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  • Before The Dead (Box Set) (Pre-Order) Before The Dead (Box Set) (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Before The Dead (Box Set) (Pre-Order)

    Release Date: May 11, 2018*

    Limited Edition Of 2500 Sets


    Five 180-Gram LPs Containing Over 3.5 Hours Of Studio & Live Performances Culled From Previously Uncirculated Masters And Newly Discovered Recordings


    Audio Restoration And Mastering By Fred Kevorkian


    Lacquers Cut By Ron Mcmaster At Capitol Studios And Pressed To Vinyl By Quality Record Pressings.


    Produced By Grateful Dead Publicist And Biographer Dennis Mcnally And Brian Miksis.


    Includes A 32-Page Book With Rare Photos, Memorabilia And In-depth Liner Note Essays By Mcnally, Miksis, Acclaimed Bluegrass Scholar Neil V. Rosenberg, Sara Ruppenthal Katz, And Stu Goldstein.


    Round Records will release its most ambitious project to date with the long-awaited Jerry Garcia boxed set Before The Dead. The project features a meticulously researched and curated compilation of recordings the iconic Grateful Dead founder made prior to forming the legendary band. Before The Dead includes never before heard performances, recordings that have never been commercially released and a small selection that have. From intimate live recordings to live studio recordings to field recordings, Before The Dead serves as a historical document in the spirit of renowned releases by Smithsonian Folkways and influential field recordings by Alan Lomax. The music on Before The Dead was selected and co-produced by longtime Grateful Dead publicist/author Dennis McNally and documentarian Brian Miksis. The audio was restored and mastered by Fred Kevorkian.


    The first release from Before The Dead features the Black Mountain Boys (Garcia, Robert Hunter, David Nelson and Eric Thompson) in a rare 1964 live recording of "Rosa Lee McFall". Written by Charlie Monroe, the song would remain with Garcia throughout his career, reinterpreted later on with The Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band and Garcia/Grisman. This is the first time this track has ever been released.


    The 5-LP boxed set is pressed to 180-gram vinyl in a limited edition of 2,500 pieces and includes a special in-depth 32-page book featuring essays by McNally and Miksis, rare photos and memorabilia along with detailed listening notes and commentary on each track by Dr. Neil V. Rosenberg. Aside from being a renowned musicologist, Rosenberg was part of the Redwood Canyon Ramblers, an influential Bay Area bluegrass ensemble that would inspire a younger generation of players, including Garcia. Each section features a "Tales of the Tape" essay that includes details on how, when and where the music was recorded, how it was found and, in most instances, anecdotes about the particular date, including early interactions with many area musicians before they went on to greater things. Sara Ruppenthal Katz (formerly Sara Garcia, Jerry's first wife) contributes an enlightening essay around the 1963 recording of her duo performance with Garcia at the intimate Pala Alto, CA club Top Of The Tangent (aka The Tangent). Tangent co-founder Stu Goldstein also adds a piece discussing the club's origins and how it became a hot spot for the new folk scene that was developing in the Bay Area.


    Before The Dead sheds light on the earliest period in Jerry Garcia's odyssey going from the young, charismatic, developing multi-instrumentalist coming of age during the early 1960's folk-revival (often sarcastically referred to as The Great Folk Scare) to one of the most influential and groundbreaking artists of the rock 'n roll era. Like many during that time, Garcia's influences were coming from the deep-rooted folk tradition of artists such as Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, The Carter Family, The New Lost City Ramblers, The Stanley Brothers, The Weavers, a young Joan Baez and the Harry Smith Folkways collections to name a few. These influences would resurface prominently in some of Garcia's most important work with the Dead on the 1970 albums Workingman's Dead and American Beauty - regularly cited as foundational in the creation of what is now referred to as Americana.


    From beginning to end, the listener will journey through the musical evolution of Jerry Garcia and how the impact of the folk forbearers gradually permeates his playing and technique. You can hear the earliest origins of Garcia's signature style budding as he had become a student of the music constantly absorbing and endlessly challenging himself. His instrument rarely left his side from dawn to dust. What shines brightly throughout the set is Garcia's outgoing personality and sense of humor, often described as "magnetic", a clear early indicator.


