Wow, no post's here in jerryland.I guess I'll have to pop the cherry... I have a question. But first a little background. While I listening to gd 1977/05/03 - Tuesday with a smokin might as well as my backdrop Im astounished on how Jerry's Travis Bean guitar sounds, it's pretty good!! This got me thinking, about, IMHO, jerry best guitar, Wolf! Wolf replaced Jerry's Travis Bean in Sept '77 The fall of '77 was the dead's best of the year with wolf sounding like no other. What a difference in tone and style!!! Travis B sounds really nice in 05-03 (as I have Sugaree ripping in the background) but 11-04 is on another planet. Same year, very different shows as it relates to Jerry's guitars(s) Wolf was the diamond in the rough. After it's 2nd commeth and it's new Dimarzio pick ups there was no stopping her, hence a solid year 1978!! My personal fav year. It's a Wonder why Jerry retired her early?? Another thing I like about wolf was the color and the pattern of the wood. Dried purpleheart makes for amazing and unique characteristics with a touch of elegance. Anybody else have a favourite Jerry guitar?? I guess it's some food for thoughts. Let's here 'em folks Lossless
My favs from a sound perspective are the Travis Bean and the Wolf, today at least :)The notes just oozed, slinked and slid on those guitars, specially the Bean during 76/77. Nirvana of guitar sound IMHO. And the sound from the Wolf in the GD Movie and recordings is stellar. However Rosebud was an absolutely gorgeous guitar. The Cripe Bolt guitar was cool, but like Blair Jackson said, the way Garcia had the sound structured was more of an acoustic/pickin' angle and never really did it for me during the super mega Garica solos and the fanning and jammin that worked so well on the other guitars. Tiger is up there too for sur'. Definately have the most good memories of this guitar since it was the main axe during my years. And at JGB shows. And then there is the starburst Strat, the Alligator strat from Graham Nash. While I wasnt around when Garcia played the SG, I always associated that guitar with Angus Young so I get a chuckle out of those old pics. The sound rocked. “The Omnipotent Grateful Dead!”
When I think of Jerry cherry poppin' I cain't help but to think of the command he had with those Strats from the Fall of '71 on through '72 (he used the Strat for a while in '73 but altered his approach). He was just strokin' harmonics at will - those notes that make your pupils just dilate! I guess a lot of it had to do with through what he was playin', and the rooms, but jeez - but, for me, Lossless Head, it just doesn't get much better ... gracias a dios! "From day to day, just lettin' it ride, You get so far away from how it feels inside, You can't let go, 'cause you're afraid to fall, But the day may come when you can't feel at all."
AC/DC Garcia... man, you had me on the floor with that Angus Young association, I just pictured Jerry in schoolboy suit with shorts. ( -; http://www.dozin.com/jers/guitar/history.htm nice link there with a lot of cool Garcia guitar history / pics. and the main link to a very cool site: http://www.dozin.com/ peace.
Of time at Dozin. I had started putting together my own 'Jerry-rig' based on the 90's rig. It's what I've been using when ever I play electric. Groove tubes Trio and Macintosh 2300. The custom or Alembic guitar will be far in the future, can't afford it these days.But, on the topic of Jerrys guitars, I also liked the Fender sound with the Strat's bell tone all over Europe 72'. I must say my favorite Guitar sound is Tiger, that's "THE" sound. THE Jerry tone. The sound I try to mimic when I play a riff like Althea. Sliding up to a B minor with a deep throaty tone. If I could have any guitar in the world, I would have the Tiger. Even though, I know I could never make it sound like the man could.
I personally love the SGAlligator was kewl too... Im not a big fan on strats but jerry sure made them sing!! L.L
...shall we go, you and I while we can... That's easy... whichever one he was playing that night!
Until the anniversary of his birthday. What're we gonna do? A moment of universal web silence? All send him our best wishes at one time?
