Cactus Juice is a two-CD album by the country rock band the New Riders of the Purple Sage. It was released by Arcadia Records in 2006. It is a repackaging of three complete New Riders albums from the 1970s — Home, Home on the Road; Brujo; and Oh, What a Mighty Time.
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The first disc was recorded live in concert. It includes the 1974 album Home, Home on the Road, which was produced by Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. Garcia had co-founded NRPS in 1969, along with John "Marmaduke" Dawson and David Nelson, and was the band's original pedal steel guitar player. Home, Home on the Road features the "classic" early '70s lineup of the band — Dawson, Nelson, Dave Torbert, Buddy Cage, and Spencer Dryden.
Disc one also includes four additional songs. These bonus tracks were recorded live at the Fillmore West in 1971 and also had been previously released. The first three songs — "Down in the Boondocks", "The Weight", and "Superman" — had originally appeared on the 2003 expanded re-release of the band's eponymous first album. The fourth song, "Henry", was taken from the 1972 album Fillmore: The Last Days, by various artists. Garcia plays pedal steel on these tracks.
The second disc was recorded in the studio. It consists of the 1974 album Brujo and the 1975 album Oh, What a Mighty Time.
The cover photo for Cactus Juice was taken by Herb Greene as part of the photo shoot for Oh, What a Mighty Time. Pictured from left to right are John Dawson, Spencer Dryden, David Nelson, Skip Battin, and Buddy Cage.
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Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, TX, 6/13/75 is an album by the country rock band the New Riders of the Purple Sage. It was recorded live on June 13, 1975, at the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, Texas, and released on November 1, 2005. It was the fourth complete New Riders concert that was recorded in the 1970s and released in the 2000s as an album on the Kufala Recordings label.At the time of the concert at the Armadillo, Skip Battin was the New Riders' bass player. Battin wrote or co-wrote three songs that appear on the album. Previously a member of the Byrds, Battin had joined the New Riders in 1974 after Dave Torbert left to join Kingfish. Also in the NRPS lineup for this recording were band co-founders John "Marmaduke" Dawson and David Nelson, and long-time members Buddy Cage and Spencer Dryden.Brujo
Brujo is an album by the American country rock band New Riders of the Purple Sage. It is their fifth studio album, and their sixth album overall. It was recorded in 1974 and released that same year by Columbia Records.
Brujo was the first New Riders album to feature Skip Battin. Battin had replaced Dave Torbert as the New Riders' bass player after Torbert left to join Kingfish.
One single was released in conjunction with the album — "You Angel You" / "Parson Brown".
In 2004, a combined CD of Brujo and the New Riders' previous album, Home, Home on the Road, was released by BGO Records.Cactus cat
The cactus cat is a legendary fearsome critter of the American Southwest.
The cactus cat was generally described being a bobcat-like creature, covered in hair-like thorns, with particularly long spines extending from the legs and its armored, branching tail.
The creature was said to use its spines to slash cacti at night, allowing juice to run from the plants. On later nights, the creature was said to return to drink the now fermented juice. The then-drunken creature was said to shriek throughout the night. The cactus cat was a very hostile creature towards any animal invading their territory. Animals that crossed them often ended up with large puncture wounds, and sometimes fatal injuries.
It was a desert predator. To avoid the harsh heat, they'd carve out the inside of a cactus and sleep through the day. It eats the bugs and juice of the cactus, keeping it hydrated. They were said to be immune to scorpion venom and would hunt them at night.
