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New Riders of the Purple Sage - Bear's Sonic Journals: Dawn of the New Riders of the Purple Sage (2020)

New Riders of the Purple Sage - Bear's Sonic Journals: Dawn of the New Riders of the Purple Sage (2020)


Tracklist front / back album covers


Disc 1

August 1, 1969 (set 2) – The Bear's Lair, Berkeley, California:

"Six Days on the Road" (Earl Green, Carl Montgomery) – 3:33

"Henry" (John Dawson) – 3:47

"What's Made Milwaukee Famous" (Glenn Sutton) – 5:05

"I've Got a Tiger by the Tail" (Harlan Howard, Buck Owens) – 3:54

"Don't Take Any Chances" (Dawson) – 6:53

"Connection" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 4:37

"Delilah" (Dawson) – 4:12


Bonus tracks – set 1:

"A-11" (Hank Cochran) – 5:28

"Garden of Eden" (Dawson) – 5:22

"Hello Trouble" (Orville Couch, Eddie McDuff) – 4:32

"Last Lonely Eagle" (Dawson) – 5:20

"Whatcha Gonna Do" (Dawson) – 4:19


Disc 2

August 1, 1969 (set 2), continued:

"Zebra Dun" (traditional, arranged by Dawson) – 3:39

Jerry explains his instrument – 2:44

"Kaw-Liga" (Hank Williams, Fred Rose) – 4:25

"Sweet Lovin' One" (Dawson) – 4:48

"Fair Chance to Know" (Dawson) – 5:33

"Long Black Limousine" (Vern Stovall, Bobby George) – 4:38

"All I Ever Wanted" (Dawson) – 6:12

"Truck Drivin' Man" (Terry Fell) – 3:56

"The Lady Came from Baltimore" (Tim Hardin) – 4:40

"Games People Play" (Joe South) – 5:11

Introducing the Murdering Punks

"To Have the Hurting End" (Dawson) – 6:10

"I Am Your Man" (Dawson) – 4:42

"Henry" (Dawson) – 3:48


Disc 3

August 28, 1969 – Family Dog at the Great Highway, San Francisco, California:

"Six Days on the Road" (Green, Montgomery) – 3:38

"I Am Your Man" (Dawson) – 4:11

"Last Lonely Eagle (Dawson) – 6:16

"Whatcha Gonna Do" (Dawson) – 4:40

Introducing the famous Bobby Ace – 4:03

"Mama Tried" (Merle Haggard) – 4:13 [a]

"Cathy's Clown" (Don Everly, Phil Everly) – 4:28

"Old Old House" (Hal Bynum, George Jones) – 3:57

"Me and My Uncle" (John Phillips) – 3:58

"Seasons of My Heart" (Jones, Darrell Edwards) – 3:52

"Slewfoot" (Howard Hausey) – 3:31


Bonus tracks – August 29, 1969:

"To Have the Hurting End" (Dawson) – 5:22

"Games People Play" (South) – 6:59

Bonus tracks – August 30, 1969:

"Superman" (Dawson) – 4:33

"Saw Mill" (Horace Whatley, Mel Tillis) – 2:54 [a]


Disc 4

October 14, 1969 – Mandrake's, Berkeley, California:

"Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line" (Jimmy Bryant) – 2:31

"Fair Chance to Know" (Dawson) – 5:02

"Mama Tried" (Haggard) – 3:47

"I Still Miss Someone" (Johnny Cash, Roy Cash) – 7:26

"Crossover" (Dawson) – 5:42

"The Weight" (Robbie Robertson) – 9:13

Bonus tracks – October 15, 1969:

"Garden of Eden" (Dawson) – 7:48

"Long Black Veil" (Marijohn Wilkin, Danny Dill) – 6:48

"Death and Destruction" (Dawson) – 13:32


Disc 5

June 4, 1970 – Fillmore West, San Francisco, California

"Henry" (Dawson) – 4:31

"Fair Chance to Know" (Dawson) – 6:07

"The Race Is On" (Don Rollins) – 4:35

"Mama Tried" (Haggard) – 3:20

"Honky Tonk Women" (Jagger, Richards) – 5:52


Bonus tracks – June 5, 1970:

"I Don't Know You" (Dawson) – 4:48

"Superman" (Dawson) – 3:55

"If You Hear Me When I'm Leaving" (Dawson) – 4:55

"Louisiana Lady" (Dawson) – 4:46

"The Weight" (Robertson) – 6:53


Bonus track – June 7, 1970:

"Portland Woman" (Dawson) – 5:07




New Riders of the Purple Sage Band Members / Musicians

John "Marmaduke" Dawson – guitar, vocals

David Nelson – guitar, vocals

Jerry Garcia – pedal steel guitar, vocals

Bob Matthews – bass (disc 1 – 4)

Dave Torbert – bass, vocals (disc 5)

Mickey Hart – drums

Bob Weir – guitar, vocals

Will Scarlet – harmonica


Recording: Owsley Stanley

Mastering: Jeffrey Norman

Tape to digital transfers: John Chester, Jamie Howarth

Design: Bob Minkin

Illustration: Nina Stanley, Starfinder Stanley

Photography: Jeffrey Kilman, Michael Parrish

Liner notes: Starfinder Stanley, Rob Bleetstein, Pete Bell, Hawk



Bear's Sonic Journals: Dawn of the New Riders of the Purple Sage is a 5-CD live album by the country rock band the New Riders of the Purple Sage. It was recorded at various venues in the San Francisco Bay Area from August 1969 to June 1970. It was released on January 17, 2020.

Dawn of the New Riders of the Purple Sage was recorded by the audio engineer (and LSD chemist) Owsley "Bear" Stanley. The album captures performances from the early days of the New Riders, with John "Marmaduke" Dawson on guitar and lead vocals, David Nelson on guitar and vocals, Jerry Garcia on pedal steel guitar, and Mickey Hart on drums. Initially Bob Matthews or Phil Lesh played bass guitar with the band, depending on circumstance. In April 1970 Dave Torbert became the band's bassist. Matthews is featured on the first four CDs of the album and Torbert plays on the fifth disc.









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