by Merl Saunders


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Keyboardist Merl Saunders roamed through the vaults at Fantasy Records in 1997, where he had recorded a voluminous amount of material in the 1970s, and put together this scintillating retrospective. Filled with multi-track remixes of forgotten masters, unreleased gems, restored parts over previously released material, this features Saunders fronting a bunch of different lineups and utilizing the talents of Jerry Garcia, Michael Bloomfield, David Grisman, Tom Fogerty, Vassar Clements, Kenneth Nash, John Kahn and a young Sheila E. Escovedo. Highlights include "Little Bit of Righteousness" and "Iron House," both featuring great guitar work from Bloomfield, "Wondering Why" and "Bolinas Brown," showcasing Garcia in two different lineups and "M.S.," perhaps Sheila's first recorded performance.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/1997
Label: Fantasy
UPC: 0025218771221
catalogNumber: 7712
Rank: 118724

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Merl Saunders   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Clavinet,Mellotron,Roland 2000
Michael Bloomfield   Guitar
Geoff Muldaur   Vocals
Tramaine Hawkins   Background Vocals
Walter Hawkins   Background Vocals
Jerry Garcia   Guitar,Vocals
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Michael Howell   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Kenneth Nash   Percussion,Bongos,Conga
Tom Fogerty   Rhythm Guitar
Gaylord Birch   Drums
Vassar Clements   Violin
Edwin Hawkins   Background Vocals
Billy Fender   Rhythm Guitar
Martin Fierro   Flute,Saxophone
David Grisman   Mandolin
Chris Hayes   Guitar
John Kahn   Bass
Tony Saunders   Bass
Rev. Ron Stallings   Saxophone
Larry Vann   Drums
Bill Vitt   Drums
John Wilmeth   Trumpet
Lynette Hawkins-Stephens   Vocals
Eccleston W. Wainwright   Drums
Cat Heads   Conga
Walter Hawkins & The Hawkins Family   Vocals
Vince Littleton   Percussion,Drums
Ron Stalling   Saxophone
Joel Cohen   Guitar

Technical Credits

Michael Bloomfield   Contributor
Jerry Garcia   Contributor
Tom Scott   Engineer
Merl Saunders   Producer,Remixing
Vassar Clements   Contributor
Don Cody   Engineer
Steve Fontana   Remixing
Brian Gardner   Engineer
David Grisman   Contributor
Rex Jackson   Engineer
Skip Shimmin   Engineer
Eddie Bill Harris   Engineer
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Betty Cantor   Engineer
Mike Lawson   Liner Notes
Brian Gadner   Engineer

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