Wales and Friends:
Wales and Friends, w. Jerry Garcia
'Side Trips Vol. 1', recorded at the Matrix in 1970 was released 1998. It's actually my favorite Dead-related gem. It's beautifully recorded and the music is very spacey, totally improvised. Vol. 2 unfortunately never saw the light of day.
radio-recording from Boston in 1972, is a fine alternative. The sound
is good, although the drums are a tad to loud. But Jerry and Howard are
also prominent in the mix, and PLAY they do ! It's real jam music: as
they improvise, the musicians have to search around a bit, but when they
hit the groove, as they frequently do, it's quite mindblowing ! Jerry
produces the same distinct guitar sound as on 'Side Trips', which is quite
different from the one he projects with the Dead or solo: it has a fuller,
deeper quality, less plaintive. At times, the music approaches the colourful
Bitches Brew-universe, at others it's the more abstract Dark Star-structures
which come floating around. Recommended for Garcia-buffs.