I was on the line reviewing Jerry Garcia’s recordings when I uncovered a real gem, Cats Under The Stars, Jerry Garcia Band (April 1978). I realized I was familiar with the cover art by Stanley Mouse but not the music selections. So I gave it a listen.
This recording was Jerry Garcia’s fourth solo studio record and the first to be presented as the Jerry Garcia Band which included Garcia, John Kahn, Ron Tutt, Maria Muldaur, and Garcia’s Grateful Dead bandmates, Keith & Donna Godchaux.
The 2017 vinyl reissue features re-mastered audio by Fred Kevorkian with lacquers cut by Ron McMaster at Capitol Studios and pressed to 180gram marbled gold vinyl by Quality Record Pressings. The Marbled Gold vinyl is pressed in a limited edition of 5,000 pieces with individually numbered foil-stamped jackets.
“Cats Under the Stars is my favorite one. That’s the one that I’m happiest with, from every point of view in which I operate on that record.” – Jerry Garcia (1981 interview with David Gans and Blair Jackson)
1. Reuben and Cerise
2. Love In The Afternoon
3. Palm Sunday
4. Cats Under The Stars
5. Rhapsody In Red
7. Down Home