Jerry GarciaInitial release : January 1972
Warner Brothers BS 2582
Garcia's first solo album. Recorded almost entirely by Garcia with assistance from Bill Kreutzmann (drums) and Robert Hunter (lyrics). Six of the songs became regulars in the Grateful Dead repertoire. This album plus 6 bonus tracks was included in the All Good Things box set in 2004. A limited white vinyl edition of the album was released on Record Store Day in 2014.
Garcia's first solo LP was recorded over a three week period in late Summer 1971. It was recorded entirely by Garcia except for assistance on drums from Kreutzmann.
The majority of the songs were first recorded by Garcia and Kreutzmann as simple acoustic guitar and drum tracks. Garcia then overdubbed all other parts.
This was the first studio album to be released by the Grateful Dead family for over a year, the last being the Dead's American Beauty. This is possibly why it benefits from some wonderful, new Garcia / Hunter compositions.
Garcia spoke about the LP in a contemporary interview;
I don't want anyone to think it's me being serious of anything like that. It's really me goofing around. I'm not trying to have my own career or anything like that.Garcia spoke about this album during an interview with Rolling Stone;
I'm doing it to be completely self-indulgent musically. I'm just going on a trip. I have curiosity to see what I can do, and I've a desire to get into sixteen track and go on trips that are too weird for me to want to put anybody else I know through. And also I want to pay for this house.It reached 35 in Billboard's album charts - in chart terms the peak of Garcia's solo career!
The singles taken from the album did not fare so well. With Sugaree / Eep Hour being the most successful reaching 94th in the charts in April 1972.
Early European release was as Garcia (The Wheel)
Reissued in 1988 on CD by Warner Brothers CD-4003
Reissued in February 1989 on LP/CD/Cass by Grateful Dead Records CDV/GDCD/GDC 4003
Reissued in 1995 by Arista 14003
The complete Garcia album plus bonus tracks from the album recording sessions were included in the Garcia box set;
Deal, Bird Song, Sugaree, Loser and The Wheel were included on;
A different European (Germany) single was released;
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