Run for the
The CD Run
for the Roses is Jerry Garcia’s last solo studio release with
his electric band. The title
track has a catchy melodic phrase that has guitar runs reminding me
of the Grateful Dead’s hit “Touch of Grey.” It is the most
popular song from the CD. However,
my favorite song is the blues inspired love song “Valerie.”
The acoustic based "Midnight Getaway" is a mellow
worthwhile song featuring strong singing.
cover versions on the CD are included. Though, two are leftover
tracks from Compliments,
"I Saw Her Standing There," and "Without Love,"
both of which are average in terms of that albums material. Their
take on Bob Dylan’s
“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” is recorded at too slow a pace
with a reggae feel, IMO, plus I do not care for the clavinet.
original album has worthwhile music, but it is not essential. The
addition of the bonus tracks (see below) with the 2004 remastering certainly adds value, but it is still
the least necessary of Garcia's studio albums. by Barry
For the Roses bonus
Just as our conclusion that Run For The Roses is Garcia's
weakest output of his studio albums, the same is true of the bonus material.
conclusion is that these songs all sound better live.
version of "Dear Prudence" includes a horn section from
members of the jazz oriented band Reconstruction of 1979 that Garcia
was a member of.
of the songs feature Garcia and Kahn working through arrangements
with drummer Johnny de Foncesca who performed with Garcia's band
during the period of late 1979 through the spring of 1980. One
of those songs, "Alabama Getaway" is interesting to hear,
but on a comparative basis it is no match for the Grateful Dead
version and specifically Phil Lesh's bass
two Dylan tracks do not include significant guitar solos, but do
offer nice concise arrangements with clear vocals.
Garcia box-set: All
Good Things: Jerry Garcia Studio Sessions