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Breakdown by Old and in the Way featuring Jerry Garcia

 1973 (1997)
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Breakdown by Old and in the Way featuring Jerry Garcia - review

Breakdown  review

The album Breakdown is the third release by Old and in the Way, the short-lived bluegrass band of all-star bay area musicians.  This package includes alternative versions of six songs from their first self-titled release. 

Two original Jerry Garcia instrumental compositions are included, “Old and in the Way Breakdown,” and “Jerry’s Breakdown.” They are both solid numbers featuring outstanding soloing from all band members. Some of the best songs are the Peter Rowan originals; his voice is perfect for this music. For example, the rendition  “Midnight Moonlight” is performed extraordinarily and in my opinion, surpassing the electric rendition that was commonplace for the Jerry Garcia Electric Band.  Another strong track included for your listening enjoyment is the rendition of the Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses.” It is interpreted exceptionally well with Vassar Clements adding superb melodic phrasing throughout. Then, David, Jerry, and Vassar each take their turn during the instrumental to show their chops. 

This release offers the best value of the first three Old and in the Way releases clocking in at about seventy minutes, while their self-titled album is about 42 minutes and That High Lonesome Sound is 48 minutes. All three of the releases are worthwhile, though if you are on a budget this is the one to get. by Barry Small 
Grade 
A

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 1. Introduction - 1:35
 2. Home Is Where the Heart Is (Gately / Talley) - 1:59
 3. Down Where the River Bends (Anglin) - 4:35
 4. On and On (Monroe) - 3:25
 5. The Hobo Song (Bonus) - 45:8
 6. Old & In the Way Breakdown (Garcia) - 3:47
 7. 'til the End of the World Rolls 'Round (Thomas) - 2:15
 8. Panama Red (Rowan) - 2:41
 9. You'll Find Her Name Written There (Hensley) - 3:56
10. Kissimmee Kid (Clements) - 3:10
11. Goin' to the Races (Stanley) - 2:35
12. Midnight Moonlight (Rowan) - 5:16
13. Working on the Building (Traditional) - 2:35
14. Mule Skinner Blues (Rodgers / Vaughn) - 2:57
15. Pig in a Pen (Traditional) - 2:50
16. Drifting Too Far from the Shore (Monroe Brothers) - 4:50
17. Jerry's Breakdown (Garcia) - 4:29
18. Wild Horses (Jagger / Richards) - 4:39
19. Blue Mule (Rowan) - 4:26

Hidden track
Catfish John

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Jerry Garcia - banjo, vocals
David Grisman - mandolin, vocals
Peter Rowan - guitar, vocals
Vassar Clements - fiddle
John Kahn - acoustic bass

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Label -  Acoustic Disc
A booklet with essays, photos and more.

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