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GarciaLive Vol. 1: Capitol Theatre

The Jerry Garcia Band Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 19, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Ato Records
  • ASIN: B009M4KTEM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,187 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The first release from the newly-launched Garcia Live series features a recording from the historic Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey on March 1, 1980. The band performed an early and a late show on this evening, as was common at the time. The shows were originally multi-tracked on a 24-track mobile rig for WNEW's broadcast of the early show.

The band, which included Garcia on guitar and vocals, partner in crime John Kahn on bass, Ozzie Ahlers on Keys and Johnny de Foncesca on drums at the time, was wrapping up a three-week East Coast run with the performances on this evening. Highlights including a take on the Jimmie Rodgers penned rave-up, "That's All Right," an early show encore of "Deal" and a rollicking version of "That's What Love Will Make You Do" show Jerry and the band loose and fluid at the end of the tour.

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
While 1980 isn't really considered a standout year for Jerry's main band (though the awesomeness of 'Reckoning' is not up for debate), the short-lived incarnation of the JGB featured here--with John Kahn on bass, Johnny de Foncesca on drums, and Ozzie Ahlers on keys and backup vocals--is both tight and exploratory, with energetic-yet-laid-back grooves that are nearly impossible to listen to while staying completely still.

This show features quite a bit of setlist crossover with the excellent 'After Midnight: Kean College 2/28/80,' which took place two nights before, with Jerry's lyricist Robert Hunter once again joining the band during the second set to sing "Tiger Rose" and "Promontory Rider." Still, there are more than enough differences here to warrant a purchase for Jerry fans, especially the stellar, jammed-out versions of Irving Berlin's "Russian Lullabye" and The Beatles' "Dear Prudence." Nearly every song here is over 8-minutes long, and the band is precise and on-point throughout the show. Jerry's voice is soulful and energetic--just check out his bluesy, intense vocals on the killer 16-minute "Simple Twist of Fate." His voice very rarely sounded this good again.

The recording--taken from the original 24-tracks--is pristine, allowing the listener to fully appreciate Jerry's constant interweaving of his guitar in and around the keyboard and bass parts. Anyone who calls Jerry's guitar-playing "lazy noodling" should take a listen to just how intricate and beautifully-played his work is here. If there's a negative at all here, it's the aforementioned issue of the setlist's similarity to 'Kean College.' But most Deadheads should know by now that you can never judge a show by the setlist.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sounding archive. February 19, 2013
Format:Audio CD
First off and foremost, the sound quality here is stunning. The two tracks Hunter sings are worth it alone. There is no booklet or liner notes. It is a good relaxing listen.
It should be noted that if purchased direct through Garcia website, you have the option of getting a bundle that includes a shirt and poster.
The poster is limited to 600 and is signed and numbered. This is the real collector's item.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Keyboard Sound Gets in the Way July 23, 2013
Format:Audio CD
It's tough to give 3 stars to anything Jerry Garcia Band. If you are collecting all the live recordings you can get your hands on then by all means buy this. This is better music than 98% of music out there, and my review is not really for you.

Rather, my review is meant for someone trying to decide between the different recordings for their 1st or 2nd Jerry Garcia Band purchase, which is more likely the people reading reviews on Amazon. If this is the case, than I strongly recommend considering buying 'Let It Rock' first because Nicky Hopkins is just awesome on the piano on that recording. The band went through several different keyboard/piano players and this has a huge affect on the 'sound' of each recording.

Once you have 'Let It Rock' I would strongly recommend the self-titled Jerry Garcia Band or the GarciaLive Volume 2. Both feature Melvin Seals on the organ/keyboards and the sound is just way more up my alley.

I really found Ozzie Ahlers' 'spacey' synthesizer-heavy keyboard sound a big distraction on this record, and the same goes for the Kean College Record.

Its easy to give 5 stars to every Jerry Garcia Band recording and be done with it, but I'm trying to help out someone trying to decide among them. One man's opinion. :)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you can't get enough, and if you need an introduction February 21, 2013
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I personally recorded this on cassette when it first aired on WNEW. I would usually prefer a gem that I was not familiar with, but I love this show and wanted a pristine recording, and it does not disappoint. Keyboard is way different than merle or melvin, a little dated but fun and a good memory. I would recommend this to fans and newbies.

