Tears Cover


Back by popular demand, A 21st century GANDALF album in the spirit of the legendary 1969 original. Produced by original GANDALF singer-guitarist, Peter Sando, it will feature songs by Tim Hardin, Fred Neil, Garry Bonner & Alan Gordon, Jack McMahon and Bob Jenkins, plus 6 new Sando originals.

The LP will come in Orange/Gold vinyl and the accompanying CD will include two bonus tracks.


Tears Of Ages

This song appeared as a live version on Gandalf 2, recorded in the last days of the bands existence. Sando has added a 3rd verse and produced a proper studio recording that serves as the title track.

Misty Roses On A Stone (Tribute to Tim Hardin)

Peter explains A few years back, while visiting my friend and co-writer Jack McMahon in Oregon, we paid our respects at Tim's resting place. Jack picked some fresh roses from his garden and I threw my Martin 00-18 in the backseat. We then set off for Twin Oaks cemetery and sang some tunes along the way. It was a somber and moving experience, and we later wrote this song based on that visit.

Bonus #2 Youre Free (a/k/a Dont Get Surrounded By Everyday Things)

This track was intended to be a followup to the Barracudas The Dance At St. Francis in 1969, but was shelved due to production issues. Now, this lost Bonner & Gordon gem has been lovingly recreated by Peter from an acetate preserved in his library. Jack Nitzsches stunning arrangement, coupled with Sandos spot-on vocal, serve up a colorful pop masterpiece in the spirit of the classic sounds of the late 60s.

Peter Sando Live Performances


Saturday, October 15th, 2022

Music For Humanity
at Noble Coffee Roasters

3020 Rt 207
Campbell Hall NY
7:30 pm

Friday, November 12th, 2021

The Fine Grind

101 Newark-Pompton Turnpike (Rte. 23 South)
Little Falls, NJ 07424

7:00 pm

3 Performer Concert Series
June 2, 2018

With Ron Renninger & Steven Conahay

7 pm
2-3 Roamers Alley
Sugarloaf NY

Guest Appearance at
Joe Marra's Birthday Party

July 16, 7 pm
The Bitter End
147 Bleeker Street
New York, NY 10012

Radio Broadcast
May 10th, 2016

Irene Trudel Show


(it is archived)

February, 2013

AFRAID OF THE DARK CD reviewed in Shindig #31

Thank you, Gray Newell!

June, 2012

Cool Norwegian Band ULVER performs
"Can You Travel In The Dark Alone,"
Peter's critically acclaimed song from the Gandalf LP
on their new CD, Childhood's End

JULY 2012

GANDALF listed as on of the "50 psych bands you need to hear" in the

current issue of SHINDIG MAGAZINE #28

and an awesome in depth article on the cover art by Dan Abbott

Thank you!

July, 2012

Peter Sando interview in It's Psychedelic Baby Magazine

May, 2011- Peter Live on

The Magic Stranger Show on WGXC: HANDS-ON RADIO, the new community radio station for Greene and Columbia counties, NY

Archive at WGXC.org

Two special recent events at
Music Millenium
Portland, OR

Special "in-store" GANDALF performance
Original members, Peter Sando & Frank Hubach
performed songs from the 1969 Capitol LP
Halloween, 2010
Thank you to all who attended!

Past solo appearances:

Vreeland Store, West Milford, NJ
Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, NY
John St. Jam, Saugerties, NY
American Glory, Hudson, NY
Music Millennium, Portland, OR
Noble Coffee Roasters, Campbell Hall NY
Bodle's Opera House - Chester, NY
Sutter's Mill - Suffern, NY
Cafe Cafe - Butler, NJ
Desmond's - NYC
Highline Ballroom - NYC
Garden Cafe - New Milford, NJ
Warwick Valley Winery - Warwick, NY
Crimson Sparrow - Hudson, NY

GANDALF alive and well... featured in the January, 2010 issue

of Record Collector Magazine!

Go to Neil Young's compelling "Living With War" website
at http://www.neilyoung.com/lwwtoday/

Click on LWW Top Songs and find Peter's 1971 anti-war song from Gandalf 2
"No Earth can Be Won"

Support our troops- bring them home now!

Portland Connection:

Singer/Songwriter Jack McMahon sings "JOHN BROWN"
(written by Peter Sando © Sandbag Music)

CDs from one of Portland's finest songwriters-

Jack McMahon

now available at

Jack McMahon

includes Peter's "John Brown"!

available now!


