In addition to a Grateful Dead live set already in the pipeline, Rhino is readying a live album and DVD, each chronicling side projects helmed by the band’s late leader, Jerry Garcia. Due Aug. 9, one is a two-disc audio collection of live tracks from his mid-1970s jazz-leaning rock quintet Legion Of Mary, while the other is a video record of a 1990 Jerry Garcia Band show near San Francisco.
In Legion Of Mary, Garcia surrounded himself with an eclectic group of sidemen: keyboardist/vocalist and longtime compatriot Merle Saunders, one-time Elvis Presley drummer Ron Tutt, Martin Fierro (Quicksilver Messenger Service, Zero) on sax and reed instruments and bassist John Kahn (John Lee Hooker, Al Kooper). The group played around 60 shows between December 1974 and July 1975.
Seven of those shows produced the never-before-released recordings on “The Jerry Garcia Collection, Volume 1: Legion Of Mary.” Like many Garcia projects, the song selection is heavy on covers, including Bob Dylan’s “Tough Mama,” Ray Charles’ “Talkin’ ‘Bout You” and Chuck Berry’s “Let It Rock.”
Meanwhile, the Jerry Garcia Band’s “Live at Shoreline,” captures a Sept. 1, 1990, show at the Bay Area amphitheatre that was originally meant to be a Dead performance, but was nixed due to keyboardist Brent Mydland’s death a few months earlier. The title is the first official JGB DVD release, and boasts two sets of music that includes covers of the Beatles’ “Dear Prudence” and Dylan’s “Tangled Up in Blue.”
Monterey Video DVD of the same name.