Jerry Garcia

All Good Things Redux

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Even though Jerry Garcia's All Good Things anthology sprawls over six CDs, there were still a few worthy nuggets that wouldn't fit due to the time and space limitations of compact discs. Rather than keep them vaulted until the next Garcia non-live compilation, they are gathered onto this half-hour collection -- a gratuitous premium offering for those who purchased the box set from the Garcia's official website and online store. The alternate rendering of the Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There," which Garcia revamped into a midtempo slinky groove, suitably adapts to the revision with bassist John Kahn providing solid yet limber contributions. While not substantially different from the reading that appeared on 1982's Run for the Roses, it does present a nice contrast. Garcia's voracious appreciation for all genres of music is evident on Irving Berlin's "Russian Lullaby." Garcia included it on his second non-Grateful Dead LP, 1974's Garcia (Compliments), and later incorporated stretched-out bluesy interpretations in concert. Interested parties are encouraged to locate Shining Star for a stellar example. "T.L.E.O. Jam" is an instrumental built around the Garcia/Hunter song "They Love Each Other." While the Grateful Dead accompanied the guitarist when the number first appeared on Reflections in 1976, this version dates circa the late '70s/early '80s. Unquestionably the best is saved for last with a soulful take of Bob Dylan's epic "Visions of Johanna." Garcia's obvious affinity for the selection translates into a heartfelt and empathetic quality that Dylan's original merely hints at. Although the ballad would not make it onto a Garcia album, the guitarist would revisit it during his final tours with the Grateful Dead, creating one of his most powerful latter-era showcases.

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