    Throughout this period from 1961 to 1964 were pivotal first-time meetings, (documented in the book) between Garcia and people who would become life-long collaborators and friends. From his revered writing partner and early bandmate Robert Hunter, to mandolin master David Grisman, to each member of the Grateful Dead, to the many artists who would go on to take their own place in music history, including acclaimed instrumentalist Sandy Rothman, David Nelson (co-founder of New Riders of the Purple Sage) and Clarence White, guitarist of the Byrds.


    Before The Dead showcases Garcia in various ensembles and configurations starting with the rarest piece in the entire collection, the earliest known recording of Garcia captured at his girlfriend's 16th birthday party in 1961 alongside future Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. Outside of a short clip used in the Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip, this recording has never been released, circulated or heard. Other highlights include the Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers' 1962 gig in San Carlos, CA, and the Hart Valley Drifters' 1962 recording at Stanford's KZSU Radio Studio A (Garcia's first-known studio recording, released in 2017 for the first time). Arguably Garcia's best and most beloved bluegrass band of that early period, The Black Mountain Boys are prominently featured via three separate occasions in 1963 and 1964, while a 1964 performance by Garcia's Asphalt Jungle Mountain Boys rounds out Before The Dead. See a full list of dates, performances and players below.


    Despite Jerry Garcia's deep love for folk and bluegrass traditions, his time fully immersed in it was coming to a close. Encounters with one of his heroes, Bill Monroe, whose band he almost auditioned for (and Rothman went on to join), might have sent him deeper in that direction, but it was not to be. (Note: Garcia even used to tape Monroe's shows, a possible foreshadowing of allowing fans to tape Grateful Dead shows later). By the end of 1964, The Beatles had become a household name, The Rolling Stones hit hard with their version of the blues and civil rights had become an important part of the social and political landscape. New influences and inspirations would impact Garcia's direction as he went on to form The Warlocks, who would go on to become The Grateful Dead. However, the foundation in tradition was solidified during those early years and would resurface regularly throughout the remainder of his life in a multitude of ways, including the Dead, The Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band, Old and In The Way, Garcia/Grisman and so much more.

    *Please note that release dates are subject to change.

    LP 1
    Bob and Jerry
    May 26, 1961
    Brigid Meier's Sixteenth Birthday Party
    Menlo Park, California

    1. Santy Anno
    2. I Got A Home In That Rock
    3. Oh, Mary Don't You Weep
    4. All My Trials
    5. I Was Born Ten Thousand Years Ago
    6. Blow The Candles Out
    7. Rake And A Rambling Boy
    8. Trouble In Mind
    Jerry Garcia, Marshall Leicester, and Robert Hunter
    July 1961
    Boar's Head Coffeehouse, Carlos Book Stall
    San Carlos, California

    1. Brown's Ferry Blues
    2. Jesse James
    Jerry Garcia and Unknown Musician
    Summer or Fall 1961
    Boar's Head Coffeehouse, Carlos Book Stall
    San Carlos, California

    3. Down In The Willow Garden
    4. Long Lonesome Road
    5. Railroad Bill
    6. The Wagoner's Lad
    7. Katie Cruel


    LP 2
    Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers
    June 11, 1962
    Boar's Head Coffeehouse, Peninsula Jewish Community Center
    San Carlos, California

    1. Cannonball Blues
    2. Little Birdie
    3. Sally Goodin
    4. Hold That Woodpile Down
    5. Legend Of The Johnson Boys
    6. Shady Grove
    7. Sweet Sunny South
    8. Man Of Constant Sorrow
    Hart Valley Drifters
    Fall 1962
    KZSU Radio Studio A, Stanford University
    Stanford, California

    1. Band Introductions
    2. Roving Gambler
    3. Ground Speed
    4. Pig In A Pen
    5. Standing In The Need Of Prayer
    6. Flint Hill Special
    7. Nine Pound Hammer
    8. Handsome Molly
    9. Clinch Mountain Backstep


    LP 3
    1. Think Of What You've Done
    2. Cripple Creek
    3. All The Good Times Have Past And Gone
    4. Billy Grimes, The Rover
    5. Paddy On The Turnpike (Boys, My Money's All Gone)
    6. Run Mountain
    7. Sugar Baby
    8. Sitting On Top Of The World
    The Wildwood Boys
    February 23, 1963
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    1. Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms
    2. Jerry's Breakdown
    3. Standing In The Need Of Prayer
    4. Mule Skinner Blues
    5. Saturday Night Shuffle
    6. Pike County Breakdown
    7. The Little Sparrow
    8. We Shall Not Be Moved


