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After Midnight: Kean College 2/28/80 Import

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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.

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
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 28, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B0002XEDOE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,037 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 32 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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51 of 59 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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15 of 15 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
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jam Man on December 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I concur with the other glowing reviews...This performance simply captures Jerry at his very best. Certainly the finest release of JGB material in some time, this is right up there with the '91 double album (which also captures Jerry in great form). While How Sweet It Is (released in '97) and Don't Let Go also captured different variations of the Jerry band sounding pretty good, the release of Shining Star was quite a disappointment. This album picks up where the others left off, with a stellar, heartfelt performance.

The first CD features a great Sugaree, but things really start cooking on Catfish John. Not having been an especially huge fan of this particular song, I really am blown away by the emotion that Jerry conveys through his singing and playing. Clearly, Jerry loves to play the JGB material, and his vocals are much stronger on this track (and others) than on most Dead shows I've heard from this era. Ozzie Ahlers, the (previously unknown to me) keyboardist, brings a unique and innovative funky sound to his playing. He supplements Jerry with some killer soloing on Catfish John and other tracks (including When I Paint My Masterpiece, available on the bonus 4th CD).

CD 2 begins with a decent How Sweet It Is, then things really heat up. After Midnight->Eleanor Rigby->After Midnight simply is awesome! Jerry is on fire through the whole thing, and this track alone is worth the price of the CD set.

The highlight of CD 3 is a very good Mission in the Rain, and the material with Robert Hunter is enjoyable, if you're a fan of Bob's songwriting (which, presumably, you are).
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