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Very Best of Jerry Garcia
     

The Very Best of Jerry Garcia

by Jerry Garcia
 
Now this is how you're supposed to do a compilation -- especially by someone who isn't making music on this plane anymore. Rhino's double-disc Very Best of Jerry Garcia is arguably exactly that. It's true that there's a bunch of stuff missing here: there are no cuts from Hooteroll? with Howard Wales, or the early Merl

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Now this is how you're supposed to do a compilation -- especially by someone who isn't making music on this plane anymore. Rhino's double-disc Very Best of Jerry Garcia is arguably exactly that. It's true that there's a bunch of stuff missing here: there are no cuts from Hooteroll? with Howard Wales, or the early Merl Saunders/Garcia Live at Keystone stuff recorded for Fantasy, but it's OK. Fans will quibble about what was left off, but not about what's here. Beginning with tracks from the first Jerry Garcia record, of which there are five, there's also a pair from Garcia (Compliments) and three from Reflections. The rest of disc one is filled out by three cuts each from the various Cats Under the Stars and Run for the Roses. This is all good and well as far as it goes, but the rest of the story, the part that really matters, is told on disc two, which is compiled of live recordings. From various editions of the Jerry Garcia Band -- thank goodness their version of Bob Dylan's "Señor (Tales of Yankee Power)" is here, as are live versions of "Positively 4th Street," Jimmy Cliff's "The Harder They Come," and "Deal" from the Way After Midnight album. There's the JGB's read of "Gomorrah " with Gloria Jones (Marc Bolan's surviving widow) on backing vocals . There's also a cut from Old & in the Way off their live set, That High Lonesome Sound, and both "Deep Elem Blues" and "Ripple" off the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band's set are here. Which leads up to the grand moment on the live disc: the reunion of the Keystone band with Garcia and Saunders, as well as John Kahn on bass, with newbies Gaylord Birch on drums, Ed Neumeister on trombone, and saxophonist Ron Stalling. They do a stunning rendition of the Beatles' "Dear Prudence," which was previously unissued -- officially at least. Clocking in at over eleven-and-a-half minutes, it is the centerpiece of disc two. This cut alone might be worth the purchase price because it is loose, inspired, and utterly beautiful, and completely suited to Garcia's voice. In all, this is a fine comp that rounds out the portrait of Garcia both as a studio solo artist and leading various live bands.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2006
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227339128
catalogNumber:
73391

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerry Garcia   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Pedal Steel Guitar,Chimes,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Classical Guitar
Peter Rowan   Guitar,Vocals
Mickey Hart   Percussion,Drums
Bob Weir   Guitar,Vocals
Merl Saunders   Organ,Keyboards
Amos Garrett   Trombone
Arthur Adams   Guitar
Nicky Hopkins   Piano
Gloria Jones   Vocals
Bobbye Hall   Percussion,Conga,Bells,Shaker
Ozzie Ahlers   Keyboards
Gaylord Birch   Drums
Vassar Clements   Fiddle
Kenny Kosek   Fiddle
Donna Jean Godchaux   Vocals,Background Vocals
Keith Godchaux   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,fender rhodes,Tack Piano
David Grisman   Mandolin,Vocals
John Kahn   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Clavinet,Vibes,Acoustic Bass
David Kemper   Drums
Larry Knechtel   fender rhodes
Bill Kreutzmann   Drums
Jackie LaBranch   Vocals
Phil Lesh   Bass,Bass Guitar
Bob Matthews   Overdubs
David Nelson   Guitar,Vocals
Roger Neuman   Trumpet,Horn
Ed Neumeister   Trombone
Michael Omartian   Piano,Tack Piano
Sandy Rothman   Mandolin,Vocals
Melvin Seals   Organ,Keyboards
Julie Stafford   Vocals
Rev. Ron Stallings   Saxophone
Liza Stires   Vocals
Joel Tepp   Clarinet
Ron Tutt   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine
Jimmy Dale Warren   Piano,Clavinet
Billy Wolf   Overdubs
Johnny d'Fonseca   Drums
Richard Greene & Beryl Marriott   Violin

Technical Credits

Jimmy Cliff   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Mickey Hart   Contributor
Chuck Berry   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Jerry Garcia   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Paintings
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Clyde McPhatter   Composer
Robert Hunter   Composer
Betty Cantor-Jackson   Engineer
John Cutler   Producer,Engineer
Herbert Greene   Cover Photo
Dan Healy   Engineer
David Hidalgo   Composer
John Kahn   Arranger,Producer
Bill Kreutzmann   Producer
Ron Malo   Engineer
Bob Matthews   Engineer,Vocal Overdubs
Bob McDill   Composer
Roger Neuman   Arranger
Owsley Stanley   Engineer
Allen Reynolds   Composer
Sandy Rothman   Producer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Jean Krikorian   Art Direction
Reggie Collins   Discographical Annotation
Betty Cantor   Engineer
Victoria Babcock   Engineer
Steve Parish   Producer
Blair Jackson   Liner Notes,Tape Research
Traditional   Composer
Willi Deenihan   Engineer
Rob Zi Taylor   Engineer
Louis "Chickie" Perez   Composer

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