Jerry Garcia Band’s Timeless Performance at Keystone Berkeley to be Released in GarciaLive Vol. 21

Prepare to embark on a musical journey back to the golden era of the Jerry Garcia Band as Round Records proudly presents GarciaLive Volume 21: February 13th, 1976 at Keystone Berkeley. This eagerly anticipated release captures the essence of one of Jerry Garcia’s favorite venues, featuring a mesmerizing performance by the band that showcases their harmonious synergy and unparalleled improvisational prowess.

Recorded by the legendary Betty Cantor-Jackson on 1/4″ analog reels, this nearly complete two-set performance offers a glimpse into a momentous evening in Berkeley, California. With the recent addition of Keith and Donna Jean Godchaux to the band, Garcia was ecstatic about the newfound harmony, declaring, “This is what I want to hear.” Just four gigs into their collaboration, the band was already deeply in sync, weaving together a tapestry of soulful melodies and adventurous improvisations.

While the absence of the show-opening “How Sweet It Is” may be lamented, the remaining selections such as “Catfish John,” “Who Was John?” and “They Love Each Other” stand as sublime testaments to Garcia’s vision. The band’s rendition of “After Midnight” exemplifies their ability to cook up a groove, with Ron Tutt and John Kahn laying down a steady rhythm that allows Garcia and Keith to explore the melody with boundless creativity.

The second set, though comprising only three songs on paper, unveils some of the evening’s deepest moments. From the soulful harmonies and adventurous improvisations of Jimmy Cliff’s “The Harder They Come” to the poignant rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” each song showcases the band’s dynamic range and musical dexterity. The spirited romp of “Talkin’ ‘Bout You” leaves audiences buzzing with excitement, bringing the evening to a euphoric close.

This remarkable collection is further enhanced with the addition of a bouncy performance of “How Sweet It Is” and the first-known performance of “My Sisters and Brothers,” both from February 15th, 1976, at Sophie’s. GarciaLive Volume 21: February 13th, 1976 Keystone Berkeley is now available for pre-order at Garcia Family Provisions ahead of its June 14th release. Fans can choose from a 2-CD set or digital download, accompanied by an essay by photographer Ed Perlstein. Additionally, exclusive merchandise bundles including 100% organic cotton t-shirts and limited edition screen-prints by D. Norsen are also available for pre-order. Don’t miss the opportunity to relive this iconic performance and add a piece of musical history to your collection.

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