Keystone Companions: The Complete 1973 Fantasy Recordings, recorded live on July 10 and 11, 1973 at the Keystone club in Berkeley, CA, beautifully captures the magical musical friendship of keyboardist Merl Saunders and singer/guitarist Jerry Garcia. This new deluxe 180g 6LP vinyl box set presents all 24 tracks from the legendary two-night encounter in chronological order and comes complete with a booklet featuring never-before seen photos by Annie Leibovitz, liner notes by Grateful Dead expert David Gans and a collectible poster.
Spanning numerous musical genres from blues and Motown to rockabilly and jazz, the sterling band on the sessions includes Merl Saunders on keyboards; Jerry Garcia, guitar and vocals; John Kahn, bass; and Bill Vitt, drums. Virtuoso David Grisman added mandolin to Bob Dylan's "Positively 4th Street." The mix of songs ranged from Saunders originals to covers of songs by Jimmy Cliff, Junior Parker, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Rodgers & Hart, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, Lightnin' Hopkins, Don Nix and Dan Penn and Dylan.