CMOB 2140 SA
Hybrid Stereo SACD
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• 180 Gram Vinyl Record
Numbered Limited Edition
Jerry Garcia and David Grisman Garcia/Grisman on numbered limited edition SACD from Mobile Fidelity! Contemporary interest in roots music kick-started by stellar Grammy-nominated 1991 collaboration
Recording now more realistic, close-up, intimate, and enveloping: First time ever on SACD!
Garcia and Grisman put on virtuosic performance, make way through pop standards, blues classics, folk staples, bluegrass jaunts, and more
Jerry Garcia and David Grisman Garcia/Grisman on numbered limited edition SACD from Mobile Fidelity!
Contemporary interest in roots music kick-started by stellar Grammy-nominated 1991 collaboration
Jerry Garcia achieved monumental accomplishments over a prolific career, yet the guitarist never sounded better than on his first official collaboration with longtime friend and fellow instrumental maestro David Grisman.
Indeed, contemporary interest in roots music can be directly traced to this stellar Grammy-nominated 1991 collaboration. Putting distinctive rustic spins on pop standards, blues classics, and folk staples, the kindred musical spirits' earnest authenticity and relaxed intimacy are matched only by virtuosic playing and superb production.
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. Mobile Fidelity's Ultradisc UHR pressing also marks the first time this delightfully joyous affair has been issued on Hybrid SACD.
Pals 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 approaches 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.
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.
|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|