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  • robert kendall
    July 1, 2020
    amazing to ear the banjo riffs that became jerry's signature guitar ideas. these are really amazing sounds
  • Carol Scholtz
    May 29, 2020
    We listened to the whole set all the way to the beach and had a grand old time.
  • Dupree207
    May 22, 2020
    This purchase has given me a more earthly perpective on Jerry as he runs through early bluegrass and folk tunes, each complimenting that certain tone that Jerry always seems to emulate-- regardless of what year it may be. That classic understanding of struggle and happiness; the wholesomeness that drove sound throughout his whole career. The bucolic rawness makes the music all the more insightful as each song sheds a little more light on Jerry's roots as a gifted bluegrass and folk artist. The roots that were able to grow deep enough to mount the foundation for what has now become a legacy with intangible worth. Needless to say, it was well worth the purchase. Thank you for the release!! NFA
  • Dits
    May 15, 2020
    Beautiful, thank you so much, we’ll done
  • Michael VanDeusen
    April 20, 2020
    Just listened to this set from start to finish,and even though I already had some of this on tapes,it sounds so much better cleaned up,and digital. Quite the history of early Jerry music,I’m glad I finally added this to my collection!
  • Billy D
    January 20, 2020
    This set of CDs is rapidly becoming one of my favorites. Disk 2 is as strong of a bluegrass collection as any of the rest of my favorite disks. Even without the Dead, Jerry would have been a beloved and highly regarded acoustic Americana curator just on the strengths of what he had demonstrated in 1961-1962. I LOVE this collection! And I completely agree with the other comments here... Jerry did become a "mind-blowing banjo virtuoso" through the course of these recordings. Getting to listen to such an extensive documentation of this man's journey through American music to the point where he began writing a new Legacy himself is both a treat and a privilege.
  • Brett
    April 6, 2019
    This set of discs is fascinating from a sociological point of view as well as from the point of view of a major Jerry fan. You hear voices and sounds from ordinary, everyday events like a birthday party or a coffeehouse from the early 1960s, before so much of what people think of as the 1960s had happened. You hear Jerry go from being decent beginning picker in 1961 to being a mind-blowing banjo virtuoso by 1964. He is playing with other great musicians, too, some of whom you will recognize like David Nelson and Robert Hunter. You may also know Sandy Rothman from the late 1980s "Almost Acoustic" album and tour. Lots of American musical history and heritage. When I heard Jerry's skill as a bluegrass musician by 1964, it occurred to me that one probable reason for his improvisational playing style was to keep the much simpler rock 'n roll interesting for him after picking so much fast and complex melodies on the banjo. Not something that I listen to every day, but it's an interesting look at "old-timey" music as Jerry and his compatriots called it in several recordings as well as how an artist that we all know and love developed into one of the greatest musicians of the late 20th century.
  • Denver Man
    April 1, 2019
    Excellent! Already had most of these shows but I'll take high quality sound that this release provides any day of the week!
  • Susan
    August 23, 2018
    I purchased the CD for my husband as he has been a die-hard fan since youth. He said it was fascinating, but would rather stick to his beloved Greatful Dead tunes. I must add that hearing Garcia jam that banjo was truly impressive. The sound quality is excellent and makes nice cruising music. I would listen to it again, but only once in awhile when I need that special dose of "brilliant!"
  • John
    June 19, 2018
    Been a GreatfulDead fan for many years its really cool to hear music like this showing early influences on our favorite musicians. I'm really impressed on the sound quality.
  • Mark
    June 8, 2018
    Great sound quality and a must for bluegrass roots of the Dead.
  • Bruce
    June 1, 2018
    This set takes me completely to another place and time. I love it totally.
  • Russell
    May 30, 2018
    Just fun Stuff, only Jerry being Jerry younger. Love it!!!!
  • Walter Hern
    May 30, 2018
    A must for anyone who collects the music of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. It is definitely the beginning of Jerry's music that will continue to evolve to the music of the Dead. I totally enjoyed it.
  • Jim Stovall
    May 30, 2018
    Simply remarkable what the producers and engineers were able to do with a bunch of ancient homemade tapes. Very Impressed! As for the music, it is very listenable and I've quite it enjoyed their "bittersweet innocence". The rapid growth of the musical chops of these guys in a relatively short span of years is very apparent. What will the closest and attics of aging hippies and folkies reveal next?