Legion Of Mary – 1975 Madison, WI

Jerry Garcia
Legion of Mary
Capital City Theater, Madison, WI
Soundboard Recording

This 3 1/2 hour set from Madison, WI on April 20, 1975, 38 years ago today, is a perfect example of the breath and range of music covered by LOM. The band played R&B songs such as I Feel Like Dynamite, Motown tunes such as Boogie On Reggae Women and I’m A Road Runner, jazz numbers such as Favela, and reggae classics such Sitting In Limbo and The Harder They Come. Perhaps almost as interesting is that the set list does not includea single Grateful Dead tune. This soundboard to hear a very different side of Jerry Garcia.

0:00:00 Let it Rock 14:03
0:14:03 Feels Like Dynamite 9:14
0:23:17 Going Going Gone 17:07
0:40:23 Favella 14:25
0:54:47 Someday Baby 12:23
1:07:09 Roadrunner 11:19
1:18:26 Harder They Come 15:00
1:33:26 Wondering Why 19:52
1:53:19 I’ll Take a Melody 9:03
2:02:19 Mississippi Moon 10:52
2:13:10 Boogie on Reggae Woman 14:04
2:27:14 Every Word You Say 9:45
2:36:59 Mystery Train 14:25
2:51:22 Sitting in Limbo 15:18
3:06:37 Tore Up 8:48
3:15:20 Wicked Messenger 5:39

During the Grateful Dead’s18 month hiatus from October 1974 to June 1976, Jerry Garcia engaged in a host of side projects. Those ranged from editing the Grateful Dead movie to recording new material to forming a new band known as Legion of Mary.

In addition to Garcia, Legion of Mary (LOM) included
Merl Saunders on keyboard,
Martin Fierro on sax,
Ron Tutt on drums.

While the band’s tenure was short, Garcia used it to continue to explore and experiment with a host of musical styles. In their live shows, the band melded together an eclectic mix blues, funk, reggae, rock, psychedalia, and especially jazz.