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The Pizza Tapes

Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Tony Rice

Initial release : April 2000

Acoustic Disc 41

Music played during two evenings of jamming at Grisman's Studios.


  • Appetizer
  • Man of Constant Sorrow (Traditional arr. Garcia/Grisman/Rice)
  • Appetizer
  • Louis Collins (Hurt)
  • Shady Jam (Garcia/Grisman/Rice)
  • Shady Grove (Traditional arr. Garcia/Grisman/Rice)
  • Always Late (Frizzell)
  • Guitar Space (Garcia/Rice)
    Summertime (Gershwin)
  • Appetizer
  • Long Black Veil (Dill/Wilkin)
  • Rosalee McFall (Traditional arr. Garcia/Grisman/Rice)
  • Appetizer
  • Drifting Too Far from the Shore (Moody)
  • Amazing Grace (Traditional arr. Garcia/Grisman/Rice)
  • Little Sadie (Traditional arr. Garcia/Grisman/Rice)
  • Knockin' on Heaven's Door (Dylan)
  • Space Jam (Garcia/Grisman/Rice)
  • So What (Davis)
  • Appetizer
  • House of the Rising Sun (Traditional arr. Garcia/Grisman/Rice)
  • Conversation - Hidden track
The appetizers are snippets of comment and conversation from the sessions.

The appetizer before Drifting Too Far From The Shore includes a brief rendition of The Addams Family theme tune.


  • 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
  • Special thanks - Jack Crymes, David Gans, Debra Koons Garcia, Pam Grisman, Steve Jarvis, Dexter Johnson, Dennis McNally, Mike Moser, Pamela Rice, Artie & Harriet Rose, Colleen Smith, Matthew Stafford, D'Addario Strings
  • Recorded on February 4th and 5th, 1993 at Dawg Studios

The tracks on this album were recorded during two evening jam sessions at David Grisman's studios.

Garcia had a cassette copy made of some of the music from these sessions. This tape was supposedly stolen from his house by a pizza delivery worker and was subsequently distributed widely among tape traders. The tape became known as the Pizza Boy tape.

The CD though is produced from the Dawg Studio master tapes and adds wonderful sound quality to what many already knew was wonderful music.

As Grisman says in his accompanying notes;

"After several years of being pissed off, I decided to bury the hatchet with the pizza boy and make these tapes available to all in this 'official' version. The sound quality is magnificent and the performances glow with vitality and spontaneity."
Related releases

A 3 CD expanded version of Pizza Tapes was subsequently released;

Man Of Constant Sorrow and Amazing Grace were included on; An alternate version of Louis Collins performed by Garcia, Grisman and Rice during the same sessions was released on; Amazing Grace was included in the book/CD release;
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