Garcia (album)

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Studio album by Jerry Garcia
Released January 20, 1972
Recorded July 1971
Genre Folk rock
Acid rock
Length 40:00
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Bob Matthews, Betty Cantor and Bill Kreutzmann
Jerry Garcia chronology
New Riders of the Purple Sage
(1971)New Riders of the Purple Sage1971
Live at Keystone
(1973)Live at Keystone1973
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Music Box 4/5 stars[2]

Garcia is Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia's first solo album, released in 1972.[1][3]

Warner Bros. Records offered the Grateful Dead the opportunity to cut their own solo records, and Garcia was released around the same time as Bob Weir's Ace and Mickey Hart's Rolling Thunder. Unlike Ace, which was practically a Grateful Dead album, Garcia was more of a solo effort, as Garcia played almost all the instrumental parts. Six tracks (specifically those coauthored by lyricist Robert Hunter) eventually became standards in the Grateful Dead concert repertoire.

Some reprints of the album are self-released. "Loser" was covered by Cracker on their 1993 album Kerosene Hat.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Deal" (Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia) – 3:14
  2. "Bird Song" (Hunter, Garcia) – 4:26
  3. "Sugaree" (Hunter, Garcia) – 5:54
  4. "Loser" (Hunter, Garcia) – 4:10

Side two[edit]

  1. "Late For Supper" (Garcia, Bill Kreutzmann) – 1:37
  2. "Spidergawd" (Garcia, Kreutzmann) – 3:25
  3. "Eep Hour" (Garcia, Kreutzmann) – 5:08
  4. "To Lay Me Down" (Hunter, Garcia) – 6:18
  5. "An Odd Little Place" (Garcia, Kreutzmann) – 1:38
  6. "The Wheel" (Hunter, Garcia, Kreutzmann) – 4:12

The album was reissued in the All Good Things: Jerry Garcia Studio Sessions box set with the following bonus tracks:

11. "Sugaree (Alternate Take)" (Hunter, Garcia) – 7:13
12. "Loser (Alternate Take)" (Hunter, Garcia) – 4:06
13. "Late For Supper / Spidergawd / Eep Hour (Alternate Takes)" (Garcia, Kreutzmann)
14. "The Wheel (Alternate Take #1)" (Hunter, Garcia) – 4:04
15. "The Wheel (Alternate Take #2)" (Hunter, Garcia) – 2:53
16. "Study for EEP Hour" (Garcia, Kreutzmann) – 3:30
17. "Dealin' from the Bottom (Studio Jam)" (Garcia, Kreutzmann) – 1:25
18. "Study for the Wheel" (Garcia, Kreutzmann) – 3:22




  • Bob Matthews – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Betty Cantor – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Ramrod – producer, engineer, mixing, production assistant
  • Bill Kreutzmann – production assistant
  • Bob Seidman – cover photo and album design
  • Herb Greene – Garcia photo


  1. ^ a b Planer, Lindsay. Garcia at AllMusic
  2. ^ Music Box review
  3. ^ Garcia at The Grateful Dead Family Discography