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Merl Saunders Discography

This is a discography of Merl Saunders recordings. The discography is incomplete. Merl Saunders performed and recorded as a group leader and with other performers during the 1960s. Further research is required before the early sections of the discography can be updated.

Any information about recordings that include Merl Saunders from the 1960s and any other Additions, corrections and comments are welcome


Discography section : Albums/singles | On various artists comps | Guest on other recordings | Miscellaneous

Merl Saunders: main albums, singles and compilation releases

info Single (Five More / How's That), Merle Saunders, 1965, Fantasy 588
info Single (High Heel Sneakers / Breakin' Thru), Merle Saunders Trio, 1966, Fantasy 600
info Single (Soul Roach Pt.1 / Soul Roach Pt.2), Merl Saunders & His Orchestra, 1966, Early Bird
info Single (I Pity The Fool / Tighten Up), Merl Saunders, 1967, Galaxy 747
info Soul Grooving, Merl Saunders Trio and Big Band, 1968
info Single (Soul Grooving / Up Up and Away), Merl Saunders, 1968, Galaxy 755
info Single (Julia / Five More), Merl Saunders, 1968, Fantasy 620
info Single (Right On / Mighty Whitey), Merl Saunders & Man-Child Singers, 1969, Suemer-Tone
info Single (Iron Horse / Little Bit if Righteousness), Merl Saunders and Heavy Turbulence, 1970, Galaxy 776
info Heavy Turbulence, Merl Saunders, 1972
info Single (Save Mother Earth Pt 1 / Save Mother Earth Pt 2), Merl Saunders, 1972, Fantasy 668
info Single (My Problems Got Problems / Welcome To The Basement), Merl Saunders, 1972, Fantasy 678
info Fire Up, Merl Saunders, 1973
info Live at the Keystone, Saunders/Garcia/Kahn/Vitt, December 1973
info Merl Saunders, Merl Saunders, 1974
info You Can Leave Your Hat On, Merl Saunders and Aunt Monk, 1976
info Do I Move You, Merl Saunders, 1979
info Single (San Francisco After Dark / Come To Me), 1981, Summertone 214
info San Francisco After Dark, Merl Saunders, 1982
info Meridien Dreams, Merl Saunders, 1988
info Keystone Encores Vol. 1, Saunders/Garcia/Kahn/Vitt, April 1988
info Keystone Encores Vol. 2, Saunders/Garcia/Kahn/Vitt, April 1988
info Live at the Keystone Vol. 1, Saunders/Garcia/Kahn/Vitt, 1988
info Live at the Keystone Vol. 2, Saunders/Garcia/Kahn/Vitt, 1988
info Keystone Encores, Saunders/Garcia/Kahn/Vitt, 1988
info Blues From The Rainforest, Merl Saunders, 1990
info Save The Planet So We'll Have Someplace To Boogie, Merl Saunders, 1991
info Fire Up Plus, Merl Saunders, 1992
info It's In The Air, Merl Saunders, 1993
info Still Having Fun, Merl Saunders, 1995
info Keepers, Merl Saunders and Friends, 1997
info Fiesta Amazonica, Merl Saunders, 1998
info The Twilight Zone (Vol. 1): Original Soundtrack from the TV series, Grateful Dead/Merl Saunders, 1998
info With His Funky Friends: Live, Merl Saunders, 1998
no info Feelings, Merl Saunders, 19??
info Struggling Man, Merl Saunders, 2000
info Still Groovin', Merl Saunders, 2004
info Pure Jerry: Keystone Berkeley, September 1, 1974, Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders Band, 2004
info The Jerry Garcia Collection, Vol. 1: Legion of Mary, Legion Of Mary, 2005
info Well Matched: The Best Of Merl Saunders & Jerry Garcia, Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia, 2006
info Live On Tour, Merl Saunders & Melvin Seals, 2006
info Keystone Companions: The Complete 1973 Fantasy Recordings, Merl Saunders / Jerry Garcia, 2012
info Garcia Live: Volume Three: December 14-15, 1974, Northwest Tour, Legion Of Mary, 2013

Various artist compilations that include previously unreleased Merl Saunders music

info Black Girl (Soundtrack), Various Artists, 1972
info Fritz The Cat (Soundtrack), Various Artists, 1972
info Heavy Traffic (Soundtrack), Various Artists, 1973
info Fire On The Mountain - Reggae Celebrates The Grateful Dead - Volume 2, Various Artists, 1997
info The Third Annual Gathering on the Mountain, Various Artists, 1999
info Gathering On The Mountain: Live Part 2, Various Artists, 2000
info Gathering On The Mountain: Live Part 3, Various Artists, 2000
info Sharin' In The Groove, Various Artists, 2000
info Into The Music: Jam Band, Vol. 1, Various Artists, 2001

Various artist compilations that include previously released Merl Saunders tracks

info Cool, Various Artists, 1988
info The Cities Sampler, Vol. 3: Songs For The Earth, Various Artists, 1991
info All Night Long They Play The Blues, Various Artists, 1992
info Bad, Bad Whiskey (The Galaxy Masters), Various Artists, 1995
info Jazz Collective, Various Artists, 1995
info Sense Of Direction, Various Artists, 1995
info Televisions Greatest Hits, Vol. 6 - Remote Control, Various Artists, 1996
info Fritz The Cat/Heavy Traffic Soundtrack, Various Artists, 1996
info Mo' Mod Jazz, Various Artists, 1998
info Kinky Beats, Various Artists, 1999
info Get Your Lie Straight, Various Artists, 2004
info Welcome To The Basement, Various Artists, 2004
info Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky, Various Artists, 2004
info Pops In Jazz, Various Artists, 2004
info Pops In Jazz, Vol. 2, Various Artists, 2004
info Concord Music Group Sampler, Various Artists (Garcia/Saunders), 2005
info Jerry Garcia: The Collected Artwork: Collectors Ed. CD, Various Jerry Garcia groups, 2007
info The Manifesto Of Rare Groove, Vols 1-3, Various Artists, 2007

