Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Philly Jerry (sort of)

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 - Cats Under The Stars logo emblem dealie

Jerry Garcia Band

November 25, 1977

Tower Theatre
Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

early show

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
Catfish John
Sitting In Limbo
Simple Twist Of Fate
That's What Love Will Make You Do
Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Mystery Train
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.

ARCHIVE HEADPHONESAs of Nov 25, '09, Garcia stuff is still not at the LMA
Download The Show Here
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Part 1 - JGB 11/25/77 early show

11/25/77 early show JGB - Part 2
mp3 320 kbps not a SBD + setlist (no lossless FLAC) 11-25-77 aka 11/25/77 aka 77-11-25 Tower Theater, close to Philadelphia


Anonymous said...

Hi Zooma, I just downloaded a show from a post from about a year ago. I happened to see a comment regarding the number of downloads vs number who say thanks, so I figured I'd better say it. So, Thanks! for posting some great GD shows and reviews. Some of the stuff you did long ago is still appreciated today!

Zoooma said...

Thanks, George. Comments on shows are always appreciated. I hope to keep putting stuff up but we'll see what happens.

one says one number and the other another
but they were set at the same time. Hmmm...

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