When Jerry Garcia died, Bob Dylan said of him, "he was more like a big brother who taught and showed me more than he'll ever know". This album of Garcia playing Dylan demonstrates why Dylan said that. The playing is superb throughout (I've got the version with the bonus disc, and that's a lovely little extra) and it makes me wonder why the outcome of the tour that Grateful Dead carried out backing Dylan was a pathetic album entitled (unimaginatively) Dylan & The Dead. This is so different from Dylan & The Dead. It's vibrant, full of soul, powerful, perfectly executed and, well, awesome.
The track list includes some of Dylan's best songs and this compilation contains one of my particular favourites, "Señor (Tales of Yankee Power)". The majority of the tracks are performed by the Jerry Garcia Band, and Jerry often appeared to enjoy playing with the JGB more than the Dead towards the end of his life. This is evident from the intense emotional depth that imbues his playing throughout the JGB tracks. Dylan thought highly of Garcia, and the feeling was clearly reciprocated in the handling of Dylan's songs on this album.
Please buy it.