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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In the last five years of his life, Jerry Garcia frequently dropped in on his old friend, mandolin player David Grisman, to play and record the kind of folk, bluegrass, and old-timey music they had both begun their careers with in the early '60s. Grisman released two Garcia/Grisman albums on his Acoustic Disc label during Garcia's lifetime, and this is the first to be compiled since his death. In a note, Grisman writes, "I decided to organize this material by genre; this first volume is comprised of traditional folk songs and ballads." Indeed, among the 13 tracks here are versions of children's ballads and other ancient songs that formed the repertoire of some of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In the last five years of his life, Jerry Garcia frequently dropped in on his old friend, mandolin player David Grisman, to play and record the kind of folk, bluegrass, and old-timey music they had both begun their careers with in the early '60s. Grisman released two Garcia/Grisman albums on his Acoustic Disc label during Garcia's lifetime, and this is the first to be compiled since his death. In a note, Grisman writes, "I decided to organize this material by genre; this first volume is comprised of traditional folk songs and ballads." Indeed, among the 13 tracks here are versions of children's ballads and other ancient songs that formed the repertoire of some of the folk groups that both players belonged to. Grisman has included a lavish CD booklet containing thorough annotations by New Lost City Ramblers member John Cohen that trace the origins of each of the songs and detail Garcia and Grisman's backgrounds. One gets the sense that Cohen and Grisman are trying to provide a tutorial to Deadheads who may be puzzled. The effect of all the scholarship is to imply that the sessions are more deliberate than a hearing suggests, however. The playing is loose and spontaneous, and Garcia is not always in the best voice. Nevertheless, Grisman is right to begin his documentation of Garcia's last sessions with an album that ties directly into the guitarist's initial musical passions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/1996
  • Label: Acoustic Disc
  • UPC: 715949102127
  • Catalog Number: 21
  • Sales rank: 61,050

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerry Garcia Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Vocals, 5-string Banjo
Bryan Bowers Autoharp
Joe Craven Fiddle, Percussion
Matt Eakle Flute
David Grisman Guitar, Mandola, Track Performer, 5-string Banjo, Mandolin Banjo
Willow Scarlett Harmonica
Jim Kerwin Bass
Technical Credits
Mickey Hart Composer
Solomon Burke Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Jerry Garcia Composer, Producer
Bob Weir Composer
Bert Berns Composer
John Cohen Liner Notes
David Dennison Engineer
Donna Jean Godchaux Composer
Keith Godchaux Composer
David Grisman Producer, Contributor, Liner Notes
Bill Kreutzmann Composer
Phil Lesh Composer
Craig Miller Executive Producer
Paul Stubblebine Mastering
D. Brent Hauseman Artwork
Babe Chivian Composer
Joseph Martin Composer
John Hurt Composer
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  • Posted July 11, 2011

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    Weary and Worn...

    describes Garcia's voice on this CD. Time and hard living had taken their toll. He and David Grisman showed respect and love for these old chestnuts but I found myself hoping for a few more up-tempo tunes on this collection. The sound is first rate, as is usual for a Grisman recording.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MUST OWN GOOD TIME MUSIC

    Virtuoso musicians playing an eclectic mix of bluegrass, blues, sea shanties and folk music. Although Jerry's voice isn't always at his best, music just doesn't get any better than this. It's obvious that all involved were enjoying the moment. This is plain simple music, but like a fine wine there is richness and texture to every note. If you like bluegrass, folk music or Jerry you must own this fine collection of songs.

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