Garcia Live, Vol. 9: August 11th, 1974, Keystone Berkeley

Garcia Live, Vol. 9: August 11th, 1974, Keystone Berkeley

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Garcia Live, Vol. 9: August 11th, 1974, Keystone Berkeley

Captured in the period between the release of the Grateful Dead's From the Mars Hotel LP and their touring hiatus that began in late 1974, this lively set from Jerry Garcia and longtime collaborator Merl Saunders has a comfortable, spontaneous ease to it. Recorded on August 11, 1974 and released as part of the archival GarciaLive series, this release essentially features the Legion of Mary band which would form just a few months later and was the subject of 2013's GarciaLive">GarciaLive, Vol. 3">GarciaLive">. By this point, the Saunders-Garcia partnership was already well established and their preferred venue, Keystone Berkeley, provided a relaxed space to try out the various facets of their funk, rock, and R&B repertoire. The set list consists largely of standards, including {|the Four Tops">GarciaLive, Vol. 3 collection. For this set, however, the Dead's own Bill Kreutzmann is behind the drum kit instead of {|Ron Tutt">GarciaLive, Vol. 3">GarciaLive">{|GarciaLive, Vol. 3 collection. For this set, however, the Dead's own Bill Kreutzmann is behind the drum kit instead of {|Ron Tutt. By this point, the Saunders-Garcia partnership was already well established and their preferred venue, Keystone Berkeley, provided a relaxed space to try out the various facets of their funk, rock, and R&B repertoire. The set list consists largely of standards, including {|the Four Tops' "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)," {|Junior Walker & the Allstars">Ron Tutt">GarciaLive, Vol. 3">GarciaLive">{|GarciaLive, Vol. 3 collection. For this set, however, the Dead's own Bill Kreutzmann is behind the drum kit instead of {|Ron Tutt. By this point, the Saunders-Garcia partnership was already well established and their preferred venue, Keystone Berkeley, provided a relaxed space to try out the various facets of their funk, rock, and R&B repertoire. The set list consists largely of standards, including {|the Four Tops">GarciaLive, Vol. 3 collection. For this set, however, the Dead's own Bill Kreutzmann is behind the drum kit instead of {|Ron Tutt">GarciaLive, Vol. 3">GarciaLive">{|GarciaLive, Vol. 3 collection. For this set, however, the Dead's own Bill Kreutzmann is behind the drum kit instead of {|Ron Tutt. By this point, the Saunders-Garcia partnership was already well established and their preferred venue, Keystone Berkeley, provided a relaxed space to try out the various facets of their funk, rock, and R&B repertoire. The set list consists largely of standards, including {|the Four Tops' "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)," {|Junior Walker & the Allstars' "(I'm A) Roadrunner," and a nice closing rendition of {|the Band">GarciaLive, Vol. 3 collection. For this set, however, the Dead's own Bill Kreutzmann is behind the drum kit instead of {|Ron Tutt. By this point, the Saunders-Garcia partnership was already well established and their preferred venue, Keystone Berkeley, provided a relaxed space to try out the various facets of their funk, rock, and R&B repertoire. The set list consists largely of standards, including {|the Four Tops">GarciaLive, Vol. 3 collection. For this set, however, the Dead's own Bill Kreutzmann is behind the drum kit instead of {|Ron Tutt">GarciaLive, Vol. 3">GarciaLive">{|GarciaLive, Vol. 3 collection. For this set, however, the Dead's own Bill Kreutzmann is behind the drum kit instead of {|Ron Tutt. By this point, the Saunders-Garcia partnership was already well established and their preferred venue, Keystone Berkeley, provided a relaxed space to try out the various facets of their funk, rock, and R&B repertoire. The set list consists largely of standards, including {|the Four Tops' "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)," {|Junior Walker & the Allstars">Ron Tutt">GarciaLive, Vol. 3">GarciaLive">{|GarciaLive, Vol. 3 collection. For this set, however, the Dead's own Bill Kreutzmann is behind the drum kit instead of {|Ron Tutt. By this point, the Saunders-Garcia partnership was already well established and their preferred venue, Keystone Berkeley, provided a relaxed space to try out the various facets of their funk, rock, and R&B repertoire. The set list consists largely of standards, including {|the Four Tops">GarciaLive, Vol. 3 collection. For this set, however, the Dead's own Bill Kreutzmann is behind the drum kit instead of {|Ron Tutt">GarciaLive, Vol. 3">GarciaLive">{|GarciaLive, Vol. 3 collection. For this set, however, the Dead's own Bill Kreutzmann is behind the drum kit instead of {|Ron Tutt. By this point, the Saunders-Garcia partnership was already well established and their preferred venue, Keystone Berkeley, provided a relaxed space to try out the various facets of their funk, rock, and R&B repertoire. The set list consists largely of standards, including {|the Four Tops' "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)," {|Junior Walker & the Allstars' "(I'm A) Roadrunner," and a nice closing rendition of {|the Band's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." Still young and adventurous, Garcia's solos range far and wide and he nimbly duels with Saunders' B-3 and Martin Fierro's saxophone. As far as the rhythm battery is concerned, it's nice to hear Kreutzmann lock in with a pocket bass player like {|John Kahn">Ron Tutt. By this point, the Saunders-Garcia partnership was already well established and their preferred venue, Keystone Berkeley, provided a relaxed space to try out the various facets of their funk, rock, and R&B repertoire. The set list consists largely of standards, including {|the Four Tops">GarciaLive, Vol. 3 collection. For this set, however, the Dead's own Bill Kreutzmann is behind the drum kit instead of {|Ron Tutt">GarciaLive, Vol. 3">GarciaLive">{|GarciaLive, Vol. 3 collection. For this set, however, the Dead's own Bill Kreutzmann is behind the drum kit instead of {|Ron Tutt. By this point, the Saunders-Garcia partnership was already well established and their preferred venue, Keystone Berkeley, provided a relaxed space to try out the various facets of their funk, rock, and R&B repertoire. The set list consists largely of standards, including {|the Four Tops' "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)," {|Junior Walker & the Allstars">Ron Tutt">GarciaLive, Vol. 3">GarciaLive">{|GarciaLive, Vol. 3 collection. For this set, however, the Dead's own Bill Kreutzmann is behind the drum kit instead of {|Ron Tutt. By this point, the Saunders-Garcia partnership was already well established and their preferred venue, Keystone Berkeley, provided a relaxed space to try out the various facets of their funk, rock, and R&B repertoire. The set list consists largely of standards, including {|the Four Tops">GarciaLive, Vol. 3 collection. For this set, however, the Dead's own Bill Kreutzmann is behind the drum kit instead of {|Ron Tutt">GarciaLive, Vol. 3">GarciaLive">{|GarciaLive, Vol. 3 collection. For this set, however, the Dead's own Bill Kreutzmann is behind the drum kit instead of {|Ron Tutt. By this point, the Saunders-Garcia partnership was already well established and their preferred venue, Keystone Berkeley, provided a relaxed space to try out the various facets of their funk, rock, and R&B repertoire. The set list consists largely of standards, including {|the Four Tops' "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)," {|Junior Walker & the Allstars' "(I'm A) Roadrunner," and a nice closing rendition of {|the Band">GarciaLive, Vol. 3 collection. For this set, however, the Dead's own Bill Kreutzmann is behind the drum kit instead of {|Ron Tutt. By this point, the Saunders-Garcia partnership was already well established and their preferred venue, Keystone Berkeley, provided a relaxed space to try out the various facets of their funk, rock, and R&B repertoire. The set list consists largely of standards, including {|the Four Tops">GarciaLive, Vol. 3 collection. For this set, however, the Dead's own Bill Kreutzmann is behind the drum kit instead of {|Ron Tutt">GarciaLive, Vol. 3">GarciaLive">{|GarciaLive, Vol. 3 collection. For this set, however, the Dead's own Bill Kreutzmann is behind the drum kit instead of {|Ron Tutt. By this point, the Saunders-Garcia partnership was already well established and their preferred venue, Keystone Berkeley, provided a relaxed space to try out the various facets of their funk, rock, and R&B repertoire. The set list consists largely of standards, including {|the Four Tops' "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)," {|Junior Walker & the Allstars">Ron Tutt">GarciaLive, Vol. 3">GarciaLive">{|GarciaLive, Vol. 3 collection. For this set, however, the Dead's own Bill Kreutzmann is behind the drum kit instead of {|Ron Tutt. By this point, the Saunders-Garcia partnership was already well established and their preferred venue, Keystone Berkeley, provided a relaxed space to try out the various facets of their funk, rock, and R&B repertoire. The set list consists largely of standards, including {|the Four Tops">GarciaLive, Vol. 3 collection. For this set, however, the Dead's own Bill Kreutzmann is behind the drum kit instead of {|Ron Tutt">GarciaLive, Vol. 3">GarciaLive">{|GarciaLive, Vol. 3 collection. For this set, however, the Dead's own Bill Kreutzmann is behind the drum kit instead of {|Ron Tutt. By this point, the Saunders-Garcia partnership was already well established and their preferred venue, Keystone Berkeley, provided a relaxed space to try out the various facets of their funk, rock, and R&B repertoire. The set list consists largely of standards, including {|the Four Tops' "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)," {|Junior Walker & the Allstars' "(I'm A) Roadrunner," and a nice closing rendition of {|the Band's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." Still young and adventurous, Garcia's solos range far and wide and he nimbly duels with Saunders' B-3 and Martin Fierro's saxophone. As far as the rhythm battery is concerned, it's nice to hear Kreutzmann lock in with a pocket bass player like {|John Kahn and together, for the most part, they maintain a solid groove as the conversation unfolds among the five players. Fierro brandishes his flute on a few numbers, including the bossa nova-flavored original "La La," expanding the band's tonal palette a bit. The highlights, though, are in the extended jams, particularly the 19-minute "The Harder They Come," which feels like a dynamic zenith of this set.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/28/2017
Label: Ato Records
UPC: 0880882302023
catalogNumber: 823020
Rank: 8536

