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The Pizza Tapes

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Appetizer
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Man Of Constant Sorrow
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Appetizer (2)
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Louis Collins
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Shady Jam
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Shady Grove
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Always Late
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Guitar Space / Summertime
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Appetizer (3)
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Long Black Veil
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Rosalee McFall
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Appetizer (4)
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Drifting Too Far From The Shore
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Amazing Grace
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Little Sadie
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Knockin' On Heaven's Door
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Space Jam
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So What
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Appetizer (5)
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House Of The Rising Sun
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 20   Total Length: 73:49

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Good parts 5 stars

ToasKokopelli

But there is plenty of filler, some missed notes and some bad singing. Fan of Dawg and Jerry but never quite got why fans love this recording so much. It's good, but there is much better in all three mens catalog.

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Live and unedited

boobsax

This is the real deal, no studio remix or sweetening added . It's real musicians doing their thing.

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What a jam

PickledBeat

Great recording. I think they had too much fun. The "appetizers" provide some fun perspective.

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Pizza Tapes

zaw333

Won't serve with steak, but bring a bottle of cheap wine and a pepperoni pizza and sit back and enjoy the simple things of life, alone or withcyour dog.

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Don't let the "Cheesey" title fool you...

xj32

this is a serious down and dirty bluegrass jam session by the masters!

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Nice CD

ThatBassGuy

I love the music on the CD. The Appetizers are fun, but if you have kids beware, there are a few F-bombs in there. If you stick to the songs there are no problems with blue language. Tony Rice makes Jerry Garcia sound like a bumbling idiot on the guitar, and it is very hilarious when Garcia tries to imitate Rice.

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Wonderful and sweet

Soleil

The story goes... Jerry, David and Tony were jamming in Jerry's home studio in Marin. They ordered some pizza and tipped the pizza guy with some tapes. The other story is that somehow, the delivery guy slipped some tapes in his pocket while making the delivery. Either way, the music is a wonderful intimate portrait of Jerry and David especially. They loved playing this music together and I agree with previous reviewers; don't miss the appetizers. All due respect to Tony Rice, too, who is an outstanding musician and shines on this recording.

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too good

JamBass

oh man this shit is goooooood!!

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too good

JamBass

oh man this shit is goooooood!!

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Pizza Tapes

Jatking

This is a fun cd to listen to! This is first rate musicians having a great time. You may be tempted to download only the major songs and skip the "Appetizers", but I think that would detract from the overall appeal of this cd. It's like your a "special guest" sitting in at the recording sessions. Highly recommended.

They Say All Music Guide

Jerry Garcia and David Grisman released two albums on the latter’s Acoustic Disc label during the last years of Garcia’s life, and since his death in 1995, Grisman has culled a series of albums from other sessions the two recorded together. Shady Grove (1996) presented traditional folk and country material, while So What (1998) contained jazz compositions. The Pizza Tapes (so named because Garcia’ s cassette of the sessions supposedly was stolen by a pizza delivery boy and circulated clandestinely) chronicles two nights worth of sessions that Garcia and Grisman shared with guitarist Tony Rice. The Grisman albums with Garcia have become increasingly informal as he has delved into picking dates that may have been intended as rehearsals or just get-togethers, and The Pizza Tapes carries that trend further. There’s lots of conversation (delineated by the five “Appetizer” titles), along with false starts, mistakes, and fragments of songs, and there is some repetition of tunes (though not performances) from previous albums. “Shady Grove” and “Louis Collins” from Shady Grove are here, as is “So What” from So What. But the two guitarists show a genuine rapport as they range from pop/jazz standards like “Summertime” to folk songs like “Man of Constant Sorrow” and folk-rock fare like “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.” “I’m having a great time,” declares Garcia enthusiastically, and his pleasure comes across. Dead Heads long ago found that Garcia was at his best away from the formal restrictions and pressures of recording, and the same thing seems to hold for the Garcia/Grisman albums. Rice, meanwhile, more than holds his own. – William Ruhlmann

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