Fantasy Records will release a four-disc version of Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders' Keystone Companions/The Complete 1973 Fantasy Recordings. The album, which was recorded live in July 1973 at the Keystone Club in Berkeley, California, will be released September 25, part of the celebrations surrounding the late Garcia's 70th birthday (August 1).
Jerry Garcia looked around the Grateful Dead’s rehearsal studio in San Rafael, California, and smiled. “It’s good to not die,” said Garcia, who suffered a nearly fatal diabetic coma in July of ’86. The legendary guitarist whose mercurial improvisations are the life’s blood of the Grateful Dead’s music has made a miraculous recovery from an illness that at first left him incapable of walking, speaking clearly or playing.