Instant Armadillo Blues: Best of 1971-1975

Instant Armadillo Blues: Best of 1971-1975

by New Riders of the Purple Sage
     
 

Australia's excellent Raven reissue label offers a definitive double-disc anthology of the New Riders of the Purple Sage's tenure with Columbia Records. The band released eight records with the label between 1971 and 1975 -- including the Best of New Riders of the Purple Sage collection and a live album. The first disc here compiles all but one track from their…  See more details below

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Australia's excellent Raven reissue label offers a definitive double-disc anthology of the New Riders of the Purple Sage's tenure with Columbia Records. The band released eight records with the label between 1971 and 1975 -- including the Best of New Riders of the Purple Sage collection and a live album. The first disc here compiles all but one track from their self-titled debut (which listed the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia as a member on pedal steel -- Buddy Cage took over that chair after this disc) and seven cuts from their sophomore effort, Powerglide (among its tunes was Ashford & Simpson's "I Don't Need No Doctor," which showcased the band's ability to stretch country into rockin' R&B). Their third album, Gypsy Cowboy, is represented on disc one and the beginning of two by eight of its 11 tracks. The inclusion of so many tracks from albums one and three is justified because, while their debut is inarguably their finest effort, Gypsy Cowboy is almost equally focused. Disc two continues with six of the ten tracks from Panama Red (warning: "Importin' Exportin' Man" and "One Too Many Stories" are not among them), and the tracks included from 1974's live album Home, Home on the Road are member John Dawson's "Hello How Are You" and excellent covers of Gene Pitney's "Hello Mary Lou," Terry Fell's "Truck Drivin' Man," and Chuck Berry's "School Days" (the only regret here is that the live version of the Rolling Stones' "Dead Flowers" was left off). NRPS's studio album from 1974 was Brujo; the four cuts here include a fine cover of Bob Dylan's "You Angel You" and the title track of this compilation. The set closes with four selections from the band's final effort -- of new material -- for Columbia, Oh, What a Mighty Time, represented by covers including decent reads of Ray Wylie Hubbard's "Up Against the Wall, Redneck" and Rusty Weir's "I Heard You Been Layin' My Old Lady" -- reflecting NRPS's interest in the new hardcore honky tonk coming from Austin -- as well as their lovely versions of Dylan's "Farewell Angelina" and Don Nix's "Mighty Time." The sound on this collection is completely remastered and the set contains an excellent liner essay by Raven's own Glenn A. Baker. Instant Armadillo Blues trumps the original Columbia best-of collection, as it goes far deeper, and is right to have left off the material they later recorded for MCA and A&M, which was wildly inconsistent. This collection is the standard-bearer of essential material by this often overlooked but excellent country-rock band.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2011
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
9398800034525
catalogNumber:
345
Rank:
16315

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. I Don't Know You
  2. Whatcha Gonna Do?
  3. Portland Woman
  4. Henry
  5. Dirty Business
  6. Glendale Train
  7. All I Ever Wanted
  8. Last Lonely Eagle
  9. Louisiana Lady
  10. Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music)
  11. Rainbow
  12. California Day
  13. Sweet Lovin' One
  14. I Don't Need No Doctor
  15. Contract
  16. Willie and the Hand Jive
  17. Gypsy Cowboy
  18. Groupie
  19. Sutter's Mill
  20. Linda

Disc 2

  1. Superman
  2. She's No Angel
  3. Long Black Veil
  4. Sailin'
  5. Panama Red
  6. Lonesome L.A. Cowboy
  7. Kick in the Head
  8. You Should Have Seen Me Runnin'
  9. Teardrops in My Eyes
  10. Cement, Clay and Glass
  11. Hi, Hello, How Are You
  12. Truck Drivin' Man
  13. Hello Mary Lou
  14. School Days
  15. Ashes of Love
  16. You Angel You
  17. Instant Armadillo Blues
  18. Singing Cowboy
  19. Farewell, Angelina
  20. I Heard You Been Layin' My Old Lady
  21. Up Against the Wall, Redneck
  22. Mighty Time

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

New Riders of the Purple Sage   Primary Artist
Jerry Garcia   Banjo,Guitar
Skip Battin   Bass,Percussion,Vocals
Buddy Cage   Vocals
Spencer Dryden   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
David Nelson   Dobro,Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Vocals
Dave Torbert   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals
John "Marmaduke" Dawson   Guitar,Percussion,Autoharp,Vocals

Technical Credits

Johnny Otis   Composer
Peter Rowan   Composer
Joe Maphis   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Jerry Garcia   Producer
New Riders of the Purple Sage   Producer
Gene Pitney   Composer
Robert Hunter   Composer
Skip Battin   Composer
Kim Fowley   Composer
Bob Johnson   Producer
Don Nix   Composer
Johnnie Wright   Composer
Ray Wylie Hubbard   Composer
Red Allen   Composer
Stephen Barncard   Producer
John Dawson   Composer
Spencer Dryden   Composer
Terry Fell   Composer
Ed Freeman   Producer
David Nelson   Composer
Norbert Putnam   Producer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Dave Torbert   Composer
Marijohn Wilkin   Composer
Jack Anglin   Composer
Glenn A. Baker   Liner Notes
Danny Dill   Composer
Tommy Sutton   Composer
Wanda Ballman   Composer
Nickolas Ashford   Composer
Russell Weir   Composer

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