the opening chords of Sugaree to an incredible Eleanor Rigby and back thru Tore Up Over You to the closing Midnight Moonlight, Jerry and the tight 4 piece band pulled out all the stops in a show that must have gone well into the morning hours judging by the starting time of 10:30 for opening act Rachel Sweet, probably the reason for the title, "After Midnight"!! As longtime lyricist Robert Hunter alludes to in the liner notes (he is also featured on 2 cuts) this is a pared down Jerry Garcia Band, with Jerry, Ozzie Ahlers on keys, John Kahn providing the bass, and Johnny De Foncesca on drums, allowing an incredible tightness and a very solid sound to this 1980 concert. The sound quality is tremendous, and as Hunter further notes, Jerry even remembered all the words, no small task some nights for Captain Trips! I have all the Jerry Garcia Band commercial live releases and this one is the clear winner (so far), not to say the others aren't good, but this one absolutely smokes, no nonsense, no frills, just Jerry and band playing well into the night, where everything just clicked, and you can hear the crowd enjoying every note, glad to be part of one incredibly magical musical evening! The Jerry Garcia Band goes to college, and comes out with an A+! Get this one, you won't be sorry.
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49 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Birdman on September 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Garcia gave to the Dead, and the band's members gave back so much to him in their choice of material, delivery and a style of jamming that has rarely been equaled. Thank God they put up with him.

This album is SO good, in its dynamic range, in its choice of material, in the performances and Garcia's state-of-mind -- and in the extraordinary value you get for such a beautiful package, it is quite frankly, better than half the Dick's Picks releases I own and as good as the Dead's best live recorded performances.

In general, Jerry's band had less status than the Dead, but musically they could equal their musical ancestors. I recognize this may really anger some listeners, but all I can say is-- just listen and then: you tell me.

Garcia was a strange man. He had so many failings, but musically was so imaginative and generous. He knew how to make people happy, and in this release that's exactly what he and his gifted engineers achieve.

One of the best vintage rock releases of 2004 -- bar none.

Rhino is also getting better, not merey recycling old releases but generating impressive material that has never been presented before.

You'll love it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Erik Gauger on September 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is definitely the best Garcia Band release yet. Jerry in top form, playing long groovy jams on some of the rarer JGB tunes. The After Midnight->Eleanor Rigby instrumental->After Midnight is excellent, but there are some even finer gems on this release. This album has a lot of swing to it. Its hard to describe a lead guitar player as a master of swing, but thats what we have here. Groove and swing and a kind of music that is totally undescribable. Great stuff. Also, there is something fun about the keyboard player from these early 80's shows. He plays this ultraweird keyboard tone that adds a new dimension to these songs. Erik at notesfromtheroad.com
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Given the reputation of Garcia, it's surprising that there are not all that many live Jerry Garcia Band releases.Sslowly but surely more JGB concerts are finally being released. JGB has always played second fiddle to the Dead, and that's regrettable as JGB should be seen as complimentary to the Dead, not in competition.

"After Midnight - Keane College 2/28/80" (16 tracks; 3 CDs; 165 min.) features a short-lived 4 person line-up of JGB. Besides Jerry, there is also John Kahn on bass, Ozzie Ahlers on keyboards, and John de Foncenza on drums. The band is super-tight throught the evening, starting with "Sugaree" (one of only 2 Garcia/Hunter songs in the set). There are 2 great Dulan covers, including a delightful "Knocking on Heaven's Door". The set also includes a guest appearance from Robert Hunter on vocals, doing his own "Tiger Rose" and "Promontory Rider". The cover of Allen Toussaint's "I'll Take a Melody" also works very nicely. But the brightest star on this set is the 25 min. medley of "After Midnight>Eleanor Rigby>After Midnight (Reprise)", with everone in the band getting an opportunity to stretch out, although the best of course comes from Garcia's solos.

Somewhat awkwardly, the first set of the evening goes about 85 min, and thus does not fit on a single CD, reason this release ended up as a 3CD release. The liner notes from Robert Hunter are a nice addition and the overall packaging is top notch, courtesy of the wonderful folks at Rhino, reliable as usual. In short, "After Midnight" is a great addition to the Jerry Garcia Band catalogue.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By James Tepper VINE VOICE on November 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Yahoo! After 30-odd Dick's Picks and Vault releases we finally get some Jerry. And it's a doozy. Easily the best live Jerry since 1991's Jerry Garcia Band Live. The recording quality is more than acceptable (remember this was 1980, but all the analog hiss and noise has been digitally removed to great effect) and the performance is energetic and fluid. It's great to hear Jerry singing and playing with so much strength, emotion and clarity. There are lots of long, extended jams (the After Midnight-Eleanor Rigby-After Midnight thing alone is worth the price of admission) as well as more compact tunes.

John Kahn is his usual stolid self and does a couple of solos including his usual on Simple Twist of Fate. The rest of the band, drummer Johnny de Francesaca and keyboardist Ozzie Ahlers are capable sidemen (although the weird insectoid tonal effect that Ahlers uses for lead on a couple of tunes bugs me), albeit not the usual suspects of earlier and later years.

The song selection is great, there is over 2 and a half hours of music, and I defy anyone who likes the music of Garcia to listen to this and not break out in a huge grin. Jerry is great on this gig. I hope they release more like this. Lots more.
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