GarciaLive - Vol. 3: Legion Of Mary - December 14-15, 1974 Northwest Tour 3CD
GarciaLive Vol. 3: Legion Of Mary - December 14-15, 1974 Northwest Tour 3CD
Legion Of Mary - GarciaLive Volume Three (December 14-15, 1974 Northwest Tour) Three CD set featuring over 2 1/2 hours of previously unreleased music mastered from original soundboard recordings.
The third installment of the newly launched archival series highlights captured during two December 1974 Pacific Northwest performances from one of Jerry Garcia's most experimental, improvisational and revered projects. Album package includes eight page booklet featuring liner notes written by Darryl Norsen (Aquarium Drunkard) and previously unpublished rare photos.
The greatest cliché in Grateful Dead writing is to call anything a “transition period,” and yet, the newest release from the Jerry Garcia archives captures exactly that in the form of Garcia’s first shows with Elvis Presley drummer Ron Tutt in December 1974. It is a new group with—as of that very week—a new name, Legion Of Mary. The quintet, steady Jerry comrades John Kahn on bass and Merl Saunders on organ, plus saxophonist/flautist Martin Fierro, dives headlong into intricate and intimate space fusion.
Garcia tenderly bombs across the rich changes of Eddie Harris’ “Freedom Jazz Dance” and out into the great wide open, where he belongs. Only two of the 13 tracks are under 10 minutes, and both are versions of “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.”
Saunders’ celestial Rhodes and Tutt’s spacious grooves give Garcia a supportive vessel for the transmogrification of boogie-bar R&B into quizzical prisms. He finds wormholes anywhere he wanders, cracking Stevie Wonder’s brand new single “Boogie on Reggae Woman” into quietly glistening rainbows. And yet, it’s not a transition at all, the music hanging lazy and loose, a continuation of a conversation begun a while back with no particular place to go.
GarciaLive Vol. 3: Legion Of Mary - December 14-15, 1974 Northwest Tour Track Listing:
1. Boogie On Reggae Woman
2. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
3. Freedom Jazz Dance
4. Mystery Train
5. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
6. You Can Leave Your Hat On
7. Neighbor, Neighbor
8. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
9. It's No Use
10. Valdez In The Country
11. I Second That Emotion
12. Wondering Why
13. (I'm A) Road Runner
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