Listen To Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders Perform ‘It’s Too Late’ In 1973

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On December 20, the Jerry Garcia Family and Round Records will release GarciaLive Volume 12. The latest installment of the GarciaLive series of live archival recordings features a previously uncirculated recording of Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders leading their band at San Francisco venue the Boarding House on January 23, 1973 including a rendition of “It’s Too Late.”

Garcia and Saunders were joined at the Boarding House by bassist John Kahn, drummer Bill Vitt and vocalist Sarah Fulcher. The show is one of a few featuring Fulcher who described herself as a “jam singer.” GarciaLive Volume 12 was culled from 16-track recordings original captured to 2″ analog tape by Betty Cantor and Rex Jackson. Songs such as The Band’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” Bob Dylan’s “It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry,” Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell’s “Georgia On My Mind” and Martha & The Vandellas’ “Honey Chile” were among those performed by the quintet in San Francisco on January 23, 1973.

“It’s Too Late” was played after the “Expressway (To Your Heart)” that opened the evening. Chuck Willis penned “It’s Too Late” and the song was played by Garcia a number of times in the early 1970s, mainly with Merl Saunders, as per Whitegum.com. Garcia sang lead with passionate backing vocals provided by Sarah Fulcher during the version found on GarciaLive Volume 12. Willis originally released “It’s Too Late” as a single in 1956 and included the tune on his 1958 LP, King Of The Stroll.

Stream “It’s Too Late” from GarciaLive Volume 12 below: