GarciaLive, Vol. 7, November 8th 1976 Sophie's, Palo Alto
Personnel: Jerry Garcia (vocals, guitar); Donna Jean Godchaux (vocals); Keith Godchaux (keyboards); Ron Tutt (drums).
Liner Note Author: Nicholas Meriwether.
Recording information: Sophie's, Palo Alto, CA (11/08/1976).
Illustrator: Ryan Corey.
Photographers: Ed Perlstein; James Anderson.
Volume 7 of ATO Records' popular Garcialive series finds the late Grateful Dead founder fronting the Jerry Garcia Band at a hometown gig at Sophie's in Palo Alto. Recorded on November 8, 1976 and unearthed in 2015 by singer and bandmate Donna Godchaux, this two-and-a-half-hour live recording has never been previously circulated in the Dead's bootleg community. The band's lineup at this time consisted of Garcia on vocals and guitar, Donna Godchaux on vocals, Keith Godchaux on keyboards, John Kahn on bass, and Ron Tutt on drums. Mixing their mid-'70s cocktail of rock, soul, gospel, and reggae, the JGB runs through spirited versions of "The Way You Do the Things You Do," "Mission in the Rain," "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," and a 22-minute rendition of "Don't Let Go." ~ Timothy Monger