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Garcia: Compliments Original recording remastered

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Originally released in '74, Compliments features Jerry's takes on immortal songs by Van Morrison, Dr. John, the Stones, Chuck Berry, Smoky Robinson, and more. Now features ten previously unissued tracks.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Let It Rock
  2. When the Hunter Gets Captured By the Game
  3. That's What Love Will Make You Do
  4. Russian Lullaby
  5. Turn on the Bright Lights
  6. He Ain't Give You None
  7. What Goes Around
  8. Let's Spend the Night Togeter
  9. Mississippi Moon
  10. Midnight Town
  11. That's A Touch I Like
  12. Road Runner
  13. It's Too Late
  14. I'll Forget You
  15. Tragedy
  16. Think
  17. I Know It's A Sin
  18. Lonesome Town
  19. Cardiac Arrest
  20. Back Home in Indiana

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 12, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0007OQ6RU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,757 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Scofield on June 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Recorded in LA in February of 1974, released in June, and now, for the first time, remastered in HDCD with 10 additional tracks from the 'Compliments of..' sessions...this, Jerry's second solo release, is vintage Jerry Garcia Band. The cd also includes a well-written and highly informative article, as well as full credits, and a few photos...all very well put together. But, of course, the real reason to get this is for the music: first-rate musicians, recording and production, remarkable and varied material (chosen by John Kahn- not Jerry, surprisingly), Jerry with horn section...? with strings...? doing Motown...Irvin Berlin...? ...and his singing and playing is inspired throughout. A truly classic recording.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grateful Jerry VINE VOICE on October 6, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I was pretty young when this album came out and, although my memory is that not too many people were impressed, I loved it. I've always found this album to be very colorful and while not every song works for me, I still have a very found place for this album.

The disc starts off with a rocking Let It Rock just filled with energy. I love the way Jerry does When The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game and the effect Jerry uses during his solo is hot. That's What Love Will Make You Do is a fine song but it's never really been a standout for me. The same can't be said for the beautiful Russian Lullaby which is a song that I always look forward to hearing. Turn On The Bright Lights is fine but doesn't do alot for me. The second side (for those who remember such a thing) beings with a cool cover of Van Morrison's He Ain't Give You None. What Goes Around is a cover of a Doctor John song and it's done very well. I really never cared for this version of Let's Spend The Night Together too much. Peter Rowan's Mississippi Moon is sweet and this is a song that was a wonderful song to go to bed with when I was young. The album's only original song is the ending Midnight Town written by John Kahn and Robert Hunter. I find it VERY unfortunate that this seems to have never been played live (at least no currently existing tape circulates) as it would've also been a very strong song in concert.

The remastered version features quite a few outtakes from the sessions and were songs that were played in Jerry's side projects of the time. Starting with a cool version of Jesse Winchester's That's A Touch I Like. Being a Jesse Winchester fan, I'm quite happy with it. Too bad there wasn't an Every Word You Say. (I'm A) Road Runner is a blast only to be followed by It's Too Late.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Means Johnston III on March 18, 2011
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Mr Garcia will always be associated with the band that he created, the Grateful Dead. However, he had other musical outlets. He fed his bluegrass "jones" with his friends in Old and in the Way. He got real soulful with Merl Saunders. This and his other solo collections allow for wide range of tunes. He covers Chuck Berry ("Let it Rock"), Irving Berlin ("Russian Lullaby"), The Rolling Stones ("Let's Spend the Night Together"), and Smokey Robinson ("When the Hunter Gets Captured by the Game"). That is a lot of musical territory. The collection was recorded in 1974 (just two years after the great European tour by the grateful Dead and a year after The Wake of the Flood) and found Mr Garcia at the top of his game. You do not have to be a Grateful Dead to enjoy this collection of songs (although it helps and provides context).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David S. Clark on July 28, 2011
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Imagine you are Jerry Garcia in the early 1970s ... You write and rehearse new songs for Grateful Dead albums and tour the world month after month under the direction of managers like Bill Graham, work your butt off and still get busted, framed and dismissed as worthless by Harry Reasoner (see You Tube). Mickey Hart's dad steals all your money and your Pigpen what do you do for fun and relaxation? Go into sessions with John Kahn and form a second band! One that plays traditional tin pan alley music and conventional popular tunes and you step in and sing and play guitar over tracks and beds that John Kahn selected and pre-produced. The result is a beautiful piece of music, simple, conventional, unchallenging (by Grateful Dead standards) that shows us still the scope and sweep and richness of Jerry Garcia's musical mastery. Perhaps not as memorable as the Jerry Garcia Band "Cats Under The Stars" with Donna Jean Godchaux's masterpiece vocals, but better than you know, uh "AOXOMOXOA" ... Compliments indeed, this is a cool record of ambitious stylistic changes and vocal guitar mastery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Writeagain on January 28, 2015
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I just picked-up this old favorite, as I see older stuff such as this from the 70s getting harder to get. As downloaded singles are displacing "albums" that are tied together in concept or flow, artists are losing a format that gives them greater freedom of expression and profit. That said, this is an album that ISN"T really bound conceptually. I'd say that's the only downside on this basket of goodies, a slough of songs both covers and originals, all "hand-tossed" for your enjoyment.

This album comes out of Jerry's heyday, a period of remarkable productivity and endless creative rifts. I saw him live in this period and the guy could just play endlessly, continually creating intriguing melodies in his solo ramblings, or "noodling" as he called it. His sweet whispery voice charms and often adds a great touch to more raucous instrumental accompaniment as in "Let's Spend The Night Together", and "Midnight Town"

Jerry was also quite a musicologist/historian, and some of the eclectic selections are evidence of his broad knowledge of American music. A standout tune "When the Hunter Gets Captured By the Game" is an example of this broad net, as is the Irving Berlin tune "Russian Lullaby", and others are more contemporary such as "He Ain't Give You None" by Van Morrison, "What Goes Around" by Dr. John, "Mississippi Moon" by Peter Rowan, "Think", by Jimmy McCracklin. Some tunes have elaborate accompaniment, others are very simple.

If you like Jerry, this is a fun one that showcases what a remarkable talent Jerry was, with many more musical interests than the Grateful Dead. About the same time he was also playing bluegrass with Old and In the Way, playing banjo, one of his first musical passions.
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