"Sugaree" is the stand-out song from the Garcia
album, and it's kind of confusing where to list it. Warner Bros. Records, at the time, sponsored solo albums by all of the Dead at the time; so along with Garcia
we have Bob Weir's Ace
and Mickey Hart's Rolling Thunder
. On the solo effort side, Garcia played every instrument except the drums
on the entire album, and did at least half of the writing as well. On the other hand - who are we kidding? - this is Jerry Garcia we're talking about, and six of the tracks from this album eventually became Grateful Dead concert standards. Oh, heck, call it a Grateful Dead song, Jerry wouldn't mind.
Speaking of almost-but-not-quite Grateful Dead albums, Jerry's immediately previous work to this album was New Riders of the Purple Sage
, with Mickey Hart, and co-starring Commander Cody (as in Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen) of "Hot Rod Lincoln
" fame. Just thought we'd throw it in!
Other albums this song appears on are One from the Vault
and Dick's Picks Volume 3
. "Sugaree" was even used in the 1996 promotion sampler A Glimpse of the Vault