“An Historic 5 CD set featuring the Dawn of the New Riders of the Purple Sage

“Sociologically, you know, this all represents a big switch in the whole rock ‘n’ roll trip” – Jerry Garcia

"Sociologically, you know, this all represents a big switch in the whole rock 'n' roll trip" - Jerry Garcia

Celebrating 50 years of New Riders of the Purple Sage, the Owsley Stanley Foundation’s fourth release takes you back in time to the early days when this band was just getting started.

“A legend recording a legend” – T. Michael Coleman, Bass

The Owsley Stanley Foundation is pleased to present an audiophile release of incendiary performances by the incomparable Doc and Merle Watson, from Bear’s Sonic Journals -Owsley’s storied trove of live concert recordings.

It’s not just the energy of youth that shakes me when I listen to these tracks — it’s the musical dialogue that Jack and I shared in these amazing moments. -Jorma Kaukonen

The Owsley Stanley Foundation presents its third chapter: Bear’s Sonic Journals: Before We Were Them, Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady, Veterans Memorial Building, June 28, 1969, available now on CD. This live concert recording features recently discovered and previously unreleased music from Jefferson Airplane’s fabled guitar and bass players before they became known as Hot Tuna.

“A wicked blend of rock, jazz and R&B that created a dynamic, groundbreaking sound.” – John Lynskey , Hittin’ The Note

The Owsley Stanley Foundation and the Allman Brothers Band are pleased to present the latest chapter in Bear’s Sonic Journals: The Allman Brothers Band, Fillmore East, February 1970, available now on CD and audiophile downloads. The CD includes material from three incredible performances early in the Allman Brothers’ career, and the digital downloads provide access to all of Owsley’s Recordings of these shows.
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Owlsey Stanley Foundation Presents Bear’s Sonic Journals:
Dawn of the New Riders of the Purple Sage

“[This is] sitting around the bar drinking and fighting music… you can drink and fight”
– Jerry Garcia

History Unvarnished

4 Nights of Live Music: 

More than 5 hours of never-before released recordings from the earliest days of the New Riders of the Purple Sage.

The band consists of:

John “Marmaduke” Dawson (guitar, vocals),

Jerry Garcia (pedal steel),

David Nelson (electric guitar),

Mickey Hart (drums),

Bob Matthews / Dave Torbert (bass).

Highlights also include 9 songs with guest artist Bobby “Ace” Weir and two tracks with Will Scarlett on harmonica.

16 page booklet containing:

Rare and previously unpublished vintage photographs.

Original cover art by Owsley’s daughter Nina, based on a drawing by Owsley’s son, Starfinder.

Liner Notes by NRPS Historian with additional notes based on OSF interviews with Dave Nelson and Bob Weir

Cutting edge sound:

Plangent Processing technology was used to ensure the most accurate transfer from Owsley’s source tapes. The mastering was done by Jeffrey Norman (Mockingbird Mastering), long-time collaborator with the Grateful Dead and Owsley Stanley.

The “Save The Tapes!” campaign seeks to raise money to enable the digitization, preservation, and release of Bear’s Sonic Journals, a trove of over a thousand live concert recordings from the heart of the psychedelic era. Donations are much appreciated and are in fact essential to our ability to preserve and release future recordings!

Four epic nights of music
starting on Jerry’s 27th Birthday
at the aptly named Bear’s Lair.

Chapter 1
August 1, 1969, Bear’s Lair, Berkeley, California (Set 2)

Disc 1:

1. Six Days On The Road
2. Henry
3. What’s Made Milwaukee Famous
4. I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail
5. Don’t Take Any Chances
6. Connection
7. Delilah

Bonus Tracks from Set 1

8. A-11
9. Garden of Eden
10. Hello Trouble
11. Last Lonely Eagle
12. Whatcha Gonna Do

Disc 2:

1. Zebra Dun
2. Jerry Explains His Instrument
3. Kaw-Liga
4. Sweet Lovin’ One
5. Fair Chance To Know
6. Long Black Limousine
7. All I Ever Wanted
8. Truck Drivin’ Man
9. The Lady Came From Baltimore
10. Games People Play
11. Introducing the “Murdering Punks”
12. To Have the Hurting End
13. I am Your Man
14. Henry

Four incredibly rare tunes with
the Famous Bobby Ace!

Chapter 2
August 28, 1969, The Family Dog at the Great Highway, San Francisco, California

Disc 3:

1. Six Days On The Road
2. I Am Your Man
3. Last Lonely Eagle
4. Whatcha Gonna Do
5. Introducing the Famous Bobby Ace
6. Mama Tried*
7. Cathy’s Clown*
8. Old Old House*
9. Me & My Uncle*
10. Seasons of My Heart*
11. Slewfoot*

Bonus Tracks

12. To Have the Hurting End (August 29, 1969)
13. The Games People Play (August 29, 1969)
14. Superman (August 30, 1969)
15. Saw Mill* (August 30, 1969)

 

* Bobby “Ace” Weir – Guitar, Vocals

We got the wiring in and the lamps in,
let’s throw this switch and
see if the thing lights up. It did.

– John “Marmaduke” Dawson

Chapter 3
October 14, 1969, Mandrake’s, Berkeley, California

Disc 4:

1. Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line
2. Fair Chance To Know
3. Mama Tried
4. I Still Miss Someone
5. Crossover
6. The Weight

Bonus Tracks
7. Garden of Eden (October 15, 1969)
8. Long Black Veil (October 15, 1969)**
9. Death and Destruction (October 15, 1969)**

 

** Will Scarlett – Harmonica

The Psychedelic Singing Cowboys
Come of Age!

Chapter 4
June 4, 1970, Fillmore West, San Francisco, California

Disc 5:

1. Henry
2. Fair Chance To Know
3. The Race Is On*
4. Mama Tried*
5. Honky Tonk Women*

Bonus Tracks

6. I Don’t Know You (June 5, 1970)
7. Superman (June 5, 1970)
8. If you Hear Me When I’m Leaving (June 5, 1970)
9. Louisiana Lady (June 5, 1970)
10. The Weight (June 5, 1970)
11. Portland Woman (June 7, 1970)

* Bobby “Ace” Weir – Guitar, Vocals

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The "Save The Music!" campaign seeks to raise money to enable the digitization, preservation, and release of Bear's Sonic Journals, a trove of over a thousand live concert recordings from the heart of the psychedelic era. Donations are much appreciated, and are in fact essential to our ability to preserve and release future recordings!

You can donate via our secure form, or send checks made out to the Owsley Stanley Foundation to: Owsley Stanley Foundation PO Box 625 Occidental, Ca 95465. We were officially granted 501(c)(3) nonprofit status by the IRS in December 2012. All donations to the Owsley Stanley Foundation are fully tax deductible.

Adopt-A-Reel Program:
For donations of $400 or more, we will work with you to select one of Bear’s Sonic Journals for priority preservation. Along with other recognition of your generous contribution, if the recording you select is viable for future release by OSF, you will receive a liner note credit.

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