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Live at the Keystone Vol. 1 

Live at the Keystone Volume 1- Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia

1973 (1998)
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Live at the Keystone Volume 1- Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia - review

Live at the Keystone Vol. 1 review

This line up took up where Side Trips left off. That is, this is the same back up band for the featured keyboardist, this time with Merl Saunders in place of Howard Wales.  Saunders and Garcia would later form several derivates of this group. Some line-ups like Legion of Mary sound similar to this performance while other billings like Reconstruction sound totally different.  

The track list includes a wide diversity of styles with two Bob Dylan songs, a Reggae number, several originals, and more.  This release has plenty of soulful vocals and outstanding instrumentals.  

Garcia sings the first of two Bob Dylan songs “Positively 4th Street” so exceptionally that you will not even care if he plays a guitar solo. During the 1980’s and beyond Garcia sung a handful of Dylan songs with the Grateful Dead, but with an aged voice they didn’t sound this fine. Too, “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry” is great. If your a fan of this song be sure to check out the Grateful Dead’s 6/10/73 version with the Allman Brothers -- it is available on their CD Postcards of the Hanging.  

There is plenty of inspired playing on this first edition of Live at the Keystone. Of the three editions this has the most diverse track list so it is probably the best starting point.
 
by Barry Small
Grade  A - 

Live at the Keystone Volume 1- Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia -  track list
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1. Keepers (Saunders / Kahn) - 6:38
2. Positively 4th Street (Dylan)  - 7:45
3. The Harder They Come (Cliff) - 6:20
4. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train To Cry (Dylan) 7:03
5. Space (Saunders / Garcia / Kahn / Vitt) - 3:53
6. It's No Use (Clark / McGuinn) - 9:34
7. Merl's Tune (Saunders / White) - 13:35

Live at the Keystone Volume 1- Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia - Musicians
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Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
Merl Saunders - keyboards
John Kahn - bass
Bill Vitt - drums
David Grisman - mandolin (Positively 4th Street)

Live at the Keystone Volume 1- Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia - Notes
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Label -  Fantasy
Recorded at the Keystone in Berkeley, CA on July 10 and 11, 1973.
David Grisman overdubbed some mandolin to “Positively 4th Street.” 

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