• Jerry Garcia

    Before the Dead

    May 11, 2018

    Round Records
Before The Dead brings together a rare collection of the earliest known performances by Jerry. From an informal and intimate 1961 performance of simple folk songs at a birthday party with future songwriting partner Robert Hunter to more polished coffeehouse gigs with old-timey and bluegrass bands through 1964, this collection showcases Garcia’s deep study of the folk music tradition and its influence on his musical journey leading to the formation of the Grateful Dead. Even with his entire musical career in front of him, Garcia’s magnetic presence as a performer can be plainly heard in these first steps.

Tracks

  1. Santy Anno
  2. I Got A Home In That Rock
  3. Oh, Mary Don't You Weep
  4. All My Trails
  5. I Was Born Ten Thousand Years Ago
  6. Blow The Candles Out
  7. Rake And A Rambling Boy
  8. Trouble In Mind
  9. Brown's Ferry Blues
  10. Jesse James
  11. Down In The Willow Garden
  12. Long Lonesome Road
  13. Railroad Bill
  14. The Wagoner's Lad
  15. Katie Cruel
  16. Cannonball Blues
  17. Little Birdie
  18. Sally Goodin
  19. Hold the Woodpile Down
  20. Legend of the Johnson Boys
  21. Shady Grove
  22. The Sweet Sunny South
  23. Man Of Constant Sorrow
  24. Band Introductions
  25. The Roving Gambler
  26. Ground Speed
  27. Pig In A Pen
  28. Standing In The Need Of Prayer
  29. Flint Hill Special
  30. Nine Pound Hammer
  31. Handsome Molly
  32. Clinch Mountain Backstep
  33. Think Of What You've Done
  34. Cripple Creek
  35. All The Good Times Are Past And Gone
  36. Billy Grimes, The Rover
  37. Paddy On The Turnpike (Boys, My Money's All Gone)
  38. Run Mountain
  39. Sitting On Top Of The World
  40. Rolling In My Sweet Baby's Arms
  41. Jerry's Breakdown
  42. Standing In The Need Of Prayer
  43. Mule Skinner Blues
  44. Saturday Night Shuffle
  45. Pike County Breakdown
  46. The Little Sparrow
  47. We Shall Not Be Moved
  48. Deep Elem Blues
  49. Will The Weaver
  50. Long Black Veil
  51. I Truly Understand
  52. The Man Who Wrote Home Sweet Home (Never Was A Married Man)
  53. Foggy Mountain Top
  54. Barefoot Nellie
  55. She's More To Be Pitied
  56. Noah's Breakdown
  57. Who Will Sing For Me
  58. Salt Creek
  59. Monroe's Hornpipe
  60. Rosa Lee McFall
  61. John Hardy
  62. Katie Kline
  63. Walkin' The Dog
  64. Paddy On The Turnpike (Boys, My Money's All Gone)
  65. Love And Wealth
  66. Sourwood Mountain
  67. If I Lose
  68. Homestead On The Farm (I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home)
  69. Stoney Creek
  70. Salty Dog Blues
  71. Love Please Come Home
  72. Darlin' Allalee
  73. In The Pines
  74. Raw Hide
  75. Black Mountain Rag
  76. True Life Blues
  77. Medley: Devil's Dream - Sailor's Hornpipe
  78. These Men Of God
  79. Roll On Buddy
  80. Goodbye Old Pal
  81. Back Up And Push


(14) Additional Personnel

    • Robert Hunter (bass, mandolin, vocals)
    • Marshall Leicester (banjo, guitar, vocals)
    • Dick Arnold (fiddle, vocals)
    • Ken Frankel (banjo, fiddle, guitar)
    • Norm Van Maastricht (dobro, bass, guitar)
    • David Nelson (guitar, mandolin, vocals)
    • Sara Ruppenthal Garcia (guitar, vocals)
    • Eric Thompson (guitar, vocals)
    • Geoff Levin (bass)
    • Sandy Rothman (guitar, vocals)
    • Herb Pedersen (vocals)
    • Eric Thompson (guitar)
    • Jody Stecher (mandolin, vocals)
    • Butch Waller (vocals)

Album Notes

CD ONE

Bob and Jerry
May 26, 1961
Brigid Meier’s Sixteenth Birthday Party
Menlo Park, California

1. Santy Anno
2. I Got A Home In That Rock
3. Oh, Mary Don’t You Weep
4. All My Trials
5. I Was Born Ten Thousand Years Ago
6. Blow The Candles Out
7. Rake And A Rambling Boy
8. Trouble In Mind

Jerry Garcia, Marshall Leicester, and Robert Hunter
July 1961
Boar’s Head Coffeehouse, Carlos Book Stall
San Carlos, California

9. Brown’s Ferry Blues
10. Jesse James

Jerry Garcia and Unknown Musician
Summer or Fall 1961
Boar’s Head Coffeehouse, Carlos Book Stall
San Carlos, California