Cactus cats were social animals, often mating for life. They were said to live about 20 to 30 years. Before and during mating season, the male felines would break open a large Saguaro cactus and let the smell attract females to the location. Often enough, two females would be attracted to the scent, and fight. The fight usually ended in one of them getting brutally spiked or stabbed to death. The winning female would then meet with the male and drink the cactus juice. The pair would get drunk and then produce a litter of kittens within the next few weeks. The kittens were born blind at birth with no spikes.Earthen plaster
Earthen plaster (adobe plaster, dagga) is a blend of clay, fine aggregate, and fiber. Other common additives include pigments, lime, casein, prickly pear cactus juice (Opuntia), manure, and linseed oil. Earthen plaster is usually applied to masonry, cob, or straw bale interiors or exteriors as a wall finish. It provides protection to the structural and insulating building components as well as texture and color.Glendale Train
Glendale Train is an album by the country rock band the New Riders of the Purple Sage. It was recorded as a live radio broadcast on October 30, 1971 at the Taft Auditorium in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was released on CD and vinyl on November 18, 2013.The New Riders' complete performance from the concert is included in the album. As was often the case during this period, they were the opening act for the Grateful Dead. Jerry Garcia was a member of both bands. He would play pedal steel guitar for NRPS, and then play electric guitar and sing for the Dead. A Grateful Dead album recorded the following night is Dick's Picks Volume 2.Gypsy Cowboy
Gypsy Cowboy is the third album by the country rock band the New Riders of the Purple Sage. It was recorded and released in 1972.
The album includes six original songs by John Dawson and three by Dave Torbert, plus cover versions of country classics "She's No Angel" and "Long Black Veil". Donna Jean Godchaux of the Grateful Dead sings background vocals on two songs, "Whiskey" and "Long Black Veil". One single was released in conjunction with the album — "Groupie" / "She's No Angel".In 2007, Gypsy Cowboy was re-released on the Wounded Bird Records label, with four bonus tracks. These were live versions of "Groupie", "Sutter's Mill", "Superman", and "She's No Angel". All except "Superman" were from the New Riders' 1974 album Home, Home on the Road.Live in Japan (New Riders of the Purple Sage album)
Live in Japan is an album by the country rock band the New Riders of the Purple Sage. It was recorded from August 25 to August 29, 1993 at Club Citta in Kawasaki, the Bottom Line in Nagoya, and Banana Hall in Osaka. It was released by Relix Records on September 27, 1994.Live in Japan includes performances of three Grateful Dead songs — "Dire Wolf", "Ripple", and "Friend of the Devil".Live on Stage (New Riders of the Purple Sage album)
Live on Stage is an album by the country rock band the New Riders of the Purple Sage. It was recorded live in 1975 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City and at the Keystone in Berkeley, California. It was released by Relix Records in 1993.Midnight Moonlight
Midnight Moonlight is the thirteenth studio album by the New Riders of the Purple Sage, released in 1992 on the Relix Records label.Midnight Moonlight features studio recordings of original and cover songs, performed in a style heavily influenced by bluegrass and American folk music. The instrumentation is largely acoustic, with no drums. This is in contrast to most earlier New Riders albums, which emphasized electric country rock.New Riders (album)
New Riders is an album by the country rock band the New Riders of the Purple Sage. Their seventh studio album and their ninth album overall, it was recorded and released in 1976.New Riders was the New Riders' first album on the MCA Records label, and their second to be produced by Bob Johnston. It consists of nine cover songs, plus one new original tune by John Dawson.New Riders of the Purple Sage (album)
New Riders of the Purple Sage is the self-titled debut album by the American country rock band the New Riders of the Purple Sage. It was released by Columbia Records in 1971, and reached number 39 on the Billboard charts.
New Riders of the Purple Sage is the only studio album by the New Riders to feature co-founder Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead on pedal steel guitar. He is also featured on the live album Vintage NRPS.
Mickey Hart and Commander Cody play drums and piano, respectively, on two tracks—"Dirty Business" and "Last Lonely Eagle".Oh, What a Mighty Time
Oh, What a Mighty Time is an album by the country rock band the New Riders of the Purple Sage. Their sixth studio album and their seventh album overall, it was released by Columbia Records in 1975.Oh, What a Mighty Time was produced by Bob Johnston. Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead plays guitar on three songs, and Sly Stone plays keyboards and sings on one song.Opuntia ficus-indica
Opuntia ficus-indica (prickly pear) is a species of cactus that has long been a domesticated crop plant grown in agricultural economies throughout arid and semiarid parts of the world. Likely having originated in Mexico, O. ficus-indica is the most widespread and most commercially important cactus. Common English names for the plant and its fruit are Indian fig opuntia, Barbary fig, cactus pear, and spineless cactus, among many. In Mexican Spanish, the plant is called nopal, while the fruit is called tuna, names that may be used in American English as culinary terms.
