Robert Hunter & Comfort – Friend Of The Devil (CD)
Label: Echoes – ECHOCD2066
Series: Historic Radio Recording
Format: CD, Album, Unofficial Release
1 Rose Of Sharon
2 Rum Runners
3 Tiger Rose
4 Battle Of New Orleans
5 Must Have Been The Roses
6 Wild Bill
7 Let Me Go (Out Into The Valley)
8 Keys To The Rain
9 Cruel White Water
10 Last Flash Of Rock And Roll
11 Talking Money Tree
12 Friend Of The Devil
13 Promontory Rider
14 Boys In The Barroom
15 That Train
WHFS-FM Broadcast, Robert Hunter & Comfort Live From Warners Theatre, Washington DC, 18th March 1978
CD and Inlay in very good condition.
Robert Hunter and Comfort
Opened for the Jerry Garcia Band
Robert Hunter performed and recorded with the band Comfort for about a year, from mid-1977 to mid-1978. In particular he wrote a lengthy suite of songs called “Alligator Moon”
which is well worth listening to for any Hunter fan. Hunter was unhappy with his studio version of the suite, so the album was never released.
Circulating live versions of the suite are excellent—it’s a shame they never saw an official release.
A few Hunter/Comfort studio recordings were released on the album Promontory Rider.
March 18, 1978 Warner Theater, Washington, DC (early and late show)
Jerry Garcia Band/Robert Hunter and Comfort
UPDATE: A tape of a Comfort set from an WHFS-fm broadcast has surfaced. I assume that the Comfort set was broadcast along with the JGB show. It does beg the very interesting question of who paid for it (for a band to play live on commercial FM radio, the record company had to pick up the lost advertising costs). I assume Arista did it as a favor to Garcia, but that raises a host of interesting issues in its own right, such as whether Arista was considering releasing the Alligator Moon album.
ROBERT HUNTER AND COMFORT 1977-78
Robert Hunter-vocals, guitar
Kevin Morgenstern-lead guitar
Rodney Albin-violin, mandolin
>Ozzie Allers joins in February 1978, replacing McNees
Larry Klein-six string bass