The Adventures of Panama Red

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The Adventures of Panama Red
NRPS Panama Red.jpg
Studio album by New Riders of the Purple Sage
Released October 1973
Recorded 1973
Genre Country rock
Length 29:51
Label Columbia
Producer Norbert Putnam
New Riders of the Purple Sage chronology
Gypsy Cowboy
(1972)Gypsy Cowboy1972
The Adventures of Panama Red
Home, Home on the Road
(1974)Home, Home on the Road1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C–[2]

The Adventures of Panama Red is the fourth country rock album by the New Riders of the Purple Sage, released in 1973. It is widely regarded as one of the group's best efforts, and reached number 55 on the Billboard charts.

The album includes two songs written by Peter Rowan — "Panama Red", which became a radio hit, and "Lonesome L.A. Cowboy". Another song, "Kick in the Head", was written by Robert Hunter. Donna Jean Godchaux and Buffy Sainte-Marie contribute background vocals on several tracks.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Panama Red" (Peter Rowan) – 2:47
  2. "It's Alright With Me" (Dave Torbert) – 2:43
  3. "Lonesome L.A. Cowboy" (Rowan) – 4:05
  4. "Important Exportin Man" (Tim Hovey, Torbert) – 2:26
  5. "One Too Many Stories" (John Dawson) – 2:54
  6. "Kick in the Head" (Robert Hunter) – 2:30
  7. "You Should Have Seen Me Runnin" (Dawson) – 3:01
  8. "Teardrops in My Eyes" (Red Allen, Tommy Sutton) – 2:15
  9. "L.A. Lady" (Troy Seals, Don Goodman, Will Jennings) – 2:13
  10. "Thank the Day" (Torbert) – 2:23
  11. "Cement, Clay and Glass" (Spencer Dryden, David Nelson) – 2:34


New Riders of the Purple Sage[edit]

Additional Musicians[edit]


  • Producer: Norbert Putnam
  • Recording engineer: Tom Flye
  • Associate engineers: John Stronach, Bobby Hughes
  • Sound engineers: Tom Anderson, Phil Brown, Bob Edwards
  • Remix engineer: Norbert Putnam
  • Cover art: Lore and Chris
  • Recorded at the Record Plant, Sausalito
  • Mixed at Quadrafonic Studios, Nashville


  1. ^ Jurek, Thom. The Adventures of Panama Red at AllMusic. Retrieved June 14, 2011.
  2. ^ New Riders of the Purple Sage album reviews at Retrieved June 14, 2011.