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Jerry Garcia archival collection features Four Tops, Elvis Presley, & The Band covers
Just released is the latest archival Jerry Garcia collection, Garcia Live Volume Nine - Recorded August 11, 1974 At Keystone Berkeley, CA. The two-disc, nine-song set was captured live at the legendary venue, featuring Garcia with keyboardist / vocalist Merl Saunders with Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, Martin Fierro on flute and saxophone, and John Kahn on bass. The album, which is released in conjunction with what would've been Garcia's 75th birthday tomorrow (August 1st), features the Dead leader and Saunders covering such classics as Jimmy Cliff's "The Harder They Come," a 17-minute workout on the Four Tops' then-recent smash "Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I’ve Got)," Junior Walker's "(I'm A) Roadrunner," the solo Garcia Compliments favorite "That’s What Love Will Make You Do," Elvis Presley's "Mystery Train," Chuck Willis' "It's Too Late," and the Band's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," among others
In addition to 2017 marking Jerry Garcia's 75th birthday, it's also the 30th anniversary of the Dead's 1987 comeback album, In The Dark -- including their sole Top 10 hit "Touch Of Grey"; the 40th anniversary of the band's 1977 debut on Arista -- the iconic Terrapin Station; and the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead's self-titled debut album.
- Jerry Garcia shed light on how the Dead had Warner Brothers beaten by their own game upon inking their first record contract: "The music business discovered everybody -- they wanted to sign everybody. So, we were in the unique position of. . . we were already making a good living playing in ballrooms at that time, it really didn't matter to us whether we made a record or not. So, we were in that thing of having that upper leg for the first time in -- I mean, rock n' roll, rhythm & blues, (and) country & western music have been traditionally -- I mean, I'm talking about in like the 50's, 40's, and '30s and so forth -- real exploitative, because the performers are mostly really ignorant, y'know? We were in that position of being cynical, sharp, definitely anti-authoritarian, crazy people -- and we didn't care about those people, y'know? So, as far as we were concerned, if they wanted to sign us, it had to be our way."
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