Fig opuntia is grown primarily as a fruit crop, and also for the vegetable nopales and other uses. Most culinary references to the "prickly pear" are referring to this species. The name "tuna" is also used for the fruit of this cactus, and for Opuntia in general; according to Alexander von Humboldt, it was a word of Taino origin taken into the Spanish language around 1500.Cacti are good crops for dry areas because they convert water into biomass efficiently. O. ficus-indica, as the most widespread of the long-domesticated cactuses, is as economically important as maize and blue agave in Mexico. Because Opuntia species hybridize easily, the wild origin of O. ficus-indica is likely to have been in Mexico due to the fact that its close genetic relatives are found in central Mexico.Parfleche
A parfleche is a Native American rawhide container. Envelope-shaped parfleches have historically been used to contain items such as dried meats and pemmican. At times they have been used to carry maps, or the designs on them have served as maps themselves. In contemporary usage, they may carry social, spiritual, and symbolic meaning, or be part of traditional regalia.
The bags are usually decorated with a distinctive style of graphic artwork, often symbolizing landscape features such as rivers and mountains. Traditionally women are the main creators of parfleches, first painting stretched out raw hides, then shaping them into their final form. In contemporary culture, both women and men make them.Ridin' with Panama Red
Ridin' with Panama Red is an album by the country rock band the New Riders of the Purple Sage. It contains previously released songs selected from the New Riders' first six albums, which were recorded between 1971 and 1974. It was released in 2000 on the Sony Music Special Products label.The songs on Ridin' with Panama Red were excerpted from New Riders of the Purple Sage (1971), Powerglide (1972), Gypsy Cowboy (1972), The Adventures of Panama Red (1973), Home, Home on the Road (1974), and Brujo (1974).S.U.N.Y., Stonybrook, NY, 3/17/73
S.U.N.Y., Stonybrook, NY, 3/17/73 is an album by the country rock band the New Riders of the Purple Sage. It was recorded live on March 17, 1973, at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. It was released on November 13, 2007. It was the fifth complete New Riders concert that was recorded in the 1970s and released in the 2000s as an album on the Kufala Recordings label.The New Riders performed two sets of music at the concert in Stony Brook, as usual during that period. They played 29 songs, a combination of originals and covers. Folk singer Ramblin' Jack Elliot sat in with NRPS for their encore — the Rolling Stones tunes "Connection" and "Honky Tonk Women".
The photo of the band on the album cover, by Chuck Pulin, was taken on or about the date of the S.U.N.Y. show. Pictured from left to right are the "classic" early 1970s lineup — Dave Torbert, John "Marmaduke" Dawson, Spencer Dryden, David Nelson, and Buddy Cage.Val Fuentes
Val Fuentes (born November 25, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois) is the original and current drummer for the progressive folk/rock band It's a Beautiful Day. He has also played with Fat Chance, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Shadowfax, Lina Valentino, Linda Imperial, The Pure Pleasure Band, and The Moments.
Fuentes currently lives in California and plays shows with David LaFlamme and It's a Beautiful Day, as well as several other local Sonoma County bands such as The Zins, a rock/funk group.
His son Carlo Fuentes was born on November 25, 1985, and also plays drums and piano, and sings. He has played in numerous local bands.Vintage NRPS
Vintage NRPS is an album by the country rock group the New Riders of the Purple Sage. It was recorded live on February 21 and February 23, 1971 at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York, and released in 1986.At the time of the Capitol Theatre shows, the New Riders of the Purple Sage were regularly performing as the opening act for the Grateful Dead. Jerry Garcia was a member of both bands. Garcia would play pedal steel guitar with the New Riders, then play electric guitar and sing with the Dead. A Grateful Dead concert from the same set of shows as Vintage NRPS was released as the album Three from the Vault.