Tiger is my fav for its looks, color and inlay but it was Heavy. I dont know how he wore it night after night, I could never do it. I am way too weak.That being said I also think Wolf is stunning looking. And I got to echo the Strat is not what I think of with Jerry in mind. Strats are for SRV and Jimi, right. But i love the tone and playability Jerry brought with a strat in his hands. Europe 72 says it all.
He used a strap made of bungee that made it feel half as Heavy.
Didn't Jerry say something like he switched to electric to "hear the sounds longer"...or something to that effect...pretty cool. Great subject.I cut my ears on the Travis Bean. I always thought it was "Beam"... Oh well...listen and learn. I guess I was sort of looking forward to the strat 'cuz that was what I mostly liked from the Europoe '72 songs. I quickly adapted to the sound of the "Bean" and still very much like the "high-tension-rubber-wire-sounds" 'specially on those Dancin' jams. Resistance to change is natural. As Wolfy appeared I was a little sad. What happened to that hot white guitar. ( did it have an aluminum neck or something like that??) Then, the new dimensions became clearer and again, the sounds became longer and fuller and furthur and furthur. "I knew without asking she was into the blues"
Colorado's back and wants to know, What are YOU doing for Jerrys birthday? August 1st isn't far off and I'm curious what other Jerheads do to honor his memory. Drop a line if you like and let me know. As for me, I will have at least a candle burning somwhere for Jerry.
what else can be done except to spread xtra joy and happiness any way you can like he did for us!!!! go out of your way to be xtra nice to someone. random acts of kindness, etc. sound good???? nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile
for Jerry 'month' I will be robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. (not literally robbing) but literally giving to the poor. peace.
please sir, can i 'ave some more?? nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile
RODGER ALLINSON i saw some input on jerrys guitars while in my opinion everything jerry played was truely magic i have a true love of rosebud and the sond of some of my favorite jerry tunes like "stella blue" "comes a time" china doll' AND those type songs on it i like to sit and listen to how different guitars over the years have their own unique signature on the same tunes
That piece by Patti Smith was sweet!Thanks fer sharing that link with us marye! Lossless
I was 16 years old when i saw a tag on a Travis Bean guitar w/ a picture of Jerry on it saying "Travis Bean The best damn production guitar made today" In Roosevelt Feild Mall on Long island!! Two week's later i saw him playing one @ The Calderone Concert Hall In Hempstead NY and the opening Sugaree Blew me away and I've been loving that sound ever since !! But i think it was jerry's approach to the different guitars that has made him my favorite guitarist of all time! Oh how i wish i had bought that Travis Bean back in the day!!Rogue
I think "soundwise" for the most part "Tiger" had the sweetest sound. It had that signiture "bell tone" that was just beautiful. The later Tiger spin-offs like Rosebud and Lightning Bolt were not as pure tone wise, even when the midi effects were not being used. I think he was using the Graham Nash Strat (Alligator) during my favorite shows of 71', but I'm not sure. There were a few other guitars he used in 71' as well. But whatever it was he was using during the Fillmore East shows really allowed Jerry to reach the stratosphere (no pun intended) in those jams.
Interesting take Krummhorn. I agree Tiger was uniquewith a very distinctive sound, like the Wolf.. some good poins.. Lossless
if they'll come a day wher they will put an edit button so as we can edit our posts.. lol..
got turned off because of some bug-related issue, but the specifics are lost in my fuzzy brain at the moment. they may be back. Meanwhile if you really WANT something edited, lemme know; mods have more toys. Er, tools.
The dude who bought Jerry's assorted household effects -- the same guy who auctioned off the toilet last year -- is now auctioning off everything else, including the kitchen sink. And before you say anything snarky, because lord knows I did, keep in mind that the proceeds benefit a fine charity here in Oakland, one for which my own dogsitter also throws fundraisers! So, while I am not in the market for Jerry's sink, here's the info.
