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 1990 (1991)
 
 
 
 
 
 
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As of this writing there are three CD’s of this line-up of the Jerry Garcia Electric Band. This is the first one so it has the advantage of selecting the cream of the crop songs; as a result, it is an exceptional release. The selected tracks from Jerry Garcia’s vast song list range from Reggae, Motown, Gospel, Blues, Folk, Roots, and it includes one original composition too, “Deal.”  The Jerry Garcia Band generally broke their concerts into two sets and each disc on this CD is sequenced like a set, so this release gives a perfect representation of what a Jerry Garcia Electric Band concert was like in the 1990’s.  

One treasure on the release is “Dear Prudence,” which is a unique interpretation of the Beatles song. Being a Beatle fan, it takes a few listens to get used to this rendition; although, after breaking the barrier it is a gem. The background vocals and spiraling solo have made this one of my favorite Jerry Garcia Band covers. 

Bob Dylan songs have always been a dominant showcase in the Jerry Garcia Band electric sets and he includes three of them on this CD.  “Tangled up in Blue” is the crowd favorite with long extended solos closing the set, but the version of “Senor” is my favorite. The mood of the song is perfectly set with the rhythm section of the band. It is enhanced with perfectly placed organ fills that are complemented by John Kahn's bass runs, wonderful background vocals, and superb melodic guitar phrasing. A great interpretation of the song indeed. 

Another treat among many on this CD is a an energized Jerry Garcia's Band interpretation of The Bands composition "The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down." During the instrumental Melvin Seals hammers out sharp bright organ runs that is highlighted with a powerful drum roll, and of course a solid bottom line and fine Garcia runs.

Jerry Garcia Live is great. by Barry Small
Grade  A

Jerry Garcia Band  (Live) track list
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Disc 1 
 1. The Way You Do the Things You Do (Robinson / Rogers) - 8:08
 2. Waiting for a Miracle (Cockburn) - 5:54
 3. Simple Twist of Fate (Dylan) - 11:54
 4. Get Out of My Life (Toussaint) - 8:53
 5. My Sisters and Brothers (Johnson) - 4:17
 6. I Shall Be Released (Dylan) - 9:26
 7. Dear Prudence (Lennon / McCartney) - 11:41
 8. Deal (Garcia / Hunter) - 8:38

Disc 2
 1. Stop That Train (Tosh) - 8:51
 2. Señor (Tales of Yankee Power) (Dylan) - 7:43
 3. Evangeline (Hidalgo/Perez) - 4:47
 4. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (Robertson) - 9:36
 5. Don't Let Go (Stone) - 17:16
 6. That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around... (Gillespie / Smith) - 11:32
 7. Tangled up in Blue (Dylan) - 12:16

Jerry Garcia Band  (Live) - Musicians
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Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
John Kahn - bass
Melvin Seals - organ, keyboards
 
David Kemper - drums
Gloria Jones - vocals
Jackie LaBranch - vocals

Jerry Garcia Band  (Live) - Notes
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Label -  Arista Records
Recorded at the Warfield in S.F., CA, Aug. 1990. 

The following is from of an interview with Jerry Garcia by Scott Muni of WNEW for Arista Records promoting this album on 9/13/91. 

Lucky Old Sun is derived from the Ray Charles version.

Dear Prudence - is derived from a version from bassist Larry Graham.

MUNI: You've got a Lennon/McCartney song on this album too.

GARCIA: I was working at the Record Plant [in Sausalito]. This is back sometime in the mid-'70s, when I was producing the New Riders and working loosely with Crosby and those guys. I came in one afternoon and one of the engineers says, "Hey, man, listen to this." And he cues up this tape, and it's Larry Graham doing a fantastic version of Dear Prudence. Absolutely ass-kicking version. And I listened to it, and I thought, "God, it's just the
most wonderful..." And the record never came out. But it was so good. The groove is what killed me on it, it had this just monstrous groove. And you know Larry's bass playing? With that great line in Dear Prudence, that great bass line, McCartney line, but Larry's power. And God, it was just sensational. It was a total knockout, and it was so hip. I stole it, frankly. Although, again, it's my faulty memory. So I have no idea. I don't really remember anything, I only heard this once, now. Larry Graham's version of it. But the groove in it knocked me out so much that sort of what I remembered of it, me and John actually pieced it together, kind of. Because he also heard it. But it's our version of somebody else's version of Lennon and McCartney, but the song is a great song. They wrote so many great songs. That's one of the ones - we've been doing it for a long time. We've 
done it in lots of different styles. We've actually recorded it a few times, and it never came out. But this version of it is more or less definitive. It's the way it sounds when we do it onstage.

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