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  posted on 10/2/2007 at 04:09 PM
I just picked this up through the site. Can't wait to give it a listen. Another fine release headed our way!

JERRY GARCIA GETS TANGLED UP IN DYLAN

Double Disc Collection Of Jerry Garcia's Interpretations
of Bob Dylan Classics Featuring Unreleased Live Recordings
Available From Rhino October 25

"There's no way to measure his greatness or magnitude as a person or as a player... He really had no equal..." Bob Dylan, after Jerry Garcia's death in 1995

LOS ANGELES - Friends, tour mates and titans of the '60s counterculture, Jerry Garcia and Bob Dylan helped define an era with their music. As the leader of the Grateful Dead and various side-projects, Garcia was one of a handful of artists who could make a Dylan song his own. Rhino Records in collaboration with J. Garcia Records pays tribute to Garcia's inspired interpretations with the first-ever compilation of those stunning performances. JERRY GARCIA PLAYS DYLAN is available October 25 at regular retail and online outlets including www.rhino.com and www.jerrygarcia.com for a suggested list price of $24.98.

JERRY GARCIA PLAYS DYLAN includes 15 recordings and more than two hours of unreleased live performances from the Garcia vaults remastered in HDCD. The double-disc collection features Dylan classics performed by the Grateful Dead, the Jerry Garcia Band, Legion of Mary as well as Garcia's solo take on "It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train to Cry."

Drawing heavily from his work - both solo and electric - with the remarkable Jerry Garcia Band, JERRY GARCIA PLAYS DYLAN spotlights nine dazzling performances of songs that span the Dylan canon including "Tough Mama," "Positively 4th Street," "Knockin' On Heaven's Door," "Simple Twist Of Fate," "I Shall Be Released," "When I Paint My Masterpiece," "Forever Young," "Tangled Up In Blue" and "Senor (Tales of Yankee Power)."

Garcia also leads the Grateful Dead through four soulful jams including "Might Quinn (Quinn, The Eskimo)," a song that first appeared on Dylan's Self Portrait in 1970, "She Belongs To Me" and "It's All Over Now Baby Blue" from 1965's Bringing It All Back Home and "Visions Of Johanna" from 1966's Blonde On Blonde. Another highlight of the compilation is an astonishing version of "The Wicked Messenger" by Legion of Mary, a short-lived, jazz and funk flavored group featuring Garcia, keyboardist and longtime Garcia collaborator Merl Saunders, saxophonist and flautist Martin Fierro and drummer Ron Tutt.

JERRY GARCIA PLAYS DYLAN features enlightening liner notes written by Garcia biographer, Blair Jackson, who tells the stories behind the performances. Dead guitarist and singer Bob Weir also contributes to the liner notes adding a behind-the-scenes look at the bond shared by Dylan and the Dead.

JERRY GARCIA PLAYS DYLAN
Track Listing

Disc 1
"It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry" - Garcia-Saunders
"Tough Mama" - Jerry Garcia Band
"Positively 4th Street" - Jerry Garcia Band
"The Wicked Messenger" - Legion of Mary
"Knockin' On Heaven's Door" - Jerry Garcia Band
"Simple Twist Of Fate" - Jerry Garcia Band
"I Shall Be Released" - Jerry Garcia Band

Disc 2
"When I Paint My Masterpiece" - Jerry Garcia Band
"She Belongs To Me" - Grateful Dead
"Forever Young" - Jerry Garcia Band
"Tangled Up In Blue" - Jerry Garcia Band
"Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power)" - Jerry Garcia Band
"Visions of Johanna" - Grateful Dead
"Might Quinn (Quinn, The Eskimo)" - Grateful Dead
"It's All Over Now Baby Blue" - Grateful Dead

 

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  posted on 10/2/2007 at 05:09 PM
this came out in 2005, its been in my cd player a lot,



[Edited on 10/2/2007 by gr8phulfred]

 

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  posted on 10/2/2007 at 06:46 PM
This is on sugarmegs and I have posted a few times in the JHD


Warfield Theatre 11-16-1980


Disc 1
1. Got My Ticket
2. It's Gonna Rain
3. Come On In This House
4. Saved By the Grace of Your Love
5. Gotta Serve Somebody
6. I Believe In You
7. Like A Rolling Stone
8. Till I Get It Right (Vocal by Regina Havis)
9. Man Gave Names To All The Animals
10. To Ramona (Jerry Garcia on guitar)
11. Ain't Gonna Go To Hell (Jerry Garcia on guitar)*
12. Girl From The North Country (Jerry Garcia on guitar)*
13. Slow Train (Jerry Garcia on guitar)*

