New Riders of the Purple Sage [Bonus Tracks]

New Riders of the Purple Sage [Bonus Tracks]

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Anyone who enjoyed the Grateful Dead's Workingman's Dead or American Beauty and wanted more, then or now, should get this record and follow that with the Riders' next two albums. With Jerry Garcia

Overview

Anyone who enjoyed the Grateful Dead's Workingman's Dead or American Beauty and wanted more, then or now, should get this record and follow that with the Riders' next two albums. With Jerry Garcia and Mickey Hart in tow and the Jefferson Airplane's Spencer Dryden playing what drums Hart didn't, plus Commander Cody at the piano, New Riders of the Purple Sage is some of the most spaced-out country-rock of the period. Even ignoring the big names working with John Dawson, David Nelson, and Dave Torbert, however, this is a good record, crossing swords with the Byrds, the Burrito Brothers, and even Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and holding its own; maybe a few of the cuts (especially "Henry") are predictable at times, but mostly NRPS was full of surprises (the amazingly sweet, brittle guitars, in particular) and has tunes that have held up well: "Portland Woman," "Whatcha Gonna Do," "I Don't Know You," and "Louisiana Lady," not to mention the eight leisurely paced minutes of acid country found in "Dirty Business." There are no added notes, but they'd hardly be vital -- the album is an open book. [The 2003 CD reissue on Columbia/Legacy adds three bonus tracks, all recorded live at the Fillmore West on July 7, 1971, two of them covers: the Band's "The Weight" and Joe South's "Down in the Boondocks."]

Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998538825
catalogNumber:
85388

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

New Riders of the Purple Sage   Primary Artist
Mickey Hart   Percussion,Drums
Jerry Garcia   Banjo,Pedal Steel Guitar,Background Vocals
Commander Cody   Piano
John Dawson   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Spencer Dryden   Percussion,Drums
David Nelson   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Dave Torbert   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

New Riders of the Purple Sage   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Robbie Robertson   Composer
Stephen Barncard   Engineer,Executive Producer
Wally Heider   Engineer
Phil Lesh   Executive Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Jeff Magid   Reissue Producer
Alton Kelley   Cover Art
Michael Ferguson   Cover Art
Rob Bleetstein   Liner Notes

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