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5.0 out of 5 stars the best kind of archive release, February 19, 2013
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This review is from: Garcialive Vol. 1 Capitol Theatre [2 CD] (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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Initial post: Feb 19, 2013, 7:41:06 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 19, 2013, 11:19:03 AM PST
nice review ..... the hunter appearance certainly is a bonus !!

Posted on Feb 19, 2013, 2:25:21 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 19, 2013, 3:13:12 PM PST
Jack Tripper says:
Excellent review, and I agree the sound is amazing. I noticed you semi-recently reviewed the original Jerry and Merl Saunders Keystone release. Just wanted to let you know that the sound quality on the new reissue, Keystone Companions, is stellar, and well-worth getting even if you have the older ones like I did, as you get the complete performances instead of highlights.

Cheers!

Posted on Feb 20, 2013, 4:51:15 AM PST
D. Swayne says:
Very informative review & I look forward to my copy hitting the UK. Cannot understand why only 6 out of 9 people found the review helpful!!!!!!

Posted on Aug 30, 2016, 7:38:58 AM PDT
Phil NJ says:
" There are several other extraordinary standouts( have a listen and see which ones)"
What a great line--doesn't bog down the review with your interpretation of the "best" songs but makes the reader (or me at least!) want to hear the rest and make up my mind.
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