New Train

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New Train
Studio album by Paul Pena
Released September 26, 2000
Recorded December, 1973
Genre Rock/Soul/Folk rock
Length 44:05
Label Hybrid Recordings
Producer Ben Sidran
Paul Pena chronology
Paul Pena
(1971)
New Train
(1973)
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New Train is an album by Paul Pena, recorded in 1973 and released in 2000. The album was recorded at Bearsville Records and produced by Ben Sidran (keyboardist for the Steve Miller Band).

The album[edit]

New Train features Grateful Dead member Jerry Garcia playing pedal steel guitar on "Venutian Lady" and "Taking Your Love Down." Merl Saunders (frequent collaborator with Garcia and the Dead) plays keyboards on "Venutian Lady" and "New Train". The a cappella group The Persuasions sing on "Gonna Move" and "Let's Move and Groove."[1]

Stylistically, the album runs the gamut from straight-up rock and roll (on the original version of "Jet Airliner") to folk to acid rock (on the Jimi Hendrix-esque "Cosmic Mirror") to Rhythm and Blues on the standout track "Gonna Move". The Grateful Dead-inspired "Venutian Lady" echoes their hit "Bertha".

Albert Grossman, owner of Bearsville Records, stopped release of the record after a dispute with Pena.

Ben Sidran gave an unreleased copy of New Train to Steve Miller, who recorded Pena's "Jet Airliner" with his band for their 1977 album Book of Dreams. The "Jet Airliner" single went to #8 on the charts. Pena's primary source of income in his later years were royalties from that single.

The album remained unreleased for 27 years. After years of unsuccessful attempts, Pena's attorney (and original executive producer on the album) Jon Waxman negotiated for the album's release in 2000 on the New York-based Hybrid Recordings label.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Pena except as indicated.

  1. "Gonna Move" – 4:31
  2. "New Train" – 4:53
  3. "Jet Airliner" – 5:42
  4. "Wait On What You Want" – 3:28
  5. "Venutian Lady" – 4:43
  6. "Cosmic Mirror" – 5:23
  7. "Let's Move And Groove Together" (Johnny Nash) – 4:13
  8. "Indian Boy" – 4:37
  9. "A Bit Of All Right" – 3:43
  10. "Taking Your Love Down" – 2:52

Personnel[edit]

Special guests[edit]

  • Jerry Garcia - pedal steel guitar on "Venutian Lady" and "New Train"
  • Merl Saunders - keyboards on "Venutian Lady" and "New Train"
  • The Persuasions - background vocals on "Gonna Move"
  • Charles Greene - background vocals on "Let's Move and Groove Together"
  • Arthur Adams - guitar on "A Bit of All Right"
  • Dave Woodward - saxophone on "Cosmic Mirror"
  • Nick DeCaro - arranged strings
  • The Funky ladies - additional background vocals

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Ben Sidran
  • Executive Producers: Jon M. Waxman and Gunther Weil
  • Engineers: Adam Taylor and Bruce Botnick
  • Mixing: Ben Sidran and Marty Feldman
  • Mastering: George Marino
  • Liner Notes: Ben Sidran
  • Slipcase photograph: Jennifer Cheek Pantaleon
  • Recorded at Intermedia in Boston and Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco

References[edit]

  1. ^ "27 Year Old Album Finally Sees Light Of Day" (Press release). Kathryn Schenker Associates. June 8, 2000. 
  2. ^ Sullivan, James (October 30, 2000). "Blues Singer Fighting For His Life, Career / Paul Pena's record out despite many setbacks". San Francisco Chronicle.