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerry Garcia   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Merl Saunders   Keyboards,Vocals
Martin Fierro   Flute,Saxophone
John Kahn   Bass
Bill Kreutzmann   Drums

Technical Credits

Jimmy Cliff   Composer
Jerry Garcia   Producer
Robbie Robertson   Composer
Chuck Willis   Composer
Merl Saunders   Liner Notes
Jerry Williams   Composer
James Banks   Composer
Betty Cantor-Jackson   Engineer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Martin Fierro   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Dennis Lambert   Composer
Brian Potter   Composer
Eddie Marion   Composer
Herman Parker   Composer
Henderson Thigpen   Composer
Ryan Corey   Art Direction,Illustrations
Don Hollinger   Composer
Sam C. Phillips   Composer
Gary Bonds   Composer

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Garcia Live, Vol. 9: August 11th, 1974, Keystone Berkeley 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
This Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders concert was recorded about a year after the Keystone Companions box recordings were made. They had added Martin Fierro on sax and flute and Bill Kreutzmann on drums to bassist John Kahn. By this time the band was really stretching out the R&B covers and standards that made up their repertoire; most lasted at least 10 minutes. Mystery Train was still their best jam. One new number that was a change of pace was the relatively short closing rendition of The Band's The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. Jerry was no Levon Helm but he did capture the sorrow in the lyrics. I don't think this is quite as good as Keystone Companions but I still think it is a 3 star effort.