GarciaLive Vol 21: February 13th, 1976 Keystone Berkeley (2CD)


GarciaLive Volume 21 showcases the Jerry Garcia Band's February 13th, 1976 performance at the legendary Keystone in Berkeley, California. The nearly complete two-set performance was originally captured to 1/4" analog reels by Betty Cantor-Jackson.

Following the arrival of Keith and Donna Jean Godchaux in early '76, Garcia delighted in his group's "harmonious" sound emphatically expressing "This is what I want to hear." While we're sadly missing the show-opening "How Sweet It Is," the selections that followed are sublime testaments affirming Garcia's sentiments. Jimmy Cliff's "The Harder They Come" may encapsulate the dynamic range of the mid-70's era JGB better than any other with its soulful harmonies and adventurous improvisation taking the song well beyond its form before bringing it all back around.

The setlist boasts a few first known JGB performances: a breathtaking cover of the Rolling Stone's "Moonlight Mile," a steady grooving "After Midnight," and a spirited "Talkin' 'Bout You." This collection however closes where we started, or rather should have started -- borrowing a bouncy performance of "How Sweet It Is" and adding one other first known performance of "My Sisters and Brothers," both from February 15th, '76 at Sophie's, for good measure.

Disc One:
1. Catfish John
2. After Midnight
3. Mission In The Rain
4. Who Was John?
5. They Love Each Other
6. Moonlight Mile

Disc Two:
1. The Harder They Come
2. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
3. Talkin' 'Bout You
Filler: February 15th, 1976 at Sophie's, Palo Alto, CA
4. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)
5. My Sisters and Brothers

Release date 06.14.24