Jack McMahon

Bo Diddley 1929-2008

3/15/06: Peter Sando interviewed on Psych music in recent issue of The Portland Mercury

Recent interview at Neotomic Aliviac


Thanx to The Paisley Piper and J.P. The Light Mutator
for hosting Peter's live performance and interview on
 "Plastic Tales From The Marshmallow Dimention"
(a weekly dose of psychedelia, airing on WNYU-FM in New York,
and worldwide, live on the Internet)


"...we are treated to a remarkable cover of “Can You Travel In The Dark Alone” originally recorded by Gandalf, and here turned into an electronic mass, underpinned with deep drones and a fragile vocal performance making the hairs on the back of your neck stand up." Terrascope- November 2005

Available at CDBaby.com

Recent MOJO Psychedelic Limited Edition
GANDALF included in:

"Missing in Action,
25 great albums overshadowed by the Sgt.
and his band of lonely hearts"

The Rahgoos are back!!
Do the Rahgoo on Garage Beat '66- Vol. 4
"an exhilarating manic two-minute blast of chaos"- Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

Now Available at SUNDAZED

These "Boots" are made for walkin'!

Gandalf Picture Disc LP and Blue Vinyl version

Remastered by Bob Irwin
8 Page Booklet with new photos and liner notes by Mike Stax


A recent visit to Sundazed-

Thanks for the hospitality!!

L. to R.- Tim Livingston, Stephanie Kennedy,
Joe Delia (Bruthers), Bob Irwin, Peter Sando

L. to R.- Joe, Peter & Bob at Sundazed Studios

Playboy Magazine picks the Top Ten Specialty Record Labels, December 2004:
"... for specialty music, you need labels with taste and integrity. You
can't go wrong with any of these.
Sundazed: A fantastic selection of surf, soul and—its specialty—1960s
garage rock and psych pop."

GANDALF review in MOJO magazine!
September 2002 issue

Also appears in "The Mojo Collection"
now available at Amazon.com

GANDALF in Ugly Things Magazine,
Issue #19 SOLD OUT

"From Sauce to Sorcery"
An in-depth interview and overview of Peter Sando
and the history of the Gandalf LP on Capitol Records

Some issues still available at clued-in record and magazine outlets or

Dennis Ferrante

1999 Grammy Winner
Best Historical Album
The Duke Ellington Centennial Edition
The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (1927 -1973)
Orrin Keepnews & Steven Lasker, compilation producers;
Paul Brizzi, Dennis Ferrante & Steven Lasker, mastering engineers (Duke Ellington)
[RCA Victor/BMG Classics]

.....and Thanks again Dennis
for making "CREATURES OF HABIT" Super Sonic!

Time ServedThree songs co-written by Peter Sando and Joe Delia
are heard in the Trimark film, "TIME SERVED"
starring Catherine Oxenberg, Louise Fletcher and Jeff Fahey
Check your local cable listings


Dave Bauer


We have received sad news of the passing of Dave Bauer in 2007 at the age of 57. Dave replaced Bryan Post in the Rahgoos when Bryan was put on active duty in the Navy during the Viet Nam war. Bryan was about as good a drummer that a Rock and Roll band could have and we never thought we could replace him. Davy was a Jazz musician, and a good one. His influences were diverse, from Buddy Rich to Mitch Mitchell and studying under Bernard "Pretty" Purdy. After hurried rehearsal with Bryan as his mentor, Dave came through with flying clors. Dave's drumming on the Gandalf LP is an prime example of 60's creativity, and deserves the critical acclaim that it has achieved. After Gandalf, Dave went on to play with Albert King (appearing at the Filmore East) and various New York groups. He will be missed by all friends of GANDALF.


Alan Gordon


I am deeply saddened by the passing of Alan Gordon, and I treasure the many special memories. From the Night Owl Café to the uptown studios, I was privileged to cross musical paths with the man.

 Working with Alan was so much fun, his imagination constantly flowing, bursting with new melodies and ideas. There was never a feeling of pressure, as he always evoked a steady stream of his own brand of hilarity that kept everyone in his presence laughing ‘til we cried. He was blessed with an awesome creative energy that filled the room. I can see him now, when he and Garry would present a new song- slapping, clapping and tapping his feet in rhythm, singing the hooky harmonies and horn parts that would eventually endow a hit record. It was amazing.

 I’ll always be grateful for his friendship, inspiration, and encouragement. There are so many songs of love and laughter that he leaves us with…but at this moment I recall the more obscure and reflective ones; Amazing Air, The Cat in The Window, Whatever Happened To Happy?… Alan, I’m singing along…

Peter Sando- November 30, 2008

If you have comments or suggestions, email me at peter@petersando.com