First of two parts featuring the first set of 5/12/91, which opened with a sizzling "Picasso Moon." Also featured in this set: the first of only six modern-day GD performances of Bob Dylan's "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry" (Jerry sang it at during the encore at RFK Stadium on 6/10/73 with some Allman Bros along for the ride).
Let It Rock, released in 2009, documents the first lineup of the Jerry Garcia Band, featuring the great British-born keyboardist, Nicky Hopkins. If you aren't familiar with the name, I'm quite sure you've heard the licks: The electric piano solo in the Beatles' original single version of "Revolution"; the Rolling Stones classic "She's a Rainbow" (and so much more!); recordings with the Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and countless others. Julian Dawson's biography And on Piano ...Nicky Hopkins: The Extraordinary Life of Rock's Greatest Session Man is well worth a read. Hopkins and Garcia made amazing music together sporadically over the band's brief lifespan, but Hopkins' chronic health and addiction problems put an early end to this version of the JGB. Let It Rock shows how great they were, and makes me wonder what they could have accomplished if Hopkins had been healthier.
Jerry Garcia Band, Let It Rock
Rich Mahan, Hot Chicken Wisdom
Jerry Garcia & David Grisman, So What
SO WHAT (take 1, 12/6/90)
Grateful Dead 5/12/91 Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View CA
IT TAKES A LOT TO LAUGH, IT TAKES A TRAIN TO CRY
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- David Gans
- David Gans