The New Riders of the Purple Sage Download
May 15, 1970 (Late)Fillmore East (New York, NY)
The New Riders of the Purple Sage Download
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Total Length:
49:55
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

The New Riders of the Purple Sage Download

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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. 1Brown Eyed Handsome Man04:30
  2. 2Louisiana Lady05:40
  3. 3Can't Pay The Price04:42
  4. 4Truck Drivin' Man03:59
  5. 5All I Ever Wanted07:57
  6. 6Workin' Man Blues04:15
  7. 7Henry04:27
  8. 8I Don't Know You04:09
  9. 9Lodi04:03
  10. 10Last Lonely Eagle06:13
Item Number:
  • 50217-5058-AD
Date:
  • May 15, 1970 (Late)
Venue:
Sample this concert
  1. 1Brown Eyed Handsome Man04:30
  2. 2Louisiana Lady05:40
  3. 3Can't Pay The Price04:42
  4. 4Truck Drivin' Man03:59
  5. 5All I Ever Wanted07:57
  6. 6Workin' Man Blues04:15
  7. 7Henry04:27
  8. 8I Don't Know You04:09
  9. 9Lodi04:03
  10. 10Last Lonely Eagle06:13
Total Length:
49:55
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 was still in its formative stages at the time. 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 very much 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, they were becoming a genuine band in their own right. Dawson and Nelson's repertoire already included early versions of a good amount of the material that would later be recorded on the first NRPS album, much of which is included in this set.

Following Bill Graham's introduction, the band opens with Chuck Berry's "Brown Eyed Handsome Man," followed by the soon-to-be radio hit off thier first album, "Louisiana Lady."

Several other interesting covers are featured, including the country tunes "Can't Pay the Price" and "Workingman's Blues," not to mention a tasty cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Lodi."

Four songs that would be featured on the first NRPS LP the following year are also showcased. Repeated from the early show is the ever-popular dope smuggling song, "Henry," as are "I Don't Know You" and "Last Lonely Eagle," the latter in its entirety, passionate, and with an extended pedal steel solo from Garcia.

The highlight, however, is unquestionably the lovely version of "All I Ever Wanted" during the middle of the set, probably the most beautiful song Dawson ever wrote.

No matter what you call 'em, this is a beautifully complementary, historic lineup featuring many of the most accomplished and passionate country-rock musicians of their day. If for no other reason, the show is remarkable as a testament to the endless variety of stylistic paths such competent musicians could travel and explore - so long, that is, that they kept the drive to saddle up.

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