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  • Live At Keystone Live At Keystone Quick View

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    Live At Keystone

    Recorded live on July 10 and 11, 1973, at the Keystone club in Berkeley, California, this recording beautifully captures the magical musical friendship of keyboardist Merl Saunders and guitarist Jerry Garcia. The sterling band featured Saunders on keyboards; Garcia, guitar and vocals; John Kahn, bass; and Bill Vitt, drums. Virtuoso David Grisman added mandolin to Bob Dylan's Positively 4th Street. The mix of songs ranged from Saunders originals to covers of songs by Jimmy Cliff, Junior Parker, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Rodgers & Hart, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Arthur Big Boy Crudup, Lightnin' Hopkins, Don Nix and Dan Penn and Dylan.
    LP 1
    1. Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers
    2. Positively 4th Street
    3. The Harder They Come
    4. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
    5. Space
    6. It's No Use


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    1. That's All Right, Mama
    2. My Funny Valentine
    3. Someday Baby
    4. Like A Road

    Merl Saunders & 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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  • Cats Under the Stars (Awaiting Repress) Cats Under the Stars (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Cats Under the Stars (Awaiting Repress)

    1978's Cats Under the Stars, the first album to officially acknowledge the Jerry Garcia Band by name, features original songs by JGB's John Kahn as well as a spate of Garcia-Hunter gems.
    1. Rubin And Cherise
    2. Love In The Afternoon
    3. Palm Sunday
    4. Cats Under The Stars
    5. Rhapsody In Red
    6. Rain
    7. Down Home
    8. Gomorrah
    Jerry Garcia Band
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  • Birth Of The Dead Volume Two - The Live Sides Birth Of The Dead Volume Two - The Live Sides Quick View

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    Birth Of The Dead Volume Two - The Live Sides

    Exclusive Only To This LP Release: First Time Sitting Photos Of The Dead By The Legendary Herb Greene


    Impeccably Mastered By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music Studios And Capitol Records, Hollywood, CA With Ron McMaster


    The legendary Bay area rock superstars the Grateful Dead scored for over four decades a plethora of wonderful recordings throughout their incredible career. Spearheaded originally by the late great Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kruetzmann and the late Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, these five gentlemen set the world on fire with their magnificent artistry and musicianship unparalleled to this day.


    With their very first San Francisco live gigs and when they were locally known as The Warlocks, the historical importance of these debut concert recordings would soon become a blueprint for the music world as the Grateful Dead would become one of the biggest concert attractions of all time.


    Over a decade ago, the Grateful Dead unearthed 14 super rare live recordings from the mid-sixties. None of these recordings were ever previously released at the time. Recorded in San Francisco from a July 1966 performance, when they were signed to the Scorpio Records label, this ultra rare concert tape simply became manna for the fans and was truly a find for any collector of fine rock and roll and
    early psych and garage rock fare.


    Dead fan favorite Viola Lee Blues kicks off the rare collection, and then the fireworks light up as future Grateful Dead classics like Don't Ease Me In and the stellar Jimmy Reed classic Big Boss Man truly become a very important and interesting listen to any fan of the Dead or classic rock in general.
    Known for their jams in concert, you will get to hear stellar takes on rare blues tracks like One Kind Favor, Next Time You See Me and
    of course their super rare Bob Dylan interpretation of It's All Over Now Baby Blue, which would be an interesting choice not knowing there
    would be future collaborations with Dylan in both of their important later careers.


    Even superlative covers of Otis Redding's Pain In My Heart and the Slim Harpo blues champion I'm A King Bee are included in this amazingly important and historic rock release from this much loved band.
    These Grateful Dead recordings have never been released on the vinyl format that is until now
    Friday Music is very pleased to announce for the very first time on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl - The Grateful Dead's Birth Of The Dead Volume Two-The Live Sides. This deluxe 2 LP set not only has the original 14 live performances unearthed by the Dead themselves, but it also includes for the very first time anywhere several unearthed photos from the lens of the legendary Herb Greene. These first time issued photos show the very first sittings of the Grateful Dead and will make your listening hours that much more enjoyable as you stare at the
    brilliant pictures of your favorite rockers in this very special era.


    As a further installment in the exclusive and authorized Grateful Dead Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, this fine album
    is part of a historical two part audiophile vinyl series along with the Birth Of The Dead Volume One-The Studio Sessions which was released
    in late 2013.


