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  posted on 1/18/2010 at 11:04 AM
I'm off for Dr. King's Day, sipping coffee and listening to music at the moment. (what else do you do on a day off from work?... )

I still have some Christmas money to burn on new music, so, I was at Borders yesterday and thanks to a 33% off coupon, was able to get the new archieval Jerry Garcia Band release Let it Rock for a really nice price.

It is a mix of two 1975 shows at The Keystone Berkeley (11/17 and 11/18)

The very cool thing about it is Nicky Hopkins, who was a part of the band for a brief period, along w/ regulars Jerry, Ron Tutt, and John Kahn.

Nicky's emminently tasteful piano fills lend themselves very well to the music. Hell. He is an absolute joy to hear. Also some very nice guitar from Jerry throughout. Yep. This was an ON night.

I was visiting my friend Alan (Bannanaman) a few weeks back and once he played this one for me, I knew I had to have it .

Anyone else heard it yet? Was there an AUD of these shows out there? No matter. It is a real good 'un .





[Edited on 1/18/2010 by les_paul_sunburst]

 

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  posted on 1/18/2010 at 11:11 AM
Sounds like something worth looking in to

 

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  posted on 1/18/2010 at 11:13 AM
i havnt heard it yet whats the tracklist

 

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  posted on 1/18/2010 at 11:18 AM
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i havnt heard it yet whats the tracklist


Disc: 1

1. Let It Rock
2. Tore Up Over You
3. Friend of the Devil
4. They Love Each Other
5. It's Too Late
6. Pig's Boogie
7. Band Introductions
8. Sitting in Limbo
9. (I'm A) Road Runner


Disc: 2

1. Sugaree
2. I'll Take a Melody
3. That's What Love Will Make You Do
4. Lady Sleeps
5. Ain't No Use
6. Let's Spend the Night Together
7. Edward, The Mad Shirt Grinder

 

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  posted on 1/18/2010 at 11:20 AM
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Sounds like something worth looking in to


I've never went in much for the Garcia Band stuff, I've pretty much stayed with the GD.

But this one is very very good IMO...

 

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  posted on 1/18/2010 at 11:37 AM
I absolutely love this version of the band as Nicky Hopkins was a perfect player for Jerry at the time. His playing is so melodic and heartfelt. Listen to what he does on I'll Take A Melody. Just takes over and plays in sync with Jerry. Will have to pick this up.
 

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  posted on 1/18/2010 at 11:50 AM
Pig's Boogie

Gonna have to pick this one up for sure. Damn I miss Jerry. It's nice to have these memories!

 

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  posted on 1/18/2010 at 12:10 PM
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i havnt heard it yet whats the tracklist


Disc: 1

1. Let It Rock
2. Tore Up Over You
3. Friend of the Devil
4. They Love Each Other
5. It's Too Late
6. Pig's Boogie
7. Band Introductions
8. Sitting in Limbo
9. (I'm A) Road Runner


Disc: 2

1. Sugaree
2. I'll Take a Melody
3. That's What Love Will Make You Do
4. Lady Sleeps
5. Ain't No Use
6. Let's Spend the Night Together
7. Edward, The Mad Shirt Grinder


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  posted on 1/18/2010 at 01:13 PM
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I absolutely love this version of the band as Nicky Hopkins was a perfect player for Jerry at the time. His playing is so melodic and heartfelt. Listen to what he does on I'll Take A Melody. Just takes over and plays in sync with Jerry. Will have to pick this up.


Was Nicky a member of the band for awhile? I just assumed was guesting here...

 

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  posted on 1/18/2010 at 01:35 PM
Nicky was officially in the JGB for a while but his drinking led to some really inconsistent shows. This release is him on some great nights. I had some tapes that are pretty much unlistenable to me because he was all over the place and babbling into the mic between songs. Apparently when Blair Jackson asked to interview him a book on Garcia, Nicky declined because he said he honestly did not remember anything from that era.

One of my favorite releases of last year. When the guy was on, he was on !

