GarciaLive Volume One
The GarciaLive series has officially launched!
The first release from the GarciaLive series features a recording from the historic Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey on March 1, 1980. The band performed an early and a late show on this evening, as was common at the time. The shows were originally multi-tracked on a 24-track mobile rig for WNEW's broadcast of the early show.
The band, which included Garcia on guitar and vocals, partner in crime John Kahn on bass, Ozzie Ahlers on Keys and Johnny de Foncesca on drums at the time, was wrapping up a three-week East Coast run with the performances on this evening. Highlights including "That's All Right, Mama" (made famous by Elvis), an early show encore of "Deal" and a rollicking version of "That's What Love Will Make You Do" show Jerry and the band loose and fluid at the end of the tour.
Great release, very good recording, however this is my least favorite JGB line-up. Just can’t get past the synthesized keyboards. Ozzie Ahlers is obviously a fantastic player, but the tone he selects on most of his solos is just cheesy. That said this is an amazing recording and well worth a purchase. I did see the Keith, Donna / Maria Muldaur line-up in ‘77 and ’78 and didn’t see a JGB show again until ’81 with Melvin manning the keyboards. I would have loved to have seen Nicky Hopkins, check out the “Positively 4th Street on “Garcia Plays Dylan” – 2005, but that was a very short lived line-up. Along with the “After Midnight: Kean College” this release, with no back-ups singers, really shows Garcia’s deft touch in singing the slower songs, I really love the “Sitting in Limbo” on this release. There is a B&W in-house video of the first part of the early show, (watch for the harsh cut in “That’s All Right” ), which is very fun to watch, the first half is almost unwatchable, with rolling static but the “Sitting in Limbo” is there and it is glorious. Can’t wait until the next GarciaLive release, maybe the Summer of ’82 with Billy on drums.
FYI: For a taste of this show, if you go back to your copy of the 2/28/80 Keane College,
break out the "Way After Midnight" Bonus disc if you are so fortunate to own one. That's Alright, Mama on the bonus disc is from the 3/1/80 Show and Now Garcia Live Volume 1
By the way, the year of 1980 was a leap year, (a show in Hempstead,NY on the 29th of Feb) This was a fine run of shows with great Garcia vocals and guitar throughout...
shwack in nh
There is no middle-class any more. Bush allowed it (through ineptitude) to be systematically destroyed throughout his two terms. Obama has failed to improve anything despite the fact that many folks had high hopes. Listen to the Dead and let's hope the earth is still intact for (at least) the remainder of our lives. Selfish? Sure! Who the hell else can anyone count on?
when I go to shows these days-Phil and Friends, Furthur-I see a lot of fans who are around college age. It was the same when the Grateful Dead was still intact-all generations have been and are represented. I presume that many of them are buying the releases. Also, Boston is a big college town and I would think that most of the CD sales are to that group of people. I know the vinyl browsers I saw there were mainly college students.
Who's the yahoo with the vuvuzela in the early show?
I mean, I bought it and I'm only 17. Plus I have quite a few deadhead friends who have also bought it.
that would be barely "middle class."
Well, Waltham ain't no Brookline but according to Wikkipedia: "The median income for a household was $54,010, and the median income for a family was $64,595. These figures increased to $60,434 and $79,877, respectively, according to an estimate in 2007..." It sure isn't poor. I would say upper middle class.
In any case, my point was that Garcia selling well among places where the crowd is younger (and incomes smaller) would be the rule rather than the exception. Based on who actually listens to the music, I now see that assumption makes no sense. It would be the established 52-67 age bracket who would be buying this.
Danced my ass off to Jerry Garcia Band in Sept 81 at Passaic venue. Jerry got hummin somewhere in the second set, a very good time. As someone else opined, anything Robert Hunter is worth seeking (out). YouTube Robert to get a sense.
Thanks to some good advice here I did get the Pure Jerry July 1977 set, it is giving me the warm and fuzzies right now. Nice to hear Keith (almost) giving Nicky Hopkins a run for his money (I still can't find anything that tops "Let it Rock"). Recommended to anyone who doesn't have it before it too goes out of print.
Has anyone else every noticed some odd noises during Russian Lullaby (especially early on, and during the quiet bass solo). It's almost like a ghostly voice coming through a radio headset or something, just really weird and almost inaudible. I'm reasonably sure it's not just me :)
EDIT: I notice the caveat emptor statement on the back of the CD mentions challenges overcome in the transfer from the tapes, including: "mysterious interferences...and some sticky stuff of unknown origin."