    Mastered impeccably for vinyl by Joe Reagoso (Grateful Dead) at Friday Music Studios and at Capitol Records, Hollywood, CA, this
    limited edition audiophile version of Birth Of The Dead Volume Two-The Live Sides will truly be a welcome addition to your Dead collection.
    Grateful Dead Birth Of The Dead Volume Two-The Live Sides a historic album first time release in the audiophile domain only from your friends at Friday Music Don't Ease Me In

    LP1
    1. Viola Lee Blues
    2. Don't Ease Me In
    3. Pain In My Heart
    4. Sitting on Top of the World
    5. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
    6. I'm a King Bee


    LP2
    1. Big Boss Man
    2. Standing on the Corner
    3. In the Pines
    4. Nobody's Fault But Mine
    5. Next Time You See Me
    6. One Kind Favor
    7. He Was a Friend of Mine
    8. Keep Rolling By

    Grateful Dead
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  • Run For The Roses Run For The Roses Quick View

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    Run For The Roses


    The fourth and last studio album credited to Jerry Garcia as a solo performer. It includes three Garcia/Hunter songs and one by Garcia, Hunter, and John Kahn. This was Melvin Seals' first recording with Garcia, and indeed his only full studio recording with the Jerry Garcia Band despite being in the band for nearly 15 years.
    1. Run For The Roses
    2. I Saw Her Standing There
    3. Without Love
    4. Midnight Getaway
    5. Leave The Little Girl Alone
    6. Valerie
    7. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
    Jerry Garcia
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  • Go To Heaven Go To Heaven Quick View

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    Go To Heaven

    Limited Edition Grateful Dead Authorized Release of their Legendary Go To Heaven on 180 Gram Vinyl


    Mastered for Vinyl from the Original Arista Records Tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios with Kevin Gray


    The iconic Grateful Dead recorded their brilliant rock classic Go To Heaven for Arista Records in 1980. Featuring the stellar line-up of Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Billy Kreutzman, Mickey Hart and Brent Mydland, Go To Heaven was a very successful achievement for the much loved band, whose legacy continues to grow and attract new legions of fans every day.


    Filled with nine compositions from Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Billy Kreutzman and Brent Mydland along with friends Robert Hunter and John Barlow, the Grateful Dead's Go To Heaven offers a stunning view of a very popular band's experimentation and wizardry in the studio setting. Produced by Gary Lyons, this masterpiece reached the upper rungs of the album charts that year, as the band trekked across the globe with their monumental concert tour which have made them the legends they are to this day. The original vinyl album has been out of print for over the past three decades, making this a highly collectable recording in their massive catalog. That is, until now.


    Brilliant tunes like the opening hit single Alabama Getaway and the rockin' Don't Ease Me In feature the warm and familiar voice and guitar of the late great Jerry Garcia. These two tunes were solid rock radio hits and gave the listener just a taste of the brilliant sounds they would be rockin' to from this classic album. The great Bob Weir delivers three of his most revered Dead classics with the funk rocker Feel Like A Stranger, the jazz rock vibe of Lost Sailor and his stellar Saint Of Circumstance. The multi-talented Brent Mydland contributes several more Dead classics like his Far From Me and the fan favorite Easy To Love You, making this one of the more intriguing albums in their arsenal of fine recordings.


    The Grateful Dead's Go To Heaven 180 Gram Audiophile album will be packaged in a poly bag to preserve the rich details of the legendary cover art as well as a poly lined inner sleeve to protect your vinyl purchase for years of enjoyment.

    1. Alabama Getaway
    2. Far From Me
    3. Althea
    4. Feel Like A Stranger
    5. Lost Sailor
    6. Saint Of Circumstance
    7. Antwerp's Placebo
    8. Easy To Love You
    9. Don't Ease Me In
    Grateful Dead
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  • Cats Under The Stars (Colored) Cats Under The Stars (Colored) Quick View

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    Cats Under The Stars (Colored)


    Colored Vinyl


    1978's Cats Under the Stars, the first album to officially acknowledge the Jerry Garcia Band by name, features original songs by JGB's John Kahn as well as a spate of Garcia-Hunter gems.

    1. Rubin And Cherise
    2. Love In The Afternoon
    3. Palm Sunday
    4. Cats Under The Stars
    5. Rhapsody In Red
    6. Rain
    7. Down Home
    8. Gomorrah
    Jerry Garcia Band
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  • American Beauty American Beauty Quick View

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    American Beauty

    The Most American Folk-Rock Ever Made: Indelible Harmonies, Spare Playing, and Gorgeous Textures Surround Masterfully Crafted Songs


    Close Your Eyes As the Dead Serenade You in Your Room: MoFi Edition of American Beauty Epitomizes Realistic Space, Vocals, Instrumentation, and Ambience


    Ranked #261 on Rolling Stone's List of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: Includes "Truckin'," "Sugar Magnolia," "Friend of the Devil," "Ripple"


    American Beauty is the most perfectly realized, superbly played, and openly natural folk-rock record ever released. They don't make albums like this anymore, but thankfully, Mobile Fidelity's extraordinary 180g 45RPM 2LP set allows you to experience this 1970 masterpiece with unrivaled intimacy, realism, detail, and perspective. The Dead might as well be sitting on a Persian carpet right in your living room.