 

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  posted on 1/18/2010 at 08:46 PM
I have all 9 of the Pure Jerry and just got this. Will listen to it tonight
 

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  posted on 1/19/2010 at 06:02 AM
I listened to Let It Rock last night. It is very good, makes me miss Jerry...

 

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  posted on 1/19/2010 at 10:23 AM
Nicky's a good guy. Unfortunately he was very drunk when I saw them play a show in New York. Probably the worst Garcia Band performance i saw. Then again, I'm a Legion of Mary fan and saw some amazing shows with Merle Saunders, so maybe that's why I never saw the Hopkins/Garcia thing fit.
 

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  posted on 1/23/2010 at 01:29 AM



[Edited on 3/15/2010 by MyInnerEyeMike]

 

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  posted on 1/23/2010 at 03:17 AM
Let It Rock = Jerry Garcia Collection Vol 2.

So there's also a Vol 1:
(Grab it while there is still some stock here and there (released 2005))

The Jerry Garcia Collection, Vol. 1: Legion of Mary

Disc: 1
1. Tough Mama (7/4/75 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA)
2. That's a Touch I Like (3/1/75 Keystone, Berkeley CA)
3. I Second That Emotion (3/1/75 Keystone, Berkeley CA)
4. Since I Lost My Baby (5/22/75 Keystone, Berkeley CA)
5. Tore Up Over You (5/22/75 Keystone, Berkeley CA)
6. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (3/1/75 Keystone, Berkeley CA)
7. Talkin' 'Bout You (7/5/75 Keystone, Berkeley CA)
Disc: 2
1. I'll Take a Melody (5/15/75 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA)
2. Let It Rock (2/27/75 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA)
3. Neighbor, Neighbor (2/27/75 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA)
4. Money Honey (2/27/75 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA)
5. Last Train From Poor Valley (2/27/75 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA)
6. Mystery Train (7/7/75 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA)
7. How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You (12/14/74 Paramount Theatre, Portland, OR)


 

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  posted on 1/23/2010 at 09:01 AM
I believe NH played with GArcia for only 5 months. There are some decent live shows circulating...They played a few memorable "Positively Fourth Street" versions together.

Nicky's furthur contributions to the San Francisco scene: Quicksilver (Shady Grove) and Airplane. He played the whole set with Airplane at Woodstock.

From WIKIPEDIA:

Hopkins was born in Harlesden, North London, England. He suffered from Crohn's disease from his youth. Poor health and ongoing surgery made it difficult for him to tour. This contributed heavily to his focus on working primarily as a studio player.

Hopkins started his musical career in the early 1960s as the pianist with Screaming Lord Sutch's Savages, which also included Ritchie Blackmore, founder of Deep Purple. He then joined The Cyril Davies R&B All Stars, one of the first British rhythm & blues bands, and played piano on their initial single, "Country Line Special".

He began his career as a session musician in London in the early Sixties and recording frequently on hit recordings. He worked extensively as a session pianist for leading UK independent producers Shel Talmy and Mickie Most and performed on albums and singles by The Kinks, The Move, Alun Davies and Jon Mark (later of the Mark-Almond Band), while Davies was touring with Cat Stevens.

In 1965, he played piano on The Who's second single, "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere", and their debut LP, My Generation, and would subsequently play on their 1971 album Who's Next and 1975 album The Who By Numbers.

Hopkins recorded with British acts of the Sixties, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Donovan, and on solo albums by John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Jeff Beck, and others.

In 1967 he joined The Jeff Beck Group, formed by former Yardbirds guitarist Jeff Beck, with vocalist Rod Stewart, bassist Ronnie Wood and drummer Micky Waller, playing on their influential LPs Truth and Beck-Ola. He also helped define the "San Francisco sound", playing on albums by Jefferson Airplane, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and Steve Miller Band. He briefly joined Quicksilver Messenger Service and performed with Jefferson Airplane at the Woodstock Festival. In 1968 he played piano with the Swedish psychedelic group Tages on the single "Halcyon Days", produced in Abbey Road Studio.

