Garcia: Compliments Original recording remastered
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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.
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.Read more ›
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Looked forward to getting this CD. Upon arrival it would not play in my computer or download into my I-tunes. Read morePublished on December 26, 2013 by James Lanner
Some new music from Jerry, well maybe not new, but new to collection anyway. It's Jerry Garcia for crying out loudPublished on November 14, 2013 by Cherie Doerr
Jerry's second album was totally different from his first one here he has a full band with him including horns also there are no songs written by him. Read morePublished on August 1, 2013 by Jerbear
There is some really fantastic music on this. It is refreshing to go back and hear Jerry touch on some styles that he may have not with the Dead. Read morePublished on June 16, 2006 by E. A. Deitrich