    The pinnacle of the Dead's studio output, American Beauty lives up to its name-as well as that of the "American Reality" ambigram on the iconic cover. Airy vocal harmonies blow like fresh breezes. Strummed acoustic guitars amicably intermingle with plaintive percussive beats. Warmth, relaxation, and poignancy envelop the performances and create sensations of bliss, peace, and honesty. Songs flower with majestic melodies and emotionally direct lyrics. It's a rare album that invites and makes you feel, restores one's faith, and renews one's appreciation for all life offers.


    Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180g LP at RTI, this deluxe analog set possesses seemingly limitless dynamics, reference-grade presence, and expansive soundstages. The seamless, effortless integration of the group's vocals has always been a high point of American Beauty, and when you hear it here, you'll want every record you own to sound half as good. Every member's distinctive singing resounds with tube-like clarity; the intended expressionism is as plain as day. Instruments, too, resonate in glorious Technicolor. The supple tension of Phil Lesh's bass lines, charismatic timbres of Jerry Garcia's pedal-steel fills, and interwoven dialogue between the pianos and percussion are rendered with lifelike scale and tone.


    Made just months after its companion release, Workingman's Dead, the San Francisco legends' second 1970 masterpiece furthers the former work's close-knit relationship between country and folk while adding extra rock and bluegrass currents. Understated amplified passages, graceful melodies, layered singing, and old-time string flavors-including mandolin work from masterful guest David Grisman-bestow the material with easygoing, comfortable vibes. Again taking advantage of the best songwriting of Robert Hunter's career, the Dead turns in its most collective studio performance, with every individual contributing equally and focusing on nothing but the songs at hand.


    Indeed, Garcia doesn't even indulge in a single guitar solo on the record. A majority of fare lacks any significant instrumental breaks. The Dead recorded the foundations (drums, bass, acoustic guitars) of nearly every track live, which helps explain why American Beauty sounds so powerfully rich and clear. Coupled with the band's personal reflections of the circumstances surrounding them-Bob Weir's parents had died, Garcia's mother and Lesh's father were in the process of passing, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan's health was in decline-these characteristics combined to yield a purity of heart that exceeds that managed by Dead peers (and roots revivalist leaders) The Band and Bob Dylan.


    From Garcia's breathtaking gospel-laden homage to his mother ("Brokedown Palace") to Lesh's healing salve in the form of the groove-based "Box of Rain," from Weir's jaunty and free-wheeling summer escape "Sugar Magnolia" to McKernan's eloquently simple homespun plea "Operator," all the way to the closing autobiographical anthem "Truckin'," American Beauty feels like the warm, spirit-infusing embrace of a loved one after a long journey away. Welcome home.


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    1. Box of Rain
    2. Friend of the Devil
    3. Sugar Magnolia
    4. Operator
    5. Candyman
    6. Ripple
    7. Brokedown Palace
    8. Till the Morning Comes
    9. Attics of My Life
    10. Truckin'
    Grateful Dead
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  • Reflections Reflections Quick View

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    Reflections

    1976's inspired Reflections was split between a handful of covers featuring the Jerry Garcia Band and a pack of Grate Dead-backed, Garcia/Hunter penned tunes including the masterful Comes A Time.
    1. Might As Well

    2. Mission In The Rain

    3. They Love Each Other
    4. I'll Take A Melody
    5. It Must Have Been The Roses
    6. Tore Up Over You
    7. Catfish John
    8. Comes A Time
    Jerry Garcia
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  • Surrealistic Pillow MONO (Awaiting Repress) Surrealistic Pillow MONO (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Surrealistic Pillow MONO (Awaiting Repress)

    Ranked 146/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time


    Jefferson Airplane's 1967 Psychedelic Breakthrough First Record to Put Countercultural San Francisco Scene on Mainstream Music Map: Includes Top 10 Hits Someone to Love and White Rabbit


    Acid-Rock Experimentalism and Folk-Based Arrangements Yield Mysteriousness, Darkness, and Beauty: Grace Slick's Clarion-Call Singing Matches Virtuosic Playing of Band Members and Guest Jerry Garcia


    They were the best of times for Jefferson Airplane, and the good vibes are heard throughout the band's iconic Surrealistic Pillow. The group's first album with vocalist Grace Slick and drummer Spencer Dryden, the 1967 effort bowed as the first psychedelic-rock breakout from the potent San Francisco scene, climbing to #3 and boasting two Top 10 singles. By bringing the then-unpolluted counterculture to the attention of the mainstream, the effort ranked by Rolling Stone #146 on its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time eradicated boundaries and opened up creative vistas for a parade of likeminded artists that followed. Mobile Fidelity's analog reissue honors this legacy with an edition that presents the groundbreaking music with incredible realism.


    Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 45RPM mono 2LP set grants Surrealistic Pillow audiophile-grade sound remarkable for its sense of balance, clarity, and tonality. While fans have always preferred the original mono version of the LP, it went out of print soon after its release, causing prices to soar.


    Offering wider, deeper grooves for better information retrieval and superior pacing, this deluxe set gives listeners the chance to enjoy Jefferson Airplane's blockbuster set in faithful-to-the-original mono without having to pay a premium. Along with immersive detail and dynamics, the level of instrumental and vocal separation allows the sensory-altering songs' complexities to emerge with full-bloom color and renewed perspective. Mobile Fidelity puts the surrealism back into Surrealistic Pillow.


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    1. She Has Funny Cars
    2. Somebody to Love
    3. My Best Friend
    4. Today
    5. Comin' Back to Me
    6. 3/5 of a Mile In 10 Seconds
    7. D.C.B.A.-25
    8. How Do You Feel
    9. Embryonic Journey
    10. White Rabbit
    11. Plastic Fantastic Lover
    Jefferson Airplane
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  • Volunteers Volunteers Quick View

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    Volunteers

    Ranked 370/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    In their late-60s heyday, Jefferson Airplane embodied the eras revolutionary attitude and experimental spirit like no other rock act. Their unique combination of adventurous musicianship, visionary lyrics and personal charisma defined San Francisco psychedelia and established the band as quintessential Aquarian-age messengers.


    1969s Volunteers coincided with Jefferson Airplanes performance at the Woodstock festival and is one of the groups most popular albums. Its also one of their most explicitly political efforts, calling for revolutionary action and counter-cultural unity on such memorable anthems as We Can Be Together, Wooden Ships, Eskimo Blue Day and the albums iconic title track, with the band members formidable musicianship augmented by guest players Jerry Garcia and Nicky Hopkins. Volunteers uncompromising stance originally made the album a source of controversy, but today its rightfully recognized as a rock landmark.


    As part of Sundazed's ongoing mission to present classic LPs in all their original sonic and visual glory, the first generation stereo masters were sourced and the cover art was meticulously reproduced.

    1. We Can Be Together
    2. Good Shepherd
    3. The Farm
    4. Hey Fredrick
    5. Turn My Life Down
    6. Wooden Ships
    7. Eskimo Blue Day
    8. A Song for All Seasons
    9. Meadowlands
    10. Volunteers
    Jefferson Airplane
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    Built To Last

    As a final studio effort, the iconic Grateful Dead's Built To Last offers a stunning view of a very popular band's experimentation and wizardry in the studio setting.Produced by Jerry Garcia and John Cutler, the original vinyl album was very scarce as the cd was the new medium of choice. With very few quantities of the vinyl album produced, Built To Last soon became a collector's item. Now for the first time ever on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, Friday Music is very honored to announce the limited edition Grateful Dead authorized release of Built To Last. Mastered by Joe Reagoso and Kevin Gray.
    1. Foolish Heart
    2. Just A Little Light
    3. Victim Or The Crime
    4. Standing On The Moon
    5. Blow Away
    6. Picasso Moon
    7. Built To Last
    8. I Will Take You Home
    Grateful Dead
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    Southern Blood

    SOUTHERN BLOOD serves as a remarkable final testament from an artist whose contributions have truly shaped rock & roll throughout the past four decades. This is Allman's first all-new recording since 2011's GRAMMY® Award-nominated solo landmark, LOW COUNTRY BLUES.

    Produced by Don Was and recorded in Muscle Shoals where Duane Allman and the earliest seeds of the Allman Brothers Band were sown, Southern Blood is among the most uniquely personal of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's career. This emotionally expansive collection of songs written by friends and favorite artists including Jackson Browne, Willie Dixon, Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter, Lowell George and Spooner Oldham & Dan Penn serves as a salutary farewell to his legion of devoted fans and admirers.

