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Jerry Garcia Band Live


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  • Audio CD (August 27, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000002VM1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,232 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Way You Do The Things You Do
2. Waiting For A Miracle
3. Simple Twist Of Fate
4. Get Out Of My Life
5. My Sisters And Brothers
6. I Shall Be Released
7. Dear Prudence
8. Deal
Disc: 2
1. Stop That Train
2. Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power)
3. Evangeline
4. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
5. Don't Let Go
6. That Lucky Old Sun
7. Tangled Up In Blue

Editorial Reviews

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If the Grateful Dead was Garcia's day job, then his beloved Jerry Garcia Band was his robe and slippers. Without the "scene" swirling quite as much around the JGB, those shows took on a more informal, laid-back feel that was clearly liberating to Garcia, who with the JGB had the freedom to completely indulge his own tastes. The JGB of Garcia's last decade boasted terrific organist Melvin Seals as Garcia's chief improvisational sidekick, plus the background female soul singers Gloria Jones and Jackie LaBranch and Garcia's old buddy John Kahn on bass. Recorded in 1990 at San Francisco's Warfield Theater--which was nothing short of the JGB's home field--this double-disc set gives a clear idea of the ensemble's breadth: Dylan covers, Motown hits, and blues romps, as well as classic rock, gospel, and reggae numbers, and basically any song that Garcia loved. Of course, there's plenty of solo space provided to Garcia's spiraling guitar, but his passionate vocals on the ballads are also quite moving. The single-disc How Sweet It Is was recorded during the same stretch and is equally as impressive. --Marc Greilsamer

Product Description

This CD is an out of print collectible! It is the 1991 Arista release. Catalog 18690-2. Comes in the original fat double jewel case. There is a punch hole through the UPC.

Customer Reviews

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Honestly one of the best live recordings I've ever heard.
Get Over It
Jerry is in fine voice and his guitar playing is great here.
Robert
This album just keeps getting better from beginning to end.
Adam Briggs

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Townsend on October 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I enjoyed Postcards from the Hanging very much - the dead covering Dylan live and so its not much of a stretch that I like this album so much with four of the fifteen songs being Dylan covers. But there's so much more here than the Dylan covers, although they do not disappoint - especially Senor (Tales of yankee power) and the excellent finale - Tangled Up in Blue. The song selection is the strong foundation for this concert. Ageless treasures like "That Lucky Old Sun" sound so wonderful with the band, the lush background vocals and Jerry at the very top of his game. His guitar work is at its poignant best and his vocals are just perfect. This is one tight band folks and you really get the feeling that these concerts were true labors of love - the love of music that transcends generations and cultures performed with passion. I've always enjoyed hearing one of those big organs played with a full "churchy" sound and Melvin Seals' performance on keyboards is a great compliment to Jerry's guitar work and voacals, but the rest of the band is excellent, too. I honestly can't imagine anyone not finding at least a good handfull of treasures in this set.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey M. Zinn on December 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
There are three main points that make this album special: (1) the wonderful song selection (2) the musicianship and (3) Jerry's vocal and guitar work. The interpretation of Bob Dylan's work is magical. The inclusion of the Beatles and Band numbers also add a special touch to this album. I found the musicianship exceptional. The funky, modern bass sound is beautifully contrasted against the colorful keyboard work and soulful background singers. Jerry Garcia's vocals are smooth and guitar work is clean and crisp.
I really enjoyed this album and listened to it several times after I received it. I am a Dead fan - but I want to stress that this is a great album for all music lovers that have an appreciation for soulful rock/blues. I have recommended this album to several friends and would STRONGLY recommend that listeners on the fence about whether they like Jerry take a chance.
While living in Northern California, I had the opportunity to see the JGB as well as the Dead. I like this album because I feel that it captures the magic of a JGB show. For casual users of Grateful Dead music, you may be disappointed with a lack of standard Dead songs, but you will be overwhelmed by the richness of the other song selections.
I strongly recommend this album.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By James H. Luscombe on October 27, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you're a Deadhead, you kind of already know if you're going to like this. Still, however, not *everything* Jerry or the boys produce is uniformly wonderful. This live recording's a keeper - trust me, you'll listen to it over and over again - take the word of a discerning Deadhead. The fact that I felt like submitting my own little review should be an indication. Buy this one over "How Sweet It Is" - THAT one sounds like reheated Cat's Under the Stars. The present, simply JGB, is a wonderful sound, full of new songs. There's only one Dead song on this recording - Deal. You won't believe Dear Prudence, or Tangled Up In Blue. Jerry pulls out the fireworks on some of these songs, but mainly what you have here is Jerry at his poignant best. I only wish he'd done a Peggy-O while he was still in this mood.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The "Don't Let Go" is worth the price of this album. This has remained one of my favorite live albums of all time. "Evangeline" rocks. "Tangled Up" is hot. I will say that this is not an album for all Dead fans. This isn't about trippy music with the inspirational lyrics of Hunter. No, this album is for JerryFans. It is for people that just want to hear him solo out on all his favorite soul and Motown tunes. So beautiful in places that it makes you want to cry, laugh, dance, sit, live, die all at the same time.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 4, 2002
Format: Audio CD
You put on this sprawling (2 CDs, 140 min.) set and just enjoy the sounds coming from the speakers. The opening track sets the stage, a terrific "The Way You Do The Things You Do", with Jerry's fingers crawling all over his guitar and bringing us an unhurried, great solo. From there we go to Bruce's Cockburn "Waiting for a Miracle" (which tells you something about who Jerry's fave artists were!).
This set is best known for its Dylan covers: no less that 4 here, including a truly superb "Simple Twist of Fate", but also "I Shall Be Released", "Senor" (not a very obvious Dylan cover, but done justice here!), and "Tangled Up in Blue". (Listening to this, it makes you wonder how the "Dylan & the Dead" album could have turned out as bad as it did... but I divert.)
There's plenty of other choice cuts to go around. Check out for example "Stop That Train" (a Peter Tosh cover)! The main feeling, though, is one of a relaxed Jerry, taking his time for whatever solo comes his way. Sit back, relax and enjoy.
Oh yea, that leads me to the "Dead vs JGB" debate: who cares? In whatever format, Jerry on many occasions brings us superb music, and this live set is a great example.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jack Jones on February 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is out of print? I can't count how many times I've listened to this set. Let's say 30-ish times and, literally, that may be conservative. I have most of the Jerry Garcia releases and though they are very strong over all, this is the one I come back too. Very deep music that stands up to repeated (and repeated) listenings. This was a strong lineup for the JGB and Garcia is at the top of his game. And organ fans, Melvin Seals throw's DOWN.

I hope for those that don't own it that this set comes back into circulation. For now, check at "After Midnight (Kean College2/28/80)". Different lineup but a great version of the JGB from 10 years earlier.
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