Disc 2
1. Walkin' Round Heaven All Day (Vocal by Carolyn Dennis)
2. Abraham, Martin And John
3. Let's Keep It Between Us
4. Mary From The Wild Moor
5. Covenant Woman (Jerry Garcia on guitar)
6. Solid Rock
7. Just Like A Woman
8. Senor
9. Simple Twist Of Fate (Jerry Garcia on guitar)
10. The Groom's Still Waiting At The Alter (Jerry Garcia on guitar)
11. When You Gonna Wake Up?
12. In The Garden*
13. Blowin' In The Wind
14. City Of Gold
15. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue

 

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  posted on 10/2/2007 at 10:01 PM
I always love Garcia's readings of Dylan's work. He interprets them so tenderly and sensitiviely and his guitar playing adds such a beautiful dimension to the songs written by one of the genius minds of our time.

Dylan's comments about Garcia after his passing -"he was muddy river at the core and spiraled up through the cosmos" are as apt a tribute as could be paid such a vast and expansive man and artist of such great stature.

thank you for posting this.
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  posted on 10/2/2007 at 11:24 PM
the dead soundchecked Tough Mama in Seattle in 95 and it was so spot f'in on I may have gotten down more on that sidewalk than ever before. a taper miracled me on the spot since I was already 'there'. I'd heard jgb do it, but that **** was nuts. If there was a copy of that soundcheck... wow, what a great day that was.
 

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 05:32 AM
I'm probably going to get shot down badly for saying this, but here goes;

I'm a big fan of Garcia and The Dead but haven't bought this CD and have no intention of buying it. The reason? Both outfits play far too much Dylan and, for me, don't often do anything particularly creative or imaginative with the material. What's more and at the risk of becoming a complete heretic, whilst I do like Dylan, I generally think that, at their very best, Garcia and Hunter wrote better songs than Dylan did, both musically and lyrically.

Unfortunately, the gradual reduction of decent new material that started in the late 70s but became more obvious in the 80's meant that they had to turn elsewhere for new material, but many of their covers were little more than 'filler'.

I've seen two or three threads on different sites to the effect of "What songs would you like to have seen the Dead cover".... NONE! Or at least just a few well chosen songs such as they played up until the late 70s. I've nothing wrong with covers per se, it's just when they're used as a substitute for original material by people who are obviously capable of writing great original material.




 

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 08:47 AM
Here is the complete quote by Bob Dylan after learning of Jerry's passing. A couple here partly touched on it already...

"There's no way to measure his greatness or magnitude as a person or as a player. I don't think eulogizing will do him justice. He was that great - much more than a superb musician with an uncanny ear and dexterity. He is the very spirit personified of whatever is muddy river country at its core and screams up into the spheres. He really had no equal. To me he wasn't only a musician and friend, he was more like a big brother who taught and showed me more than he'll ever know. There are a lot of spaces and advances between the Carter Family, Buddy Holly and, say, Ornette Coleman, a lot of universes, but he filled them all without being a member of any school. His playing was moody, awesome, sophisticated, hypnotic and subtle. There's no way to convey the loss. It just digs down really deep."

- Bob Dylan


You just can't state it any better than that...I get goose bumps every time I read it.


Basically what you have here is one master covering another. I hold Jerry and Dylan in the highest regard and have seen The Dead and Garcia cover Dylan's song live countless times. Jerry really did the songs justice and had always said he felt very comfortable singing from Dylan's catalog because he could relate to the lyrics and the characters in the songs so much. Jerry and Dylan developed a really nice friendship over the years and the respect level was very high. As Bob said "more like Brothers than friends"...

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I always love Garcia's readings of Dylan's work. He interprets them so tenderly and sensitiviely and his guitar playing adds such a beautiful dimension to the songs written by one of the genius minds of our time.


Exactly...


I really love this photo...the facial expressions on Garcia, Weir and Dylan are just priceless...






[Edited on 10/3/2007 by EddieP]

 

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 11:29 AM
I have always loved the way Grateful Dead (and offshoots) have covered Dylan! I've never been at a GD concert where at least one Dylan song wasn't on the setlist - always covered well.

tranetracks - I'm with EddieP...you exactly seconded my emotion with your reference to Garcia's interpretation of Dylan's work.

EddieP - Thanks for sharing that BD quote! I love it! (As well as the pic - that was a good tour!)

MusicMan - Thanks for providing the soundtrack!

 

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  posted on 10/3/2007 at 12:58 PM
thats a kick ass disc
 
 


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