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.
I will shamefully admit that I have not dabbled into JGB material near as much as I should. It does, however, come with little surprise how blown away I am by the quality on this release. There is not a snoozer moment from the first note to the last. The mood is very mellow and patient as the troop noodles the night away in Jersey. The mastering is amazing...a perfect mix of SBD crispiness and audience emotion that makes this a worthy purchase and must have for any fan. This release sandwiched between the body slam of Dave’s 5 and what we all know will be a historic Dave’s 6 already makes 2013 an amazing time to be a Deadhead.
This is a solid kick off to the new JGB series. I'm really digging the pristine sound quality. The poster that came with the bundle package was really good quality, I'm having it framed. The T-Shirt is a cheap piece of junk that may last through 2 wash cycles. I bought a t-shirt on the Furthur 2011 tour, super quality. The music is awesome, no surprise there. I hope we will see many releases now that the legal stuff seems to be resolved. Sure bet for any fan.
I love the '75 lineup with Nicky Hopkins and Garcia/Sunders/Kahn/Vitt the most. Let It Rock and Garcia/Saunders Keystone have been in the regular rotation for a long time. Well, the recent Keystone Complete, but before that 1, 2 and Encore. The only era of JG that I'm not terribly fond of is the Melvin Seals late '80s/early '90s stuff. I just don't dig the B3 sound.
I agree that a Reconstruction release would be a really welcome addition to the Jerry releases, but I am not sure if there is much of any quality to be found. I hope I am wrong. So far, as far as I know, only one song has been released officially - on "The very best of Jerry Garcia".
For those who are interested in such things (I am) "GarciaLive Volume 1" is mastered in HDCD. It doesn't appear to say so anywhere that I have seen, but my trusty CD player announces the fact.
Record Store Day comes around again on April 20. It would seem that the out-of-print "Rare cuts and oddities" will be reissued as a Record Store Day special as a CD (presumably limited quantities) and also as a numbered, limited edition 2 LP set on 180g vinyl. Vinyl Junkies will love that one!
II agree that a Reconstruction issue would be great. There is nothing officially released from the Jerry universe that sounds like it. Bring on the Summer of 79.
On a side note, I am enjoying the new release. The sound quality of GarciaLive Vol. 1 is terrific. I keep playing this in constant rotation with the Garcia/Saunders recent re-release of 1973 at the Keystone...
Any thoughts on the what the next release should be? What era, band line-up, tour, venue, date, etc? In the last few years I saw some tremendous New England shows-Hartford, Providence with the final band line-up.
The FM version of the early show has been traded for quite a while. The late show is completely new and very enjoyable. This run of shows must have been a lot of fun for Robert Hunter. He really seems to enjoy singing while Jerry fills every little space with a note or phrase. It's amazing how much can change in the tempos and moods of songs over 3 days (2/28, 2/29, and 3/1). I'd always preferred RH singing on the 29th, but hise performance in the 3/1 LS even tops the 2/29 (IMHO). There's no filler in this jem, just a sweet couple of CDs to share with friends.
So of course there are no "get it here" links for the jerry garcia site :-)
I pre-ordered via the JG site and got the 24 BIT FLAC version download. This is higher quality than audio CD and believe me it does not dissapoint! Also pretty easy to convert to 16 BIT and burn to audio CD so you have both. An all time fav of mine which is on this recording is the Robert Hunter Promontory Rider with JGB. This is just sooooo sweet on this recording. I don't know if it comes thru as good on the audio CD version but on the 24 BIT you hear hunter's acousitic kick this off and blend in with Jerry's soulful lead.
It was a long wait to get this but well worth it... Really top notch show and sound!
This is really great. They were definitely having a lot of fun and the sound is incredible. Amazing Simple Twist of Fate!
This is a great disc, full of some really sweet music. If you don't have it yet, get it- you won't be disappointed.