As long as it goes to charity, I'm kewl w/ that...Lossless
i read that item in this sunday's paper. i do need a new kitchen sink. hmm, i'll be checking out e=bay that week, even if out of curiousity alone. nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile
...shall we go, you and I while we can... Let me be the first to wish Jerry Garcia a Happy 65th Birthday! Remember all the good he radiated...As the small sign in the Buddhist Temple in Calcutta reads..."For Jerry Garcia,May He Have An Auspicious Rebirth"
May we all smile,smile, smile filled with the joy he brought to our hearts through his guitar, voice and songs and bring that smile to others. Peace, pleasant thoughts and creative energy to all of you, my new friends on the forum. Hal Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.) Walt Whitman-Song of Myself
You are my Shining Star
What a great day this is :) You changed my life Jerry - Thank You.
miss you more than words can say. happy birthday wherever you are!! nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile
We shall live again, we shall live again, We shall live again, shake out the ghost dance. Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! The world is holy! The soul is holy! The skin is holy! The nose is holy! The tongue and cock and hand and asshole holy! Everything is holy! everybody's holy! everywhere is holy! everyday is in eternity! Everyman's an angel! The bum's as holy as the seraphim! the madman is holy as you my soul are holy! The typewriter is holy the poem is holy the voice is holy the hearers are holy the ecstasy is holy! Holy Peter holy Allen holy Solomon holy Lucien holy Kerouac holy Huncke holy Burroughs holy Cassady holy the unknown buggered and suffering beggars holy the hideous human angels! Holy my mother in the insane asylum! Holy the cocks of the grandfathers of Kansas! Holy the groaning saxophone! Holy the bop apocalypse! Holy the jazzbands marijuana hipsters peace & junk & drums! Holy the solitudes of skyscrapers and pavements! Holy the cafeterias filled with the millions! Holy the mysterious rivers of tears under the streets! Holy the lone juggernaut! Holy the vast lamb of the middle class! Holy the crazy shepherds of rebellion Who digs Los Angeles IS Los Angeles! Holy New York Holy San Francisco Holy Peoria & Seattle Holy Paris Holy Tangiers Holy Moscow Holy Istanbul! Holy time in eternity holy eternity in time holy the clocks in space holy the fourth dimension holy the fifth International holy the Angel in Moloch! Holy the sea holy the desert holy the railroad holy the locomotive holy the visions holy the hallucinations holy the miracles holy the eyeball holy the abyss! Holy forgiveness! mercy! charity! faith! Holy! Ours! bodies! suffering! magnanimity! Holy the supernatural extra brilliant intelligent kindness of the soul! ----------------- walking along in the Mission in the rain, And the seasons they go round and round And the painted ponies go up and down We're captive on the carousel of time We can't return we can only look Behind from where we came And go round and round and round In the circle game May your hands always be busy, May your feet always be swift, May you have a strong foundation When the winds of changes shift. May your heart always be joyful, May your song always be sung, May you stay forever young, Forever young, forever young, May you stay forever young.
Listening to the Crossroads Festival, I couldn't help but think where Jerry would be now. At 65 he could have still been rocking. Hell, BB King looked and sounded pretty good and he's 81. I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir here, but damn if the GD are still not my favorite band ever. I listen to a bunch of others and there is nobody, NOBODY that did what the Grateful Dead did. The lyrics, the sound, the full spectrum of music they produced is still unique. I love popping on a Jerry Garcia Band concert or a Dead Show from way back when and telling my kids "I was there!". They (10 & 6) can pick Jerry out without me even telling them who is playing. Tonight, I'll suck down a cold one and dust off those rusty strings and play some Jerry Tunes. Happy Birthday! Sorry we fans made your life so insane but that was in the cards. Diamond Jim
thanks to the wonders of modern technology, the problem vanishes... Happy birthday, Jer. Another changed life here.
Hey Everyone! Just thought I would share this video clip I found on YouTube. I have looked here before and this seems like a new one. You have to wait it out a bit as they do not let the Jer man in for some play time until towards the end of the song, but it is so great to see him totally boppin and groovin with this hot latino band! Jerry's latino roots are surely shining through in this clip! Jerry Garcia and Ruben Blades Latino Session http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWfYew3s_Nw Enjoy! Brother A
when was this? I love Ruben Blades too...
