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Fall 1989: The Long Island Sound

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Rumored to be in the works for over a year before its release, the Jerry Garcia Band's Fall 1989: Long Island Sound, in a six-disc slipcased box on ATO, is actually more plentiful than the preceding fan buzz imagined it would be. Within are two complete shows by the group and opening duet act Bob Weir and bassist Rob Wasserman September 5 at the Hartford Civic Center, and the following evening at the Nassau Coliseum in New York. Taken together they provide irrefutable evidence of what fans already knew: that the JGB's flowering musical evolution peaked about this time, with the guitarist playing better than he had in years inside and outside the Grateful Dead. The box is set up with three discs devoted to each night. Discs one and four are devoted to the Weir/Wasserman opening sets; the rest reflect the two sets Garcia's band played each night. The Weir/Wasserman gigs are delightfully ragged -- Bob's guitar is slightly out of tune on half of the first night, especially on an otherwise moving version of "Looks Like Rain," but the performances are inspired nonetheless -- check "Throwing Stones" and "K.C. Moan" in Hartford and "When I Paint My Masterpiece," and "Easy to Slip" that gives way to a long Wasserman improv in New York. The bassist is the highlight in this duet; he uses a boundless and heartfelt creativity in each song, making Weir invest his voice fully in the lyrics. To be honest, save for hardcore Deadheads, these gigs need only be heard a couple of times, and are included more for historical than musical import. The Garcia Band sets, however, are positively electric, crackling with energy and an obvious awareness among all players that what is transpiring is special. There are too many highlights to list -- there isn't a lot of overlap in the performances -- only "The Harder They Come" (both versions are stunners), "Evangeline," and "Deal" are repeated. The Bob Dylan tunes -- "Forever Young" and "I Shall Be Released" -- are excellent, as are "Like a Road," "Deal," and a rarity of sorts: a killer performance of Delaney & Bonnie's "Lonesome and a Long Way from Home," which hadn't been played live by the group in six years. The New York show features great reads of Van Morrison's "And It Stoned Me," the Beatles' "Dear Prudence," Smokey Robinson's "I Second That Emotion," Holland-Dozier-Holland's "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)," and the Ray Charles' nugget, "That Lucky Old Sun." The sound throughout is thoroughly remastered from soundboard tapes and is crystalline. The booklet is nothing special -- there's a historical essay by Blair Jackson and memorabilia reproductions, but that's about it. It's clearly the music that matters. At this price point -- retailing for about five dollars a disc -- Fall 1989: Long Island Sound should prove irresistible for fans. ~ Thom Jurek
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Festival Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 5:57
  3. 2 Fever Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 4:11
  4. 3 K.C. Moan Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 3:46
  5. 4 Desolation Row Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 9:29
  6. 5 Looks Like Rain Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 8:8
  7. 6 The Winners Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 3:44
  8. 7 Victim or the Crime Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 5:14
  9. 8 Wasserman Bass Improvisation No. 1 Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 4:15
  10. 9 Throwing Stones Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 8:15
  11. 1 Cats Under the Stars Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 9:9
  12. 2 They Love Each Other Jerry Garcia 6:47
  13. 3 Waiting for a Miracle Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 6:49
  14. 4 Run for the Roses Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 5:43
  15. 5 Like a Road Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 9:23
  16. 6 My Sisters and Brothers Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 4:35
  17. 7 Deal Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 10:21
  18. 1 Tuning Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 0:48
  19. 2 The Harder They Come Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 12:31
  20. 3 Mission in the Rain Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 10:3
  21. 4 Forever Young Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 9:51
  22. 5 Evangeline Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 3:20
  23. 6 Gomorrah Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 6:40
  24. 7 Don't Let Go Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 13:55
  25. 8 Lonesome and a Long Way from Home Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 6:3
  26. 1 Walking Blues Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 4:57
  27. 2 City Girls Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 4:3
  28. 3 Fever Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 4:41
  29. 4 Blackbird Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 2:47
  30. 5 When I Paint My Masterpiece Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 4:46
  31. 6 Shade of Grey Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 4:56
  32. 7 The Winners Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 4:5
  33. 8 Easy to Slip Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 6:45
  34. 9 Wasserman Bass Improvisation No. 2 Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 3:33
  35. 10 Heaven Help the Fool Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 6:42
  36. 1 How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 7:1
  37. 2 Stop That Train Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 7:59
  38. 3 That's What Love Will Make You Do Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 8:58
  39. 4 Mississippi Moon Jerry Garcia 8:39
  40. 5 I Second That Emotion Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 8:46
  41. 6 And It Stoned Me Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 6:43
  42. 7 Deal Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 8:51
  43. 1 The Harder They Come Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 11:25
  44. 2 Dear Prudence Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 10:37
  45. 3 I Shall Be Released Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 7:43
  46. 4 Let It Rock Jerry Garcia 9:11
  47. 5 Evangeline Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 3:41
  48. 6 That Lucky Old Sun Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 12:17
  49. 7 Tangled Up in Blue Jerry Garcia Band / Bob Weir / Rob Wasserman 12:16

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