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“Mighty Time”: New Riders + Sly Stone & Jerry Garcia

Oh, what a mighty find at the local thrift shop last week — the title track from this 1975 album by New Riders of the Purple Sage – with special guests, Sly Stone and Jerry Garcia:

Mighty Time

New Riders of the Purple Sage with Sly & Jerry (1975)

Skip Battin:  Bass, Vocals & Percussion
Buddy Cage:  Pedal Steel & Vocal
John Dawson:  Guitar, Vocals, Autoharp & Mouth Harp, et al.
Spencer Dryden:  Drums, Percussion & Vocal
David Nelson:  Guitar, Vocal & Percussion
Sly Stone:  Organ, Piano & Vocal
Jerry Garcia:  Guitar

Behind the mixing console is none other than Bob Johnston, who famously produced Dylan and Cash in the 1960s (and once “attacked the hits” as the leader of Colonel Jubilation B. Johnston And His Mystic Knights Band And Street Singers).  Oh, What a Mighty Time would be the band’s last album for almighty Columbia, who elected not to issue any 45s from this LP.

“Mighty Time” written by Don Nix, who is probably best known for having written blues standard, “Goin’ Down” and whose session work as a saxophonist — as exemplified on sax & organ instrumental, “Last Night” — helped define the Stax sound.

George Harrison & Don Nix

Off Catalina Island – 1971

George Harrison & Don Nix


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