New Riders of the Purple Sage

Live (1982)

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When this archival concert tape from September 21 and November 20, 1982, was recorded, David Nelson and Buddy Cage were no longer in the lineup, having been succeeded by Rusty Gauthier and Val Fuentes (ex-It's a Beautiful Day drummer). The band is featured doing a mix of classic material ("Henry," "Panama Red") and newer stuff ("Crazy Little Girl"), as well as standards by other artists ("You Can't Judge a Book," "Dead Flowers"). John Dawson and Allen Kemp handle two of the guitars and the vocals, joined by Gauthier (who also plays lap steel), with Billy Wolf on lead guitar. The playing is louder and more forceful than anything on their classic records, but the songs retain their charm and have a lot more energy here. The sound quality is excellent, in vivid stereo and exceptionally crisp clarity, although some of the melodic beauty of the songs is lost amid the electric instrument textures that dominate.

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