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The Very Best Of Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia / Jerry Garcia Band / Old & In The Way / Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band / Reconstruction

Initial release : Sept 2006

Rhino

A 2 CD set. Disc 1 is a compilation of tracks from the first 5 Jerry Garcia solo and Jerry Garcia Band albums. Disc 2 is a collection of live tracks by the Jery Garcia Band, Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band, Old & In The Way and Reconstruction.

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Tracks

CD 1: Studio recordings;
  • Deal (Garcia / Hunter)
  • Bird Song (Garcia / Hunter)
  • Sugaree (Garcia / Hunter)
  • Loser (Garcia / Hunter)
  • The Wheel (Garcia / Kreutzmann / Hunter)
  • Let It Rock (Berry)
  • Russian Lullaby (Berlin)
  • Might As Well (Garcia / Hunter)
  • Mission In The Rain (Garcia / Hunter)
  • I'll Take A Melody (Toussaint)
  • Rubin And Cherise (Garcia / Hunter)
  • Cats Under The Stars (Garcia / Hunter)
  • Rhapsody In Red (Garcia / Hunter / Kahn)
  • Run For The Roses (Garcia / Hunter)
  • Knockin' On Heaven's Door (Dylan)
  • Without Love (McPhatter)
CD 2: Live recordings;
  • Catfish John (McDill / Reynolds)
  • Deep Elem Blues (Traditional)
  • Ripple (Garcia / Hunter)
  • Positively 4th Street (Dylan)
  • The Harder They Come (Cliff)
  • Gomorrah (Garcia / Hunter)
  • Dear Prudence (Lennon / McCartney)
  • Seņor (Tales Of Yankee Power) (Dylan)
  • Evangeline (Hidalgo / Perez)
  • Deal (Garcia / Hunter)

Musicians

The musicians on tracks of this compilation are as follows.

Disc 1: Deal, Bird Song, Sugaree, Loser and The Wheel;

  • Jerry Garcia - acoustic guitar, electric guitar, pedal steel guitar, bass, piano, organ, samples, vocals
  • Bill Kreutzmann - drums
Disc 1: Let It Rock;
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
  • Arthur Adams - guitar
  • Michael Omartian - piano, tack piano
  • John Kahn - bass
  • Ron Tutt - drums
  • Bobbye Hall - congas, shakers, bells
Disc 1: Russian Lullaby;
  • Jerry Garcia - classical guitar, vocals
  • John Kahn - bass guitar
  • Amos Garrett - trombone
  • Joel Tepp - clarinet
  • Richard Greene - violin
Disc 1: Might As Well;
  • Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, organ, vocals
  • Bob Weir - second guitar, background vocals
  • Phil Lesh - bass
  • Bill Kreutzmann - drums
  • Keith Godchaux - fender rhodes, tack piano
  • Donna Jean Godchaux - background vocals
  • Mickey Hart - drums, percussion
Disc 1: Mission In The Rain;
  • Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, acoustic guitar, chimes, vocals
  • Nicky Hopkins - piano
  • John Kahn - bass, synthesiser, vibes
  • Ron Tutt - drums
  • Larry Knetchel - fender rhodes
Disc 1: I'll Take A Melody;
  • Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, synthesiser, percussion, vocals
  • Donna Jean Godchaux - background vocals
  • Bob Weir - background vocals
  • John Kahn - bass, synthesiser, organ
  • Ron Tutt - drums
  • Nicky Hopkins - piano
  • Larry Knetchel - fender rhodes
  • Mickey Hart - percussion, fire extinguisher
Disc 1: Rubin And Cherise, Cats Under The Stars and Rhapsody In Red;