    1. My Only True Friend
    2. Once I Was
    3. Going Going Gone
    4. Black Muddy River
    5. I Love The Life I Live
    6. Willin'
    7. Blind Bats And Swamp Rats
    8. Out Of Left Field
    9. Love Like Kerosene
    10. Song For Adam
    Gregg Allman
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    Volunteers

    Jefferson Airplane Volunteers on Numbered Limited Edition 180g 45RPM 2LP from Mobile Fidelity


    Seminal 1969 Album Steeped in Revolution, Vitality, Protest: The Aural Equivalent of a Demonstration March, Jefferson Airplane's Uncompromising Volunteers Rooted in Belief Music Can Change World


    Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Wider, Deeper Grooves on 180g 45RPM 2LP Set Yield Superior Transparency, Rich Nuances, and Engaging Dynamics on Set Ranked #370 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time


    Defiant, Assured, Cohesive Songs Filled With Driving Psychedelia, Rustic Country, and Crunchy Acid-Rock: Guest Musicians Include Jerry Garcia, Stephen Stills, and David Crosby


    Awash in controversy and loaded with revolutionary protest, Jefferson Airplane's Volunteers stands as the last album made by the group's classic lineup and brings insurgent closure to the peace-and-love era. The potent 1969 record confronts war, politics, greed, and environmental ruin in head-on fashion matched by few peers. Steeped in the belief people and music could transform the world, it steers the band in community-minded and county-rock directions, and features charged playing by guest luminaries such as Jerry Garcia, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, and Nicky Hopkins. Volunteers also benefits from being one of the first 16-track recordings. And now, the historic set can be heard in the fidelity the artists and producers intended.


    Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 45RPM 2LP set of Volunteers teems with soul-affirming energy, dynamics, immediacy, and standout textures. The wider and deeper grooves translate into finer pacing, enhanced information retrieval, and superior transparency. Soundstages stretch far and extend back, with instrumental separation giving all of the musicians their own place in the mix. As a result, subtle albeit important details - Hopkins' rollicking piano, guitarist Norma Kaukonen's biting tones, Garcia's deft pedal-steel work - emerge in three-dimensional fashion amidst a musical canvas that manages to be both edgy and produced, raw and revealing. Jefferson Airplane has never sounded more vital.


    Much had changed in America - and within Jefferson Airplane - in just the two short years since the release of the San Francisco collective's breakthrough smash Surrealistic Pillow. The countercultural movement had darkened, government involvement in Vietnam escalated, and regard for human rights fallen. Retreating from the excessive experimentalism that graced its prior two LPs, the Airplane responded to the social circumstances with defiant, assured, and cohesive songs shot through with driving psychedelia, crunchy acid-rock, and rustic country. From start to finish, it's the aural equivalent of a demonstration march.


    Having drawn attention for the inclusion of profanities in multiple tunes, the Top 20 LP also ran up against the nonprofit Volunteers of America after the sextet wanted to title the record Volunteers of Amerika in order to express further dissatisfaction with the country. While Grace Slick and Co. gave into the charity's desires to switch the name, there's nothing compromising about Volunteers. Kaukonen's leads cut searing swaths through urgent fare like Eskimo Blue Day and anthemic We Can Be Together, which boldly speaks out against convention and in favor of chaos and anarchy.


    Indeed, in organizing a pseudo summit of many of the counterculture's leading musical figures to participate on Volunteers, the Airplane treats the album as an orchestrated stance against the establishment. Stills and Crosby assist in rocking the boat on a turbulent cover of Wooden Ships lined with Slick and Marty Balin's overlapping lead vocals. Hopkins gooses the call-to-arms title track with frisky boogie-woogie lines. Garcia lends The Farm a suitable rustic vibe, and on his final appearance with the Airplane, drummer Spencer Dryden helms the pastoral sing-a-long A Song for All Seasons.


    Ranked #370 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Volunteers remains a cultural and musical touchstone.


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    1. We Can Be Together
    2. Good Shepherd
    3. The Farm
    4. Hey Fredrick
    5. Turn My Life Down
    6. Wooden Ships
    7. Eskimo Blue Day
    8. A Song for All Seasons
    9. Meadowlands
    10. Volunteers
    Jefferson Airplane
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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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    Workingman's Dead (Awaiting Repress)

    Sublime, Stripped-Down 1970 Americana Classic Steeped in Country, Blues, and Folk


    You've Never Heard This Roots-Based Marvel Sound Better: Mastered from the Original Master Tapes and Given Extra-Wide Grooves on 45RPM LP


    Ranked #264 on Rolling Stone's List of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: Airy Harmonies, Simple Structures, Concise Arrangements, and Burnished Tones Anchor Songs


    Workingman's Dead defies the erroneous belief that the Grateful Dead never attained brilliance in the recording studio. Forever prized for natural sonics, Workingman's Dead attains audiophile reference status courtesy of this first-ever 45RPM version. As flawless as any rustic album ever released, the 1970 set now brims with soaring harmonies, organic execution, intertwined textures, and uncomplicated structures that furnish the songs a transcendence associated with timeless American music. Colorful, relatable characters seemingly torn from working-class histories and old-time fables inhabit the narratives.


    Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180g LPs at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's numbered limited edition of this period-defining recording renders the stripped-down fare with immense detail, rich airiness, and reach-out-and-touch-it realism. Longtime Deadheads and newcomers alike will hear significantly more information, experience wider and deeper soundstages, and become swept away by incredible tonal and vocal balances-traits made possible by the format's wider grooves. Instrumental melds and refined accents, such as guest David Nelson's nimble fills on "Cumberland Blues," are part of a larger whole that gives the impression you are witness to the world's coziest campfire session. Frontier tales and refined performances further this feeling.


    The first Grateful Dead album to eschew cosmic jams and complex signatures, Workingman's Dead stakes its existence to great songs, homespun warmth, and bare essentials. Its wistful, relaxed state-immediately apparent via the innocent album-opening invitation "Will you come with me?" on "Uncle John's Band"-owes to the circumstances and conditions surrounding its creation. At the time, the Dead owed a considerable financial debt to Warner Bros. and were hobbled by a recent drug bust and financial scandal. Most significantly, the band was recovering from-and reacting to-the tragic events of the Altamont Music Festival and symbolic end of the peace and love era.


    As such, Workingman's Dead acts as a retreat from chaos and uncertainty, its songs emblems of simpler times and pleas for compassion in the face of hardship. Lyricist Robert Hunter said he aimed to capture the vintage elements of late 1940s country-and-western jukebox singles as well as old blues classics. In that vein, fare such as the Bakersfield-leaning "Cumberland Blues," pastoral ballad "Dire Wolf," and bluesy "Easy Wind" hit the mark. Leader Jerry Garcia's occasional pedal-steel underpinnings arrive as a bonus.


    Of course, aside from the economical concision and thematic consistency, the genius of Workingman's Dead resides in the group's expressive harmonies. Taught by Crosby, Stills and Nash, the Dead produce live "air blends" of multi-part vocal harmonies that provide the foundations of nearly every track. "Uncle John's Band," "High Time," "New Speedway Boogie" (with the iconic refrain "One way or another/This darkness has got to give" referencing the ill wind that greeted the new decade), and the radio favorite "Casey Jones" practically float on the ensemble's communal vocal beds.


    Mobile Fidelity's 45RPM edition renders these invigorating, refreshing, and engaging characteristics in three-dimensional sound that transports you to the event. Recordings don't get more lifelike. Workingman's Dead-an iconic, ageless record that drew countless listeners to the band's unique style because of its accessibility and charm-deserves nothing less. Neither do you.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Uncle John's Band
    2. High Time
    3. Dire Wolf
    4. New Speedway
    5. Cumberland Blues
    6. Black Peter
    7. Easy Wind
    8. Casey Jones
    Grateful Dead
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  • The Adventures Of Panama Red (Awaiting Repress) The Adventures Of Panama Red (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    The Adventures Of Panama Red (Awaiting Repress)

    Purple Colored Vinyl


    1000 Only Limited Edition


    f there was ever any doubt that the New Riders of the Purple Sage were the ultimate hippie country rock band-and having had Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead as early members meant that there wasn't much-The Adventures of Panama Red put them to rest. This 1973 album's loosely connected tall tales of drug culture, complete with the album's underground comic book graphics, ensured that this gatefold record was a long-time dorm room favorite for separating out those stems and seeds. But Panama Red (their only gold record) had a lot more going for it than just countercultural kicks-the band, by now consisting of John Dawson, David Nelson, Dave Torbert, pedal steel ace Buddy Cage and Jefferson Airplane drummer Spencer Dryden-was much tighter than any outfit this stoned had a right to be, and with songwriting contributions from Peter Rowan (the hit "Panama Red" and "Lonesome L.A. Cowboy") and Robert Hunter ("Kick in the Head") as well as from the band's own fine tunesmiths in Dawson and Torbert, the songs were of a uniformly high quality. Production by multi-instrumentalist Norbert Putnam, charts by the Memphis Horns and vocal contributions by Buffy Sainte-Marie and Donna Godchaux helped enshrine this record as one of the finest country-rock outings of the '70s. Now, Real Gone Music is reissuing this classic album for the first time on vinyl, remastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in NYC and lacquer cut by Kevin Gray, with a limited edition pressing of 1000 in-what else?-purple vinyl, with the original gatefold album and inner sleeve graphics (with lyrics) intact. Time to add to your stash of essential '70s vinyl!

