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Cats Under the Stars
     

Cats Under the Stars

by Jerry Garcia
 

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Jerry Garcia's fourth solo album was the first to be released under the collective title of the Jerry Garcia Band, although the change was primarily in name, as there was little alteration in the personnel between this disc and the non-Grateful Dead tracks from his previous studio effort, Reflections (1976). However,

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Jerry Garcia's fourth solo album was the first to be released under the collective title of the Jerry Garcia Band, although the change was primarily in name, as there was little alteration in the personnel between this disc and the non-Grateful Dead tracks from his previous studio effort, Reflections (1976). However, unlike his previous effort, Cats Under the Stars contains all new original material. Garcia's longtime collaborator and bassist, John Kahn, also serves up a pair of melodic contributions. These include the brief gospel-flavored interlude "Down Home," featuring some ingenious lead non-verbal vocalizations from Donna Jean Godchaux underneath an equally affective melody. Kahn also joins Robert Hunter on the slinky and slightly Caribbean-tinged "Love in the Afternoon." Once again Garcia and lyricist Hunter come up aces with some of their most poignant collaborative efforts. Chief among these is the bittersweet love triangle of "Rubin and Cherise." Drawing upon elements of mythology, Shakespeare, and even incorporating some rather Bob Dylan-esque phrasing, Hunter reveals one of his crowning lyrical achievements. The biblically derived "Gomorrah" recalls the same sympathetic and hapless humanity which likewise embodies compositions such as "Wharf Rat" and "Foolish Heart." The title track, "Cats Under the Stars," is a lilting, up-tempo rocker that was quickly adopted by Garcia fans and Deadheads to refer to the unspoken union connecting themselves with the band. Of arguably equal aesthetic pleasure is Anton Kelley's Egyptian-influenced cover artwork, which would become the subject of many a car window sticker and T-shirt. Many Deadheads and critics alike feel as if Cats Under the Stars is Garcia's best non-Dead effort, and sadly it would not be reprised on his final studio album to feature the Jerry Garcia Band, Run for the Roses.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0078221853521
catalogNumber:
8535

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerry Garcia   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Merl Saunders   Organ,Keyboards
Maria Muldaur   Vocals,Background Vocals
Merry Clayton   Vocals
Brian Godchaux   Violin
Candy Godchaux   Violin
Donna Jean Godchaux   Keyboards,Vocals
Keith Godchaux   Keyboards,Vocals
John Kahn   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Steven Schuster   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone,Wind
Ron Tutt   Percussion,Drums
Jerry Garcia Band   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Betty Cantor-Jackson   Engineer
John Kahn   Orchestration
Bob Matthews   Engineer

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