Grateful Dawg [The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Grateful Dawg [The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by Jerry Garcia


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Since Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995, his old friend, fellow musician and masterful mandolin player David “Dawg” Grisman, has released a treasure trove of recordings that form a testimonial to that “other” Garcia: the highly regarded bluegrass musician and banjo player, the dabbler in jazz and admirer of Miles Davis, the collector of folk songs and singer of delicate acoustic ballads. “Grateful Dawg,” the latest release from Grisman’s personal vaults, is actually the soundtrack to an 80-minute documentary by Grisman’s daughter consisting largely of footage shot informally at her home while her father and Garcia jammed and kidded around. The soundtrack contains not only music by Garcia and Grisman but an additional two tracks by musicians who were strong influences on their sound. We are treated, for example, to “Wayfaring Stranger,” a heart-stoppingly lovely ballad by Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys. Another strong influence on Garcia was folk music, including English and “old-timey” songs. Included here is the classic wheeling crow of Ewan MacColl declaiming his trademark sailor’s shanty, “Off to Sea Once More,” followed by Garcia’s slower, scratchy-voiced, and achingly sincere account of the same ancient melody. Garcia’s jazz influences are most apparent in “Arabia,” an extended 16-minute jam on a Spanish-sounding theme. Two versions of “Grateful Dawg,” also find the two leaders and members of Grisman's own ensemble in inspired form.” The influence of his 30 years with the Dead is celebrated with a lovely acoustic version of “Friend of the Devil." This disc is a terrific collection of great music by a musician we lost too soon. -- Will Meyerhofer

Product Details

Release Date: 09/11/2001
Label: Acoustic Disc
UPC: 0715949104626
catalogNumber: 46
Rank: 90717

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerry Garcia   Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
Old & In the Way   Track Performer
Peter Rowan   Track Performer
Richard Greene   Track Performer
Joe Craven   Percussion,Violin
David Grisman   Banjo,Mandolin,Vocals,Mandola
Jim Kerwin   Bass,Acoustic Bass

Technical Credits

Ewan MacColl   Contributor
Jerry Garcia   Songwriter,Arranger
David Dennison   Engineer
David Grisman   Songwriter,Arranger,Producer
Craig Miller   Executive Producer
Owsley Stanley   Engineer
Traditional   Composer

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