Jerry Garcia Band: 30th Anniversary Edition Coming For Record Store Day – July 2021
Record Store Day is coming and, boy, do we have a doozy! We’re excited to announce the Jerry Garcia Band’s legendary self-titled live album will be pressed to vinyl for the very first time in celebration of its 30th anniversary. Slated for release on Record Store Day’s July 17th drop, the Jerry Garcia Band (30th Anniversary Edition) features over two hours of magic across five 180gram LPs and includes new liner note essays by Bill Walton and Steven Hyden. The collection’s Side J features a special etching showing Jerry with a raised hand punctuating what we imagine was a spellbinding, set-closing “Deal” for the ages. The 30th Anniversary Edition offered for Record Store Day will be pressed in a limited edition of 7,500.
Originally released on CD and cassette in 1991, Jerry Garcia Band showcases the band on the stage Garcia graced more than any other — the Warfield Theatre. Though several studio records were made since the band’s inception in 1975, Jerry Garcia Band holds the distinction as the only live document Garcia produced during his lifetime. Garcia selections are a veritable tour de force that reveals the depth of his song-book and exquisite abilities as a performer and band-leader. The collection includes the band’s, arguably, definitive performance of Dylan’s “Tangled Up In Blue,” along with a handful of other staples by the Bard. Smokey’s “The Way You Do The Things You Do” is another easy highlight with vocals so soft and sweet they’re certain to put a smile on anyone’s face. While “Don’t Let Go” showcases the band’s considerable chemistry that allowed them to paint so freely outside the lines.
As Steven Hyden notes in the album’s new liner note essay, “The result on Jerry Garcia Band is an album that feels, in the best possible sense, like church, a sacred sanctuary that a community visits when it needs to be reminded of its better and purer selves… a work of incredible warmth and wisdom that can reboot and then refresh even the weariest of hearts.”
We invite you to visit your favorite locally owned and operated record shop in-person or online on July 17th. For more information on Record Store Day and a list of participating shops, please visit RecordStoreDay.com.