11. Down In The Willow Garden
12. Long Lonesome Road
13. Railroad Bill
14. The Wagoner’s Lad
15. Katie Cruel

CD TWO:

Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers
June 11, 1962
Boar’s Head Coffeehouse, Peninsula Jewish Community Center
San Carlos, California

1. Cannonball Blues
2. Little Birdie
3. Sally Goodin
4. Hold That Woodpile Down
5. Legend Of the Johnson Boys
6. Shady Grove
7. Sweet Sunny South
8. Man Of Constant Sorrow

Hart Valley Drifters
Fall 1962
KZSU Radio Studio A, Stanford University
Stanford, California

9. Band Introductions
10. Roving Gambler
11. Ground Speed
12. Pig In A Pen
13. Standing In The Need Of Prayer
14. Flint Hill Special
15. Nine Pound Hammer
16. Handsome Molly
17. Clinch Mountain Backstep
18. Think Of What You’ve Done
19. Cripple Creek
20. All The Good Times Have Past And Gone
21. Billy Grimes, The Rover
22. Paddy On The Turnpike (Boys, My Money’s All Gone)
23. Run Moutain
24. Sugar Baby
25. Sitting On Top Of The World

CD THREE:

The Wildwood Boys
February 23, 1963
Top of the Tangent
Palo Alto, California

1. Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms
2. Jerry’s Breakdown
3. Standing In The Need Of Prayer
4. Mule Skinner Blues
5. Saturday Night Shuffle
6. Pike County Breakdown
7. The Little Sparrow
8. We Shall Not Be Moved

Jerry and Sara
May 4, 1963
Top of the Tangent
Palo Alto, California

9. Deep Elem Blues
10. Will The Weaver
11. I Truly Understand
12. Long Black Veil
13. The Man Who Wrote Home Sweet Hime Never Was A Married Man
14. Foggy Mountain Top

CD FOUR:

Black Mountain Boys
Fall 1963
Top of the Tangent
Palo Alto, California

1. Barefoot Nellie
2. She’s More To Be Pitied
3. Noah’s Breakdown
4. Who Will Sing For Me

Black Mountain Boys
January 10, 1964
Top of the Tangent
Palo Alto, California

5. Salt Creek
6. Monroe’s Hornpipe (Jody’s Hornpipe)
7. Rosa Lee McFall
8. John Hardy/Closing Theme

Black Mountain Boys
March 6, 1964
Top of the Tangent
Palo Alto, California

9. Katie Kline
10. Walkin’ The Dog

Black Mountain Boys
March 6, 1964
Top of the Tangent
Palo Alto, California

11. Paddy On The Turnpike (Boys, My Money’s All Gone)
12. Love And Wealth
13. Sourwood Mountain
14. If I Lose
15. Homestead On The Farm (I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home)
16. Stoney Creek
17. Salty Dog Blues
18. Love Please Come Home
19. Make Me A Pallet On The Floor
20. Darlin’ Allalee

Black Mountain Boys
March 6, 1964
Top of the Tangent
Palo Alto, California

21. In The Pines
22. Raw Hide
23. Black Mountain Rag
24. True Life Blues
25. Medley: Devil’s Dream – Sailor’s Hornpipe

Black Mountain Boys
Spring 1964
Top of the Tangent
Palo Alto, California

26. Drink Up And Go Home

Asphalt Jungle Mountain Boys
Summer 1964
Top of the Tangent
Palo Alto, California

27. These Men Of God
28. Roll On Buddy
29. Goodbye Old Pal
30. Back Up And Push

 

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO: Trixie Garcia, Annabelle Garcia, Tiff Garcia, Heather Katz, Sunshine Kesey, Carolyn Adams Garcia, Keelin Garcia, Manasha Garcia, Brigid Meier, Rober Hunter, Marshall Leicester, David Nelson, Sandy Rothman, Eric Thomson, Dick Arnold, Ken Frankel, Norm Van Maastricht, Sara Ruppenthal Katz, Geoff Levin, Jody Stecher, Stu Goldstein, John Clayton, Peter and Rodney Albin, Ted Claire, Neil Rosenberg, Mike Primmer, Michael Jones Jr., Austin Short, Coran Capshaw, Jonathan Blaufarb and Vivek Sridharan at Counsel, LLP, Marc Offenbach and Jon Salter at ATO Records, Matt Sawin, Ray Kurzeka, Scott Brand, Kelie Borowy, Chris Rea, Jasmine Holloway, Carolyn McMahon and Taryn Kaufman at Caroline, Elliot Groffman, Paul Gutman, Ira Friedman and Kelly Corson at Carroll, Guido and Groffman, LLP, Mark Pinkus, Nicholas Meriwether, Jeffery Norman, David Lemieux, Herb Pedersen, Butch Waller, Laura Farina, Molly Murhphy, AND A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE FANS FOR YOUR CONTINUOUS SUPPORT.

 

 


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