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David Grisman / Jerry Garcia

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After nearly dying in 1986, Jerry Garcia not only spiritually revived the Grateful Dead but also rekindled his love for acoustic music. To that end, in 1989 he recorded Almost Acoustic with his 1960s Palo Alto folkie pals and also began collaborating with his longtime friend and mandolin master David Grisman. This 1991 set offers a brilliant assortment of acoustic music that ranges from bluegrass-inspired stomps to B.B. King covers, age-old folk songs, standards by Irving Berlin and Hoagy Carmichael, and an exotic album-ending modal-jazz journey. The playing is stellar throughout, but the mood is warm and welcoming as well. --Marc Greilsamer
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  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: August 23, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Acoustic Disc
  • ASIN: B00000390S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,425 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J. Sutherland on February 15, 2002
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This album was recorded in the spring of 1991. I have never heard Grisman and Garcia sound as good as they do on this cd. Garcia's picking and singing is tasteful. Garcia's picking on this album are much more inspired and timely than on So What. As for Grisman his soloing on Friend of the devil is the best mandolin solo I've ever heard. And I'ver heard many. This version of Friend of the devil is the BEST I've ever heard because everything is perfect about the song. Garcia's voice on that track and throughout the whole album is yearning and soulful. The song also has a slower and more longing sound to it. This album is composed of an eclectic mix of songs that include: celtic, blues, the dead, southern bluegrass, I guess what you would call "russian music", spanish music, and original grisman garcia compositions. The mix is perfect there's something of everything and somehow it all fits together seamlessly. It starts off with a BB King tune and then goes into a wonderful celtic sounding Grisman composition. Then a "real" Irish/Celtic song that sounds sad if you listen to the words. Then, of course, the best version of Friend of the devil ever. With Garcia's desperate voice and Grisman's sweet mandolin tremolos reflecting Garcia's feeling. Then a nice russian lullaby that reminds of a cold winter night. Then another Grisman composition that shows how great of guitar player Garcia can be. Then perhaps my favourite track "walkin' boss" comes next. It starts out with a great introduction then goes into the verse and chorus. It ends with both Grisman and Garcia soloing at the same time and somehow sounding like they are reading eacother's minds because they are totally synchronous throughout the entire song.Read more ›
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I initially picked up this disk from the library. But the tunes stuck in my head long after the CD was returned. The playing throughout is warm and pristine. The song choices are simultaneously compelling, unified, and ecclectic--blending blues, bluegrass, celtic, traditional folk, jazz, and ethnic music. Jerry, while never a great vocalist, brings something special and unique to the songs. Listen to his very-different-than-BB King rendition of "The Thrill is Gone." I've since bought the album and found that it gets even better over time, allowing almost unlimited relistening.
I've heard both Garcia and Grisman, together and with separate projects; they've never sounded better than they do together on this album.
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Garcia and Grimsan should have done more acoustic performances. This recording is AWESOME! Velvet-smooth vocals accompanied by masterful instrumentation (both guitar and mandolin) make this album an instant favorite! This CD hasn't and will not leave my car. If you know what's good for you, then add this to your cart!
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By A Customer on August 19, 1999
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Superb playing by Garcia, which destroys for me the conventional wisdom that his playing declined in the 1990s. Hearing this CD, I can't help but think that he was wasting his time with the Grateful Dead--he should have made an entire career out of this type of acoustic music, like Norman Blake did.
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I have read many reviews, but this is the only one I have ever written. For years I was never really able to answer the question, what is your favorite album? But after listening to this album hundreds of times, never failing to become fully absorbed by the immaculate melodic solos, and silky smooth vocals, I can say with confidence that it is my favorite collection of music. Each song is as close to perfection as possible...truly a masterpiece...if you haven't heard it, get it and enjoy this treasure!
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By A Customer on June 8, 1999
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Hearing this CD is a wonderful experience. Starting with a haunting version of BB King's "The Thrill Is Gone" that totally captures the essence of the original plus some, then "Grateful Dawg" which features Jerry's patented Dead licks intertwined with Dawg's mandolin. "Two Soldier's" has a very traditional New England sound, then comes the best version of "Friend Of The Devil" I have ever heard. "Russian Lullaby" is nice listening and so is "Dawg's Waltz". But the clincher is an old Clarence Ashley tune called "Walkin' Boss". I have always loved Clarence's original but Jerry really does justice with this interpretation. "Rockin' Chair" has the feeling of an old perfectly broken in rocker. But the last tune "Arabia" is a little too long (16:25) and somehow just doesn't work well on this CD. But hey I considered this track a freebie as the whole shabang clocks in at 58:28. Overall 4 stars but every track is worth 5 except "Arabia". A must have CD.
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Jerry Garcia/David Grisman's 1991 self-titled album is an acoustic delight that everyone, from die hard Deadheads to casual fans looking for some excellent guitar and mandolin picking, will enjoy.

Jerry Garcia, legendary leader of the now defunct Grateful Dead, teams with the less widely known (but supremely talented) David Grisman for 58:28 minutes of sublime music sure to soothe substance seeking listeners.

This collection of songs includes a cover of the BB King classic 'The Thrill is Gone' and an amazing reworking of the Dead's beloved 'Friend of the Devil'. Also especially noteworthy is 'Russian Lullaby' and 'Dawg's Waltz', which showcases Grisman's ability to make the mandolin sing. The traditional rendition of `Walkin' Boss' is so exceptionally authentic that one can practically see the mist rising off the

Appalachian Mountains. Even the ample 16:25 minutes of 'Arabia' doesn't feel unnecessarily long.

This album would be a delightful addition to any music lovers collection, but particularly those interested in acoustic music. It has also been a welcome break from more traditional lullaby collections and works like a charm to lull my four children (ages 5, 4, 3 & 1) off to dreamland. A rare find indeed - something complex enough for adults yet dulcet enough for slumbering kids.
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