The Kentucky ColonelsInitial release : April 1964
World Pacific 1821
Later releases of this classic bluegrass instrumental album have a brief note on the cover by Garcia.
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A 1974 United Artists re-release under a different title, The Kentucky Colonels, included two extra tracks;
Garcia contributes a short note about Clarence White, that is printed on the rear of the CD release of this album. This contribution was not on the original release of album. A date for the introduction of the note onto releases of the album will be added here when known. The note is as follows;
Clarence was important in my life both as a friend and as a player. He brought a kind of swing - a rhythmic openness - to bluegrass, and a unique syncopation. His feel has been incorporated by a lot of other players, but nobody has ever quite gotten the open quality of his rhythm. Clarence had wonderful control over the guitar. He's the first guy I heard who really knocked me out. - Jerry Garcia Guitar PlayerGarcia can be heard on another Kentucky Colonels album, the archive live album Livin' In The Past, introducing the band on stage. The CD liner notes for that album give some background information about Garcia's connection with the Kentucky Colonels and therefore a reason for him introducing the band live;
During the lifespan of the Kentucky Colonels, they made some long and lasting friends and Jerry Garcia was one of them. Jerry and Sandy Rothman traveled with the Colonels in the Summer of 1964. This stage introduction of the band came at a concert put together by Brooks Adams Otis and marked the Colonels last appearance in the Bay Area.The introduction by Garcia on Livin' In The Past was recorded at the Comedia Theatre, Palo Alto on November 15, 1964. He says;
I'd like to introduce from the Newport Folk Music Festival and the Monterey Folk Music Festival and from the Ash Grove and various other places around the country, the best young bluegrass band in America, The Kentucky Colonels.Reissues
Reissued on LP in 1974 in the UK as The Kentucky Colonels, United Artists 29514 with two additional songs.
Reissued on CD by Rounder CD-SS-31
An longer version of the notes by Garcia can be found in the CD booklet of;