As people gather to celebrate the life of Jerry Garcia during the first week of August, I wanted to share a mix of tunes. Instead of the usual suspects like “Eyes of the World” or “Ripple,” I dug a little deeper and found some stuff that was a little off the beaten path.

You can read my “Jerry Post” from last summer here.

Enjoy the tunes and I’ll meet you back here next week.

Á¢€Å“You need music, I dont know why. It’s probably one of those Joseph Campbell questions, why we need ritual. We need magic and bliss, and power and myth, and celebration and religion in our lives and music is a good way to encapsulate a lot of it.Á¢€ – Jerry Garcia

The Grateful Dead – “Mountains of the Moon” from Aoxomoxoa original vinyl pressing
Jerry and Sara Garcia – “Deep Elem Blues” 5/4/63 The Tangent, Palo Alto
The Grateful Dead – “I Second That Emotion” 4/25/71 Fillmore East, New York
Jerry Garcia Band – “Shining Star” unknown date and venue 1993
Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions – “Shake That Thing” 7/?/64 The Tangent, Palo Alto
Legion of Mary – “The Wicked Messenger” 4/19/75 Oriental Theater, Milwaukee
The Grateful Dead – “Morning Dew” 9/21/74 Palais Des Sports, Paris
Jerry Garcia and John Kahn – “Ruben and Cherise” 5/5/82 Oregon State Prison, Salem
The Grateful Dead – “Whiskey in the Jar” soundcheck 2/?/93

bonus track

Jerry’s Acid Test Commentary ca. 1967 (?)

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Ben Wiser

Test of the Boomerang is an in-depth exploration of some of the best material found on the Live Music Archive.

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