Home  |  Hi-Fi Audio Reviews  Audiophile Shows Partner Mags  News       

High-End High-Performance Audiophile Review Magazine & Hi-Fi Audio Equipment Reviews
Audiophile Equipment Review Magazine High-End Audio

  High-Performance Audio Reviews
  Music News, Show Reports, And More!

  29 Years Of Service To Music Lovers

Enjoy the Music.com Review Magazine

Jerry Garcia, David Grisman,
and Tony Rice
The Pizza Tapes

Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, and Tony Rice "The Pizza Tapes"

By Steven Stone
Click here to e-mail reviewer

CD Stock Number: Acoustic Disc ACD-41


  This disc's material was originally available only as a bootleg through the Grateful Dead underground tape trader's network. Its title came from the fact that the "master" cassette was allegedly stolen from Jerry Garcia's kitchen table by a pizza delivery guy. The music came out of some studio sessions at David Grisman's Dawg studios with Jerry Garcia, Tony Rice, and David Grisman. They got together on two successive evenings, Feb 4th and 5th in 1993. This was during the first Tone Poems sessions which, of course, you already own. If not, you're way behind the curve, and missing out on a great CD of David and Tony playing a whole mess of vintage instruments.

In the liner notes David Grisman writes "After several years of being pissed off (about their illegal release), I decided to bury the hatchet with the pizza boy and make these tapes available in an "official" version". I, for one, am mighty glad he did. I've never heard Jerry Garcia's voice sound better. The material is primarily old traditional songs like "Shady Grove", "Man of Constant Sorrow", "Little Sadie", "Louis Collins", and "Rosalee McFall", mixed with a couple of country standards "Always Late" and "Long Black Veil". Just for variety Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" and a pair of gospel numbers "Drifting too Far from the Shore" and "Amazing Grace" are thrown in with a couple of loose jams and some between song banter.

The sound is wonderful. It's warm and intimate like a late night around a crackling fire. It closely matches the exquisite sonics of first Tone Poems album. On a good system itís almost like having everyone in the room with you. Jerry Garcia plays through your left channel, Tony Rice in your right channel and David Grisman and Jerry's voice are in the center. Even without the excellent channel separation it's pretty easy to tell Garcia and Rice's guitar playing apart, but this way if you want to play along with one of 'em, just turn down one channel and you've got "music minus one".

Perhaps you arenít a huge "Dead" fan (I'm not), still if you enjoy traditional acoustic music you owe it to yourself to give The Pizza Tapes a listen. It is mighty tasty.


Enjoyment: 85

Sound: 90












































Quick Links

Premium Audio Review Magazine
High-End Audiophile Equipment Reviews


Equipment Review Archives
Turntables, Cartridges, Etc
Digital Source
Do It Yourself (DIY)
Cables, Wires, Etc
Loudspeakers/ Monitors
Headphones, IEMs, Tweaks, Etc
Superior Audio Gear Reviews



Show Reports
HIGH END Munich 2024
AXPONA 2024 Show Report
Montreal Audiofest 2024 Report

Southwest Audio Fest 2024
Florida Intl. Audio Expo 2024
Capital Audiofest 2023 Report
Toronto Audiofest 2023 Report
UK Audio Show 2023 Report
Pacific Audio Fest 2023 Report
T.H.E. Show 2023 Report
Australian Hi-Fi Show 2023 Report
...More Show Reports


Our Featured Videos


Industry & Music News

High-Performance Audio & Music News


Partner Print Magazines
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
hi-fi+ Magazine
Sound Practices
VALVE Magazine


For The Press & Industry
About Us
Press Releases
Official Site Graphics





Home   |   Hi-Fi Audio Reviews   |   News   |   Press Releases   |   About Us   |   Contact Us


All contents copyright©  1995 - 2024  Enjoy the Music.comģ
May not be copied or reproduced without permission.  All rights reserved.