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Garcia Live 1: Capitol Theater [Box set]

Jerry Garcia Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 Feb 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B009M4KTEM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,554 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2013 live archive set, the first release from the newly-launched Garcia Live series. This disc 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 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.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Cornish Deadhead TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Right first things first then - track lists are:
CD1
Sugaree
Catfish John
How Sweet It Is
Simple Twist Of Fate
CD2
Sitting In Limbo
That's All Right
Deal
Mission In The Rain
That's What Love Will Make You Do
CD3
Russian Lullaby
The Harder They Come
Tiger Rose
Midnight Moonlight
Dear Prudence

This great gig is the first release from the new invigorated Garcia Legacy. The personnel apart from Jerry are the ever present John Kahn on bass with Ozzie Ahlers on keyboards and a young Johnny De Foncesca on drums. The set list is pretty standard offering a wide selections of composers with the self-penned songs dotted about. The recording here is first class with careful mastering from 24 track recordings. The band are relaxed (wasn't it always so with the JGB) yet get quite spirited at times such as That's All Right & Deal on CD2. A bonus with this set is Robert Hunter coming in for 2 of his songs, Tiger Rose & Promontory Rider.

I hope that this series does not peter out like the excellent Pure Jerry series where (as far as I am aware) 12 releases were planned, but only eight released. It is interesting to note that in the thanks on this release, it looks as if Jerry's real family are looking after business now.

If you enjoy this gig, then I would highly recommend After Midnight: Kean College 28/2/1980 which is another excellent gig with the same line-up recorded on 28th Feb 1980.

The packaging is a fold out digipak with a slot for the 8 page booklet. The booklet is informative providing a potted history of the JGB with some comments from Ozzie Ahlers from an interview only last year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JGB with synths! 5 May 2013
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The most noticeable aspect of this set, recorded in March 1980, is the introduction of synthesisers where you'd be used to hearing a Hammond organ. Ozzie Ahlers, late of the Van Morrison touring band, sits in with more familiar names like John Kahn and Johnny deFonseca (familiar to JGB fans, anyway), and plays what sounds a little like a dated analog synth (an Oberheim, according to the sleevenotes). It works well on a swinging fist disc, with How Sweet It Is a standout.
The high points of the rest of the set are on the third disc, where Robert Hunter sits in. I'm a fan of his lyrics, of couse, but also of his solo work, and it's nice to hear the two old boys together on this album. Tiger Rose and Promontory Rider are rare enough to hear from Jerry, and work well here.
This was the year of Reckoning and Dead Set and it's amazing to think that, in the Spring before those shows, Garcia was exploring a parallel course with such a different paradigm. There is only one Dead song on this, the regular first set closer Deal (Sugaree, Catfish John and Mission In The Rain are from solo work), the rest given over to JGB's usual covers (Russian Lullaby, Simple Twist of Fate, The Harder They Come), ending with, in my opinion, one of the most successful of Jerry's many covers, Dear Prudence.
You know what you're getting here, even if it's on yet another 'series' (wither Pure Jerry)? Sound quality is great and the performances are warm, human and above all Garcia. Recommended, although not if you're new to this lark.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars JERRY WITHOUT THE DEAD 24 May 2013
By joker
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This show is Jerry Garcia band firering out magical jams. Dead numbers, Irving Berlin, Dylan and BEATLES. Its Garcia strechin` out. some great jams like dear prudnce, russian lullaby and sugaree.
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4.0 out of 5 stars three cd's worth of vintage J G B 14 Jun 2013
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very varied music content, plus a Robert Hunter as a guest.
the sound is clear and well balanced, only downside is the keyboards which sound very dated in a farfisa sort of way, but all in all worth getting
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, even if you own the similar Kean College set from two nights before 19 Feb 2013
By Jack Tripper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
While 1980 isn't really considered a standout year for Jerry's main band (though the awesomeness of 'Reckoning' is not up for debate), the short-lived incarnation of the JGB featured here--with John Kahn on bass, Johnny de Foncesca on drums, and Ozzie Ahlers on keys and backup vocals--is both tight and exploratory, with energetic-yet-laid-back grooves that are nearly impossible to listen to while staying completely still.

This show features quite a bit of setlist crossover with the excellent 'After Midnight: Kean College 2/28/80,' which took place two nights before, with Jerry's lyricist Robert Hunter once again joining the band during the second set to sing "Tiger Rose" and "Promontory Rider." Still, there are more than enough differences here to warrant a purchase for Jerry fans, especially the stellar, jammed-out versions of Irving Berlin's "Russian Lullabye" and The Beatles' "Dear Prudence." Nearly every song here is over 8-minutes long, and the band is precise and on-point throughout the show. Jerry's voice is soulful and energetic--just check out his bluesy, intense vocals on the killer 16-minute "Simple Twist of Fate." His voice very rarely sounded this good again.