With the The Rolling Stones, Hopkins he played their studio albums from Their Satanic Majesties Request in 1967 through Black and Blue in 1976, including the prominent piano parts in "She's a Rainbow" (1967) and "Sympathy for the Devil" (1968).

During this period, Hopkins tended to be employed on the Stones' slower, ballad-type songs, with longtime Stones keyboardist Ian Stewart playing on traditional rock numbers and Billy Preston used on soul and funk-influenced tunes.

Hopkins also played on Jamming With Edward, an unofficial Stones release that was recorded during the Let It Bleed sessions, while Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts, of the Stones, with Hopkins and Ry Cooder, were waiting for Keith Richards at Keith's Paris flat. The "Edward" of the title was an alias of Nicky Hopkins, derived from his outstanding performance on "Edward, the Mad Shirt Grinder", a song from Quicksilver Messenger Service's Shady Grove LP.

Hopkins was added to the Rolling Stones live line-up on the 1971 Good-Bye Britain tour, as well as the notorious 1972 North American Tour and the early 1973 Winter Tour of Australia and New Zealand. He is featured heavily on the classic 1972 Exile on Main St. album.

He started to form his own band around this time but decided against it after the Stones tour. He had planned on using Prairie Prince on drums, and Pete Sears on bass. Hopkins failed to make the Stones' 1973 tour of Europe due to ill health and, aside from a guest appearance in 1978, did not play again with the Stones live on stage.

He did manage to go on tour with the Jerry Garcia Band, from August 5 to December 31, 1975. He continued to record with the Stones through the sessions for 1976's Black and Blue, and appears on solo records of members of the Stones up to 1991.



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  posted on 2/15/2010 at 03:52 PM
I have been searching for this cd for a month now and was finally able to find it this weekend. Unfortunately i am still a believer of buying the actual disc instead of just downloading it...
It is everything I expected. Nicky Hunter's piano playing is incredible and Jerry is flawless in his own style that we all know. It is still early but this could honestly rival and live dead show that i own or have heard.
Much better quality than most dead shows, dick pick series etc.

 

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  posted on 2/15/2010 at 04:00 PM
I'm not sure who Nicky Hunter is. Unless it is one of Robert Hunter's daughters
 

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LOL Nicky Hopkins,

 

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  posted on 2/15/2010 at 06:01 PM
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He did manage to go on tour with the Jerry Garcia Band, from August 5 to December 31, 1975. He continued to record with the Stones through the sessions for 1976's Black and Blue, and appears on solo records of members of the Stones up to 1991.

For a few months in 1986 Nicky Hopkins played with original Byrd Gene Clark in Clark's Byrds Tribute band that also included original Byrds drummer Michael Clarke and Rick Roberts who replaced Gram Parsons in the Flying Burrito Brothers and went on to form the band Firefall. The Band's Rick Danko and former Beach Boy Blondie Chaplin also played for a time in this band. Chaplin more recently has toured with the Rolling Stones as a backup singer.

 

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  posted on 2/15/2010 at 07:07 PM
I've got a couple of Nicky Hopkins solo albums (and an album by a band called "Sweet Tuesday" with Nicky Hopkins, Jon Mark & Alun Davies)....one is called Tin Man Was A Dreamer and the other is No More Changes.

The Tin Man has a killer version of "Edward The Mad Shirt Grinder". Maybe it's because I heard that one first , but I like it better than the Quicksilver version.

He also was in the band "Night" with Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann's Earth Band), Robbie McIntosh (Pretenders, Paul McCartney) & LA session drummer Rick Marrotta.


 
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  posted on 2/16/2010 at 06:13 PM
I received this release last week (along with the new MTB) and
I will go out on a limb and say it is one of the finest Dead-related
CDs.....`LET IT ROCK' simply smolders from start to finish. Nicky
Hopkins just adds so much to the music.....just like Chuck did with
the Brothers. Highly recommended.
Haven't spun the Tucker yet....

 
 


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