I guess these videos are for those who have not yet explored the wonderful offerings on You Tube. Simply type in Jerry Garcia in the YouTube seach bar and you will be pleasantly surprised at what you find! Here is another favorite with Steve Jordan, Carlos Santana, and Jerry Garcia!!! Jerry really rips this one up towards the end! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhX9DJIZ1NU Peace, Brother A
I was starting to write a reply in speculation of info about these videos and thought, let me google what I know and see what I find! JACKPOT! Indeed they are both from the same event as Jerry is looking identical in both videos. Here is the full scoop below! Looks like something I will for sure purchase on DVD! It seems this video is out there everywhere as it is a new release so, buy it from where you wish to give your money. I was going to include the Amazon link, but there are other places to purchase it from too. Simply Google: Caliente y Picante: A Latino Session and you will find it at many online retailers. Sweet! Brother A - - - - - - - - - - - - Video Name: Caliente y Picante: A Latino Session (2007) DVD Release Date: June 5, 2007 Description: Caliente y PIcante is a once-in-a-lifetime concert jam by an all-star roster of Latino musicians, including the "Mambo king" Tito Puente, the "Queen of Salsa" Celia Cruz, Carlos Santana and Ruben Blades. Filmed live at Los Angeles's Bitmore Bowl in August 1989, this film recaptures an incredible evening of rhythm and fun. Track Listings: Mandela -- Carlos Santana Goodness and Mercy -- Carlos Santana Get Uppa -- Carlos Santana & Jerry Garcia Bamboleo -- Celia Cruz Quimbara -- Celia Cruz, Tito Puente & Poncho Sanchez De Corazon a Corazon -- Tito Puente & Millie Puente Cuentas del Alma -- Ruben Blades Ojos de Perro Azul -- Ruben Blades Muevete -- Ruben Blades & Jerry Garcia America the Beautiful -- Santana, Garcia, Cruz, Puente & Blades
I do miss Jerry a lot ... and also The Grateful Dead as a band ... the band that still should have been around today ... playing the music ... bringing joy to the world ... It's a sad feeling Jerry is no longer among the living ... but on the other hand he lives on through the music ... for that I'm eternal Grateful ... :-) Micke in Sweden, deadhead since nov 1978 (Garcia-fan since Spring 1976)
Happy Birthday Jerry- You changed the course and purpose of my life , through the places your guitar tool me to, and the raw emotion of your imperfect but yet heartfelt vocals. I will always remember the way you would take all my troubles away, re-energize me, and send me back out to the mean old world outside the tour. Peace and love to all my fellow Deadheads
Words can't even begin to describe how much I miss you. Seeing the Grateful Dead for the first time back in '89 was something that has forever changed so many aspects of my life for the better, and I will always be eternally grateful. What a long, strange trip it is indeed. Thank you Jerry for a REAL good time! Peace
Thank you for the gift of your music & spirit.. It is , was, and will always be one of the most important,mind blowing, life changing aspects of my life. I am so lucky to have seen you perform , and be THERE ....& i (we) are all so lucky to have the music for everyone to discover, and dance to forever...there will always be those who "GET" it. ...the wheel is turning...............................Gratefully.
Fatman does rock!!!Happy B-Day..late, I know... And just to quote another forum member.. "Another changed life" That makes 2!!!! Long Live Jerry Garcia!!!! Lossless
There's a banjo moon in a tie dyed skyHippies dance and babies cry Church bells ring as a silver haired angel looks down And the blood of his music runs through the veins of our guitars Bright lights, dark star. from Patchwork Quilt by Warren Haynes Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.) Walt Whitman-Song of Myself
Missing Jerry and his music everyday!!
A dozen years and a million mileshere we find ourselves, you and I and the tide and tax of it all remains But with each night and brightness next the hope contained will not be shed over the mere persistence of space between The show is over as true as oceans depth covers the nakedness our rock beholds, yet even sunken treasure still sounds so sweet
Giving a shout out to the man and his music on the anniversary of his departure from this world Till we meet gain Thanks for showing me the light