3 Grisman/Garcia recordings in digital release

Alternate - Garcia GrismanAcoustic Oasis has announced the release of three digital releases, timed in celebration of what would have been the 70th birthday of Jerry Garcia.

All three are offered for download in Hi-Def audio (24 bit, 96 khz), which Acoustic Oasis describes as the highest quality available.

The centerpiece of these releases is the 1991 classic, Grisman/Garcia, the second collaboration between these two legendary California musicians. By this time, Jerry Garcia was an icon through his work with The Grateful Dead, as was Grisman for his jazzy mandolin explorations with the David Grisman Quintet.

The album finds them accompanied by Jim Kerwin on bass and Joe Craven on fiddle and percussion. Garcia handled the guitar and vocals.

Two versions of the record are reissued: a Hi-Def version of the original 9 tracks, and an edition called Alternate, which includes alternate Hi-Def takes of these same songs.

  • The Thrill is Gone
  • Grateful Dawg
  • Two Soldiers
  • Friend of the Devil
  • Russian Lullaby
  • Dawg’s Waltz
  • Walkin’ Boss
  • Rockin’ Chair
  • Arabia

Grisman is enthusiastic about the audio fidelity of these two reissues.

“These tracks are the closest sonic equivalents of the analog master tapes available and sound noticeably better than they did on the CD. Our sessions were always informal, and all of these takes are exceptional performances. They are just as vibrant as the original selected masters and perhaps even better!”

Hi-Def FolkAlso available this week is Hi-Def Folk, a compilation download project with music selected from various Grisman-produced recordings. Among the 14 tracks are studio performances from John Hartford, Jerry Garcia, Doc Watson, Andy Statman, Bryan Bowers, Mac Wiseman and John Cohen.

It is the debut release in what will be a series of compilations, each bringing great music from the Acoustic Oasis catalog to market in this audiophile digital format.

These three new reissue albums are only available as digital downloads, and only from the Acoustic Oasis web site.

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