Garcia Live, Vol. 3: Dec 14-15, 1974 Northwest Tour

Garcia Live, Vol. 3: Dec 14-15, 1974 Northwest Tour

by Jerry GarciaJerry Garcia


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The third installment of the Garcia Live series, an ongoing concert-recording archive for die-hard Grateful Dead/Jerry Garcia Band fans, finds over two and a half hours of previously unreleased material from a two-night stand by one of Garcia's more obscure incarnations Legion of Mary. The project quietly grew during a year-long Grateful Dead hiatus in 1974, starting out as a collaboration between Garcia and organist Merl Saunders and quickly expanding to include drummer Ron Tutt, bassist John Kahn, and multi-instrumentalist Martin Fierro. Garcia Live, Vol. 3 includes unheard audio from some of the group's first shows, and the vibe is more experimental, proggy, and coldly adventurous than much of the rest of Garcia's massive ouvre. Beginning with an incredibly jammed-out 18-minute cover of Stevie Wonder's "Boogie on Reggae Woman," things just get wilder from there. A painfully slow reading of "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," jazz improvisations, and burning, manic renditions of classic soul tunes make up a large patches of the set, and things culminate with the unbelievably slow-burning intensity of the almost half-hour-long Saunders tune "Wondering Why," which simmers endlessly in a silent, moody fog without ever reaching a predictable boiling point. With the oceanic amounts of live recordings from Garcia and the Dead, even the biggest Deadheads can get bogged down by the repetitive elements of their complete catalog of live shows. Legion of Mary represents some truly reaching and challenging sounds even for the ever-searching Garcia. It's an anomaly and a somewhat lost page in the Garcia history book, certainly one of the more interesting releases of its type, and a must-hear addition to anyone even remotely interested in the countless hours of Dick's Picks/Live Dead material.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/15/2013
Label: Ato Records
UPC: 0880882190828
catalogNumber: 21908

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerry Garcia   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Merl Saunders   Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Martin Fierro   Flute,Percussion,Saxophone,Group Member
John Kahn   Bass,Group Member
Ron Tutt   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Gene Clark   Composer
Donny Hathaway   Composer
Randy Newman   Composer
Robbie Robertson   Composer
Eddie Harris   Composer
Merl Saunders   Composer
Betty Cantor-Jackson   Engineer
Cleveland   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Roger McGuinn   Composer
Huey P. Meaux   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
William Robinson   Composer
Herman Parker   Composer
Ryan Corey   Art Direction,Illustrations
Coran Capshaw   Executive Producer
Darryl Norsen   Liner Notes
Sam C. Phillips   Composer
Justin Gage   Note Editing
Alton Joseph Valier   Composer
Pam Carrier   Composer

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