In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Volume One was recently reissued as a 4-LP set via Real Gone Music. For vinyl pundits this is notable as it marks the first time the set’s contents have been remastered for the format via the original analog tapes.
Summer approaches and we’re once again under the spell of Legion of Mary, the short-lived bay area live outfit that was home to players Jerry Garcia, Merle Saunders, John Kahn, Martin Fierro and Ron Tutt. Performing around 60 shows between July 1974 to July 1975, the band’s spirited performance at Milwaukee’s Oriental Theatre in April of ’75 is one of their best in circulation, and one that, thus far, has yet to see an official release.
The compact disc era brought with it endless reissues of old albums — and to entice us all into buying those old albums for the second, third or fourth time, they often included bonus tracks. Was there a fair amount of barrel scraping as the years went by? Oh yeah. But there were also plenty of completely awesome sounds that gave us fresh perspectives on classic LPs and artists. In this new, ongoing Aquarium Drunkard column, we’ll be diving back into our CD collections to highlight some of the very best bonus tracks …
“My name is Jerry Garcia. I play banjo on the old-timey songs and guitar on the bluegrass songs. And do a lot of lead singing too. Which I am not […]
1973 was a transitional year for Jerry Garcia. Along with his duties in the Grateful Dead , who were begrudgingly careening into celebrity, he could also be found hanging out (and keeping […]
As the jolly Captain Trips once mused: ‘All goods things in all good time’. As such, Heads around the world tuned in and took notice when the GarciaLive series made […]
GarciaLive Volume Four: March 22nd, 1978 Veteran’s Hall In late 1974 the Grateful Dead were battening down the hatches and taking refuge from the storm of popularity that had pushed them into larger venues, stage setups and crews. […]
As the popularity of the Grateful Dead grew in the early 1970’s the band found themselves perpetual road dogs in an attempt to make up for lost ground after Mickey […]
Rhino Records (who I consult for) asked me to contribute to their upcoming series of posts/playlists centered around what would be Garcia’s 70th birthday, August, 1st. My piece goes live […]
I don’t know if it’s the weather, an act of habit or a touch of both but I often find myself returning to Merl Saunders & Jerry Garcia’s Live At The Keystone discs this […]