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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triple agreed

This sounds killer. Adjust yr knobs, slimbo.

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sound advice

well it sounds pretty damn fine to me too. If you want to be fussy, it is perhaps not quite as crisp as you would imagine from a multitrack source, but it is still outstanding. And if you read the accompanying notes you will see that quite a lot of work needed to be done to make this fantastic offering ready for us at all. So throw away your radio Slim and go buy this one!

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Deadbeat

Agree with Blair. Note that the poster said he heard this release, make that one song, on the radio. That eliminates any semblance of credibility for his opinion. Although I agree some releases can sound on the bright side, that more than likely is a function of the playback equipment one uses or more particularly the acoustics of the room in which one is listening, and those are variables over which the listener has some control. There is no basis for a sound quality rant such as this.

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Reader Beware

And I will respectfully submit that Mighty Slim is completely wrong about the sound quality. I think it sounds AWESOME! (But each to his or her own.)

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Re: Sound Quality

I just heard the version of Edward the Mad Shirt Grinder on the radio and was appalled by the sound quality of this release. I found the high end to be very harsh and the guitar to be very mid rangey. I suspected the guy responsible for making many Dick's Picks sound harsh was at the helm and I was correct. If this is a multi track mix, it makes this even more appalling. I figured it was important for me to warn others who have a problem with the harshness of many Dick's Pick's to be forewarned that this is more of the same from the same guy responsible. Buyer beware. I'm glad that I will be saving my money. I encourage those interested in the Nicky Hopkins years to find the 75 JGB shows from Wolfgang's Vault. They are far warmer and not harsh at all for those that are interested in hearing what the band sounded like without having to put up with atrocious sound quality.

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at last

arrived today (together with Road Trips)

I have been eagerly waiting for this and at last it is blasting out across the house and the woods and fields (I hope the birds and deer are enjoying it as much as I am).
What a treat. Great band, great shows, lovely production (clearly a tricky restoration job). Interesting and informative sleeve notes from David Gans too (thankfully without a single use of the words "stellar" or "legendary" ;-0).

Sad to think that Ron Tutt is the only survivor of this band, but so good to be able to hear it. Thanks very much to all concerned and especially to Jerry's family for making this happen.

So what's next? Is there a soundboard of JGB 11/19/93 with THAT 'Shining Star'? Oops, getting greedy ;-)

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let it rock

this album is so sweet jerrys guitar is beautiful as allways and hopkins keys are so sweet i love this disc buy it for sure! boonez

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If this is what it sounds like in limbo than I'm ready to go NOW

I just wanted to write to say thanks to Annabelle Garcia, Theresa Garcia, Tiff Garcia, Heather Garcia Katz and Sunshine Kesey. Without you I wouldn't have this gem of a recording in my collection. I am very much looking forward to any future Jerry Garcia Band and/or solo recordings. I hope everyone has a happy and healthy holiday season. Mine just got a lot brighter.

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Amazing!

I love this CD, I was listening intently all day yesterday as I was cooking and watching football. It's great, and the sound is amazing. Too bad "It's No Use" skips on my CD player. I took them out of that lousy packaging, upon receipt, and placed them into jewel cases. Oh well.

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This is one of the finest

This is one of the finest things I've heard in awhile. Just lovely. Thanks to all who coaxed it into the light of day, including DGans and Blair.

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