Garcia Family Provisions has declared GarciaLive Volume 16 as its album of the month for February. This three-CD album features a three set show from Jerry Garcia Band’s inaugural show at Madison Square Garden from November 15,1991, a show that takes place right in the middle of one Garcia’s most heralded solo tours.
The Grateful Dead had recently finished a nine-show residency at The Garden just two months, but this show marks the first ever JGB at the World’s Most Famous Arena. The show opens with a buoyant cover of How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) and features a host of other memorable covers like Van Morrison’s “He Ain’t Give You None” and “Bright Side Of The Road,” Smokey Robinson’s “The Way You Do The Things You Do” and Bob Dylan’s “Simple Twist of Fate.”
And there’s also other Jerry Garcia Band staples like “Ain’t No Bread In The Breadbox” and an extended take of “Don’t Let Go” included on this release, as well as a sterling rendition of “Shining Star” included as well. And the show ends on an emotional high with a cover of “(What A) Wonderful World.”
The JGB lineup at this time includes Melvin Seals on keys, John Kahn on bass, David Kemper on drums and Jaclyn LaBranch and Gloria Jones handling backup vocals. In Glide Magazine Doug Collette wrote, “Garcia Live Volume 16 may be the ideal entry in this ongoing archive series to provide the curious music lover eager to comprehend the virtues of the Jerry Garcia Band…. [Garcia] is equally expressive through the selection of tunes by his favorite composers plus an eclectic range of other song choices, consistently vigorous vocals… and, last but not least, versatile and inventive guitar work.”