Don't Let Go

Don't Let Go

by Jerry Garcia Band
     
 

Although the Grateful Dead certainly took their devotees on one of the longest, strangest trips in rock history, guiding light Jerry Garcia wasn't shy about cutting through the sonic seas on his own. This meticulously restored 1976 set -- the first complete Garcia concert to get an "official" release -- finds Captain Trips inSee more details below

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Although the Grateful Dead certainly took their devotees on one of the longest, strangest trips in rock history, guiding light Jerry Garcia wasn't shy about cutting through the sonic seas on his own. This meticulously restored 1976 set -- the first complete Garcia concert to get an "official" release -- finds Captain Trips in particularly inspired form, wending his way through two hours worth of Dead concert staples and tunes culled from his solo repertoire, now spread over two discs. Of the former, standouts include a gentle-but-compelling take on "Sugaree," which opens disc one, and an appropriately mournful rendition of Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." Garcia sounds particularly comfortable here, perhaps because the show was a homecoming of sorts -- just the second show he performed in the Bay Area after three months on the road. As such, his solos are lengthy, languid, and relaxed, most notably on a pleasantly rambling "I'll Take a Melody" and a nifty slip 'n' slide through a medley of "My Sisters and Brothers" and "Lonesome and a Long Way from Home." That ended the original show, but as a bonus, the compilers of this set top things off with a slow-burning version of "Ride Mighty High." Jerry fans -- especially those who've worn out nth-generation copies of traded tape versions of this show -- will consider Don't Let Go a must. Non-initiates with a fondness for mellow grooves should take a shot as well.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
During the 20-month hiatus that the Grateful Dead took from the road, lead guitarist Jerry Garcia began fronting and touring with one of the premier cover bands of the time. Don't Let Go captures this powerhouse rhythm section in the intimate confines of San Francisco's Orpheum Theatre only a few weeks prior to the Dead's resuscitation. This all-star incarnation of the Jerry Garcia Band includes Dead members Keith Godchaux on piano and Donna Jean Godchaux on vocals. Since the late '50s, Bay area bassist John Kahn had been performing with the likes of blues legends John Lee Hooker, Michael Bloomfield, and Nick Gravenites. Kahn remained with the band until they disbanded following Garcia's death in August of 1995. Ron Tutt, while perhaps best remembered as Elvis Presley's favorite drummer, has also performed on more Top 40 singles and albums than almost any other drummer -- the notable exception being Hal Blaine. This band is about infectious rhythms and soul. Garcia plays with an energy and freedom of spirit which he rarely achieved during his final two decades with the Grateful Dead. This was likely due, at least in part, to the encyclopedic catalog of material -- drawing from such disparate sources as Allen Toussaint's "I'll Take a Melody," J.J. Cale's "After Midnight," and Bob Dylan's "Knocking on Heaven's Door." The band uses the structure of each song as a platform for their unique brand of instinctual aural acrobatics. The interplay amongst the instrumental quartet is best described as inspired telepathy. For instance, between the verses of Hank Ballard's "Tore Up Over You" the rhythmic pockets left by Garcia's incendiary guitar leads are filled in with a swing time precision and grace that harkens back to Benny Goodman or Duke Ellington's orchestra. Don't Let Go is highly recommended for the curious enthusiast as well as the insatiable Deadhead.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/23/2001
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0078221407823
catalogNumber:
14078

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Sugaree  - Jerry Garcia
  2. They Love Each Other  - Jerry Garcia
  3. That's What Love Will Make You Do  - Jerry Garcia
  4. Knockin' on Heaven's Door  - Jerry Garcia
  5. Sitting in Limbo  - Jerry Garcia
  6. Mission in the Rain  - Jerry Garcia
  7. Don't Let Go  - Jerry Garcia

Disc 2

  1. After Midnight  - Jerry Garcia
  2. Strange Man  - Jerry Garcia
  3. Tore up over You  - Jerry Garcia
  4. I'll Take a Melody  - Jerry Garcia
  5. The Way You Do the Things You Do  - Jerry Garcia
  6. My Sisters and Brothers  - Jerry Garcia
  7. Lonesome and a Long Way from Home  - Jerry Garcia
  8. Mighty High  - Jerry Garcia

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