The Pizza Tapes

The Pizza Tapes

Infobox Album | Name = The Pizza Tapes
Type = studio
Artist = Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Tony Rice

Released = April 25, 2000
Recorded = February 1993
Dawg Studios

Genre = Folk, Bluegrass
Length = 73:58
Label = Acoustic Disc
Producer = David Grisman
Reviews =
*Allmusic Rating|3|5 William Ruhlmann, [ Review: "The Pizza Tapes"] , Allmusic]
*The Music Box Rating|4|5 John Metzger, [ "Jerry Garcia - David Grisman - Tony Rice: "The Pizza Tapes" (Album review)] , "The Music Box", 7:6, June 2000]
*Salon (favorable) Seth Mnookin, [ "Sharps & Flats: "The Pizza Tapes"] ,, April 26, 2000]
Last album = "So What" (1998)
This album = "The Pizza Tapes"
Next album = "Grateful Dawg" (2001)
Misc = Extra chronology 2
Artist = Jerry Garcia
Type = studio
Last album = "So What" (1998)
This album = "The Pizza Tapes"
Next album = "Don't Let Go" (2001)

"The Pizza Tapes" is an acoustic album by the American musicians Jerry Garcia, David Grisman and Tony Rice. The album was made over a series of two evenings in 1993 featuring completely unrehearsed songs recorded in Grisman's own recording studio.


The long standing musical relationship between Garcia and Grisman began with Grisman's mandolin work on select tracks on the American Beauty album as well as collaborators amongst the likes of Peter Rowan, John Kahn, and Vassar Clements, in the newgrass band Old and in the Way. Tony Rice's contributions with Grisman's quintet in the early 1980s would earn him a place in these historic recordings.

In February 1993, Grisman was playing with Tony Rice and invited Garcia to his studio. Over the nights of February 4 and February 5, the trio recorded what would be known as "The Pizza Tapes".

Garcia's copy was stolen by a pizza delivery boy and, not long after, Grisman heard a song on the radio in New York. Fans started bringing tapes to Grateful Dead shows for autographs, and shortly after, the band confiscated a box of bootleg CDs of the session.

Seven years later, Grisman released the album with the songs in the order recorded, with a few mistakes, false starts, and some talking between musicians.

Rice gave credit to the late Garcia and wrote:

Track listing

#"Appetizer" – 0:13
#"Man of Constant Sorrow" (traditional) – 5:06
#"Appetizer" – 0:29
#"Louis Collins" (Mississippi John Hurt) – 5:57
#"Shady Jam" (Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Tony Rice) – 3:41
#"Shady Grove" (trad.) – 4:46
#"Always Late" (Lefty Frizzell, Blackie Crawford) – 0:57
#"Summertime" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Dubose Heyward) – 3:19
#"Appetizer" – 0:26
#"Long Black Veil" (Danny Dill, Marijohn Wilkin) – 4:31
#"Rosalee McFall "(trad.) – 3:12
#"Appetizer" – 1:13
#"Drifting Too Far From The Shore" (Charles Moody) – 4:54
#"Amazing Grace" (trad.) – 4:52
#"Little Sadie" (trad.) – 3:12
#Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (Bob Dylan) – 4:47
#"Space Jam" – 0:59
#"So What" (Miles Davis) – 6:29
#"Appetizer" – 0:23
#"House of the Rising Sun" (trad.) – 5:39


*"The Pizza Tapes" contains the only known version of Garcia performing "Amazing Grace" which was only played after Pam Rice, Tony Rice's wife, requested it.


Musical personnel

*Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
*David Grisman - mandolin
*Tony Rice - guitar


*Producer – David Grisman
*Executive producer – Craig Miller
*Recording, mixing – David Dennison
*Mastering – Paul Stubblebine
*Production assistant – Rob Bleetstein
*Photography – Pamela Rice, Dexter Johnson
*Design, layout – D. Brent Hauseman
*Liner notes – David Grisman, Tony Rice



External links

* [ Acoustic Disc's page on The Pizza Tapes]
* [ Jerry Garcia's official website]
* [ Tony Rice's official website]
* [ Acoustic Disc's official website]

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