GarciaLive Volume Eight presents the Jerry Garcia Band‘s November 23rd, 1991 performance at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI.
The fall ’91 tour as a whole is widely regarded as one of Garcia’s finest and this particular Saturday evening serves as a further testament to the legend. Fans in attendance at the Bradley Center braved an intense snowstorm and the audience’s palpable energy and enthusiasm was a likely catalyst for this spirited performance.
Keyboardist Melvin Seals summarized the group nicely stating ‘That was the magic band. It’s not that the other scenarios didn’t work out but once we got to that level of the band with (drummer) Dave Kemper, John Kahn, Jerry, myself and the singers, Jackie (LaBranch) and Gloria (Jones) we all knew we had something special. That was the band.’
Jerry Garcia Band: Jerry Garcia – guitar & vocals John Kahn – bass Melvin Seals – keyboards David Kemper – drums Jacklyn LaBranch – vocals Gloria Jones – vocals
RELEASE DATE: March 10th, 2017!
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GarciaLive Volume Eight: November 23rd, 1991 Bradley Center
GarciaLive Volume Eight: November 23rd, 1991 Bradley Center – Jerry Garcia – Photo by Bob Minkin
from GarciaLive Vol. 7:
November 8, 1976
Sophie’s Palo Alto
Featuring the lovely Donna Jean!
This release is due out next month, and more information can be found at www.jerrygarcia.com
From Jerry’s website
Volume Seven showcases the Jerry Garcia Band’s November 8th, 1976 performance at Sophie’s in Palo Alto, California. Recorded by Betty Cantor-Jackson, the original master reels were only recently re-discovered, along with a few other reels dubbed the “Houseboat Tapes”, and have been remastered for this release. It was the year of this recording that Donna Jean and Keith Godchaux first joined up with the Jerry Garcia Band. Their addition, along with Ron Tutt on drums and bassist John Kahn, helped form what would be one of the most durable lineups of the Garcia Band. In fact, earlier that year Garcia commented “I haven’t been as happy with any little performing group since Old And In The Way in terms of feeling ‘this is really harmonious, this is what I want to hear.’”
That harmonious vibe is especially present as well. Throughout the course of the evening, the band deftly melds gospel, rock, soul, and reggae to form their quintessential mid-70’s sound. As one astute critic pointed out, “More than any other Garcia band this one allows him room to run through all his guitar styles, often within a single song.” From the opening notes of “The Way You Do The Things You Do”, the band lock into a relaxed, but confident groove with Kahn & Tutt’s deep pocket providing the foundation for Jerry & Keith’s melodic exploration rounded out by Donna Jean’s soulful harmonies. The Hunter/Garcia penned “Mission in the Rain” and Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” are particularly poignant and soulful while songs like “Midnight Moonlight”, “Tore Up Over You” and “Ride Mighty High” provide the sparks bringing balance to the evening. A 22+ minute “Don’t Let Go” stands out not only for its length, but for its exercise in dynamics which further showcases Garcia’s comfort not only with the band, but the freedom found in playing smaller rooms tailor-made for they type of music he was looking to create.
1.) The Way You Do The Things You Do
2.) Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
3.) After Midnight
4.) Who Was John?
5.) Mission in the Rain
6.) Stir It Up
1.) Midnight Moonlight
2.) Tore Up Over You
3.) Friend of the Devil
4.) Don’t Let Go
5.) Strange Man
6.) Stop That Train
7.) Ride Mighty High