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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What a treat

Man. There's something real sweet about these Garcia Band releases ... of course the Dead stuff that's been coming out has been phenomenal, but it's almost easier to take that stuff for granted. Maybe it's because there's (relatively) less of it out there, or maybe it's because you can still go see The Dead (though it's not the same of course) but Jerry Band will never be Jerry Band again and it makes it that much more bittersweet. Anyway, this is killer stuff - I'll Take a Melody brought tears to my eyes, and really, this band crackles (in a laid back way) through this whole set. Thanks to all.

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Nice!

Whoa. Let's Spend the Night Together is just insanely hot. I'm lovin this. Mighty fine work, fellers.

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JERRY

do they have it on 8-Track

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Currently letting it rock....

For those in an ordering snafu, I ordered mine 11/9 and received today 11/16. My last dead.net buy was delayed though....

This is gold. Truly. I knew I wouldn't be disapointed by Nicky & Jerry's playing. (Ron & John definitely rock the house too!). I am in heaven with my JGB-four piece. Please bring on more, either this era (although I know its short) or Ozzie's.

In the sublime of "Sitting in Limbo" right now....

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Ron Tutt

This looks like a must have for sure. I have been getting into older Garcia (bands) again recently so this is right on time. I have been really impressed with drummer Ron Tutt from this era. Mr. Tutt also played with Gram Parsons & the Fallen Angels and in Evis's band which should put him in the "not a slouch" category. With this said and with Nicky Hopkins & John Kahn how could you go wrong here.
Excellent job - keep it comin........B

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I got mine and it's a must have!!! Trust me!

I received mine yesterday and let me tell you the sound is perfect and the performances are extremely tight. It sound's like Jerry makes a real effort to keep his solo's short [for him] and directly to the point. The band comes across as laid back but playing with definite purpose.It really is Jerry almost as i've never heard him before.
As I said I received mine yesterday and as I've also stated before I got my copy from another website for far less then I would have paid here including the free shipping. It took about 6 day's from the time I ordered it till the time it arrived in my malbox.If I didnt have a gift certificate for the other website apparently I'd still be waiting for my copy and I would have paid more for it.These thing's as a lifetime Deadhead and someone who buy's practically everything this band and it's surviving members put's out [not to mention concert tickets]confuses and frustrates me to no end! I'm done feeling guilty about not buying an item through this website.
Rogue

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makes sense

that would make sense that no one has both...i can see the people who ordered the jerry seperately having there's but from what i understand NOBODY HAS BOTH?? but i can see it be delayed a month because they did last spring if i remember right...some say the box set a month ago was delayed but i'm not sure if it was or not...but you'd think someone from the grateful dead camp would say something somewhere on this site...i assume phil lesh spends 4 hours a day on this site reading posts from his adoring fans...anyway i'm sure it'll go out no later than december 8th.

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reverb

Certainly reverb would not have been added in the mastering.

It would have been added in the mixing.

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Tony, go furthur...

...some time in December/NYs

~THESE ARE the good old days!~

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demented

so far only a few people received it and that was people who ordered express...some have theirs on the way people who ordered after me...i ordered on oct 2nd but on mine there wasn't any hits on my card so it hasn't been sent...others claim their cards were hit...still it's been over a week and something should've been said or sent by e-mail...but this is something that's happend most times...though it would be nice if a generic e-mail was sent saying it'll be delayed 2 or 4 weeks whatever the case may be...but i hate to say it i'll keep buying these shows providing they keep making them...i used to say i'll stop but each new one does have a good sound to them...if they sounded muddy or boring i probably would've stopped, but if you listen there's always some new touch...so even though it's been about 10 years or so of these extra releases it's still not dull or pointless for me...i'm sure alot of people stopped after the dicks picks or maybe after just a few, but i'm going to hang on to this...with GOD willing i know alot of people are out of work or looking for real work providing they have work...so i say that with GOD willing because you have to be blessed to be able to buy CDs in these hard times...but these CDs can take you back to a happier place and time even if you weren't there because with these CDs you can tell such a time and place did exist, because it sure doesn't exist too much in the present...and if it does someone please tell me where and when.

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