Update 03/01/2013

I still love the cd. The sound is more of a 4 than a 5. This might change my rating to 4.5 or 4 stars.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best kind of archive release February 19, 2013
By Kell
Format:Audio CD
I don't know about you-but oftentimes I am somewhat disappointed by archive releases because of poor sound/recording quality. This tends to be true of some of the releases of shows by jazz performers. The music may be memorable but you have to listen past the limits of the recording medium. Not the case here. These shows, according to the notes, were mixed from 24 track tapes done under the auspices of the radio station which was broadcasting the shows. These discs have wonderful sound. You are there with Jerry and his band on that night for two shows. Jerry's long-time writing partner, Robert Hunter, puts in an appearance for two songs in the second show( Tiger Rose and Promontory Rider). Garcia has his wonderful way with a diverse range of material and styles here in this show, as he always did over the years with his own band apart from the Grateful Dead. Generally Garcia band shows are more relaxed, less expectation heavy than Dead shows, and this one is no exception, but don't let that fool you-the playing here will astound you with its depth of creative brilliance. I can't imagine any fan of real music not enjoying what Garcia and company can do to a soul, reggae, folk, rock or showtune. Irving Berlin's "Russian Lullaby" is simply amazing in this show. There are several other extraordinary standouts( have a listen and see which ones) but all the performances are worthy of repeated listening. Now that Jerry Garcia is no longer with us here in real time these releases become a way for older fans to relive those days when we saw him perform and they give younger listeners a chance to see what all the fuss was about. The best archive releases should be of shows that are significant and these two shows were definitely significant. The amazing sound is a plus.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Garcia's playing is pretty sloppy, and his vocal phrasing is kind of...
The keyboards are awful and ruin the entire recording. I am shocked this was released. Garcia's playing is pretty sloppy, and his vocal phrasing is kind of off. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Saul Glazer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome jams
Thank you for these JGB cds! My favorite Dead jams have always been the mid-tempo rockers. With the JGB thats what you get. Jerry and a small band tearing it up. Read more
Published 15 days ago by J. L. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Jerry
If you like the Jerry Garcia band then you will like this album because the band plays nothing but great tunes all the time.
Published 2 months ago by T.D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Put The Best!
I own and I have also heard many, many , many live Jerry Garcia Band recordings. Simply put, this is the best. Nothing compares. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jim Black
5.0 out of 5 stars This is IT
One of the most famous shows since the early show broadcast live in FM in New York this show features a beautiful Simple Twist of Fate in the early show with great playing by Jerry... Read more
Published 3 months ago by blabe
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy with this cd.
Was worried about sound quality as these shows are notorious fir having "challenging" quality. Was happy with it, the best I've ever heard these shows sound. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Darwinxke
5.0 out of 5 stars Mission In The Rain
Great music, great performance, what more can you ask for? It's got several of my favorite JGB songs on it, including Mission in the Rain and Midnight Moonlight, and the energy... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Howard J. Kammerer Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. One of my favorites.
IMO, this is one of the best JGB albums out there. The sound is crisp, with just the right amount of crowd noise and energy, and (most importantly) Jerry and company are extremely... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Earnan
5.0 out of 5 stars More, please.
One good thing about The Widow releasing a whole lot more of Jerry's stuff is that, well, a whole lot more of Jerry's stuff is being released. Rapidly. Read more
Published 6 months ago by R.S. Eisenberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep putting out these JGB live shows!!
This is a good show. I'm just happy that there are more JGB shows being released. I'm sure there are more in the vaults that have yet to see the light of day, but I hope that'll... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael L. Nowakowski
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what are the songs?
Disc 1
1. Sugaree(14:33)
2. Catfish John(9:56)
3. How Sweet It is To Be Loved By You(9:05)
4. Simple Twist of Fate(16:16)

Disc 2
1. Sitting In Limbo(12:40)
2. That's All Right(8:09)
3. Deal(8:22)
4. Mission In the Rain(12:50)
5. That's What Love Will Make You Do(8:56)

Disc 3
1. Russian... Read More
Feb 19, 2013 by Michael Knight |  See all 8 posts
mission of mary/with merl sanders
Legion of Mary, not Mission of Mary. Merl Saunders, not Merl Sanders.
Jun 23, 2013 by Dan Dillemuth |  See all 3 posts
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