I absolutely cannot believe I have not listened to anything Jerry in approximately two months. That's just a wild guess -- could be longer. No GD, no JGB, no Jerry & Merl, no Garcia-Grisman, nothing. Spells like this have occurred in the past and each time I come back, I wanna kick myself because it's simply the best dang music in the world! Why'd I stop then? Not really my choice, in a way. This music brings joy and while I want that in my life, joy overall just ain't happenin'. Music's not gonna bring the true happyness that's wanted. So why bother?!
Why'm I listening today then? Not sure. Just am.
|Jerry Garcia Band|
November 25, 1977
Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
Sitting In Limbo
Simple Twist Of Fate
That's What Love Will Make You Do
Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Mission In The Rain
Sound quality is a bit off-putting at first but it gets a little better and I was able to get used to it just fine. There is some channel fluctuation here and there in most songs but it's not terribly annoying.
Halfway thru the opening How Sweet It Is we get to hear Jerry hit his stride, followed by an impressive solo from Keith on piano. John steps it up on bass and then it's back to Jer again. Mmm. Turn this UP!
At some point in Catfish John, the quality takes a turn for the even better. Jerry's geetar and Keith's piano and Buzz's drums and Donna & Maria's background vocals begin to come in much clearer.
Sitting In Limbo is mighty delectable. Donna and Maria sing so beautifully and what a great jam this tune has. Man, they slide into such a great groove, exiting on the other side to the crowd totally loving it.
After a flawless Simple Twist Of Fate, my favorite part comes in That's What Love Will Make You Do. Another jam here that is purely and perfectly in such a sweet groove. Jerry's on cruise control. The whole band is completely on. Unfortunately there's a tape flip near the end. It doesn't cut the jam but it minorly spoils the tune. Eh, just keep on smilin' through it and fahgetaboutit 'cause that is some great, great playin'.
A fine show the Philly area fans were treated to. Yup, fine indeedy.
P.S. no late show. I don't have it. Maybe next year.
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11/25/77 early show JGB - Part 2