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Tone Poems

Tony Rice, David GrismanAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Turn Of The CenturyDavid Grisman & Tony Rice 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The Prisoner's WaltzDavid Grisman & Tony Rice 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Sam-binoDavid Grisman & Tony Rice 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Grandfather's ClockDavid Grisman & Tony Rice 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Good Old Mountain DewDavid Grisman & Tony Rice 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. I Am A PilgrimDavid Grisman & Tony Rice 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Mill Valley WaltzDavid Grisman & Tony Rice 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Vintage Gintage BluesDavid Grisman & Tony Rice 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. I Don't Want Your Mandolins MisterDavid Grisman & Tony Rice 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Dawg After DarkDavid Grisman & Tony Rice 4:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Wildwood FlowerDavid Grisman & Tony Rice 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Morning SunDavid Grisman & Tony Rice 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Banks Of The OhioDavid Grisman & Tony Rice 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Swing '42David Grisman & Tony Rice 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Watson BluesDavid Grisman & Tony Rice 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. O Solo MioDavid Grisman & Tony Rice 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Song For Two PamelasDavid Grisman & Tony Rice 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 7, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Acoustic Disc
  • ASIN: B000003915
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,867 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just slow down and listen January 14, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This cd has not been well received here I see. The explanantion? The explanation is that on this cd David and Tony step away from high-speed burns on the fretboard and they choose to play great classics from the traditional American repertoire as well as David's own compositions.

There are a hundred cds on which to find Tony and David sizzling off hotter solos, and to fault this cd for not being another cd like that is a mistake. They have both certainly played "faster" elsewhere, but you'd be hard-pressed to find anywhere where they play "prettier" than David does on MILL VALLEY WALTZ, or than Tony does on I AM A PILGRIM. This cd has one of my favorite versions of Bill Monroe's classic WATSON BLUES, and the traditional American songs GOOD OLD MOUNTAIN DEW and WILDWOOD FLOWER have never sounded better.

The liner notes could hardly be considered "so exhaustive that only the most dedicated reader can get through them". There are one or two paragraphs explaining the history of each vintage instrument that appears on this cd. The notes are even split up, with the guitar Tony plays always being on the left of the booklet, and David's mandolin from the same track always being on the right of the booklet.

Ever since this cd originally came out I have considered it to be one of their essential albums, and these two have many great albums out there. I easily prefer TONE POEMS over TONE POEMS 2.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two masters at the height of their craft July 6, 2000
Format:Audio CD
David Grisman and Tony Rice are two of the best musicians playing today, and "Tone Poems" proves that this is no idle claim. Yes, the CD has a theme: play vintage-sounding tunes on vintage instruments; and yes, it comes with a 39-page booklet. Before this CD, I never paid any attention to the actual instruments played, but I do now! The booklet is likely to be most useful to musicologists and guitar/mandolin afficionados, but even a cross-fingered tone-deaf dolt like me can appreciate the instruments' beauty and diversity.
Most of the tunes are Grisman originals with an authentic old-time flavor. While most tunes are traditional folk songs, styles range from bluesy (Watson's Blues) to jazz (Django Reinhardt's Swing '42) to that mandolin classic, O Solo Mio.
Don't expect blazing finger work up and down the fretboard, although this CD offers that too. This music is less like a frantic trip down the freeway and more like a quiet early morning stroll down a country road. Wouldn't you rather be there right now?
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Masters of Their Craft January 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I have been a fan of the music of David Grisman and Tony Rice for more than twenty years. The first time I heard them perform together was on Grisman's 1979 album Hot Dawg and Rice was the band's guitarist. On this outing, it's just Grisman (mandolin) and Rice (guitar) doing what they do best. They are two of the best practioners of their craft on their respective instruments. [If you want to adjust yor speakers, Rice plays through the left speaker and Grisman the right.] Their objective, however, is not to dazzle you with their speed--although they do at times--but rather "redirect some of the attention being paid to vintage guitars and mandolins back to their musical values" as Grisman points out in the liner notes.
The music can be reflective ("The Prisoner's Waltz"), playful ("Good Old Mountain Dew") or invigorating ("Sing '42"), but it's all played with style and taste. There's an informal, front porch feel to the music here and it all makes for enjoyable listening. Sit back and enjoy! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just a gimmick November 8, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The whole idea sounded kind of gimmicky, but I bought it because I'm a Tony Rice fan who had become intrigued with the mandolin. I guess I expected that I'd listen to it once and then it would disappear into the dust-gathering depths of my CD collection. Even after the first listen I sort of still felt that way. But I've been going back to it more and more. This is beautiful music. The more I listen to this CD the more I like it. My favorites tunes here are Wildwood Flower (you'll want to take up the mandolin after listening to that one), Turn of the Century, Dawg After Dark, and Morning Sun.

I noticed a few other reviewers complaining that Tony and Dawg don't reer back let er rip on this disc. I'm not sure what they mean, unless they're complaining that the music is played at less than furious tempos. If so, this seems a silly criticism. There's certainly some improvising going on, though the solos aren't long. But the emphasis is on musicality rather than raw speed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent collection of acoustic music October 12, 2000
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I have had this CD for several years and listen to it often. It is superb music. I have seen David Grisman in person and he is an excellent performer. This CD is the kind you can intently listen to (which I normally do with all music) or you can put it on for dinner music (which we occasionally do.) I would recommend this to anyone who loves good acoustic music. I have just ordered Tone Poems Vol. 2 and Tone Poems III based on the quality of this CD. Buy it; you'll love it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not a desert islander, but worth multiple listens January 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Some reviews of this are correct when they say there aren't any mind-blowing solos (though Rice does let loose a little in "Sam-Bino"). The music is indeed sweet, though. What's most interesting for me, though, is the clear differences in sound. I'm not much of a mandolin fan, so I can't tell an enormous difference there. The guitars, though, are almost shockingly different in their tones. With the extensive liner notes, it all adds up to a great CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 18 days ago by William C. Quincy
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
My husband has this and bought it for a gift for someone else. He likes it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful-even for beginners!
This book contains so many wonderful songs and it is laid out quite well. I highly recommended it to anyone!
Published 7 months ago by Justin Stickler`
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Heard on streaming service (rhyming with Andora). Nice & sharp. Extremely talented musicians. Would recommend to anyone else. So good!
Published 8 months ago by J. Roper
3.0 out of 5 stars I haven't heard this CD yet.
I will review this CD whe I have had time to hear it. I am expecting it to be good, given the musicians are all known to be excellent.
Published 17 months ago by Kerry L. Caldwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy the CD!
In the digital age, we rarely buy CDs anymore, we just download them. I recommend this CD be purchased not just for the music, but also the insert. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ifghillbilly
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like bluegrass/folk this is outstanding
There is no better acoustic Mandolin and Guitar playing then these two guys. Out of this world picking especially if you like original tunes and arrangements
Published 20 months ago by patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Tone Poems
This is by far the best and a must have audio CD/booklet for anybody interested in aqustic music.
Very pure and simple music but played with style and by very skilled players. Read more
Published on December 19, 2011 by Ralphiebytheriver
4.0 out of 5 stars The mandolin takes over
I've long been a fan of Wildwood Flower. The version on this CD is incredible.
Published on November 15, 2009 by Charlotte A. Glassman
5.0 out of 5 stars Career Peak for both Grisman and Rice
I am not a modern bluegrass fan, so take this review from that perspective. I do get the scene, but to me bluegrass has evolved into an uninteresting, often formulaic and/or rigid... Read more
Published on June 10, 2009 by Takoma
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