Jan 19, 2009
NEW RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE (COLUMBIA 1971) Japan mastering + 3 bonus
New Riders Of The Purple Sage's debut album is one of the best country rock albums of the early 70's. The band was made up of John "Marmaduke" Dawson, Dave Tolbert & David Nelson, but was augmented by Jerry Garcia on steel guitar, Mickey Hart on percussion and Spencer Dryden on drums. The band stared out as a project for the Grateful Dead's Mr. Garcia, Mr. Hart & Phil Lesh to fully indulge themselves with the country sounds that they had touched upon in their music. The music veers from straight country rock of "Henry", "Portland Woman" & "I Don't Know You" to "Dirty Business" which is an eight minute track that leans towards a weird mix of acid rock & country. The album's highlight is "All I Ever Wanted" which contains the most beautiful and delicate steel guitar work from Mr. Garcia. New Riders Of The Purple Sage is a must for any fans of the Grateful Dead, but should be equally enjoyed by fans of the The Byrds or CSN.
The band probably had more in common with Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen. On this debut album the New Riders put their own unique spin on country-rock and came up with the best overall album of their career...[net]
a blog's friend out there just sent me the links to the other 3 NRPS albums...enjoy!
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