Official Jerry Garcia Spotify Playlists


The announcement that the solo recordings of Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia were finally being made available on streaming services included a promise of future officially curated playlists constructed from the newly added releases. Several of those official playlists have been added to Spotify and are the focus of this week’s Saturday Stream.

As of press time the official Jerry Garcia Spotify account has posted eight playlists covering different aspects of the late great guitarist’s storied career. They vary in length from seven-song sets to a 50-track comprehensive sampling of Jerry’s many projects – including some Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band selections.

Up first is the Spotify Playlist titled Across The Pond: Covers Of The British Invasion. Made up of Jerry Garcia Band and Garcia solo releases, the seven songs in this batch include The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby,” “Mother Nature’s Son,” “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Dear Prudence,” Van Morrison’s “And It Stoned Me” and “Bright Side Of The Road” and The Rolling Stones’ “Let’s Spend The Night Together.”

The Jerry Does Motown playlist compiles solo, JGB, Legion Of Mary and Merl Saunders recordings. Below you can stream such Motor City hits as Stevie Wonder’s “Boogie On Reggae Woman,” Smokey Robinson’s “I Second That Emotion,” The Temptations’ “The Way You Do The Things You Do” and The Drifters’ “Money Honey.”

Another seven-song playlist, Roots Rock Garcia takes a look at Jerry’s ventures into reggae. Covers of Bob Marley’s “Stir It Up” and “Stop That Train,” Jimmy Cliff’s “The Harder They Come” and “Sitting Here In Limbo” as well as Garcia’s solo reggae arrangement of Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” help make up the set featuring Jerry with Saunders as well as David Grisman and JGB.

Grateful Dead renditions of “Smokestack Lightnin,’” “Viola Lee Blues” and “Oh Babe It Ain’t No Lie” are part of the 18-track Garcia Sings The Blues playlist. The Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band’s “Deep Elem Blues” is also included, as is a lengthy JGB rendition of Solomon Burke’s “Everybody Needs Someone To Love” and Legion Of Mary’s take on Junior Parker’s “Mystery Train.” There’s also Legion Of Mary’s cover of J.J. Cale’s “After Midnight” from the recently issued GarciaLive Vol. 6.

Similar to a previously shared Saturday Stream Spotify Playlist, the Playing In The Band: Jerry’s Collaborations official collection examines Garcia as guest performer and session musician. Jerry’s work on recordings by Dylan, Jefferson Airplane Bruce Hornsby, Warren Zevon, Ornette Coleman, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and others.

One of the more straightforward playlists, Garcia Plays Dylan is a 19-song set of Bob Dylan covers. Dead versions of “It’s All Over Now Baby Blue,” “Maggie’s Farm,” “She Belongs To Me,” “Visions Of Johanna” and “The Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo)” are featured along with Garcia, Grisman and Tony Rice’s recording of “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” from The Pizza Tapes and cuts from a number of other solo Garcia projects.

Jerry takes us to church with the A Lovely View Of Heaven: Hymnals, Spirituals, And Gospels By Garcia. Familiar ecclesiastical tunes like “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “My Sisters And Brothers,” “Drifting Too Far From The Shore” and many others make up the 21-track angelic playlist.

Finally, a full-on, career-spanning sampling of the work of Jerry Garcia within and outside of the Grateful Dead can be found through the This Is: Jerry Garcia playlist. Among the 50 tracks are Jerry’s contributions to the Dead, incarnations of JGB, solo work and collaborations with Saunders, Grisman and Howard Wales, displayed in a mix originals and covers for over four and a half hours of music.