    LP 4
    Jerry and Sara
    May 4, 1963
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    1. Deep Elem Blues
    2. Will The Weaver
    3. I Truly Understand
    4. Long Black Veil
    5. The Man Who Wrote Home Sweet Home Never Was A Married Man
    6. Foggy Mountain Top
    Black Mountain Boys
    Fall 1963
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    1. Barefoot Nellie
    2. She's More To Be Pitied
    3. Noah's Breakdown
    4. Who Will Sing For Me?
    Black Mountain Boys
    January 10, 1964
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    5. Salt Creek
    6. Monroe's Hornpipe (Jody's Hornpipe)
    7. Rosa Lee Mcfall
    8. John Hardy/closing Theme
    Black Mountain Boys
    March 6, 1964
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California
    9. Katie Kline
    10. Walkin' The Dog


    LP 5
    Black Mountain Boys
    March 6, 1964
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    1. Paddy On The Turnpike (Boys, My Money's All Gone)
    2. Love And Wealth
    3. Sourwood Mountain
    4. If I Lose
    5. Homestead On The Farm (I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home)
    6. Stoney Creek
    7. Salty Dog Blues
    8. Love Please Come Home
    9. Make Me A Pallet On The Floor
    10. Darlin' Allalee
    Black Mountain Boys
    March 6, 1964
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    1. In The Pines
    2. Raw Hide
    3. Black Mountain Rag
    4. True Life Blues
    5. Medley: Devil's Dream-Sailor's Hornpipe
    Black Mountain Boys
    Spring 1964
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    6. Drink Up And Go Home
    Asphalt Jungle Mountain Boys
    Summer 1964
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    7. These Men Of God
    8. Roll On Buddy
    9. Goodbye Old Pal
    10. Back Up And Push

    Jerry Garcia
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  • Shady Grove Shady Grove Quick View

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    Shady Grove


    A Natural, Acoustic Portrait of American Folk, Country, and Bluegrass Standards by Two Virtuosos: Jerry Garcia and David Grisman's Shady Grove Filled with Endearing Joy and Spirited Playing


    Mastered from the Original Master Tapes and Strictly Limited to 3,000 Numbered Copies: Mobile Fidelity 180g 2LP Set Sounds Incredibly Realistic, Features Deluxe Booklet in Gatefold Jacket


    Jerry Garcia began recording with longtime friend David Grisman at the beginning of the last decade of his life, the refreshing excursions marking a full-circle return to the roots fare the white-bearded virtuoso originally performed before co-founding the Grateful Dead. Garcia's dalliances with Grisman also served another equally important purpose given they provided a much-needed outlet from the demanding pressures, schedules, and business affairs associated with his main band. The endearing joy, contagious enthusiasm, and free-spirited playing on Shady Grove attest to the collection serving as not only the finest musical snapshot of Garcia's final years, but among the best of his storied career.


    Mastered from the original master tapes, available on vinyl for the first time, and strictly limited to 3,000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 2LP set presents the 1996 collection in exquisite sound. Originally recorded at Dawg Studios between August 1990 and June 1993, Shady Grove bowed as the first release of Grisman-Garcia collaborations in the wake of the iconic guitarist's August 1995 death - and remains, by way of its genre-specific organization, a passionate albeit naturally relaxed portrait of folk, country, and bluegrass standards that provide the foundation of American songbook. To experience it all in such brilliant fidelity is to pull up a chair at the sessions themselves and enjoy a transparent view into lasting tradition and instrumental virtuosity.


    Entirely unplugged, the material emerges in three-dimensional detail on this very special audiophile pressing, the wooden tones and organic textures unfolding with wondrous openness, ease, and realism. Nothing is forced, brittle, or exaggerated. What you hear is on par with the acoustics you'd encounter at a world-class hall. Garcia and Grisman's clean, rustic picking on guitar, banjo, mandola, and mandolin harbors a rare intimacy mirrored by an equally uncommon chemistry evident by the seamless interplay.


    These traits remain in tact even when the soul mates are occasionally joined by pals such as Jim Kerwin (acoustic bass) and Joe Craven (fiddle and percussion). Garcia's singing, replete with the slight, graceful, dignified shakiness that forever defined his deliveries, comes across with utmost purity and transparency. Emotions and eagerness pour over every note. At the end of several tracks, Garcia and company exchange remarks and laughter - all indicative of the camaraderie, looseness, and spirit that carries through each tune here.


