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Been All Around This World

 4/27/2004
 
 
 
 
 
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Been All Around This World review

The release of Been All Around This World has been billed as the final installment of the Garcia and Grisman collaboration. To date, they have released six studio albums and a documentary film. The possibility of live releases exist and would be more than welcome. 

Each of the Garcia and Grisman albums have a theme and Been All Around This World is primarily folklore and acoustic blues based, though, not exclusively. Its style is very much in the tradition of the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band's approach; Jerry's band from 1987 and '88 that took New York's Broadway by storm. 

Garcia and Grisman have a special music collaboration who's output could only be achieved by the most elite musicians. In many respects they remind me of the duo of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli; the way they effortlessly solo in a melodic approach, trade off solos, and enhance the others work with gorgeous complementary phrasing and riffs. Like Reinhardt and Grappelli, one of the thrilling parts of Garcia and Grisman's playing is the instrumental hand-off. For example, on "I'm Troubled's" first instrumental, during Garcia's solo Grisman joins in with him and begins playing along before taking control and finishing the solo. Meanwhile, just as smooth, Garcia slips into back-up mode without missing a beat, perfectly complementing David. Talk about being in synch! 

In addition to the instrumental dominance of Garcia on guitar and Grisman on mandolin, they sparingly orchestrate the use of flute, dobro, and fiddle with excellent results on select tracks. During the Irish themed "Handsome Cabin Boy Waltz," Matt Eakle's flute interlocks with Grisman and Garcia as the three musicians glide from solo to solo gorgeously; ditto for "Nine Pound Hammer." Arguably, those are the two strongest jams on the album.  Meanwhile,  Joe Craven subtly adds fiddle to "I'll Go Crazy," and "Drink Up and Go Home." Sally Van Meter trades riffs with the masters on Jimmie Rodgers' "Blue Yodel #9" with some outstanding dobro work leaving one wish for her contributions on more songs.

Jerry Garcia's vocals were not at his peak in the 1990's. As fantastic as the Garcia and Grisman music is, it would be even better if his vocals had the strength they had during the 1970's. On a positive note, Garcia always sung rural blues well and his voice matches this material perfectly and his phrasing and emotion more than make up for his lack of range. On most of the material he keeps the vocal breadth tame, such as on "I Ain't Never," a track that Grisman adds harmony to. During their take of Dylan's "The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest" fans will enjoy a Lou Reed feel to the singing.   

As excellent as their rendition of "Sitting Here in Limbo," is, notably Grisman's solo that features Garcia's melody subtly crawling up the edge of David's instrumental passage. Fans will also enjoy Jerry's vocal phrasing; though, if his range could go higher it would slightly improve the output. Their cover of James Brown's "I'll Go Crazy" demonstrates Jerry singing beyond his limits that could only be appreciated by hard core fans, which is the audience of Been All Around This World. And they would rather hear a struggling Garcia voice than anyone else. 

The instrumental playing and magic between Garcia and Grisman is so special that strained vocals aside this album is killer, a must have. Where does Been All Around This World rank among the other Garcia and Grisman releases? The cornerstones of their catalogue, IMO, are their self-titled debut and The Pizza Tapes albums. After, each title offers a different theme so it depends on your musical preference. Personally, we love this style of music, and highly recommend it and rank it in third place. by Barry Small
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Roots: We included information of some of the original performers of songs performed on Been All Around This World


Jerry Garcia and David Grisman - track list
Track List

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1.  Been All Around This World (Traditional)
2.  I'll Go Crazy (Brown)
3.  Take Me (Jones / Payne)
4.  Handsome Cabin Boy (Traditional)
5.  The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest (Dylan)
6.  I'm Troubled (Traditional)
7.  Blue Yodel #9 (Rodgers)
8.  Nine Pound Hammer (Travis)
9.  I Ain't Never (Pierce / Tillis)
10  Sittin' Here in Limbo (Bright / Chambers)
11. Dark as a Dungeon (Travis)
12. Drink Up and Go Home (Hart)

