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Garcia (Compliments of Garcia)

Jerry Garcia

Initial release : June 1974

Round RX 102

Garcia's second solo LP. Includes one song by John Kahn and Robert Hunter but is otherwise covers.

Tracks

  • Let It Rock (Chuck Berry)
  • When The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game (William Robinson)
  • That's What Love Will Make You Do (Henderson Thigpen / James Banks / Eddy Marion)
  • Russian Lullaby (Irving Berlin)
  • Turn On The Bright Lights (Albert Washington)
  • He Ain't Give You None (Van Morrison)
  • What Goes Around (Mac Rebbenack)
  • Let's Spend The Night Together (Mick Jagger / Keith Richard)
  • Mississippi Moon (Peter Rowan)
  • Midnight Town (John Kahn / Robert Hunter)
Bonus tracks included on the CD version of album included in the All Good Things box set in 2004 and the subsequent individual CD release in 2005;
  • That's A Touch I Like (Winchester)
  • (I'm A) Road Runner (Holland / Dozier / Holland)
  • It's Too Late (Wills)
  • I'll Forget You (Copyright control)
  • Tragedy (Burch / Nelson)
  • Think (McCracklin / Robey)
  • I Know It's A Sin (Reed / Reed)
  • Lonesome Town (Knight)
  • Cardiac Arrest (Studio Jam) (Garcia)
  • Back Home In Indiana (Hanley / MacDonald)
The bonus tracks are all previously unissued outtakes from the album recording sessions

Musicians

Track by track musician information for this album was provided in the booklet that accompanied the All Good Things box set.

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
When The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game;
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
  • Larry Carlton - guitar
  • Michael Omartian - piano
  • Merl Saunders - organ
  • John Kahn - bass
  • Ron Tutt - drums
  • Bobbye Hall - congas
That's What Love Will Make You Do;
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
  • Larry Carlton - guitar
  • Michael Omartian - fender rhodes
  • Merl Saunders - organ
  • John Kahn - bass
  • Ron Tutt - drums
  • Bobbye Hall - guiro, congas, cow bell, wood block
  • Melvin Moore - trumpet
  • Gene Connors - trombone, horn arrangement
  • Jackie Kelso - baritone saxophone
Russian Lullaby;
  • Jerry Garcia - classical guitar, vocals
  • John Kahn - bass guitar
  • Amos Garrett - trombone
  • Joel Tepp - clarinet
  • Richard Greene - violin
Turn On The Bright Lights;
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
  • Arthur Adams - guitar
  • Michael Omartian - piano
  • Merl Saunders - organ
  • John Kahn - bass
  • Ron Tutt - drums
  • Melvin Moore - trumpet
  • Gene Connors - trombone, horn arrangement
  • Jackie Kelso - tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone
He Ain't Give You None;
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
  • Larry Carlton - guitar
  • Merl Saunders - organ
  • John Kahn - bass
  • Merry Clayton - background vocals
  • Clydie King - background vocals
  • Patty - background vocals
What Goes Around;
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
  • Michael Omartian - piano
  • Merl Saunders - organ
  • John Kahn - bass
  • Ron Tutt - drums
  • Bobbye Hall - tambourine
  • Amos Garrett - trombone
  • Geoff Mulduar - clarinet
Lets Spend The Night Together;
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
  • Arthur Adams - guitar
  • Michael Omartian - piano
  • Merl Saunders - organ
  • John Kahn - bass
  • Ron Tutt - drums
  • Bobbye Hall - cow bess, tambourine
  • Richard Greene - violin
  • Maria Muldaur - background vocals
Mississippi Moon;
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
  • Ben Benay - rhythm guitar
  • Michael Omartian - piano
  • John Kahn - bass, hron & string arrangements
  • Ron Tutt - drums
  • John Rotella - e flat clarinet
  • Willie Green - b flat clarinet
  • Gary Ray - b flat clarinet
  • Julian Speer - bass clarinet
  • Sid Page - violin
  • Carl Pedersen - violin
  • Nathan Rubin - violin
  • Emily Van Valkenburgh - violin
  • Miriam Dye - viola
  • Nancy Ellis - viola
  • Terry Adams - cello
  • Judiyaba - cello
  • Ray Siegal - bass
  • Arnie Egilsson - bass
  • Sid Sharp - contractor
Midnight Town;
  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
  • Larry Carlton - guitar
  • Michael Omartian - piano
  • Merl Saunders - organ
  • John Kahn - bass
  • Ron Tutt - drums
  • Sid Page - violin
  • Carl Pedersen - violin
  • Nathan Rubin - violin
  • Emily Van Valkenburgh - violin
  • Miriam Dye - viola
  • Nancy Ellis - viola
  • Terry Adams - cello
  • Judiyaba - cello
  • Ray Siegal - bass
  • Arnie Egilsson - bass
  • Sid Sharp - contractor
  • Merry Clayton - background vocals
  • Clydie King - background vocals
  • Patty - background vocals
Credits

  • Producer - John Kahn
  • Engineer - Ron Malo
  • Production assistant - Richard Loren, Joshua Blardo
  • Euipment - Ram Rod, Steve Parish
  • Cover Art - Victor Moscoso
  • Recorded at Devonshire Studios, Los Angeles in February 1974
  • Overdub recording and mixing at Devonshire Studios, Los Angeles; Wally Heider Recording, San Francisco; Western Recorders, Los Angeles
Notes

This was the second LP to be released on the Grateful Dead's Round Records label. The label set up in 1974 for solo projects.

This album was titled simply Garcia as was the 1972 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.

This title was officially adopted for the 1989 release to match common usage and avoid confusion with the 1972 Garcia.

This LP is often described as one for which Garcia chose some of his favorite songs but this is not the case. He discussed the LP during an interview in the early 80's.

Most of those songs I didn't know, either, so I went in there like a studio vocalist, with the lyrics - most of them I'd only heard one or two times. That was one of the few times when I didn't really go on a trip about the material. I let John do the material selecting, except for a few suggestions like Russian Lullaby, which was one of mine. I wanted him to have something to do. I enjoy working with him and it's one of those things that he can do, and it's one of those situations that doesn't happen to him much in the other parts of his musical life ... John and I share such similarities of taste, something that I like John is almost sure to like it. We're very like each other musically. That's one of the reasons I've been playing with him all this time.
John Kahn described the process, in an interview for The Golden Road, as follows;
I would present him with a bunch of ideas and he'd take the ones he liked and work on those. It was mainly stuff that he wouldn't ordinarily thought of, and I think that was part of the challenge for him to try something that was really new for him.
I admired Jerry for being game for that stuff. A lot of performers wouldn't do something like that - stuff they're not familiar with - risking possible embarrassment or making mistakes.
Reached number 49 in Billboard's album charts,

Related releases

Reissued as Compliments of Garcia in April 1989 on LP/CD/Cassette (CDV/GDCD/GDC 4011)

Reissued in 1990 on CD by Grateful Dead Records (GDCD 40092)

The complete Garcia (Compliments) album plus bonus tracks from the album recording sessions were included in the Garcia box set;

The All Good Things version of the album was subsequently released as a single CD in 2005.

Let It Rock and Russian Lullaby were included on;

One single was released in conjunction with the LP; A promotional single was also distributed; Pre-release mixes of Turn On The Bright Lights and Midnight Town were included on a Round Records sampler EP that also included tracks from Robert Hunter's Tales Of The Great Rum Runners;
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