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Jerry Garcia Band - Fall 1989: The Long Island Sound (2013)

19-12-2013, 03:14
Music | Blues | Rock

Jerry Garcia Band - Fall 1989: The Long Island Sound (2013)

Artist: Jerry Garcia Band
Title Of Album: Fall 1989: The Long Island Sound
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: ATO
Genre: Rock, Blues Rock
Quality: MP3 320 kbps
Total Time: 6 CDs
Total Size: 784.34 MB

Rumored to be in the works for over a year before its release, the Jerry Garcia Band's Fall 1989: Long Island Sound, in a six-disc slipcased box on ATO, is actually more plentiful than the preceding fan buzz imagined it would be. Within are two complete shows by the group and opening duet act Bob Weir and bassist Rob Wasserman September 5 at the Hartford Civic Center, and the following evening at the Nassau Coliseum in New York. Taken together they provide irrefutable evidence of what fans already knew: that the JGB's flowering musical evolution peaked about this time, with the guitarist playing better than he had in years inside and outside the Grateful Dead. The box is set up with three discs devoted to each night. Discs one and four are devoted to the Weir/Wasserman opening sets; the rest reflect the two sets Garcia's band played each night. The Weir/Wasserman gigs are delightfully ragged -- Bob's guitar is slightly out of tune on half of the first night, especially on an otherwise moving version of "Looks Like Rain," but the performances are inspired nonetheless -- check "Throwing Stones" and "K.C. Moan" in Hartford and "When I Paint My Masterpiece," and "Easy to Slip" that gives way to a long Wasserman improv in New York. The bassist is the highlight in this duet; he uses a boundless and heartfelt creativity in each song, making Weir invest his voice fully in the lyrics. To be honest, save for hardcore Deadheads, these gigs need only be heard a couple of times, and are included more for historical than musical import. The Garcia Band sets, however, are positively electric, crackling with energy and an obvious awareness among all players that what is transpiring is special. There are too many highlights to list -- there isn't a lot of overlap in the performances -- only "The Harder They Come" (both versions are stunners), "Evangeline," and "Deal" are repeated. The Bob Dylan tunes -- "Forever Young" and "I Shall Be Released" -- are excellent, as are "Like a Road," "Deal," and a rarity of sorts: a killer performance of Delaney & Bonnie's "Lonesome and a Long Way from Home," which hadn't been played live by the group in six years. The New York show features great reads of Van Morrison's "And It Stoned Me," the Beatles' "Dear Prudence," Smokey Robinson's "I Second That Emotion," Holland-Dozier-Holland's "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)," and the Ray Charles' nugget, "That Lucky Old Sun." The sound throughout is thoroughly remastered from soundboard tapes and is crystalline. The booklet is nothing special -- there's a historical essay by Blair Jackson and memorabilia reproductions, but that's about it. It's clearly the music that matters. At this price point -- retailing for about five dollars a disc -- Fall 1989: Long Island Sound should prove irresistible for fans.



01 – Festival
02 – Fever
03 – K.C. Moan
04 – Desolation Row
05 – Looks Like Rain
06 – The Winners
07 – Victim Or The Crime
08 – Wasserman Bass Improvisation No
09 – Throwing Stones


01 – Cats Under the Stars
02 – They Love Each Other
03 – Waiting For A Miracle
04 – Run For the Roses
05 – Like a Road
06 – My Sisters and Brothers
07 – Deal


01 – Tuning
02 – The Harder They Come
03 – Mission In the Rain
04 – Forever Young
05 – Evangeline
06 – Gomorrah
07 – Don’t Let Go
08 – Lonesome and a Long Way From Home


01 – Walkin’ Blues
02 – City Girls
03 – Fever
04 – Blackbird
05 – When I Paint My Masterpiece
06 – Shade of Grey
07 – The Winners
08 – Easy to Slip
09 – Wasserman Bass Improvisation No
10 – Heaven Help The Fool


01 – How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
02 – Stop That Train
03 – That’s What Love Will Make You Do
04 – Mississippi Moon
05 – I Second That Emotion
06 – And It Stoned Me
07 – Deal


01 – The Harder They Come
02 – Dear Prudence
03 – I Shall Be Released
04 – Let It Rock
05 – Evangeline
06 – That Lucky Old Sun
07 – Tangled Up In Blue

Jerry Garcia
Bob Weir
Rob Wasserman
Jerry Garcia Band
Rob Wassermann

CD release date Dec 17, 2013



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