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New Riders of the Purple Sage - New Riders of the Purple Sage (1971)


New Riders of the Purple Sage - New Riders of the Purple Sage (1971)


Tracklist front / back album covers


"I Don't Know You" – 2:26

"Whatcha Gonna Do" – 3:17

"Portland Woman" – 3:36

"Henry" – 2:36

"Dirty Business" – 7:56

"Glendale Train" – 3:00

"Garden of Eden" – 4:32

"All I Ever Wanted" – 4:37

"Last Lonely Eagle" – 5:12

"Louisiana Lady" – 3:03


Bonus tracks

These songs were recorded live at the Fillmore West and included in the 2003 CD reissue:


"Down in the Boondocks" (Joe South)

"The Weight" (Robbie Robertson)

"Superman" (John Dawson)



New Riders of the Purple Sage Band Members / Musicians

John Dawson – acoustic guitar, vocals

David Nelson – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, vocals

Dave Torbert – bass, acoustic guitar, vocals

Jerry Garcia – pedal steel guitar, banjo

Spencer Dryden – drums, percussion


Mickey Hart – drums, percussion on "Dirty Business", "Last Lonely Eagle"

Commander Cody – piano on "Dirty Business", "Last Lonely Eagle"

Technical personnel

New Riders of the Purple Sage – production

Stephen Barncard – engineering, executive production

Phil Lesh – executive production

Ellen Burke – technician

Michael Ferguson, Alton Kelly – cover art




New Riders of the Purple Sage is the self-titled debut album by the American country rock band the New Riders of the Purple Sage. It was released by Columbia Records in 1971, and reached number 39 on the Billboard charts.

New Riders of the Purple Sage is the only studio album by the New Riders to feature co-founder Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead on pedal steel guitar. He is also featured on the live albums Vintage NRPS and Bear's Sonic Journals: Dawn of the New Riders of the Purple Sage.

Mickey Hart and Commander Cody play drums and piano, respectively, on two tracks—"Dirty Business" and "Last Lonely Eagle".

New Riders of the Purple Sage is an American country rock band. The group emerged from the psychedelic rock scene in San Francisco, California, in 1969, and its original lineup included several members of the Grateful Dead. The band is sometimes referred to as the New Riders, or as NRPS.



New Riders of the Purple Sage Discography Full

1971 New Riders of the Purple Sage

1972 Powerglide

1972 Gypsy Cowboy

1973 The Adventures of Panama

1974 Home, Home on the Road

1974 Brujo

1975 Oh, What a Mighty Time

1976 New Riders

1977 Who Are Those Guys?

1977 Marin County Line

1981 Feelin' All Right

1986 Before Time Began

1986 Vintage NRPS

1989 Keep On Keepin' On

1992 Midnight Moonlight

1993 Live on Stage

1994 Live in Japan

1995 Live

2003 Worcester, MA, 4/4/73

2003 Boston Music Hall, 12/5/72

2004 Veneta, Oregon, 8/27/72

2005 Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, TX, 6/13/75

2007 S.U.N.Y., Stonybrook, NY, 3/17/73

2007 Wanted: Live at Turkey Trot

2009 Winterland, San Francisco, CA, 12/31/77

2009 Where I Come From

2012 17 Pine Avenue Woodstock

2013 Glendale Train

2019 Thanksgiving in New York City

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


Compilation albums

1976 The Best of New Riders of the Purple

1987 Take a Red

1991 L.A. Lady

1992 The Relix Bay Rock Shop, No. 1

1994 Wasted Tasters

1995 Relix's Best of the Early New Riders of the Purple Sage

1997 Relix's Best of the New New Riders of the Purple Sage

2000 Ridin' with Panama

2006 Cactus Juice

2009 Very Best of the Relix Years

2011 Setlist: The Very Best of New Riders of the Purple Sage Live

2011 Instant Armadillo Blues

2017 Original Album Classics

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