The first release from the newly-launched GarciaLive series features a recording from the historic Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey on March 1, 1980. The band performed an early and a late show on this evening, as was common at the time. The shows were originally multi-tracked on a 24-track mobile rig for WNEW's broadcast of the early show.
The band, which included Garcia on guitar and vocals, partner in crime John Kahn on bass, Ozzie Ahlers on keys and Johnny de Foncesca on drums at the time, was wrapping up a three-week East Coast run with the performances on this evening. Highlights including a take on the Jimmie Rodgers penned rave-up, "That's All Right," an early show encore of "Deal" and a rollicking version of "That's What Love Will Make You Do" show Jerry and the band loose and fluid at the end of the tour.
This pre-order bundle includes GarciaLive Vol. 1 on CD and an exclusive men's Jerry Garcia Band logo t-shirt printed on a 100% cotton lake colored shirt.
Early Show: Sugaree Catfish John How Sweet It Is Simple Twist of Fate Sitting in Limbo > That's All Right Deal
Late Show: Mission in the Rain That's What Love Will Make You Do Russian Lullaby Tiger Rose (w/ Robert Hunter) The Harder They Come Promontory Rider (w/ Robert Hunter) Midnight Moonlight E: Dear Prudence
The lineup is: Jerry Garcia - Guitar/Vocals John Kahn - Bass Ozzie Ahlers - Keyboards Johnny de Foncesca - Drums
This four-CD set features every note played at both shows, the opening weekend of a short but intense Jerry Garcia Band tour east of the Rockies. Just a month later, Jerry and the Grateful Dead played the legendary "Warlocks" shows to launch a spectacular east coast tour. "Merriweather Post" is the sound of a band and bandleader playing at full power.
An homage to Jerry's iconic "Tiger" guitar and its creator, Doug Irwin. "Tiger" served as Jerry's main guitar from 1979 to 1989 and was the last guitar he played publicly. This Nate Duval design based on the guitar's distinctive inlay is printed on a 50/50 Blend American Apparel shirt.
"Theatre 1839" is the first installment in the "Pure Jerry" series. This three-disc set was recorded July 29 & 30, 1977, at a small San Francisco music hall during a break in the Dead's touring. The Jerry Garcia Band of the day included Keith and Donna Jean Godchaux, John Kahn and Ron Tutt. Running almost 2 1/2 hours, "Theatre 1839" features the 18 best performances captured during the two-night run. (Neither show was recorded in its entirety, reasons for which have been lost to time.)