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.
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
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
That Super Session cover was, in fact, the inspiration for this one...
By the way, I love this cover...reminiscent of the Stephen Stills "Super Session" classic album.
My first time seeing Jerry live was this line up at the Orpheum Theater in Boston in October 1975! Peter Rowan opened the show (the late show) The promoter, Don Law, announced beforehand that due to a new city law regarding concerts "this show will be brief!" Naturally there were many hearty boos. The band sounded great, and man I was psyched! At one point between songs Nicky asked the crowd "is or is not the guitar drowning out the piano?' More lusty booing, but he won over the crowd with two songs of his, one being Edward the Mad Shirt Grinder.
It was a fantastic show in a great venue.
I just listened to the Let it Rock and it was impressive, alittle slower temp than most of us are used to,and the recording quality is excellent. It will be wonderful to have something this obscure too. Now lets hear something from that JGB '93 Fall tour? Portland or Worcester? We need killer versions of The Maker and Rueben & Cherise :)
Listening to Let It Rock now and it's beautiful. Stunning sound even at the low rez internet
player. Gonna order mine today. Whahooooo!
... a freaking thing ... I love to be shut out from buying music, freaking joke ...
I must be dreaming! I am still wildly listening into the mammoth 77 box and then we get not one but 2 new releases???
christmas in October,
If you guys maintain that pace then please offer an automatic subscription to the new realeases!!!
looking forward to a 75 vintage.
Now please no more bad trip with customs duties and so on....
Looks great !! Caught this line-up at the Flint Center in Cupertino. EDWARD, THE MAD SHIRT GRINDER was memorable !!!
the Let It Rock in the Listening Party!