Reflections [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The third solo album from Grateful Dead lead guitarist Jerry Garcia comes as the result of the band's mini-hiatus from touring during late 1974 and most of 1975. Rather than auditioning a new combo, Garcia splits Reflections evenly between recordings made with the Dead as well as his Legion of Mary and Jerry Garcia Band side projects. As with his previous non-Dead effort, Garcia Compliments of Garcia, this disc includes a blend of originals and cover tunes. Astute Deadheads will inevitably recognize that all four cuts featuring backing by the Dead had been part of their live repertoire for several years. Although only five of the tracks were co-authored by Garcia's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The third solo album from Grateful Dead lead guitarist Jerry Garcia comes as the result of the band's mini-hiatus from touring during late 1974 and most of 1975. Rather than auditioning a new combo, Garcia splits Reflections evenly between recordings made with the Dead as well as his Legion of Mary and Jerry Garcia Band side projects. As with his previous non-Dead effort, Garcia Compliments of Garcia, this disc includes a blend of originals and cover tunes. Astute Deadheads will inevitably recognize that all four cuts featuring backing by the Dead had been part of their live repertoire for several years. Although only five of the tracks were co-authored by Garcia's primary lyrical collaborator, Robert Hunter, all eight of them remained in Garcia's solo set lists for the balance of his career. The material on this album is uniformly strong and includes some of the best studio work that the Dead had been involved in since American Beauty and Workingman's Dead. Their sound is no longer as rurally influenced; instead, they adopt an equally laid-back, jazzy approach. This is perhaps most strikingly evident in the new direction given to "They Love Each Other." Although initially presented as an up-tempo boogie, by contrast it is now a slinky, low-key affair. The retooled version became a staple throughout the Dead's mid- to late-'70s live sets, occasionally resurfacing during their waning years. There are more subtle variations on the absolutely stunning and emotive ballads "Comes a Time" and "Must Have Been the Roses" -- which also cropped up underneath the closing credits of the Grateful Dead Movie 1976. The all-star cast that Garcia assembled for "Mission in the Rain" -- as well as Allen Toussaint's "I'll Take a Melody," Hank Ballard's "Tore Up Over You," and the Johnny Russell country hit "Catfish John" -- includes John Kahn bass, Ron Tutt drums, Nicky Hopkins keyboards, and Larry Knechtel keyboards. The latter cover tune is also notable, as both Garcia and Kahn had presented it with a full-throttle bluegrass attitude during their time in the short-lived Old & In the Way project. With the exception of Knechtel, the remaining trio continued to perform in the Jerry Garcia Band during the mid-'70s. [This version of the album includes bonus material.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/2005
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227950620
  • Catalog Number: 79506

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerry Garcia Primary Artist, Organ, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Chimes, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Bells
Mickey Hart Percussion, Drums, Box
Bob Weir Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Nicky Hopkins Piano, Keyboards
Donna Jean Godchaux Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Keith Godchaux Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals, fender rhodes, Tack Piano
John Kahn Organ, Synthesizer, Bass, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals, Clavinet, Vibes
Larry Knechtel Piano, fender rhodes
Bill Kreutzmann Drums
Phil Lesh Bass, Bass Guitar
Ron Tutt Drums
Technical Credits
Elizabeth Cotten Composer
Mickey Hart Contributor
Hank Ballard Composer
Jerry Garcia Composer
Grateful Dead Composer
Robert Hunter Composer
Dave Bartholomew Composer
James Austin Reissue Producer
Fats Domino Composer
David Gans Reissue Producer
Joe Gastwirt Remastering
Dan Healy Engineer
George Horn Mastering
Bob McDill Composer
Allen Reynolds Composer
Smiggy Engineer
Allen Toussaint Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Sam Phillips Composer
Herman Parker Composer
Ria Lewerke Art Direction
Reggie Collins Discographical Annotation
Steve Silberman Liner Notes
Rob Taylor Engineer
Mike Steirnagle Cover Illustration
Blair Jackson Reissue Producer
Tim Scanlin Liner Note Coordination
Willi Deenihan Engineer
Christopher Sabec Executive Producer
Peter Mcquaid Executive Producer
Hale Milgrim Executive Producer
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