Playing contributions to other releases

info Grateful Dead (Skull & Roses), Grateful Dead, 1971
info John White, John White, 1971
info Danny Cox, Dany Cox, 1971
info Tom Fogerty, Tom Fogerty, 1972
info Single (Lady Of Fatima / Cast The First Stone), Tom Fogerty, June 1972, Fantasy F680
info Steelyard Blues (Soundtrack), Various Artists, 1972
info Single (Drive Again (Theme from Steelyard Blues) / My Bag (The Oysters)), Gravenites/Bloomfield et al, 1972
info Give It Up, Bonnie Raitt, 1972
info Warner/Reprise Display Case, Vol. 9, Various Artists (Bonnie Raitt), 1972
info Europe '72, Grateful Dead, 1972
info Excalibur, Tom Fogerty, 1972
info Single (Faces Places People / Forty Years), Tom Fogerty, October 1972, Fantasy F691
info Last Bolero In Berkeley, Cal Tjader, 1973
info Betty Davis, Betty Davis, 1973
info Moses, Jerry Hahn, 1973
info Brenda Patterson, Brenda Patterson, 1973
info Ooh So Good 'N' Blues, Taj Mahal, 1973
info Warner/Reprise Display Case, Vol. 10, Various Artists (Gravenites/Bloomfield), 1973
info Garcia (Compliments of Garcia), Jerry Garcia, 1974
info Single (Let It Rock / Midnight Town), Jerry Garcia, 1974
info Mo' Roots, Taj Mahal, 1974
info They Say I'm Different, Betty Davis, 1974
info Is Having A Wonderful Time, Geoff Muldaur, 1975
info Cesar 830, Cesar Ascarrunz, 1975
info Single (See-Saw Affair / The Lady In My Life), Cesar's All-Stars, 1975
info Sampler For Deadheads (#1 of 3), Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter, 1975
info Sampler For Deadheads (#2 of 3), Old And In The Way / Keith And Donna, 1975
info David Soul, David Soul, 1976
info What A Long Strange Trip It's Been, Grateful Dead, 1977
info Grateful Dead Sampler, Various Artists, 1978
info Cats Under the Stars, Jerry Garcia Band, 1978
info Arista AOR Sampler, Various Artists, 1978
info Run For The Roses, Jerry Garcia Band, 1982
info Amagamalin Street, Robert Hunter, 1984
info The Relix Sampler, Various Artists, 1985
info Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs, 1988
info Nightfood, Brian Melvin, 1988
info Underground (EP), Mike Lawson, 1989, Psychotronic Records
info Free Flight, Palomino Duck, 1994
info Life Is Like That, Jerry Miller, 1996
info DAVA, DAVA And The Peace Army, 1997
info Ticket To Fly, Mike Lawson, 1998
info Tom Fogerty/Excalibur, Tom Fogerty, 1998
info The Very Best Of Tom Fogerty, Tom Fogerty, 1999
info King Of The Highway, Norton Buffalo and The Knockouts, 2000
info New Train, Paul Pena, 2000
info Hoy Yen Ass'n, Tommy Guerrero and Gadget, 2000
info Furthur Most, Various Artists, 2000
info The Best Of David Soul, David Soul, 2000
info Anti Love: The Best Of Betty Davis, Betty Davis, 2000
info The Golden Road (1965-1973), Grateful Dead, 2001
info Gifts From The Dead, Gifts From The Dead, 2001
info Remedy, Jim Weider Band, 2002
info The Earth Will Swallow You (DVD), Widespread Panic, 2002
info Rare, Five Point Plan, 2002
info Rhythm & Roots of Larry Vann, Larry Vann, 2003
info The Very Best Of The Grateful Dead, Grateful Dead, 2003
info All Good Things: Jerry Garcia Studio Sessions, Jerry Garcia / Jerry Garcia Band, 2004
info Friends Of Extinction, Dinosaurs, 2005
info Garcia Plays Dylan, Jerry Garcia Band / Grateful Dead, 2005
info The Essential Taj Mahal, Taj Mahal, 2005
info The Very Best Of Jerry Garcia, Jerry Garcia, 2006
info Oooh So Good 'N Blues / Recycling the Blues & Other Related Stuff, Taj Mahal, 2007
info Looking Back: The Very Best of, David Soul, 2008
info A Promise Kept, Jim McPherson, 2009
info Oooh So Good 'N Blues / Mo' Roots, Taj Mahal, 2009
info Recycling the Blues & Other Related Stuff / Oooh So Good 'N Blues, Taj Mahal, 2009
info Don't Give Up on Us: The Very Best of, David Soul, 2010
info Romancing The Bass, Tony Saunders, 2011
info The Complete Columbia Albums Collection, Taj Mahal, 2013

Non-playing appearances on albums

info Keith and Donna Godchaux, Keith and Donna Godchaux, 1975
info For Dead Heads, Various Artists, 1976
info Blue Light Rain, Jazz Is Dead, 1998
info Soul Groovin', Speedometer, 2009
info Invisible Angel, Nikki Matheson, 2011




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Last updated October 2013