The New Riders of the Purple Sage Download
May 15, 1970 (Early)Fillmore East (New York, NY)
The New Riders of the Purple Sage Download
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Total Length:
24:59
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

The New Riders of the Purple Sage Download

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What Makes Our Downloads Great

Our downloads are all from master recordings owned by Wolfgang's Vault, an archive built from more than a dozen historic collections spanning a wide spectrum of musical genres and legendary performers.

We have painstakingly restored every tape using the highest quality analog-to-digital converters available and the light engineering touch we’ve come to be known for that makes you feel like you were at the show.

All song files are high-quality 320k mp3s, delivered to you in a single zip file. If you haven't used a zip file before, it’s quite simple. On most computers you can just double-click on the zip file to extract it to a folder containing the mp3 song files, which you can then drag into iTunes or whatever library you use.

Sample this concert
  1. 1Six Days On The Road03:57
  2. 2Whatcha Gonna Do04:09
  3. 3I Don't Know You04:03
  4. 4Henry03:50
  5. 5Portland Woman04:44
  6. 6Fair Chance To Know04:16
Item Number:
  • 1163-5058-AD
Date:
  • May 15, 1970 (Early)
Venue:
Sample this concert
  1. 1Six Days On The Road03:57
  2. 2Whatcha Gonna Do04:09
  3. 3I Don't Know You04:03
  4. 4Henry03:50
  5. 5Portland Woman04:44
  6. 6Fair Chance To Know04:16
Total Length:
24:59
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Liner Notes

John Dawson - guitar, vocals; David Nelson - lead guitar, vocals; Jerry Garcia - pedal steel guitar; Dave Torbert - bass, vocals; Spencer Dryden - drums

These 1970 NRPS sets are particularly interesting, as the band is still in the formative stages of its career. Jerry Garcia plays pedal steel guitar on everything, and ex-Airplane drummer Spencer Dryden had recently signed on, as had bass player and creative force Dave Torbert. They were still, in many ways, very much a part of the extended Grateful Dead experience, and a year away from releasing their first album, but with Dryden and Torbert replacing Lesh and Hart, respectively, the NRPS were becoming a real band in their own right. Dawson and Nelson's repertoire already included early versions of much of the material that would later be recorded on the first NRPS album, and several of those first efforts are included in this set.

The band kicks off the set with "Six Days on the Road," before romping through four classic songs destined for their first album. These are a little less developed than they would ultimately become, but a unique, immediately captivating sound emerges nonetheless. The craftsmanship of these songs is indeed impressive - both instrumentally and lyrically. They cover a country standard, "Fair Chance to Know," in fine style before beginning another original, "Last Lonely Eagle."

Unfortunately, the tape runs out during this last song, ending the set prematurely and leaving the recording incomplete. Fortunately for this fresh, distinctive ensemble, however, the best was yet to come.

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