    1. Panama Red (Album Version)
    2. It's Alright with Me
    3. Lonesome L.A. Cowboy (Album Version)
    4. Important Exportin Man (Album Version)
    5. One Too Many Stories (Album Version)
    6. Kick In the Head
    7. You Should Have Seen Me Runnin (Album Version)
    8. Teardrops In My Eyes (Album Version)
    9. L.A. Lady (Album Version)
    10. Thank the Day
    11. Cement, Clay and Glass
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    Riverman's Daughter

    The Grahams, the creative union of lifelong romantic partners Alyssa and Doug Graham, combine soulful bluegrass with hints of earthy Americana, adding colors from traditional folk and country blues, into an infectious blend of storytelling that results in songs of love, loss, yearning, and the view from rural American roads less traveled.


    While the duo first met in grade school -- a trait shared by previous musical trail-blazers, from Lennon/McCartney to Jagger/Richards - the Grahams' journey together began when they were teenagers in the shadow of New York City. There, Alyssa, the impassioned troubadour, and Doug, the guitarist extraordinaire, shared a mutual love for the music of the Woodstock era and the adventures of the great outdoors. Over the ensuing years many a campfire lit acoustic jam would include the best of roots renegades like Neil Young, The Band, Gram Parsons, Janis and Emmylou along with more than a few Jerry Garcia and Johnny Cash nuggets. Later, spending much of their time in the secluded Adirondack Mountains at the Graham family fold, Alyssa and Doug learned the time-honored craft of songwriting. Here, their ongoing interests in traditional country, mountain bluegrass and folk legends such as The Carter Family and Mississippi John Hurt would blossom. Hoping to share their stories on a wider stage, the couple eventually settled in New York City, where they performed, collaborated and recorded a variety of acclaimed material before adopting The Grahams moniker.


    While the duo had written music together before, in the summer of 2012 new writing sessions yielded a different approach. Something magical was happening between Alyssa and Doug. A catalyst was born in the new song Riverman's Daughter, a tale of love, loss, and hardship on the river that showcases Alyssa's bountiful voice. Backed by her own rhythm guitar, along with the strong current of Doug's cascading accompaniment on the six string, and traditional vocal harmonies, the track came in a lightning bolt of inspiration. A vision and calling to write more songs of its kind took hold.


    Alyssa and Doug had an idea: What if they put their city lives on hold and, armed with just guitars and backpacks, traveled the 2,500 miles of highways and byways of the Mississippi River from Minnesota to Louisiana. Light out for the territory, so to speak, like Huck and Jim. There, the duo could follow the Great River Road (GRR) that parallels the waterway, meet the people, and hear first-hand where European folk music, brought to these shores generations ago, took root alongside rhythms and chants from Africa, and how these polarizing sounds formed the backbone of our 20th Century American musical heritage. And so The Grahams did just that, and in the process created their debut album, Riverman's Daughter. Along the way The Grahams played gigs at the various gin and juke joints that dotted the GRR, and met a colorful cast of characters and genuine music makers with whom the duo shared and exchanged stories through the common bond of song.


    Eventually Alyssa and Doug ended up intentionally isolated on an old houseboat in rural Louisiana where the Mississippi spills into the Atchafalaya swamp. There, The Grahams prolifically stockpiled songs, enjoyed the simplicity of living off the grid, and for a spell, invited onboard friends and musicians including their longtime collaborator Bryan McCann, a wordsmith who aids with lyrical inspiration. Yet perhaps the biggest inspiration on Riverman's Daughter was Doug's own mother, Gigi, the matriarch of the Graham family clan, and a true fan of the duo who had been diagnosed with cancer earlier that year. As her condition worsened, the Grahams packed up their guitars and newly minted collection of songs to become Gigi's angel band, and played by her side until she passed away.


    As recording of the new album began, The Grahams found a true kindred spirit in Grammy-winning producer Malcolm Burn, who brought a magical touch and inspired ideas into the studio. It was Burn's idea to record both Alyssa and Doug's parts live to tape without the assistance of headphones or isolation -- in the way they were written. This process gives the album a natural aura that harkens back to an era when this practice was commonplace. Along the same lines, The Grahams chose to record the album in Nashville, the longtime epicenter of country music. While the album's foundation is simple and acoustic, The Grahams are backed on a few tracks by stellar accompaniment including the Grammy-nominated North Mississippi Allstars. Along with the title song the album is highlighted by the 70's country rock flavored Carrying The Torch, the spirited traditional vibe of The Piney River, and the riveting upbeat barn dance playfulness of Revival Time.


    Ultimately, the album is a winning culmination of The Grahams' long journey into the heart of America, the inspiration they derived from immersion into classic American music, and the natural and honest talent they have for bringing forth a modern musical idiom steeped in tradition.

