Ladder to the Stars: Garcia Plays Dylan

Ladder to the Stars: Garcia Plays Dylan

by Jerry GarciaJerry Garcia


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Jerry Garcia had a musical romance with Bob Dylan throughout his career. The Grateful Dead were covering Dylan songs from their earliest days -- and did so until Garcia's death in 1995. An unofficial companion release to Postcards of the Hanging: Grateful Dead Perform the Songs of Bob Dylan, this set collects unreleased live recordings, from 1975 to 1993, of Garcia fronting various editions of his own bands, as well as four performances with the Grateful Dead itself. Garcia loved Dylan's work in toto, the less-revered tunes as well as the signature songs. So alongside favorites like "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," "It's All Over Now Baby Blue," and "I Shall Be Released," we find versions of "Señor (Tales of Yankee Power)," "The Wicked Messenger," and "Tough Mama." Each Dylan opus brings out the guitar poet in Garcia, who drapes gorgeous solos within their frames; the loose nature of Garcia's own bands allow plenty of room for extended improvisations. (Catch Garcia's silken phrases on "I Shall Be Released" for one prime example of many.) Garcia's fragile and affecting vocals also add personal dimension to these interpretations, turning Dylan's bitter cry on "Positively Fourth Street" into an outburst of wounded pain. Throughout, Garcia channels inspiration from another's words and melodies, communicating his own genius by way of Dylan's unsurpassed art.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/2005
Label: Imports
UPC: 0081227326326
catalogNumber: 885424

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerry Garcia   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Mickey Hart   Drums
Bob Weir   Guitar
Merl Saunders   Organ
Nicky Hopkins   Piano
Gloria Jones   Background Vocals
Ozzie Ahlers   Keyboards
Buzzy Buchanan   Drums
Martin Fierro   Saxophone
Donna Jean Godchaux   Background Vocals
Keith Godchaux   Piano,Background Vocals
John Kahn   Bass
David Kemper   Drums
Bill Kreutzmann   Drums
Jackie LaBranch   Background Vocals
Phil Lesh   Bass
Brent Mydland   Keyboards
Melvin Seals   Keyboards
Ron Tutt   Drums
Bill Vitt   Drums
Vince Welnick   Keyboards
Johnny DeFoncesca   Drums
Legion of Mary   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Joe Gastwirt   Engineer
Steve Vance   Art Direction
Blair Jackson   Liner Notes
Christopher Sabec   Executive Producer

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