The New Riders of the Purple Sage Download
Aug 15, 1971Berkeley Community Theatre (Berkeley, CA)
The New Riders of the Purple Sage Download
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Total Length:
33:06
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 Road04:05
  2. 2Henry03:48
  3. 3Portland Woman05:28
  4. 4Fair Chance To Know05:17
  5. 5Sailin'04:26
  6. 6Truck Driving Man03:52
  7. 7Louisiana Lady03:38
  8. 8Honky Tonk Women (Incomplete)02:32
Item Number:
  • 1674-5058-AD
Date:
  • Aug 15, 1971
Venue:
Sample this concert
  1. 1Six Days On The Road04:05
  2. 2Henry03:48
  3. 3Portland Woman05:28
  4. 4Fair Chance To Know05:17
  5. 5Sailin'04:26
  6. 6Truck Driving Man03:52
  7. 7Louisiana Lady03:38
  8. 8Honky Tonk Women (Incomplete)02:32
Total Length:
33:06
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Liner Notes

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

Just a month after closing down the Fillmores, Bill Graham presented this two night stand at the Berkeley Community Theater with the Grateful Dead headlining. Presented here is the fine opening set by the original New Riders of the Purple Sage lineup, featuring Jerry Garcia on pedal steel.

The set features a nice selection of tracks from their debut album, including "Portland Woman," "Henry," and "Louisiana Lady," that fit right in with the sound of the Dead's American Beauty LP. NRPS has a more overtly cowboy country flavor than the Dead, but the two groups' instrumental approach and arrangements have much in common - not surprising, as the members of both bands had been working and playing together for some time.

"Sailin'" is heard here, long before they recorded it for their second LP, Gypsy Cowboy; and "Truck Drivin' Man" was yet to be released at this point, as well.

As on the preceding night, several interesting cover songs are performed. Again, we have the straightforward country that can be heard in "Last Chance To Know," in addition to country flavored rock tunes such as "Six Days On The Road." On this second night, they close the set with the Jagger/Richards classic, "Honky Tonk Woman." Unfortunately, the tape runs out in progress, with the last few minutes missing. Although shorter in length than the first night's set, this is just as enjoyable and only three songs are repeated.

The show took place toward the end of Garcia's tenure with NRPS, when his pedal steel playing was at its most fluid and developed. For that reason alone, the recording will be of interest to Garcia fans, but he is really just added flavor on an already great recipe for good time music. Here at home in the Bay Area, the NRPS are at the top of their game.

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