Pure Jerry: Lunt-Fontanne, NYC, 10/31/87

Pure Jerry: Lunt-Fontanne, NYC, 10/31/87

by Jerry Garcia Band
At the height of the Grateful Dead's public fame and success with 1987's In the Dark, Jerry Garcia decided to develop the criminally short-lived Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band with John Kahn (bass), David Nelson (guitar/vocals), Sandy Rothman (mandolin/vocals),


At the height of the Grateful Dead's public fame and success with 1987's In the Dark, Jerry Garcia decided to develop the criminally short-lived Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band with John Kahn (bass), David Nelson (guitar/vocals), Sandy Rothman (mandolin/vocals), Kenny Kosek (fiddle), and David Kemper (drums). The formation of the combo centered on a two-week stint at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, on the north side of 46th Street, just west of the Great White Way herself. Garcia would often play four separate shows a day -- an acoustic and electric matinee, plus an evening performance. This 2004 installment of the Pure Jerry series of archival releases features every number from the concluding night of the run, which just so happened to fall on Halloween, October 31, 1987. Garcia's electric band consisted of Garcia, Kahn, Kemper, keyboardist Melvin Seals, and background singers Jaclyn LaBranch and Gloria Jones. As if the very nature and location of the concerts were not enough, the song selection is sublime and offers a faultless sampling of the artist's work. This is most pointedly the case during the acoustic programs, as Garcia and company present a primer in Americana 101 music appreciation. The disparate range of material spans from the Grateful Dead's "Ripple" to the cool workout of Jimmie Rodgers' rural "Blue Yodel No. 9" and the seminal gospel of "Swing Low Sweet Chariot." The pair of "plugged-in" entries are much in keeping with the style and format that the Jerry Garcia Band had been doing since its mid-'70s inception. There are extended and well-jammed covers of several Bob Dylan titles such as "When I Paint My Masterpiece," "I Shall Be Released," and an impassioned "Knocking on Heaven's Door," plus JGB favorites "Run for the Roses," "Cats Under the Stars," "Gomorrah," "They Love Each Other," and "Deal." Ever the prankster, Garcia commences the final set of the evening with a fun and frolicking redux of Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London." Although the audio is heavy on the audience, Pure Jerry: Lunt-Fontanne, NYC, 10/31/87 and the companion Pure Jerry: Lunt-Fontanne, The Best of the Rest are recommended for those inclined, and are available at Garcia's website.

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Disc 1

  1. I've Been All Around This World
  2. I'm Troubled
  3. Short Life of Trouble
  4. Band Introduction
  5. Blue Yodel #9
  6. Spike Driver News
  7. Troubled in Mind
  8. The Girl at the Crossroads Bar
  9. Bright Morning Stars
  10. Ripple
  11. Good Night Irene

Disc 2

  1. How Sweet It Is
  2. They Love Each Other
  3. When I Paint My Masterpiece
  4. Dear Prudence
  5. Run for the Roses
  6. I Shall Be Released
  7. My Sisters and Brothers
  8. Midnight Moonlight
  9. Crazy Love (Encore)

Disc 3

  1. Swing Low Sweet Chariot
  2. Deep Elem Blues
  3. Blue Yodel #9
  4. Ballad of Casey Jones
  5. Two Soldiers
  6. Band Introduction
  7. Diamond Joe
  8. Gone Home
  9. Oh Babe, It Ain't No Lie
  10. If I Lose
  11. Ragged But Right

Disc 4

  1. Werewolves of London
  2. Cats Under the Stars
  3. Stop That Train
  4. Let It Rock
  5. Gomorrah
  6. The Harder They Come
  7. Knockin' on Heavens Door
  8. Deal
  9. My Sisters and Brothers (Encore)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerry Garcia Band   Primary Artist
Jerry Garcia   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Kenny Kosek   Fiddle,Group Member
John Kahn   Bass,Group Member
David Kemper   Drums,Group Member
David Nelson   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Sandy Rothman   Dobro,Mandolin,Vocals,Group Member
Melvin Seals   Organ,Keyboards,Group Member

Technical Credits

Mississippi John Hurt   Composer
Peter Rowan   Composer
Ralph Stanley   Arranger,Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Elizabeth Cotten   Composer
Jimmy Cliff   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Jerry Garcia   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Robert Hunter   Composer
Bill Carlisle   Composer
Bill Bryson   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
David Grisman   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Charles Johnson   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Tex Logan   Composer
John A. Lomax   Composer
Peter Tosh   Composer
Van Morrison   Composer
James Roots   Composer
Warren Zevon   Composer
Robert Wachtel   Composer
LeRoy Marinell   Composer
G.B. Grayson   Composer
John R. Cash   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Christopher Sabec   Executive Producer
Peter Mcquaid   Executive Producer
Hale Milgrim   Executive Producer
Robert Gatley   Engineer

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