New Riders of the Purple Sage

The Best of New Riders of the Purple Sage

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This ten-song collection, clocking in at an anemic 30 minutes, is probably as much New Riders as the casual listener might need, and all they're likely to hear. Some of the highlights of their five years at Columbia are here, but some great tracks are also missing. On the plus side, the live version of "Hello Mary Lou" is somewhat more interesting than the studio rendition, but they still don't do this song justice. And "Glendale Train," "Louisiana Lady," "Panama Red," and "You Angel You" are great fun, if a little obvious.

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