[UPDATED] Jerry Garcia Band ‘Electric On The Eel’ Box Set Due In March

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  • Feb 1, 2019 • 7:40 am PST

    Electric On The Eel contains the first Jerry Garcia Band version of Eric Clapton’s “See What Love Can Do” to be official released. Listen to audio of the track below.

See What Love Can Do

On March 15, a 6-CD set featuring the Jerry Garcia Band’s famed performances at French’s Camp On The Eel River in Piercy, California will be issued via Round Records. Electric On The Eel contains three full electric sets from the JGB’s visits to Eel River in 1987, 1989 and 1991.

Jerry Garcia first performed at semi-secluded venue on August 29, 1987 at the request of old friend and counter-culture icon Wavy Gravy. The concert was a fundraiser for Wavy’s Hog Farm and was co-produced and promoted by Bill Graham. The 1987 concert featured performances by both the Jerry Garcia Band and the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band. Though the box set focuses on electric JGB sets, an Acoustic On The Eel bonus disc will be available exclusively at independent record stores and through JerryGarcia.com.

Garcia brought the JGB back to the scenic venue on June 10, 1989 and on August 10, 1991. His band for all of the electric sets found the Grateful Dead guitarist joined by keyboardist Melvin Seals, bassist John Kahn, drummer David Kemper and vocalists Gloria Jones and Jacklyn LaBranch. Highlights from the 1987 show include stellar renditions of “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)”, Van Morrison’s “And It Stoned Me” and Jimmy Cliff’s “The Harder They Come”. The 1989 performance features standout versions of Garcia/Hunter originals “Deal” and “They Love Each Other” as well as two Allen Toussaint gems (“I’ll Take A Melody” and “Get Out My Life Woman”) and a rare take on the gospel standard “I Hope It Won’t Be This Way Always,” which gets its first release in this box set.

The 1991 set is described as “the jewel of the collection showcasing the group at the height of their powers.” Here’s more info on that portion of the box set:

The show features inspired versions of the gospel-infused “My Sisters And Brothers“, “Lay Down Sally”, Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell”, and an epic, heart-melting interpretation of The Manhattans’ “Shining Star”. The 1991 set also includes The Jerry Garcia Band’s take on Mercer/Carmichael’s “Lazy Bones”, The Band’s “Twilight” and Eric Clapton’s “See What Love Can Do” (written by Jerry Lynn Williams), released for the first time.

Electric On The Eel is currently available for pre-order via JerryGarcia.com.

Electric On The Eel Tracklist

August 29, 1987

Disc 1, Set 1

  1. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) (Lamont Dozier/Brian Holland/Eddie Holland)
  2. Forever Young (Bob Dylan)
  3. Get Out Of My Life Woman (Allen Toussaint)
  4. Run For The Roses (Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter)
  5. And It Stoned Me (Van Morrison)
  6. My Sisters And Brothers (Charles Johnson)
  7. Deal (Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter)

Disc 2, Set 2

  1. The Harder They Come (Jimmy Cliff)
  2. I Shall Be Released (Bob Dylan)
  3. Think (Jimmy McCracklin/Deadric Malone)
  4. Evangeline (David Hidalgo/Louie Perez)
  5. Gomorrah (Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter)
  6. Let It Rock (Chuck Berry)
  7. That Lucky Old Sun (Haven Gillespie/Beasley Smith)
  8. Tangled Up In Blue (Bob Dylan)

June 10, 1989

Disc 3, Set 1

  1. I’ll Take A Melody (Allen Toussaint)
  2. They Love Each Other (Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter)
  3. Get Out Of My Life Woman (Allen Toussaint)
  4. Run For The Roses (Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter)
  5. Stop That Train (Peter Tosh)
  6. Mission In The Rain (Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter)
  7. My Sisters And Brothers (Charles Johnson)
  8. Deal (Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter)

Disc 4, Set 2

  1. The Harder They Come (Jimmy Cliff)
  2. Waiting For A Miracle (Bruce Cockburn)
  3. I Shall Be Released (Bob Dylan)
  4. Think (Jimmy McCracklin/Deadric Malone)
  5. I Hope It Won’t Be This Way Always (Barbara Allison)
  6. Don’t Let Go (Jesse Stone)
  7. Evangeline (David Hidalgo/Louie Perez)
  8. That Lucky Old Sun (Haven Gillespie/Beasley Smith)
  9. Tangled Up In Blue (Bob Dylan)

August 10, 1991

Disc 5, Set 1

  1. The Way You Do The Things You Do (William Robinson Jr./Robert Rogers)
  2. And It Stoned Me (Van Morrison)
  3. You Never Can Tell (C’est La Vie) (Chuck Berry)
  4. Waiting For A Miracle (Bruce Cockburn)
  5. Struggling Man (Jimmy Cliff)
  6. My Sisters And Brothers (Charles Johnson)
  7. Deal (Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter)

Disc 6, Set 2

  1. Shining Star (Paul Richmond/Leo Graham)
  2. Think (Jimmy McCracklin/Deadric Malone)
  3. Lay Down Sally (Eric Clapton/Marcy Levy/George Terry)
  4. Twilight (Robbie Robertson)
  5. See What Love Can Do (Jerry Lynn Williams)
  6. Lazy Bones (Hoagy Carmichael/Johnny Mercer)
  7. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (Jerry Wexler/Bert Berns/Solomon Burke)