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5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Country rock CLASSIC!
This is not going to be a long review, or some big, pretentious "analysis" of the albums "themes" or whatever, it will suit the album it is concerned with, and that is... wel, you are on the damn thing's page, so I assume you know: anyway, this is the bands first, and best album, in my own humble opinion. It is Country Rock through and through, but manages to be highly...
Published on 4 Jun 2011 by Mr. J. M. White

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1.0 out of 5 stars CD purchase
Ater ordering this cd, I was informed that evening, the cd was out of stock. Therefore I have sadly no option to give the lowest rating due to advertising a product no longer available.
Published on 7 Aug 2009 by Andrew Muldoon


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5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Country rock CLASSIC!, 4 Jun 2011
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This is not going to be a long review, or some big, pretentious "analysis" of the albums "themes" or whatever, it will suit the album it is concerned with, and that is... wel, you are on the damn thing's page, so I assume you know: anyway, this is the bands first, and best album, in my own humble opinion. It is Country Rock through and through, but manages to be highly varied and interesting for the genre it so sternly focuses: you get the melancholic, balladic rock of *Portland Woman* (my personal fave track, with a wonderful leading melody: beautiful is another words that springs to mind about it), the still melodic, yet highly bouncy and borderling traditional *Glendale Train*, the mid-paced melodic country pop of Whatcha Gonna do?, and the epic, again highly melodic yarn "Dirty Business". you probably sense a theme here: this is a VERRRRY melodic album: you wont find many traditional country romp and stomps here, this is a mix of Pure Country music sounds and simple 60's/70's melodic pop/rock: a mix that creates a genuinely beautiful, melancholic feeling' album that will surely satisfy you be you a fan of more Traditional Country Rock OR pop music/melodic rock: basically, buy it. Also of note: watch out for the chorus of Last Lonely Eagle: 'tis a cracker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NRPS finest hour - Garcia's pedal steel at its best, 3 April 2012
The New Riders are amongst those artists who peaked too soon - their first album, this one, was their best. Not that the rest of their catalogue is without its merits (Powerglide, Gypsy Cowboy,....Panama Red are all good albums) but this is the one both for the quality of the material and the quality of the performance. John 'Marmaduke' Dawson never again came up with a full album of great songs. The singing and playing are spot on for this material but the real icing (frosting if you're American) on the cake is Jerry Garcia's pedal steel playing, which permeates the whole album. I love pedal steel and whilst I accept that Jerry may not have been the most technically gifted steel player around, he was one of the most effective as can also be heard on 'Workingman's Dead', 'American Beauty' and his first solo 'Garcia'. For me this album sits comfortably with those other three to make up a, no THE, golden period of the extended Dead family. As a previous reviewer commented, if you like the Burritos and Poco this is definitely for you. Country-rock at its finest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Eagles? Do me a favour!, 7 Mar 2012
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A fine slice of countercultural country rock; my favourite of theirs. Very reminiscent of the Dead circa 'Workingman's Dead', and not just because Jerry Garcia guests on pedal steel and Micky Hart crops up on a couple of tracks. Perhaps their strongest collection of songs; only 'Dirty Business' hangs around a little too long. Fans of the country-ish Dead, Poco and The Flying Burrito Brothers will find much to pleasure them here, though John Dawson is no Robert Hunter and the tragic quality underpinning Gram Parsons' best songs is nowhere to be found. Great harmonising; matchless musicianship. 'Henry' is just marvellous.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sage time, 26 April 2014
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GlynLuke (York UK) - See all my reviews
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Back in 1971, round about the time Gram Parsons and Gene Clark, among others, were rediscovering their country roots, there was a modest-sounding band called NRPS for short, who had Jerry Garcia and Mickey Hart of the Dead as guest artists on this their first delightful album.
The main man of NRPS was one John Dawson - a somewhat neglected figure in rock/country history, but he wrote all ten of these superb songs, with David Nelson and Dave Torbert backing him up beautifully.
Highlights for me are the opener I Don`t Know You, Portland Woman, the uptempo Glendale Train, the lovely Last Lonely Eagle, and the final track Louisiana Lady - half the album, in fact.
The eight-minute Dirty Business is mesmerising, featuring an instrumental backing which will either turn you off or you`ll find intriguing. I`m somewhere in between on this one, leaning towards being intrigued.
One thing`s for sure, if you love seventies-era country rock, you really must have this seminal record from a band of musical integrity and a lightness of touch that is likeable and highly listenable.
It`s been good to re-acquaint myself with this debut album.

Recommended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars CD purchase, 7 Aug 2009
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Andrew Muldoon "old grumpy" (Glasgow, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: New Riders of the Purple Sage (Audio CD)
Ater ordering this cd, I was informed that evening, the cd was out of stock. Therefore I have sadly no option to give the lowest rating due to advertising a product no longer available.
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