New Vault Release – GarciaLive Vol. 19: Halloween ’92 Coming Oct. 28th

We’re headed back to the Bay area for the next installment in the GarciaLive archival release series! GarciaLive Volume 19: October 31st, 1992 Oakland Coliseum Arena showcases Garcia’s return to the stage with the Jerry Garcia Band following a second major health crisis. Mastered from John Cutler’s original soundboard recordings, the exultant two-set performance will be released on October 28th.  

In the summer of ’92, Garcia once again found himself in a perilous position as his health deteriorated so significantly he ultimately collapsed. His reemergence here on Halloween three months later, slimmed down and in great spirits, was a real sight for sore eyes for the 17,000 in attendance at the Oakland Coliseum Arena. The setlist for the evening suggests the significance wasn’t lost on Garcia. Though hardly an uncommon opener, “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” hints at Garcia’s gratitude for the outpouring of affection he received; while a poignant take on “The Maker” spins a tale of a “body bent and broken.” Thankfully this evening has more to it than just sentimentality – there are some exceptionally fine performances here too including a second set that’s among the decade’s best. This Halloween ’92 performance includes two performances cherry-picked for previously released compilations: “Ain’t No Bread in the Breadbox” from Shining Star and “Tangled Up in Blue” from Garcia Plays Dylan. The second set opening “Shining Star” is positively stunning with its lush harmonies and solos illustrating why Melvin Seals dubbed the group “the magic band.” Elsewhere, rollicking versions of “Lay Down Sally,” “You Never Can Tell [C’est La Vie],” and the show closing “Werewolves of London” gave the fans plenty of opportunity to shake their bones.  

GarciaLive Volume 19: October 31st, 1992 Oakland Coliseum Arena is now available for pre-order at Garcia Family Provisions in advance of its October 28th release. The 2-CD set, which includes a liner note essay by Joe Jupille, memorabilia and photographs by Susana Millman, or digital download can be pre-ordered on its own or bundled with an exclusive 100% organic cotton t-shirt and/or a limited edition 18″ x 24″ screen-print designed, signed & numbered in a limited edition of 600 by artist Joshua Noom.