    1. Revival Time
    2. Riverman's Daughter
    3. Carrying the Torch
    4. You Made Me Love You
    5. Cathedral Pines
    6. If You're in New York
    7. The Piney River
    8. A Good Man
    9. Marnie Hawkins
    10. Heaven Forbid
    11. Lonesome Child
    12. Jericho
    13. Goodbye Babe (B.C.)
    14. Lay Down Delilah
    The Grahams
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  • Birth Of The Grateful Dead Volume One - The Studio Sides Birth Of The Grateful Dead Volume One - The Studio Sides Quick View

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    Birth Of The Grateful Dead Volume One - The Studio Sides


    First Time Limited Edition 2 LP 180 Gram Vinyl Presentation


    Exclusive Only To This LP Release: First Time Sitting Photos Of The Dead By The Legendary Herb Greene


    Impeccably Mastered By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music Studios And Capitol Records, Hollywood, CA With Ron Mcmaster


    The legendary Bay area rock superstars the Grateful Dead scored for over four decades a plethora of wonderful recordings
    throughout their incredible career. Spearheaded originally by the late great Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kruetzmann and the late
    Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, these five gentlemen set the world on fire with their magnificent artistry and musicianship which is unparaleled to this day.


    With their very first San Francisco gigs and studio recordings when they were locally known as The Warlocks, the historical importance of these debut sessions would soon become a blueprint for the music world as the Grateful Dead would become one of the band's
    and biggest concert attractions of all time.


    Over a decade ago, the Grateful Dead unearthed 17 super rare studio recordings from 1965 through 1967. Aside from an ultra rare
    45 on Scorpio Records and a collaborative effort with Jon Hendricks on Verve Records, none of these recordings were ever released.
    Ranging from the very first sessions at Autumn Records (Beau Brummels, Sly Stone) and then the Scorpio Records sides, these tracks
    simply became manna for the fans and were truly a find for any collector of fine rock and roll and early psych and garage rock fare.


    Gordon Lightfoot's Early Morning Rain kicks off the collection, and then the fireworks light up as future Dead classics like I Know
    You Rider, Don't Ease Me In and Cold Rain and Snow truly become a very important and interesting listen to any fan of the Dead or
    classic rock in general.


    Known for their jams in concert and in the studio setting, you will get to hear stellar takes on rare tracks like Tastebud, The Only
    Time Is Now, and of course the super rare Jon Hendricks (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross) protest rocker Fire in the City.


    These amazing Dead recordings have never been released on the vinyl format that is until now


    Friday Music is very pleased to announce for the very first time on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl - The Grateful Dead's Birth Of The
    Dead Volume One-The Studio Sessions. This deluxe 2 LP set not only has the original 17 studio sessions unearthed by the Dead themselves, but it also includes for the very first time anywhere, several unearthed photos from the lens of the legendary Herb Greene. These
    first time issued photos show the very first sittings of the Grateful Dead and will make your listening hours that much more enjoyable as
    you stare at the brilliant pictures of your favorite rockers in this very special era.


    As a further installment in the exclusive and authorized Grateful Dead Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, this fine
    album is part of a historical two part audiophile vinyl series along with the Birth Of The Dead Volume Two-The Live Sides which will be
    released in early 2014.


    Mastered impeccably for vinyl by Joe Reagoso (Grateful Dead) at Friday Music Studios and at Capitol Records, Hollywood, CA, this
    limited edition audiophile version of Birth Of The Dead Volume One-The Studio Sessions will truly be a welcome addition to your Dead
    collection.


    Grateful Dead Birth Of The Dead Volume One-The Studio Sessions a historic album first time release in the audiophile
    domain only from your friends at Friday Music Don't Ease Me In

    LP 1
    The Autumn Sessions
    1. Early Morning Rain
    2. I Know You Rider
    3. Mindbender (Confusion's Prince)
    4. The Only Time Is Now
    5. Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)
    6. Can't Come Down


    The Scorpio Sessions
    7. Stealin' (Instrumental)
    8. Stealin' (With Vocals)
    9. Don't Ease Me In (Instrumental)
    10. Don't Ease Me In (With Vocals)


    LP 2
    The Scorpio Sessions
    1. You Don't Have to Ask
    2. Tastebud (Instrumental)
    3. Tastebud (With Vocals)
    4. I Know You Rider
    5. Cold Rain and Snow (Instrumental)
    6. Cold Rain and Snow (With Vocals)


    The Hendricks Session
    7. Fire in the City

    Grateful Dead
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  • Before The Dead (Box Set) (Out Of Stock) Before The Dead (Box Set) (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    Before The Dead (Box Set) (Out Of Stock)

    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.

    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
    $124.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 5 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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