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Round Records (1973-1976)

The Grateful Dead set up two record labels after leaving Warner Brothers in 1973; Grateful Dead Records for group recordings and Round Records for solo projects. Round Records was owned by Jerry Garcia and Ron Rakow.

At the end of 1975 the group abandoned some of their independence and signed a distribution deal with United Artists. After this time albums were released with both Round Records catalog numbers and United Artists numbers. The Dead however retained rights to their recordings of this period and they subsequently became available through Grateful Dead Merchandising. The labels were wound up in 1976 and the Dead signed with Arista.

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Round Records albums

Tales Of The Great Rum Runners, Robert Hunter

The first Round Records LP and Robert Hunter's first solo LP. This LP was released in June 1974. Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart and Keith and Donna Godchaux play on the album.

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Garcia (aka Compliments of Garcia), Jerry Garcia

The second Jerry Garcia solo LP, released in June 1974. This album was titled simply Garcia (as was the 1972 solo Garcia LP). It became known as Compliments Of Garcia as the word "compliments" was printed above the title on early, complimentary copies of the LP. An expanded version was included in the All Good Things box set in 2004 and then released as an individual CD in 2005.

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Old & In The Way

The only Old & In The Way album until archive releases in 1997. This LP was released in February 1976. Features live recordings from the Boarding House in San Francisco in October 1973.

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Keith and Donna Godchaux

The only Keith and Donna Godchaux album. This LP was released in March. Jerry Garcia plays on the album which was mostly recorded at the Godchauxs house in Stinson Beach.

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Tiger Rose, Robert Hunter

The second Robert Hunter solo LP. Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart and Donna Jean Godchaux play on the album which was produced by Garcia. Robert Hunter re-recorded the vocals in 1988 for a re-release of the album.

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Seastones, Ned Lagin

The second Robert Hunter solo LP. Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart and Phil Lesh play on this album of experimental electronics which was released in April 1975.

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Reflections, Jerry Garcia

The third Jerry Garcia solo LP, released in February 1976. All members of the Grateful Dead contribute to this album. An expanded version of Reflections was included in the All Good Things box set in 2004 and then released as an individual CD in 2005.

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Kingfish

The first Kingfish LP. Recorded and released (in March 1976) when Bob Weir was a member of the group.

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Pistol Packin' Mama, The Good Old Boys

This bluegrass album was produced by Garcia. It is the only Round Records release that does not include a major performing role from a member of the Grateful Dead.

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Diga, Diga Rhythm Band

A percussion based album from Mickey Hart and friends. Jerry Garcia plays guitar on two tracks.

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Round Records singles and sampler EPs

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Singles

info Rum Runners / It Must Have Been The Roses, Robert Hunter, 1974
info Let It Rock / Midnight Town, Jerry Garcia, 1974
no info Hypnotize / Supplication, Kingfish, 1976
info Happiness Is Drumming / Razooli, Diga Rhythm Band, 1976

EPs

info Sampler For Deadheads (#1 of 3), Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter, 1975
info Sampler For Deadheads (#2 of 3), O&ITW / Keith and Donna, 1975
info Sampler For Deadheads (#3 of 3), Robert Hunter / Seastones, 1975

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For Dead Heads

A single LP sampler of tracks from the Grateful Dead Records and Round Record albums. A UK only release that was distributed with the Steal Your Face double LP.

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All Good Things: Jerry Garcia Studio Sessions

A 6 CD box set that includes the expanded remastered reissues of the two Jerry Garcia albums released on Round Records. In total the box set includes 4 hours of previously unreleased studio material and is accompanied by a 100 page book that includes a foreword by Robert Hunter.

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Last updated December 2009