Currency:

 

 

 

 

 

Search

Catalogue

Printer friendly version Printer friendly version

Garcia, Jerry, and David Grisman - Garcia/Grisman [New, 180 gm Double Vinyl, Special Limited Edition No. 002001]

Genre: Folk (multi-instrumentalist)
Media: Vinyl
£42.50
Product code (SKU):  Mo-Fi
Weight: 600 g
Out of stock

A superb Mobile Fidelity issue, with the price comes the usual exceptionally high standars you expect with 'MoFi'. This is a numbered limited ddition 180gm double vinyl LP.

This is not a standard Garcia solo outing, i.e. backed by a combination of members of 'the Dead' and others in that circle, but something very different, although 'heads' will easily recognise and love the artistry and unique style of his playing. This is about sharing different musical interests with a long standing friend which took them to some interesting places. This MoFi pressing also marks the first time this delightfully joyous affair has been issued in analog form.

You will never hear a better-sounding Americana-styled recording. Unadorned with any post-production tricks or overdubs, Garcia/Grisman breathes with naturalism and presence. You will effortlessly detect the full body of the instruments, witness the woody grain textures, and get lost in the surprisingly velvety qualities of Garcia’s lullaby-like singing.

Friends since the mid-1960s, Garcia and Grisman bonded over their love for traditional folk and bluegrass. The two teamed up amidst what became a gold rush of top-notch productivity and creativity for Garcia. Partnering with bassist Jim Kerwin and percussionist/fiddler Joe Craven, the pair approached every passage with innate ease, as if either musician could finish the others sentence. The affable chemistry and soothing interplay wash over a selection of songs as notable for their diversity as the way Garcia and “Dawg” turn them into the equivalent of old friends you haven’t seen in years.

Exquisite melodies and jewel-shaped notes decorate the simple, convivial structures of tunes that hop, jump, skip, skitter, and bop. The atmosphere is reminiscent of the legendary gypsy-jazz exchanges between Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, and equally sharp. Swirling with Middle Eastern modality, the closing 16-minute-plus rendition of Grisman’s rippling “Arabia”—complete with a section based on a Cuban fold theme—is alone enough worth the price of admission to this sensational session. But there’s so much more.

The quartet delves into Celtic themes (“Two Soldiers”), jazz-grass (“Grateful Dawg”), old-world ballads (“Russian Lullaby”), and Appalachian flavors (“Walkin’ Boss”) with nonpareil skill and soulfulness. Garcia and Grisman’s tandem picking throughout epitomize sublime. And for many listeners, the duo’s revised version of the Grateful Dead staple “Friend of the Devil” ranks as the finest-ever recorded, the pace patient, the narrative vocals heartfelt, and the synchronous solos tailor-made for the enveloping progression. Better yet, it’s all captured in astonishing fidelity.

Well worth the price of entry.

Track Listing:

1. The Thrill Is Gone
2. Grateful Dawg
3. Two Soldiers
4. Friend of the Devil
5. Russian Lullaby
6. Dawg’s Waltz
7. Walkin’ Boss
8. Rockin’ Chair
9. Arabia

Any questions?

Please use the following form to request information.

Your name:

Email

Please specify your question about Garcia, Jerry, and David Grisman - Garcia/Grisman [New, 180 gm Double Vinyl, Special Limited Edition No. 002001]:


Type the numbers you see in the picture below
code