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It was pretty punk rock in spirit for a country rock band in 1973 to pepper an album with overt references to weed and cocaine, especially when you consider that this album was a minor hit on a major label (Columbia). Produced by storied Muscle Shoals bassist Robert Putnam (Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison), this album has fairly straightforward themes: you get stoned (“Panama Red” and “Kick in the Head,” the latter penned by Grateful Dead’s Robert Hunter), drunk and heartbroken (“One Too Many Stories”), and high on coke in a lonely land surrounded by platform-booted glamsters (“Lonesome L.A. Cowboy”). There’s a bluegrass rip-roar (“Teardrops in My Eyes”) and an early jam-band chestnut (“Thank the Day”). The finale’s an environmental teardrop (“Cement, Clay and Glass”). The band did their best work between 1971 and 1975 because they’d masterfully blended rock, pop, bluegrass, and country-dance with mournful soundscapes and loneliness—plus lots of humor, hillbilly and otherwise. Guests include Buffy Saint-Marie, the Dead’s backup singer Donna Jean Thatcher, and The Memphis Horns.

Customer Reviews

Best NRPS album!

Obscure drug references? Face it this generation knew how to party and this was the best party album ever. It made you feel good. Unlike now when everything makes you feel awful. These were good times, Thank the day is great. Panama Red is great. This whole album is excellent. Buddy Cage was a great Jerrry replacement These guys rule, if everyone listened to these albums the world would be a much better place. This band is totally underrated, they were great musicians and you can laugh at their lyrics but they strung together some great stuff. Buy it you'll love it. Listen to it on the train and watch the hostility melt away.

Panama Red-New Riders of the Purple Sage

If you're a product of the sixties, this album was included in your collection. With today's country singers crossing over, New Riders fit right in place with todays music and has stood the test of time. Sit back, listen, and remember those days of hanging out with your friends.

The Adventures of Panama Red

Way Back Then, if You were Fortunate Enough to Obtain Real, Authentic, Panama Red, and Try it and While Listening to this Album, your'e Head Would Spin! Ah! Yes! the 'Good 'Ol Days'


Formed: 1969 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

For most of the early '70s, the New Riders of the Purple Sage™ (yes, the name is trademark-protected) were the successful offshoots of the Grateful Dead. Although they never remotely approached the success or longevity of the Dead, they attracted a considerable audience through their association with Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, and Mickey Hart, whose fans couldn't be satisfied with only the Dead's releases -- the New Riders never reached much beyond that audience, but the Deadheads loved them as substitutes...
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