The Very Best of Jerry Garcia

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2006
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227339128
  • Catalog Number: 73391
  • Sales rank: 329,632

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Deal (3:13)
  2. 2 Bird Song (4:26)
  3. 3 Sugaree (5:54)
  4. 4 Loser (4:08)
  5. 5 The Wheel (4:04)
  6. 6 Let It Rock (3:13)
  7. 7 Russian Lullaby (3:07)
  8. 8 Might as Well (3:53)
  9. 9 Mission in the Rain (5:03)
  10. 10 I'll Take a Melody (9:28)
  11. 11 Ruben and Cherise (5:17)
  12. 12 Cats Under the Stars (5:29)
  13. 13 Rhapsody in Red (5:11)
  14. 14 Run for the Roses (3:41)
  15. 15 Knockin' on Heaven's Door (7:30)
  16. 16 Without Love (4:24)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Catfish John (4:06)
  2. 2 Deep Elem Blues (6:02)
  3. 3 Ripple (4:29)
  4. 4 Positively 4th Street (10:43)
  5. 5 The Harder They Come (12:40)
  6. 6 Gomorrah (6:38)
  7. 7 Dear Prudence - Reconstruction (11:39)
  8. 8 Señor (Tales of Yankee Power) (7:45)
  9. 9 Evangeline (4:48)
  10. 10 Deal (9:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerry Garcia Primary Artist, Organ, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Pedal Steel Guitar, Chimes, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Steel 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
Joe Gastwirt Remastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Garcia

    This is an essential for any of Jerry Kids. Garcia showed he he is very talented and willing to take chances

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