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🌵 Sessions 2.0: Record Store Day (Black Friday) – Jerry Garcia Band (featuring Bruce Hornsby) – Pure Jerry: Coliseum, Hampton, VA, November 9, 1991

November 30, 2022
Pure Jerry:
Coliseum, Hampton, VA, November 9, 1991
Round Records

I am a minor Grateful Dead fan, but a huge fan of Jerry Garcia’s solo work and collaborations outside of the Dead. Garcia has studio albums, but the real treasure are his live albums. Garcia’s live stuff is mostly brilliant covers. The arrangements are often jazzy and always jammy. Garcia has a limited repertoire, so many of the same songs are repeated at different shows/recordings so you get a sense of Jerry’s improvisational mind – which is as inventive as a jazz musician.

Most of these live albums are available on CD and on the streaming services – not so much on vinyl. It is fun to have a vinyl edition of this great show. The 2 CD version (released in 2006) turns into a 5 LP version on vinyl (released exclusively for Record Store Day).

Garcia has a diverse cast of characters playing the shows/albums. For this album it is the 1991 version of The Jerry Garcia Band: Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals, Melvin Seals – organ, keyboards, John Kahn – bass, David Kemper – drums, Jaclyn LaBranch – vocals, Gloria Jones – vocals. And for this show a special guest: Virginia’s own – Bruce Hornsby on electric piano.

On All About Jazz website, Doug Collette wrote, “The effect Hornsby has on the musicians in the Jerry Garcia Band is much the same [as with the Grateful Dead], his effervescent playing imbuing the musicianship with a sparkling, fresh sense of rediscovery.” Given the location of the concert (Virginia), it was particularly appropriate to have a native son as a guest.

Although the audio quality is not as pristine as the Arista 1991 release Jerry Garcia Band (a live album taken from 1990 spring and summer shows at The Warfield in San Francisco), it is still quite good. What it lacks in audio quality is more than made up in a sublime performance. A statement on the back cover of the box says:

“This package contains CDs compiled from two-track, soundboard tapes that are not to be mistaken for or confused with fully produced studio masters. For as much as any other purpose, these recordings are offered to honor the electrifying spiritual, social and historical aspects of the Jerry Garcia Band’s concert of November 9, 1991. Enjoy this marvelous music with our assurance that every step has been taken to present it in a way that faithfully celebrates its original performance.”

Jerry Garcia Band is one of my all time favorite albums and it is great to have another show on vinyl from the same era. Last year Jerry Garcia Band was my number one for Record Store Day 2021 Drop Two, however due production issues it missed Record Store Day. I picked it up later in the year when it became available.

This is the Jerry Garcia Band at the top of their game and the magic that Bruce Hornsby brings to the table is worth the price of admission.

This was my number one choice for Record Store Day 2022 Black Friday. I got up at 5:15 A.M. and was at Stinkweeds Records by 6:00 A.M. – I was number 3 in line! I learned from scouting earlier in the week they had 4 copies in inventory and so I knew I was golden. As usual I had great conversations in the queue with other musicheads and vinyl obsessives.

First set:

“How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” (Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland) – 7:37

“He Ain’t Give You None” (Van Morrison) – 9:56

“You Never Can Tell” AKA “C’est La Vie”(Chuck Berry) – 9:16

“Run for the Roses” (Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter) – 5:45

“The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” (Robbie Robertson) – 10:48

“I Second That Emotion” (Smokey Robinson) — 9:46

“My Sisters and Brothers” (Charles Johnson) – 4:39

“Ain’t No Bread in the Breadbox” (Norton Buffalo) – 9:15

Second Set

“Bright Side of the Road” ( Van Morrison) – 8:01

“Shining Star” (Leo Graham, Paul Richmond) – 13:36

“Waiting for a Miracle” (Bruce Cockburn) – 7:01

“Think” (Jimmy McCracklin, Deadric Malone) – 9:41

“I Shall Be Released” (Bob Dylan) – 10:24

“Don’t Let Go” (Jesse Stone) – 15:59

“Midnight Moonlight” (Peter Rowan) – 6:59

Encore:

“What a Wonderful World” (Bob Thiele, George David Weiss) – 8:04

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