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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Hmm, interesting question...

Hard to say, really...Originally, the first JG Collection of Legion of Mary stuff was distinguished from the PJ releases because it was a compilation rather than a specific show release. This Jerry-Nicky set has been in the works for a couple of years and, as a compilation (albeit from only two shows) we thought it fit into the criteria established by JGC Vol. 1. Also, it's from multitrack tapes, whereas the PJ releases have all been from stereo masters. (But then, so was JGC V1.) To add a further layer of confusion, between the time that the Jerry-NIcky set was conceived and released, the Bay Area 78 PJ came out, which was also a compilation, but was actually conceived before the PJ series started, if I understand the chronology correctly. Bottom line, if there were any rules, we've now broken them all, I guess! ;-)

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To Blair - JG Collection vs Pure Jerry?

Hi Blair

What's the difference between the JG Collection Vol. X and Pure Jerry releases? The latter are Garcia daughter releases but these are Dead releases (sort of)? Multi-tracks vs soundboards? Just curious.

This looks fantastic. I still think the Pure Jerry Bay Area release is one of the best sets to come out in recent times. There's some amazing music on there.

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new release

looking forward to this. I have it on tape but digi would be nice.

...one good thing about music, when it hits, you feel no pain.

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Jerry Garcia Collection Volume 1 - Legion of Mary

I saw somone asked what was Volume 1 of the Jerry Garcia Collection. Not sure if you had gotten an answer or not but it looks like Volume 1 was The Legion of Mary CD that was released a couple of years ago.

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Thats great they have a Stones on this one. It should be a hit.

"The sky was yellow the sun was blue".
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looks good!

I might have to order that one. I really enjoy the Pure Jerry Album.
"The sky was yellow the sun was blue".
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yes please

When the last (and wonderful) Pure Jerry release came out I asked hopefully if we could have some Nicky Hopkins JGB next and my wish came true. Hooray. Can't wait to hear this one, especially since it is from a multi-track recording. Thanks to all concerned.

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You guys get better with each release .. thanks

This really looks good . Lookignforward to hearing Nicky Hopkins ; looks like a real treat

If the last Jerry release from early 78 is not the greatest , then this should be higher octane music . Thanks

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Jerry's my man!!! Give us more!

Jerry & Nicky and Spending the Night Together...YEA!!!!!!!!! I can't wait!
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Edward

This is an amazing virtuoso performance by Nicky on a Quicksilver Messenger Service gem. I have always loved the Quicksilver version and can't even imagine how amazing this must be. Can't wait to hear it along with all the other great stuff!

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