Garcia (Compliments) [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Jerry Garcia's second solo effort initially bore the same eponymous title as his first. A parenthetical "Compliments Of" was originally featured on promotional copies that bore the words atop the "Garcia" moniker. The name was officially changed in the late '80s, when the platter evolved into the CD format, to alleviate any confusion between the two very different recordings. In direct contrast to the 1972 release, the vast majority of the ten tracks on 1974's Garcia Compliments are cover versions performed with an ensemble, rather than just by the multi-instrumental artist. Equally distinguishing is that most of the material was not selected by the guitarist, but rather...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Jerry Garcia's second solo effort initially bore the same eponymous title as his first. A parenthetical "Compliments Of" was originally featured on promotional copies that bore the words atop the "Garcia" moniker. The name was officially changed in the late '80s, when the platter evolved into the CD format, to alleviate any confusion between the two very different recordings. In direct contrast to the 1972 release, the vast majority of the ten tracks on 1974's Garcia Compliments are cover versions performed with an ensemble, rather than just by the multi-instrumental artist. Equally distinguishing is that most of the material was not selected by the guitarist, but rather by the project's producer, John Kahn, who likewise had been Garcia's bassist and primary non-Grateful Dead collaborator. Although Garcia would reassert more control over the choice of songs in the future, this album heralds the origins of what would ultimately become the Jerry Garcia Band. Backed by an A-list cast of studio heavies, covers such as the Rolling Stones' "Let's Spend the Night Together" and Van Morrison's "He Ain't Give You None" come off sounding slightly over-arranged. The converse, however, can be said of Garcia's intimately chilling reading of Peter Rowan's "Mississippi Moon," the slinky irrepressible Motown vibe on the Marvelettes' "The Hunter Gets Captured By the Game," and Little Milton's "That's What Love Will Make You Do" -- all of which remained as staples of the Jerry Garcia Band's live catalog. Although there aren't very many opportunities for Garcia to unleash the full potential of his formidable fretwork, the reading of Irving Berlin's "Russian Lullaby" -- adapted from Argentinean guitarist Oscar Alemán's arrangement -- does allow him to perform some of the disc's most involved and intricately executed guitar work, which he renders on an acoustic classical axe. The solitary original composition, "Midnight Town" from Kahn and lyricist Robert Hunter, comes off somewhat uncharacteristically lightweight in deference to the album's otherwise solid effort. [This version of the album includes bonus material.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/2005
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227950521
  • Catalog Number: 79505

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerry Garcia Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Classical Guitar
Geoff Muldaur Clarinet
Larry Carlton Guitar
Merl Saunders Organ
Maria Muldaur Background Vocals
Amos Garrett Trombone
Arthur Adams Guitar
Richard Greene Violin
Clydie King Vocals, Background Vocals
Sid Page Violin
Bobbye Hall Conga, Tambourine, Bells, Shaker, cowbell, Guiro, guido, Wood Block
Ben Benay Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Merry Clayton Vocals, Background Vocals
Vassar Clements Violin
Gene "Mighty Flea" Conners Trombone
Gene Connors Trombone
Arni Egilsson Bass
Nancy Ellis Viola
David Grisman Mandolin
John Kahn Bass, Bass Guitar, Double Bass
Jackie Kelso Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal)
Melvin Moore Trumpet
David Nichtern Guitar
Michael Omartian Piano, fender rhodes, Tack Piano
Carl Pedersen Violin
Gary Ray Clarinet
John Rotella Clarinet, E-flat Clarinet
Nathan Rubin Violin
Joel Tepp Clarinet
Ron Tutt Drums
Emily VanValkenburgh Violin
Bobbye Porter Conga, Tambourine, Bells, Shaker, Guiro, Wood Block
Judiyaba Cello
Willie Green Clarinet
Billy Wolf Overdubs
Miram Dye Viola
Richard Greene & Beryl Marriott Violin
Ray Siegal Double Bass, Standup Bass
Terry Adams Cello
Technical Credits
Jimmy McCracklin Composer
Jimmy Reed Composer
Peter Rowan Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Jerry Garcia Composer, Producer
Mick Jagger Composer
Chuck Willis Composer
Jesse Winchester Composer
Robert Hunter Composer
Albert Washington Composer
James Austin Reissue Producer
James Banks Composer
Gene "Mighty Flea" Conners Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Gene Connors Horn Arrangements
Lamont Dozier Composer
David Gans Reissue Producer
Joe Gastwirt Remastering
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
John Kahn Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, Audio Production
Ron Malo Engineer
Ballard MacDonald Composer
Van Morrison Composer
Mary Lee Reed Composer
Keith Richards Composer
Don Robey Composer
Mac Rebennack Composer
William Robinson Composer
Eddie Marion Composer
Gary Lambert Liner Notes
Victor Moscoso Artwork
Reggie Collins Discographical Annotation
James F. Hanley Composer
Henderson Thigpen Composer
Fred Burch Composer
Blair Jackson Reissue Producer
Tim Scanlin Liner Note Coordination
Gerald Nelson Composer
Christopher Sabec Executive Producer
Peter Mcquaid Executive Producer
Hale Milgrim Executive Producer
E. Anderson Composer
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