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Finders Keepers
Composer: General Johnson / Jeffrey Bowen

Finders Keepers was performed over 20 times by Jerry Garcia with the Garcia/Saunders band, Legion of Mary and Reconstruction between 1973 and 1979.

On the 1973 Garcia/Saunders Keystone double album the song is called Finders Keepers and is correctly credited to Johnston and Bowen. The song was written by General Johnson, a member of the group Chairmen Of The Board, and Jeffrey Bowen, the producer of the Chairmen Of The Board recording. The song was originally released by the Chairmen Of The Board as a single with a vocal version of the song on the A side and an instrumental version on the B-side.

Subsequent Garcia/Saunders releases and and other Merl Saunders versions have confused the issue. On Live At The Keystone Vol 1 the song was called Keepers and credited to Merl Saunders and John Kahn. On Save The Planet So We'll Have Someplace To Boogie the song is called (Finders) Keepers and again credited to Merl Saunders and John Kahn. On the Keepers release the song is called Keepers (Finders) and credited to Merl Saunders. On the Pure Jerry Keystone release credits are Saunders and Kahn. It is possible that these versions are considered to be rearrangements of the original but still strange that credit is not given to the original composers.



Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders

info Live At The Keystone, 1973
info Live At The Keystone Volume 1, 1988
info Keepers, 1997
info Pure Jerry: Keystone Berkeley, September 1, 1974, 2004
info Keystone Companions: The Complete 1973 Fantasy Recordings, 2012

Other Merl Saunders recordings

info Save The Planet So We'll Have Someplace To Boogie, 1991
info Blues From The Rainforest: A Musical Suite (DVD), 2000
info Gathering on the Mountain: Live Pt 2, Various Artists, 2000
info Live On Tour, Merl Saunders & Melvin Seals, 2006

Other recordings

no info Only Hits, The Ventures, 1973
info 8.5, Earth Quake, 1976
no info 10th Anniv. Album/Only Hits, The Ventures, 1999
info Anthology: Sittin' in the Middle of Madness, Earth Quake, 2003

 
Chairmen of the Board

no info Single: Finders Keepers / Finders Keepers (Inst), 1973
info Skin I'm In, 1974
no info Soul Agenda, 1989
no info Greatest Hits, 1992
no info Bittersweet / Skin I'm In, 1999
no info Any Other Business: (Life As A) Chairman of the Board, 1999
no info Invictus Chartbusters, Various Artists, 1999
no info Twenty Upper Cuts: The Sequel Sampler, Various Artists, 1999
no info Everything's Tuesday: The Best of Chairmen of the Board, 2000
no info Give Me Just a Little More Time, 2001
info Funkin' on the 1, Various Artists, 2001
no info Finders Keepers, 2002
no info The Best Of: Ten Best Series, 2002
no info We Got the Funk, Various Artists, 2002
no info Funky Dance Beats: All Time Classics, Various Artists, 2005
no info The Very Best of Chairmen of the Board, 2006
no info Invictus Soul Box Set, Various Artists, 2006
no info Bittersweet / Skin I'm In: Plus, 2009

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