The recording--taken from the original 24-tracks--is pristine, allowing the listener to fully appreciate Jerry's constant interweaving of his guitar in and around the keyboard and bass parts. Anyone who calls Jerry's guitar-playing "lazy noodling" should take a listen to just how intricate and beautifully-played his work is here. If there's a negative at all here, it's the aforementioned issue of the setlist's similarity to 'Kean College.' But most Deadheads should know by now that you can never judge a show by the setlist. The amount of improvisation this band does, as well as the way they feed off the crowd, guarantees each show to have it's own unique vibe and energy.

'GarciaLive: Vol. 1' is an essential purchase for Jerry fans, one that most likely won't be leaving your rotation for a long time, as the music here will brighten the atmosphere of whatever it is you're doing, whether it's driving, chilling, exercising, having a get-together, etc. You're not going to get to deep "inner space" like during the second set of a Dead show, but what you will get is a good time and a big smile on your face. It's hard to ask for much more than that.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sounding archive. 20 Feb 2013
By analoghaze - Published on Amazon.com
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First off and foremost, the sound quality here is stunning. The two tracks Hunter sings are worth it alone. There is no booklet or liner notes. It is a good relaxing listen.
It should be noted that if purchased direct through Garcia website, you have the option of getting a bundle that includes a shirt and poster.
The poster is limited to 600 and is signed and numbered. This is the real collector's item.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you can't get enough, and if you need an introduction 21 Feb 2013
By Gregory Dodge - Published on Amazon.com
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I personally recorded this on cassette when it first aired on WNEW. I would usually prefer a gem that I was not familiar with, but I love this show and wanted a pristine recording, and it does not disappoint. Keyboard is way different than merle or melvin, a little dated but fun and a good memory. I would recommend this to fans and newbies.

Update 03/01/2013

I still love the cd. The sound is more of a 4 than a 5. This might change my rating to 4.5 or 4 stars.
23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best kind of archive release 19 Feb 2013
By Kell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I don't know about you-but oftentimes I am somewhat disappointed by archive releases because of poor sound/recording quality. This tends to be true of some of the releases of shows by jazz performers. The music may be memorable but you have to listen past the limits of the recording medium. Not the case here. These shows, according to the notes, were mixed from 24 track tapes done under the auspices of the radio station which was broadcasting the shows. These discs have wonderful sound. You are there with Jerry and his band on that night for two shows. Jerry's long-time writing partner, Robert Hunter, puts in an appearance for two songs in the second show( Tiger Rose and Promontory Rider). Garcia has his wonderful way with a diverse range of material and styles here in this show, as he always did over the years with his own band apart from the Grateful Dead. Generally Garcia band shows are more relaxed, less expectation heavy than Dead shows, and this one is no exception, but don't let that fool you-the playing here will astound you with its depth of creative brilliance. I can't imagine any fan of real music not enjoying what Garcia and company can do to a soul, reggae, folk, rock or showtune. Irving Berlin's "Russian Lullaby" is simply amazing in this show. There are several other extraordinary standouts( have a listen and see which ones) but all the performances are worthy of repeated listening. Now that Jerry Garcia is no longer with us here in real time these releases become a way for older fans to relive those days when we saw him perform and they give younger listeners a chance to see what all the fuss was about. The best archive releases should be of shows that are significant and these two shows were definitely significant. The amazing sound is a plus.
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Keyboard Sound Gets in the Way 23 July 2013
By Luke Jordan - Published on Amazon.com
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It's tough to give 3 stars to anything Jerry Garcia Band. If you are collecting all the live recordings you can get your hands on then by all means buy this. This is better music than 98% of music out there, and my review is not really for you.

Rather, my review is meant for someone trying to decide between the different recordings for their 1st or 2nd Jerry Garcia Band purchase, which is more likely the people reading reviews on Amazon. If this is the case, than I strongly recommend considering buying 'Let It Rock' first because Nicky Hopkins is just awesome on the piano on that recording. The band went through several different keyboard/piano players and this has a huge affect on the 'sound' of each recording.

Once you have 'Let It Rock' I would strongly recommend the self-titled Jerry Garcia Band or the GarciaLive Volume 2. Both feature Melvin Seals on the organ/keyboards and the sound is just way more up my alley.

I really found Ozzie Ahlers' 'spacey' synthesizer-heavy keyboard sound a big distraction on this record, and the same goes for the Kean College Record.

Its easy to give 5 stars to every Jerry Garcia Band recording and be done with it, but I'm trying to help out someone trying to decide among them. One man's opinion. :)
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