OK, for those of you familiar with the two previous recordings Jerry Garcia Band &How Sweet It Is, it will come as no surprise when I say that this is one hell of a concert, as it's the same line up. The band consists of Jerry with the ever present John Khan on bass with David Kemper on the drummer's stool with Melvin Seals on keyboards. In addition Jaclyn Labranch & Gloria Jones provide sweet backing vocals.
Track listing is: CD1 How Sweet It Is Stop That Train Forever Young Run For The Roses That's What Love Will Make You Do My Sisters & Brothers Tears Of Rage Deal CD2 Midnight Moonlight* The Harder They Come* And It Stones Me Waiting For A Miracle Evangeline Think That Lucky Old Sun Tangled Up In Blue
*Features Bella Fleck
The recording quality sounds excellent to me with many highlights, such as the rousing Deal to close the first set. Great to hear Peter Rowan's lovely song Midnight Moonlight, especially as it is one of the tracks with the addition of Bella Flack on banjo, I also love the version of Van's "Stone Me".
The afternoon of 5th August 1990 saw Jerry's band in a relaxed mood (weren't they always?!) firing on all cylinders, a very worthy and excellent addition as Vol 2 to this new series.
Packaging follows the first, a digipak with a booklet, little information but a couple of photos. The pre-order price was under a tenner, bargain or what - just buy and enjoy!
The concert of which this is a record took place ten years later than the one recorded as Volume 1 in this (hopefully ongoing) series. It's an absolute delight. Jerry is assisted by two backup women singers who sound good, and on a couple of tracks, Bela Fleck adds some first-rate banjo work. Rhythm is strong, and there's a fine and assertive keyboardist, and Jerry's guitar work is always a pleasure to listen to. Listeners who (like me) enjoy the reissues of live Grateful Dead gigs will find that there isn't much overlap -- "Deal" is an obvious one, and I've heard the Dead do "How sweet it is," and that's about it. There's a Peter Tosh song here ("Stop that Train"), and Van Morrison's "And it Stoned Me" (I've never heard the Dead cover Van!), and it's fascinating to hear. Their take on "Evangeline" -- a song I had forgotten existed until I heard this -- really rocks, and we're reminded again in the variety of material here just how marvelously eclectic Garcia is. There's Dylan too, of course, and that's very well done, especially "Forever Young" and "Tangled Up in Blue." Jerry seems to be making a real effort here to project more forcefully and expressively as a singer than he typically does on the Dead albums, and he does well. Unfortunately, the recording catches the instruments better than the voices, making the latter sound a bit boomy at times. But what the heck . . . this is a beauty! Let's hope more are in the pipeline.