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New Box Set Offers 1989 Live Performances by The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir

Image courtesy of Round Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Round Records (via ABC News Radio)

A new box set featuring live recordings by Grateful Dead members Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir 's respective side projects from a pair of September 1989 concerts was released this week.  Fall 1989: The Long Island Sound is a six-CD collection boasting two complete shows headlined by the Jerry Garcia Band , with the acoustic duo of Weir and his RatDog collaborator, bassist Rob Wasserman , serving as the opening act.

The concerts took place on September 5 at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut, and the following night at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.  Each show featured an opening set by Weir and Wasserman, followed by two sets by Garcia's group.  The performances were heavy on covers, with Weir and Wasserman playing versions of such songs as The Beatles ' "Blackbird" and Bob Dylan 's "When I Paint My Masterpiece," and the Garcia Band tackling tunes like Jimmy Cliff 's "The Harder They Come," The Beatles' "Dear Prudence," Van Morison 's "And It Stoned Me," and Dylan's "Forever Young," "Tangled Up in Blue" and "I Shall Be Released."

In all, the box set boasts five-and-a-half hours of music.  Fall 1989: The Long Island Sound also can be purchased as a digital download. In addition, a deluxe Collectors Edition bundle is available at the official Jerry Garcia online store that comes packaged in a specially-designed wooden frame, and includes a signed and numbered screen print by artist Stanley Mouse , a T shirt designed by Mouse, and a booklet featuring liner notes penned by Grateful Dead author Blair Jackson .

In other Garcia-related news, two new Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration concerts , a series of orchestral tribute shows fronted by Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes , have been scheduled in the new year.  The performances will take place May 13 and 14 at Symphony Hall in Boston, and will feature Haynes accompanied by the Boston Pops.  Tickets for the concerts are available now at BSO.org.

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