  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
  • Donna Jean Godchaux - vocals
  • Keith Godchaux - keyboard, background vocals
  • John Kahn - basses, keyboards, guitars, orchestration
  • Ron Tutt - drums, percussion
  • Merl Saunders - organ
  • Steve Schuster - flute, clarinet, saxophone
  • Brian Godchaux - violin
  • Candy Godchaux - violin
Disc 1: Run For The Roses;
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
  • Melvin Seals - organ
  • James Warren - piano, clavinet
  • John Kahn - bass, synthesizer
  • Ron Tutt - drums, tambourine
Disc 1: Knockin' On Heaven's Door;
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
  • Melvin Seals - organ
  • John Kahn - bass, piano, clavinet, guitar, synthesizer
  • Ron Tutt - drums, percussion
  • Liz Stires - background vocals
  • Julie Stafford - background vocals
Disc 1: Without Love;
  • Jerry Garcia - vocals
  • Michael O'Martian - piano
  • Merl Saunders - organ
  • John Kahn - bass
  • Roger Neuman - trumpet, horn section leader, horn arrangement
  • Ron Tutt - drums
Disc 2: Catfish John (1973 Old & In The Way);
  • Jerry Garcia - banjo, vocals
  • David Grisman - mandolin, vocals
  • Peter Rowan - guitar, vocals
  • Vassar Clements - fiddle, vocals
  • John Kahn - acoustic bass
Disc 2: Deep Elem Blues and Ripple (1987 Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band);
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
  • David Nelson - guitar, vocals
  • Sandy Rothman - mandolin, dobro, vocals
  • John Kahn - acoustic bass
  • Kenny Kosek - fiddle
  • David Kemper - snare drum
Disc 2: Positively 4th Street (1975 Jerry Garcia Band);
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
  • Nicky Hopkins - piano
  • John Kahn - bass
  • Ron Tutt - drums
Disc 2: The Harder They Come (1977 Jerry Garcia Band);
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
  • Donna Jean Godchaux - vocals
  • Keith Godchaux - keyboards, vocals
  • John Kahn - bass
  • Ron Tutt - drums, vocals
Disc 2: Gomorrah, Senor and Evangeline (1990 Jerry Garcia Band);
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
  • Gloria Jones - vocals
  • David Kemper - drums
  • John Kahn - bass
  • Jackie LaBranch - vocals
  • Melvin Seals - organ, keyboards
Disc 2: Dear Prudence (1979 Reconstruction);
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
  • Merl Saunders - keyboards, vocals
  • Ron Stallings - saxophones, vocals
  • Ed Neumeister - trombone
  • John Kahn - bass
  • Gaylord Birch - drums
Disc 2: Deal (1980 Jerry Garcia Band);
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
  • Ozzie Ahlers - keyboards
  • John Kahn - bass
  • Johnny De Foncesca - drums

Credits

  • Compilation producers - James Austin, Joe Gastwirt, Blair Jackson, Peter McQuaid
  • Product manager - Jimmy Edwards
  • Tape research - Blair Jackson
  • Remastering - Joe Gastwirt at Joe's Mastering Joint
  • Discographical annotation - Reggie Collins
  • Editorial supervision - Dorothy Stefanski
  • Art direction, design - Jean Krikorian
  • Photographs - Herb Greene, Jon Sievert/Michael Ochs Archive, Richard E. Aaron/Star File, Michael Ochs Archive, Dave Patrick
  • Painting - Jerry Garcia
  • Project assistance - Karen LeBlanc, James O'Toole
  • Special thanks to David Gans, David Lemieux, Bob Menke, Hale Milgrim, Craig Miller, Ryan Shriver, John Sullivan
  • Liner notes - Blair Jackson

Related releases

The tracks are from the following sources.

Disc 1: Deal, Bird Song, Sugaree, Loser and The Wheel;

Disc 1: Let It Rock and Russian Lullaby; Disc 1: Might As Well, Mission In The Rain and I'll Take A Melody; Disc 1: Rubin And Cherise, Cats Under The Stars and Rhapsody In Red; Disc 1: Run For The Roses, Knockin' On Heaven's Door and Without Love; Disc 2: Catfish John (Oct 1973); Disc 2: Deep Elem Blues and Ripple (1987); Disc 2: Positively Fourth Street (17 Nov 1975); Disc 2: The Harder They Come (30 Jul 1977); Disc 2: Gomorrah (1990); Disc 2: Senor and Evangeline (1990); Disc 2: Deal (29 Feb 1980); Dear Prudence is previously unreleased live track by Reconstruction.

Two bonus discs were distributed with copies of Best Of Jerry Garcia that were pre-ordered from jerrygarcia.com.


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