The Best of New Riders of the Purple Sage

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The Best of New Riders of the Purple Sage
Greatest hits album by New Riders of the Purple Sage
Released 1976
Recorded 1971–1975
Genre Country rock
Label Columbia
New Riders of the Purple Sage chronology
Oh, What a Mighty Time
(1975)
The Best of New Riders of the Purple Sage
(1976)
New Riders
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars (re-release)[2]
Robert Christgau (D+) [3]

The Best of New Riders of the Purple Sage is an album by the country rock band the New Riders of the Purple Sage. It contains a selection of songs that had previously appeared on the band's first seven albums, which were recorded between 1971 and 1975. It was released by Columbia Records in 1976.[4][5][6]

According to the biography of the band on their official web site, "Just about this time, the music business was entering another era and the New Riders ended their relationship with Columbia Records. The subsequent release of The Best of New Riders of the Purple Sage, with its infamous cover, fulfilled their obligation to Columbia and the band then signed with MCA Records in 1976."[7]

Five of the ten songs on The Best of New Riders of the Purple Sage were taken from the band's self-titled first album. Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead plays pedal steel guitar on those tracks.

Expanded re-release[edit]

In 2006, The Best of New Riders of the Purple Sage was re-released with five additional songs. Four of the "bonus tracks" had been previously released on the Columbia albums. The fifth is an alternate version of "Linda", from the Gypsy Cowboy recording sessions.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Don't Know You" (John Dawson) – 2:29
  2. "Glendale Train" (Dawson) – 3:02
  3. "Hello Mary Lou" (Gene Pitney, Cayet Mangiaracina) – 2:59
  4. "Louisiana Lady" (Dawson) – 3:06
  5. "Kick in the Head" (Robert Hunter) – 2:33
  6. "Panama Red" (Peter Rowan) – 2:49
  7. "Last Lonely Eagle" (Dawson) – 5:14
  8. "You Angel You" (Bob Dylan) – 2:45
  9. "I Don't Need No Doctor" (Jo Armstead, Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpson) – 3:09
  10. "Henry" (Dawson) – 2:36

Re-release bonus tracks:

  1. "Linda" (Dawson) – 3:14
  2. "Farewell, Angelina" (Dylan) – 2:42
  3. "She's No Angel" (Wanda Ballman, J.W. Arnold) – 3:13
  4. "Sunday Susie" (Dawson) – 2:34
  5. "Groupie" (Dave Torbert) – 2:43

Original releases[edit]

The New Riders' first seven albums and the songs that were selected from them for The Best of New Riders of the Purple Sage are:

*expanded edition bonus track

Personnel[edit]

New Riders of the Purple Sage[edit]

  • John Dawsonguitar, vocals
  • David Nelson – guitar, vocals
  • Jerry Garciapedal steel guitar on "I Don't Know You", "Glendale Train", "Louisiana Lady", "Last Lonely Eagle", and "Henry"
  • Buddy Cage – pedal steel guitar on "Hello Mary Lou", "Kick in the Head", "Panama Red", "You Angel You", and "I Don't Need No Doctor", "Linda"*, "Farewell, Angelina"*, "She's No Angel"*, "Sunday Susie"*, "Groupie"*
  • Dave Torbertbass, vocals on "I Don't Know You", "Glendale Train", "Hello Mary Lou", "Louisiana Lady", "Kick in the Head", "Panama Red", "Last Lonely Eagle", "I Don't Need No Doctor", "Henry", "Linda"*, "She's No Angel"*, "Sunday Susie"*, "Groupie"*
  • Skip Battin – bass, vocals on "You Angel You", "Farewell Angelina"*
  • Spencer Drydendrums, percussion

*expanded edition bonus track

Additional musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Ed Lee – design
  • Eric Meola – photo
  • Gerard Huerta – lettering
  • Richard Kenerson – lettering

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. The Best of New Riders of the Purple Sage review at Allmusic
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. The Best of New Riders of the Purple Sage expanded re-release review at Allmusic
  3. ^ New Riders of the Purple Sage at robertchristgau.com
  4. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2004). The Great Rock Discography (7th ed.). Canongate U.S. p. 1083. ISBN 1-84195-615-5. Retrieved 2009-08-28. 
  5. ^ The Best of New Riders of the Purple Sage at the Grateful Dead Family Discography
  6. ^ The Best of New Riders of the Purple Sage at the NRPS official website
  7. ^ "The History of NRPS" at the NRPS official website.