by New Riders of the Purple Sage


The group's second album is pretty much definitive, especially in its remastered version from Columbia's Legacy division (issued in 1996), which has really crisp, loud sound. Joe Maphis' "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music)" is a great opener, a honky tonk-style number featuring David Nelson's lead vocals and Nicky Hopkins' piano sharing the spotlight with Nelson's and John Dawson's axes. The guitars on Dawson's "Rainbow" are nearly pretty enough to be a Flying Burrito Brothers or Poco number. Most of what follows is as good or better, especially Dave Torbert's "California Day" and "Contract," and Dawson's "Sweet Lovin' One." The one letdown is their cover of "Hello Mary Lou," a flat, dullish rendition that could be any bad country-rock bar band, and which isn't going to make anyone forget the numerous versions before and since -- they do somewhat better with Johnny Otis' "Willie and the Hand Jive." Powerglide is a fun record and offers one virtue that the Dead, in particular, sometimes forgot -- they know how to end a song. Jerry Garcia is present on banjo ("Sweet Lovin' One," "Duncan and Brady") and piano ("Lochinvar") -- Bill Kreutzmann and Nicky Hopkins also turn up -- but the best lead guitar work here comes courtesy of David Nelson and Buddy Cage, who plays the pedal steel.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/16/1996
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646491225
catalogNumber: 64912

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Performance Credits

New Riders of the Purple Sage   Primary Artist
Jerry Garcia   Banjo,Guitar,Piano
Nicky Hopkins   Piano,Keyboards
Stephen Barncard   Choir, Chorus
Buddy Cage   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar,Choir, Chorus
John Dawson   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
John Desautels   Drums
Spencer Dryden   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument)
Judy   Choir, Chorus
Bill Kreutzmann   Percussion
David Nelson   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Dave Torbert   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Bass Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
McDuke   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

New Riders of the Purple Sage   Producer
Stephen Barncard   Producer
Spencer Dryden   Contributor
John Fiore   Engineer

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