The second disc opens with "I Second That Emotion," and then goes into a really great slow, funky bluesy groove on "Someday Baby." Jerry really stretches on this, doing some interesting things vocally - and of course with his guitar. He was always about exploring new territory musically, and you can really sense a certain freedom here, and definitely a joy as well. There is a nice jam, with Merl doing some particularly wonderful things. This band is having a really good time, and that joy transfers to the listeners. I love this track.
"Merl's Tune" is an interesting instrumental track with lots of changes. As you might expect from the title, Merl Saunders does some great stuff. But Jerry offers some pretty impressive moments on guitar, and the track quickly becomes a free-form jam.
Jerry's voice sounds so sweet on "Positively 4th Street," which might be odd for this song. Dylan's somewhat angry delivery is more appropriate. But it's always a treat to hear Jerry sounding so good. And David Grisman sits in on mandolin for this one. This disc ends with "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)," a song I saw the Jerry Garcia Band do later.
The musicians on these discs are Merl Saunders on keyboards, Jerry Garcia on guitar and vocals, John Kahn on bass, and Bill Vitt on drums. As mentioned, David Grisman plays mandolin on "Positively 4th Street."
Keystone Companions: The Complete 1973 Fantasy Recordings is scheduled to be released on September 25, 2012 through Concord Music Group.
1. I Second That Emotion 10:59
2. Someday Baby 10:15
3. Merl's Tune 13:34
4. It Ain't No Use 9:36
5. Positively 4th Street 7:45
6. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) 8:09