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Live At Keystone, Volume 1

Merl Saunders / Jerry Garcia / John Kahn / Bill Vitt

Initial release : 1988

Fantasy FCD 7701-2

CD re-release of live material performed by the Garcia / Saunders band in 1973.


  • Keepers (Merl Saunders / John Kahn)
  • Positively 4th Street (Bob Dylan)
  • The Harder They Come (Jimmy Cliff)
  • It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry (Bob Dylan)
  • Space (Merl Saunders / Jerry Garcia / John Kahn / Bill Vitt)
  • It's No Use (Clark / McGuinn) +
  • Merl's Tune (Merl Saunders / White)
+ It's No Use is incorrectly identified on the album. The song is It Ain't No Use which was written by Jerry Williams, Gary Bonds and Don Hollinger and originally recorded by Z.Z. Hill in 1971.


  • Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
  • Merl Saunders - keyboards
  • John Kahn - bass
  • Bill Vitt - drums
  • David Grisman - mandolin (Positively 4th Street)

  • Part produced by Merl Saunders and John Kahn
  • Part produced by Merl Saunders, Jerry Garcia, Bill Vitt and John Kahn
  • Recorded by Betty Cantor and Rex Jackson
  • Engineer (1988) - Danny Kopelson
  • Photography - Annie Liebovitz
  • Photography (1988) - Phil Bray
  • Mastering - George Horn
  • Recorded at the Keystone on July 10 and 11, 1973

Our friends at the JGMF blog have carefully compared the CD releases of the Keystone material with tapes of the July 10 and 11, 1973 shows and identified which songs were performed at which shows. The songs on this release are from the following shows:

  • Keepers - July 11, 1973
  • Positively 4th Street - July 10, 1973
  • The Harder They Come - July 10, 1973
  • It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry - July 11, 1973
  • Space - July 11, 1973
  • It's No Use - July 10, 1973
  • Merl's Tune - July 10, 1973
Space is an extract from a longer piece called Merl's Tune.

David Grisman did not play at the Keystone during the recording of these sessions. The mandolin part was added at a later date.

Related releases

The original release of the Keystone recordings was as a double LP in 1973;

Further material from the Keystone recordings was released on two 'encore' LPs in 1988; The tracks from the original double LP and the two 1988 releases were reconfigured and released on 3 CDs of which this is one. The other two CDs were;
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