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Old & In the Way Live

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Audio CD, Live, January 30, 1996
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This CD is an out of print collectible! It is the first release from Jerry Garcia's bluegrass act which included David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Vassar Clements and John Kahn.

The landmark original 1975 release, these 10 songs provided a bridge between traditional and progressive bluegrass. The presence of Jerry Garcia greatly expanded the bluegrass audience, exposing thousands of fans to mountain music for the first time, but Garcia's melodic banjo picking and soulful baritone are also essential ingredients. Former bluegrass boy Peter Rowan contributes three now-standard original cuts, and the band covers material ranging from traditionals and Stanley Brothers favorites to the Rolling Stones. Fiddle master Vassar Clements represents the tradition, soaring freely through the verses and breaks with astonishing fire and grace. It remains an important historical document, although the two recent Acoustic Disc volumes (also recorded during the band's only tour in 1973) offer even greater performances and more selections. --Marc Greilsamer

1. Pig In A Pen
2. Midnight Moonlight
3. Old And In The Way
4. Knockin' On Your Door
5. The Hobo Song
6. Panama Red
7. Wild Horses
8. Kissimmee Kid
9. White Dove
10. Land Of The Navajo

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 30, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: 1973
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000002VKC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,529 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Sutherland on March 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This CD brings together some really incredible musicians! Not only do you have the considerable vocal and banjo talents of Jerry Garcia but also you've got David Grisman, and Vassar Clements: on Mandolin, and Violin, respectively. Garcia, Grisman, and Clements seem to be competing with eachother on each track for who can pull off the best solo on their instrument. They don't do this intentionally I don't think but they might as well be competing because all three are awesome throughout this entire CD. I didn't know that Garcia could play such a mean banjo, he can actually stay up with Grisman and Clements, who are elite in their field anyway. Grisman is probably one of the best Mandolin players of all time. He is especially good on Wild Horses. To give you an idea of how good Clements is on the violin I'll tell you about the time I went to a bluegrass concert that featured him. Clements was playing with John McCuen and a couple of other guys. Clements must be like 70 years old and he blew every one else off the damn stage. This was recorded when he was I guess around 40 or something and he is just as incredible. The solos he comes up with are SO BEAUTIFUL. All of the tracks on this CD are great and many of them are bluegrass standards. One of the best tracks is their version of Wild Horses which makes you think the Stones should have done it in a bluegrass style in the first place. It's wonderful. This CD is great. I love it! You will probably like it alot too. Once you listen to bluegrass you can never go back.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Joe Kilday at on July 24, 1998
Format: Audio CD
I was first introduced to this recording in the middle 70's. At that time,the popularity of Dawg music was yet to come into its own(Grisman), I had never been a Dead fan or heard much of Vassar's haunting fiddle. I was familiar with Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass boys, but not with Peter Rowan (although he would later become one of my favorites). But, I found this album to be representative of the essence of what makes Bluegrass music great. A blending of various styles and musical backgrounds with Bluegrass accoustic instrumentation and harmony. Being from upper East Tennessee, the musical style felt right with my mountain roots and the contemporary adaptation satisfied the tastes endemic to my generation. In the intervening years, becoming more of a serious Bluegrass fan and musician, I would often revisit this ecclectic recording armed with what I felt was a more refined idea of what good Bluegrass should be, expecting to be less than I remembered. My newly refined ! taste did not reveal inconsistencies as I expected, but revealed nuances that I had missed before in the musicianship, harmonies and blending of these talents. Although I would not consider this to be an archetypical Bluegrass recording, it is certainly a significant event hinting at the Second Generation re-interpretation that we have today in contemporary Bluegrass. I would highly recommend it as being worthy of inclusion in anyone's collection. This landmark will be around for a long time.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gary Popovich on January 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Two albums were released in the early `70's that introduced bluegrass and country music to broader audiences. One was The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "Will the Circle be Unbroken," which was a basically a studio gathering of many of Nashville's greatest stars of the time performing with the Dirt Band. "Old and In the Way," on the other hand, was recorded live, featuring three relatively unknown musicians who would later achieve well-deserved notoriety (vocalist/guitarist Peter Rowan, mandolin guru David Grisman, and fiddler extraordinaire Vassar Clemmens), plus erstwhile Grateful Dead legend Jerry Garcia picking the banjo. The combination of Garcia's presence, the obvious talents of the aforementioned trio, and some superbly eclectic material (running the gamut from The Stanley Brothers to the Rolling Stones) made this an instant "cult" classic.
The recording holds up remarkably well today. Rowan's high tenor voice has a warmth and clarity that connect songs like "Midnight Moonlight," "The Hobo Song," and particularly the Stone's "Wild Horses" directly to the listener's soul. Grisman and Vassar shine throughout with inventive soloing and backup work - I'm convinced that Vassar could make the Mormon Tabernacle Choir swing. Garcia's unique banjo syncopation (perhaps the result of his having to use his ring finger instead of his missing middle finger for picking) drives the band rhythmically, along with John Kahn's subtle bass playing. "Old and In the Way" possesses a loose, irresistible quality that makes it assessable to bluegrass neophytes. For me, it was like unlocking a hidden treasure trove of music, and by exploring other works by these artists, led me on a musical exploration that continues to this day
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Soholt on May 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Wow! Who would have thought that the blend would be so incredible. A fantastic version of The Stone's "Wild Horses" and the New Rider's "Panama Red" are just some of the more familiar songs this album deals with. Clemens fiddle work carries the album, but all contribute to develop a delightful bluegrass mix. If you like Jerry Garcia, The New Riders of the Purple Sage, or bluegrass, you have to give this album a listen.
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