Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders

GarciaLive Vol. 15 - Keystone Korner

San Francisco, CA

May 21, 1971

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GarciaLive Volume 15: May 21st, 1971 Keystone Korner finds Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders in the middle of their first multi-night run at the vaulted San Francisco club. The previously uncirculated two-set performance was mixed and mastered from 4-track analog reels. With John Kahn thought to be on another gig in Southern California, Garcia, Saunders, and drummer Bill Vitt shift to an organ trio configuration with Merl’s feet ably rounding out the rhythm section. Future Garcia/Saunders & Legion of Mary bandmate Martin Fierro joins the fold, his first known performance with Garcia/Saunders, on 5 songs pushing the group to dizzying heights. The show opening “Man-Child” sets the tone with a 17-minute heavily improvised, funky jazz-fusion romp, while the self-described “Keystone Korner Jam” is (as best we can tell) a completely improvised adventure that takes the group into uncharted territory. Set Two offers more of the same with an incendiary take on Saunders’s original “Save Mother Earth” that tips the 25-minute mark to open the set. The highlight of the night, however, may be the only known Garcia-led performance of David Crosby’s “The Wall Song.” While Saunders is credited with teaching Garcia “regular, straight” music, there’s certainly no evidence of anything mundane here.

Reviews

GratefulDad 5/21/2022 8:05:31 AM

"Hard to find a better example of the chemistry between these two. A must listen. "

Uncle Sam 6/2/2021 6:22:10 PM

"No words from Uncle Sam on this. I’m speechless. "

Some dude 3/6/2021 5:03:18 PM

"The best thing I never heard "

Easy Wind 12/17/2020 2:02:53 PM

"Awesome. 5 stars. Beautiful moment in time for one of the greatest."

Nomadtribe 12/14/2020 9:33:22 PM

"Haha!! JG*"

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Setlist at GarciaLive Vol. 15 - Keystone Korner, San Francisco, CA on May 21, 1971

Set One

Man-Child 1036

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One Kind Favor 554

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I Know It's A Sin 418

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I Was Made To Love Her 598

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Keystone Korner Jam 989

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The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down 304

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Save Mother Earth 1519

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That's All Right 508

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The Wall Song 765

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Mystery Train 404

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