Jerry Garcia created an unparalleled legacy across the American landscape, most notably in his role as a founding member, singer, songwriter and lead guitarist of the Grateful Dead. Jerry's unmistakable guitar tone enchanted multitudes of "Deadheads" throughout the band's 30-year career and beyond. The prolific nature of Garcia is evident in the breadth of albums he released throughout his iconic musical career which in addition to the Dead included work with the Jerry Garcia Band, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Old and in the Way, Legion of Mary, Garcia/Grisman, projects with Merl Saunders and as a solo artist. Considering Jerry was the most recorded musician of all time, there's always some overlooked gem just waiting to be discovered.
Originally released in 1974, Jerry's second solo effort was once again simply titled Garcia but to distinguish it from his eponymous 1972 debut, the album took its revised name from a "Compliments Of" sticker which appeared on promotional copies of the album. It was produced by long-time collaborator John Kahn, who selected the compositions with the exception of "Russian Lullaby," and it peaked at #49 on the Billboard charts. In addition to a track list that features classics from artists like Chuck Berry, Smokey Robinson, and Peter Rowan, Garcia (Compliments) also boasts an all-star cast of the '70s most in-demand session players including drummer Ron Tutt (Elvis), guitarist Larry Carlton (Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Fourplay), organist Merl Saunders, and legendary backing vocalists Merry Clayton and Clydie King.
"Most of those songs I didn't know...so I went in there like a studio vocalist, with the lyrics – most of them I'd only heard one or two times," Jerry explained. "That was one of the few times when I didn't really go on a trip about the material. I let John do the material selecting, except for a few suggestions like Russian Lullaby, which was one of mine."