Jerry Garcia and David Grisman - Musicians
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Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocal
David Grisman - mandolin, banjo, vocal (6, 9, 12)
Joe Craven - percussion, fiddle (2, 12), Vocal (12)
Jim Kerwin - bass
Matt Eakle - flute (4,8)

John Kahn - acoustic bass (7)
George Marsh - drums (7)
Sally Van Meter - dobro (7)

Jerry Garcia and David Grisman - Notes
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Label -  Acoustic Disc

Tablature of Garcia and Grisman material: both guitar and Mandolin

Blue Yodel #9 - Another version of this song is available on The Songs of Jimmie Reed - A Tribute. That rendition includes has the following personnel.
Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
David Grisman - mandolin
John Kahn - bass
Sally Vanmeter - dobro
George Marsh - drums
Martin Fierro - tenor saxophone
Jim Rothermel - clarinet
Peter Welker - trumpet
Kevin Porter - trombone 

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Roots A few of the cover songs performed on Been All Around This World were written by the music legends below.

Merle Travis
Hot Pickin'

Jimmy Cliff
Ultimate Collection

Jimmie Rodgers
RCA Country Legends or box set

   

Disc: 1
1. You'll Be Lonesome Too -
2. Will the Circle Be Unbroken -
3. No Vacancy
4. Cincinnati Lou
5. What a Shame
6. Missouri
7. Divorce Me C.O.D.
8. Nine Pound Hammer
9. Sixteen Tons
10. Dark as a Dungeon
11. Over by Number Nine
12. That's All
13. John Henry
14. I Am a Pilgrim
15. If We Never Meet Again -
16. Over in Gloryland -
17. Sweet Temptation
18. So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed
19. Three Times Seven
20. I'm Sick and Tired of You, Little Darling
21. Steel Guitar Rag
22. Lawdy, What a Gal
23. Sioux City Sue
24. Muskrat
25. Fat Gal
Disc: 2
1. I Like My Chicken Fryin' Size
2. Merle's Boogie Woogie
3. When My Baby Double Talks to Me
4. Kentucky Means Paradise
5. I'm a Natural Born Gamblin' Man
6. Crazy Boogie
7. T for Texas (Blue Yodel No. 1)
8. Blues Stay Away from Me - Tennessee Ernie Ford
9. Philososphy - Tennessee Ernie Ford
10. Start Even
11. I Got a Mean Old Woman
12. Guitar Rag
13. Cane Bottom Chair
14. Too Much Sugar for a Dime
15. Spoonin' Moon
16. Dry Bread
17. Lost John Boogie
18. Boogie in Minor
19. Deep South
20. Done Rovin'
21. Faithful Fool
22. Kinfolks in Carolina
23. Rainy Day Feelin'
24. I'll See You in My Dreams
25. Cannonball Rag

 1. Wonderful World, Beautiful People 
2. Come Into My Life 
3. Vietnam 
4. Wild World 
5. Hard Road to Travel 
6. You Can Get It If You Really Want It
7. Bongo Man
8. The Harder They Come
9. Many Rivers to Cross
10. Sitting in Limbo
11. Struggling Man
12. If I Follow My Mind
13. The News
14. Sooner or Later
15. Give the People What The Want
16. Shelter of Your Love
17. Majority Rules
18. I Can See Clearly Now
19. Rise Up

1. Blues Yodel, No. 1 (T for Texas) 
2. Mississippi Delta Blues 
3. Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia 
4. My Blue-Eyed Jane 
5. Train Whistle Blues 
6. Standin' on the Corner (Blue Yodel No. 9)
7. Let Me Be Your Sidetrack [#]
8. Blue Yodel No. 8 (Mule Skinner Blues)
9. My Good Gal's Gone Blues [#]
10. Travellin' Blues
11. Jimmie's Mean Mama Blues
12. Miss the Mississippi and You
13. Any Old Time
14. Why There's a Tear in My Eye
15. Gambling Polka Dot Blues
16. No Hard Times
17. Jimmie Rodgers' Last Blue Yodel (Women Make a Fool Out of Me)

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