Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders

GarciaLive Vol. 12 - The Boarding House

San Francisco, CA

Jan 23, 1973

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GarciaLive Volume 12: January 23rd, 1973 The Boarding House presents Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders’ complete and previously uncirculated performance at the storied downtown San Francisco venue. Mixed by Jonathan Wilson and Dave Cerminara from the original 16-track recordings captured by Betty Cantor and Rex Jackson.

Captured nearly two years after debuting their amorphous combo, GarciaLive Volume 12 finds Garcia and Saunders continuing to stretch the bounds of R&B standards and foundational rock & roll on the front-end of a three-night midweek run. The core of Garcia, Saunders, bassist John Kahn and drummer Bill Vitt are joined here by vocalist Sarah Fulcher whose tenure with the group was brief but revolutionary. Cut from the same cloth as her bandmates, Fulcher is a fearless improviser who could make up words and lead lines in the moment. On a rollicking version of Martha and the Vandellas’ “Honey Chile”, Fulcher showcases her abilities as a self-described “jam singer” leading, as Jesse Jarnow notes in the liner note essay, an "ebullient jam that turns the Motown bounce inside out and lands in a lithe descending pattern not dissimilar to what Dead tapers labeled the “Mind Left Body” theme.” Other highlights include a pair of Ray Charles staples “Lonely Avenue” and “Georgia On My Mind” which showcase the band’s ability to play it “straight.” Straight of course is relative with Garcia/Saunders & co extending these soul-soaked performances well beyond the 10 minute mark as only they can.


Yeti O 11/9/2023 12:12:44 PM

"by far my favorite performance of all time, out of all the Dead, Panic, J&M, JGB, an recently Goose, etc. shows I've listened to, this one man..."


Setlist at GarciaLive Vol. 12 - The Boarding House, San Francisco, CA on Jan 23, 1973

Set One

Expressway (To Your Heart) 908


It's Too Late 453


The System 1204


Honey Chile 830


Money Honey 456


I Know It's A Sin 626


Find a Rainbow 698


The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down Live 369


Set Two

It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry 497


I Was Made To Love Her 730


Lonely Avenue 749


Go Climb a Mountain 865


Thats All Right, Mama 679


Georgia On My Mind 919


I Second That Emotion 720


How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) 486


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