Grateful Dead

The Jerry Garcia Collection, Vol. 2: Jerry Garcia Band, Keystone Berkeley '75

Jerry and Nicky Let It Rock at Keystone Berkeley!

The latest release to come from the Garcia vault is Let It Rock: Jerry Garcia Band 1975 a 2-CD set recorded November 17 and 18, 1975 at the Keystone Berkeley, featuring the very first version of the Jerry Garcia Band, with the magnificent British pianist Nicky Hopkins, drummer Ron Tutt and ol’ reliable—bassist John Kahn. This marks the first-ever full release of material from the brief but fruitful Garcia-Hopkins union (August through December ’75), and it shows the group at its best, rolling though a broad range of styles, from the churning opener, “Let It Rock,” to Dead favorites like “Sugaree,” “They Love Each Other” and a lively “Friend of the Devil,” to boppin’ R&B—“Tore Up Over You,” “Roadrunner”—a 19-minute workout (!) on the Stones’ “Let’s Spend the Night Together,” and Nicky’s exceptional instrumental track “Edward.”

The sound on these discs is impeccable: They were mixed from 16-track master tapes by Jeffrey Norman, who has mixed and mastered countless Dead-related projects through the years. The clarity of the vocals and instruments is absolutely stunning—it’s practically like being at the legendary Keystone Berkeley, except without that distinctive smell of beer and popcorn, and the clacking of the foosball table in the back room. The icing on this particular slice of psychedelic cake is a fine essay by David Gans which probes the Jerry-Nicky dynamic and offers some needed historical context. In short, this one is a must for Jerry freaks (and doesn’t that include all of us?)! To order your copy today, click here.

—Blair Jackson

Track List



CD 1

1. LET IT ROCK
2. TORE UP OVER YOU
3. FRIEND OF THE DEVIL*
4. THEY LOVE EACH OTHER
5. IT’S TOO LATE
6. PIG’S BOOGIE>
7. BAND INTRODUCTIONS>
8. SITTING IN LIMBO
9. (I’M A) ROAD RUNNER

CD 2
1. SUGAREE
2. I’LL TAKE A MELODY
3. THAT’S WHAT LOVE WILL MAKE YOU DO*
4. LADY SLEEPS*
5. AIN’T NO USE
6. LET’S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER*
7. EDWARD, THE MAD SHIRT GRINDER


Recorded live at KEYSTONE BERKELEY, 11/18/75 and *11/17/75


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Let it Rock - song problems

dief..I guess you have tried it already, but have you tried giving the disc a careful clean. Edward is the last track on the outside of the disc and on my copy had some ugly finger marks on it and also skipped. Looked like whoever was packing the discs was eating his/her lunch at the same time. Actually its hard to get the discs out without grabbing them between finger and thub. Anyway a careful clean fixed it up good. Hope it might work for you. If not good luck with getting a replacement.

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dief

send me a PM with the details and I'll see what I can do.

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Let it Rock - song problems

Am I the only one that's been having problems with 'Edward the Mad Shirt Grinder'? My copy has all kinds of glitches and is unlistenable. I bought this CD because this song was a real favorite of mine from Quicksilver. I have called and emailed Dead.net 3 times to get this resolved and so far they have done NOTHING! What has happened to them, and their customer service?? I get some Indian trouble ticket type of person, who's english you can hardly understand. Do they 'outsource' their customer service in India now??!! Let's hear it for the good old USA and its degradation down the tubes! I can't even get a lousy bad recording replaced and I paid full price for it the first day it was available. Oh well, guess I'll be taking my business elsewhere...

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why is there a link to an online casino buried in the previous post? It looks like the type of automated spam messages you find on blogs. Clever but annoying.

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The sound on these discs is impeccable: They were mixed from 16-track master tapes by Jeffrey Norman, who has mixed and mastered countless Dead-related projects through the years. The clarity of the vocals and instruments is absolutely stunning—it’s practically like being at the legendary Keystone Berkeley, except without that distinctive smell of beer and popcorn, and the clacking of the foosball table in the back room. The icing on online casino this particular slice of psychedelic cake is a fine essay by David Gans which probes the Jerry-Nicky dynamic and offers some needed historical context.

Move over, top bloggers - there’s a new kid in town! Great post, keep up the good work.

Greetings,

Samuel.

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sound quality

I couldn't disagree more with Mighty Slim. This is a great mix of very well-recorded multitracks. I don't know if Mighty Slim's harsh opinion is based entirely on having heard one track on the radio, but if so, I'd suggest giving it a try in a more suitable environment on playback equipment of superior quality.

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When released to Public?

Watched the Dead and related groups since1970

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it's on my Christmas list

Looking forward to enjoying this recording. I went to the 11/23/75 JGB show at Macky Auditorium with a similar setlist performed. I've got a color photo that I'll put up here, someday....

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Sound Quality

Hey if all of you loved it and love many Dick's Picks mixed/mastered by the same guy, great. All I was saying is that if you find many Dick's Picks to be harsh like I do MOST of them, you will find this to be more of the same. A good engineer can during the process of mastering to things to eliminate any harshness of the recording. It happens all the time. If you're dealing with a multi-track then you have less of an excuse as to the sonic blend you create and its accompanying equalization. It has nothing to do with the fact that the tape in 35 years old. Some people are not sensitive to a "crisp" high end. Some are. If you are, stay away, save your money. If not, knock yourself out. Those who truly understand what I am talking about may find this information useful. Those who don't, well just don't get it. Thats ok.

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More on sound quality

When I think about the fact that these concerts were recorded so many years ago (and then I realize that I attended many of them, yikes!), it is nothing short of astounding that the master tapes are in as good condition as they are. The digitally re-mastered releases we get now would not sound as good as they do without the high quality of the original recordings. It is simply amazing how well they have survived, and it is a testament to the quality of the technology of that era. That technology is something we are still striving to improve upon today, some 40 years later.

We all know the masters are not perfect (duh!). The sound board people were working in many different concert venues and imagine all of the distractions they had to deal with (hey, pass that joint around; drink this kool-aid; can I plug my cassette into the sound board? Sure!). Yes, sometimes they missed seeing the tape reel end and there are gaps in the recordings. There are sonic irregularities due to problems with the PA system, and on and on. But what we have today is an almost complete record of all the Grateful Dead concerts. Who could ask for anything more??? I, for one, can hardly believe it and our good fortune to finally have access to them after all these years.

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