Reflections [Bonus Tracks]

Reflections [Bonus Tracks]

by Jerry Garcia


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The third solo album from Grateful Dead lead guitarist Jerry Garcia comes as the result of the band's mini-hiatus from touring during late 1974 and most of 1975. Rather than auditioning a new combo, Garcia splits Reflections evenly between recordings made with the Dead as well as his Legion of Mary and Jerry Garcia Band side projects. As with his previous non-Dead effort, Garcia (Compliments of Garcia), this disc includes a blend of originals and cover tunes. Astute Deadheads will inevitably recognize that all four cuts featuring backing by the Dead had been part of their live repertoire for several years. Although only five of the tracks were co-authored by Garcia's primary lyrical collaborator, Robert Hunter, all eight of them remained in Garcia's solo set lists for the balance of his career. The material on this album is uniformly strong and includes some of the best studio work that the Dead had been involved in since American Beauty and Workingman's Dead. Their sound is no longer as rurally influenced; instead, they adopt an equally laid-back, jazzy approach. This is perhaps most strikingly evident in the new direction given to "They Love Each Other." Although initially presented as an up-tempo boogie, by contrast it is now a slinky, low-key affair. The retooled version became a staple throughout the Dead's mid- to late-'70s live sets, occasionally resurfacing during their waning years. There are more subtle variations on the absolutely stunning and emotive ballads "Comes a Time" and "Must Have Been the Roses" -- which also cropped up underneath the closing credits of the Grateful Dead Movie (1976). The all-star cast that Garcia assembled for "Mission in the Rain" -- as well as Allen Toussaint's "I'll Take a Melody," Hank Ballard's "Tore Up Over You," and the Johnny Russell country hit "Catfish John" -- includes John Kahn (bass), Ron Tutt (drums), Nicky Hopkins (keyboards), and Larry Knechtel (keyboards). The latter cover tune is also notable, as both Garcia and Kahn had presented it with a full-throttle bluegrass attitude during their time in the short-lived Old & In the Way project. With the exception of Knechtel, the remaining trio continued to perform in the Jerry Garcia Band during the mid-'70s. [This version of the album includes bonus material.]

Product Details

Release Date: 04/12/2005
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227950620
catalogNumber: 79506

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerry Garcia   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Chimes,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Bells
Mickey Hart   Percussion,Drums,Box
Bob Weir   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Nicky Hopkins   Piano,Keyboards
Donna Jean Godchaux   Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Keith Godchaux   Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,fender rhodes,Tack Piano
John Kahn   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Vibes
Larry Knechtel   Piano,fender rhodes
Bill Kreutzmann   Drums
Phil Lesh   Bass,Bass Guitar
Ron Tutt   Drums

Technical Credits

Elizabeth Cotten   Composer
Mickey Hart   Contributor
Hank Ballard   Composer
Jerry Garcia   Composer
Grateful Dead   Composer
Robert Hunter   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
James Austin   Reissue Producer
Fats Domino   Composer
David Gans   Reissue Producer
Dan Healy   Engineer
Bob McDill   Composer
Allen Reynolds   Composer
Smiggy   Engineer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Sam Phillips   Composer
Herman Parker   Composer
Ria Lewerke   Art Direction
Reggie Collins   Discographical Annotation
Steve Silberman   Liner Notes
Rob Taylor   Engineer
Mike Steirnagle   Cover Illustration
Blair Jackson   Reissue Producer
Tim Scanlin   Liner Note Coordination
Willi Deenihan   Engineer
Christopher Sabec   Executive Producer
Peter Mcquaid   Executive Producer
Hale Milgrim   Executive Producer

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