    Mobile Fidelity's audiophile edition of Shady Grove also features the kind of deluxe packaging only the best physical media can provide. Sixteen 12-inch x 12-inch pages bound to the gatefold jacket provide extraordinary insight into the songs, atmosphere, and history. Images of artifacts and telling photos serve as a visual guide. New Lost City Ramblers member John Cohen pens extensive liner notes that reveal the lasting importance and timelessness of the tunes herein. Among his observations:


    Jerry and David's performances of these traditional folk songs and ballads reconnect us all - folk singers, Deadheads, university students, hillbillies, country and western musicians - with the America [poet Kenneth] Rexroth wrote about; that [Carl] Sandburg wrote about; that the cynicism of American wars and politics, culture wars and culture politics just couldn't destroy.


    Indeed, the versions of barn-dance tunes (Shady Grove), jug-band standards (Stealin', also performed in the early days of the Grateful Dead), Delta ballads (Louis Collins), Civil War era fare (The Sweet Sunny South), and campfire songs (Down in the Valley) here astound with depth, soulfulness, and warmth. Deadheads will also find Garcia and Grisman putting a spin on two more tracks - Casey Jones and Jackaroo - long part of the iconic group's repertoire. In countless ways, Shady Grove is not to be missed, particularly on this unsurpassed pressing.



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    1. Shady Grove
    2. Stealin'
    3. Off to Sea Once More
    4. The Sweet Sunny South
    5. Louis Collins
    6. Fair Ellender
    7. Jackaroo
    8. The Ballad of Casey Jones
    9. Dreadful Wind and Rain
    10. I Truly Understand
    11. The Handsome Cabin Boy
    12. Whiskey in the Jar
    13. Down in the Valley
    14. Hesitation Blues
    Jerry Garcia And David Grisman
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  • Keystone Companions: The Complete Fantasy Recordings Of Merl Saunders (Box Set) Keystone Companions: The Complete Fantasy Recordings Of Merl Saunders (Box Set) Quick View

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    Keystone Companions: The Complete Fantasy Recordings Of Merl Saunders (Box Set)

    The Legendary, Two-night Set In Chronological Order - Recorded Live At Berkeley, CA's Keystone Club In 1973,


    Presented In A Deluxe 6xLP 180-Gram Vinyl Box Set


    Includes A Booklet Featuring Never-Before Seen Photos By Annie Leibovitz


    Liner Notes By Grateful Dead Expert David Gans


    Includes A Collectible Poster


    Recorded live at Berkeley, CA's Keystone club in 1973, this deluxe, 180-gram vinyl collection captures the musical friendship of keyboardist Merl Saunders and the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia. 24 tracks - spanning blues, Motown, Rockabilly and more - cover the legendary, two-night set in chronological order, and are presented on 6 LPs. A booklet features never-before seen photos by Annie Leibovitz, plus liner notes by Grateful Dead expert David Gans.

    LP 1
    1. Hi-Heel Sneakers
    2. Keepers
    3. The Harder They Come
    4. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
    5. It's Too Late (She's Gone)


    LP 2
    1. My Funny Valentine
    2. Mystery Train
    3. I Second That Emotion


    LP 3
    1. Someday Baby
    2. Merl's Tune
    3. It's No Use
    4. Positively 4th Street


    LP 4
    1. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)
    2. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
    3. Keepers
    4. One Kind Favor
    5. That's All Right, Mama
    6. The Harder They Come


    LP 5
    1. My Funny Valentine
    2. Money Honey
    3. Someday Baby


    LP 6
    1. Merl's Tune
    2. Like a Road Leading Home
    3. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)

    Merl Saunders & Jerry Garcia
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Box Set - 6 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • AOXOMOXOA AOXOMOXOA Quick View

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    AOXOMOXOA

    The Grateful Dead's 1969 release Aoxomoxoa is the band's third overall and first foray into 16-track recording. The technological advancements and lack of record label encroachment allowed the band a freedom to explore and experiment in the studio as never before. That along with the blossoming Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter songwriting partnership made for artistically groundbreaking material that would serve as the band's last overtly psychedelic studio release.

    1. St. Stephen
    2. Duprees Diamond Blues
    3. Rosemary
    4. Doin That Rag
    5. Mountains Of The Moon
    6. China Cat Sunflower
    7. Whats Become Of The Baby
    8. Cosmic Charlie

    Grateful Dead
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