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Archives Vol. 1: Live at the Avalon Ballroom 1969 [Live]

Gram Parsons, The Flying Burrito BrothersAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (November 6, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Amoeba Records
  • ASIN: B000W1V8DU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,064 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Close Up the Honky Tonks
2. Dark End Of the Street
3. Medley: Undo the Right/Somebody's Back In Town
4. She Once Lived Here
5. We've Got To Get Ourselves Together
6. Lucille
7. Hot Burrito #1
8. Hot Burrito #2
9. Long Black Limousine
10. Mental Revenge
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Medley: Undo the Right/Somebody's Back In Town
2. She Once Lived Here
3. Mental Revenge
4. We've Got To Get Ourselves Together
5. Lucille
6. Sin City
7. You Win Again
8. Hot Burrito #1
9. Hot Burrito #2
10. You're Still On My Mind
See all 14 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

LIVE AT THE AVALON BALLROOM 1969 - THIS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED 27 TRACK DOUBLE CD WAS FOUND IN THE GRATEFUL DEAD'S ARCHIVES. INCLUDES UNRELEASED COVERS AND IS A FULLY LEGITIMATE RELEASE. Amoeba Records. 2007.

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91 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flying Burrito Brothers, Live in 1969 November 7, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This double CD (not 1 disc as indicated in Amazon product description) documents two live performances at the Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, in April 1969. Track list:

Disc 1 (April 4th):

1. Close Up the Honky Tonks
2. Dark End of the Street
3. Undo The Right/Somebody's Back In Town
4. She Once Lived Here
5. We've Got to Get Ourselves Together
6. Lucille
7. Hot Burrito #1
8. Hot Burrito #2
9. Long Black Limousine
10. Mental Revenge
11. Sin City
12. Thousand Dollar Wedding (bonus track, not from live concert)
13. When Will I Be Loved (ditto)

Disc 2 (April 6th):

1. Undo The Right/Somebody's Back In Town
2. She Once Lived Here
3. Mental Revenge
4. We've Got to Get Ourselves Together
5. Lucille
6. Sin City
7. You Win Again
8. Hot Burrito #1
9. Hot Burrito #2
10. You're Still On My Mind
11. Train Song
12. Long Black Limousine
13. Sweet Dream Baby
14. Do Right Woman

These performances, recorded just a few weeks after FBB's groundbreaking studio album "Gilded Palace of Sin," provide a fascinating window into their live sound then. The sound quality is good, if a bit bass-heavy. As another reviewer mentioned, the guitars seem to be missing from the mix. But it's not a big issue. The resulting stripped-down, clean mix highlights Sneaky Pete Kleinow, who was a killer pedal steel guitarist. It also brings to the forefront FBB's calling card, the vocal harmonies of Gram Parsons (just 22 at the time) and Chris Hillman.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GRAM'S LATEST: 39 YEARS IN THE MAKING . . . November 6, 2007
By Charlie
Format:Audio CD
The new Gram Parsons CD is actually the new Flying Burrito Brother CD. It's a double disc set, beautifully packaged with great photos and liner notes. In April of '69 the FBB opened for the Grateful Dead for 3 nights. Two of those performances are presented here after sitting in the vaults for 39 years. Hats off to Amoeba Records for a job well done!

The sound is surprisingly clear, miles better than the old bootlegs circulating of a few of these tracks. (I can't help but wonder if the guitars somehow didn't make it to the soundboard though -- plenty of tasty steel guitar, drums, bass and keyboard, but not an acoustic guitar in sight.)

Performance-wise, it's vintage Gram/FBB -- spirited, expressive, fun and a little sloppy. Great harmonies (thanks to Chris Hillman) and great songs, many not available by Gram anywhere else. Highlights include Sweet Mental Revenge, Long Black Limousine, Undo The Right and Lucille, as well as the FBB's own Sin City and Hot Burrito #1.

A great bonus is two unreleased demos: Gram alone at the piano working on Thousand Dollar Wedding with some different lyrics (the "young bride PASSED away" instead of went away!), and a very loose workout on When Will I Be Loved from '67 with Gram and other unidentified voices (the Int'l Sub Band?)

If you're a Gram fan, this is an obvious must have, five-star release. For the merely Gram-curious it probably isn't the place to start. But either way it's a look back at special time that ended way too soon. Thanks Gram.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait!! November 7, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Like everything Gram Parsons and The Flying Burrito Brothers did, this live 2 CD set of tunes will remind fans why they loved these guys in the first place! Thanks to Amoeba records and Dave Prinz for pursuing these "lost" tapes of the band.

Both shows captured on this set are well worth the listen, but I prefer the April 4th set a bit more for some beautiful and heartbreaking takes of "She Once Lived Here" "Hot Burrito #1" "Dark End of the Street" and "Sin City" sung by Gram, and backed up by Chris Hillman. There's a somewhat funky, jazzy version of "Hot Burrito #2" and great covers of Little Richard's "Lucille" and "Sweet Mental Revenge" (Waylon Jenning's tune). One weaker track is the second set's "Do Right Woman" - not one of their best performances for sure. ....Overall an excellent addition. ...Hey Amoeba, got any more stuff?! Enjoy.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Grievous Angel November 8, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Gram and the Burritos from the "Gilded Palace of Sin" have always held a special place that no other band could quite replicate. This live recording, which follows that truly unique and groundbreaking recording, is that missing piece of country rock's formative years that was never satisfied by subsequent Burrito efforts (or those the group inspired). Only Gram's solo LPs reminded us of his unique talent and vision, captured exquisitely in his perfect exit, "Grievous Angel." These live recordings from the Avalon are especially kind to the Burrito's strengths: those wonderful vocals and the late Sneaky Pete's hot pedal steel. While the performances and recording are a bit ragged here and there, it's offers some nice and unexpected insight into this pivotal band. What an interesting song selection, even if gems like "Juanita" weren't on the set list either night. I was lucky enough to see Gram and the Burritos a month before his demons forced his bandmates to sever ties. He had it together that night in May 1970, in front of a sparse, $3-per-person crowd in a St. Paul college gymnasium. He would have been just 23 at the time, but he held himself with the kind of poise and sophistication that makes a strong case for reincarnation. (Hank? Was that you?) As these live shows remind us, Gram got it, had it, and in the end, blew it. They provide great insight into the vision of this seminal figure, even if this thing could have been titled in a way that gave the band more credit. But maybe this time, a Burritos recording will inspire a new generation--one that won't be as willing to take their lead straight down the path to Lite FM.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The FBB @ the Avalon
Wow,

This is killer stuff, they were on their game for these two nights.

Didn't event know this existed until recently. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Shoveldog
4.0 out of 5 stars Gram Parsons live
I am a huge fan so this was a no brainer. S replication from other available sets so do your research
Published 6 months ago by N2HIFI
5.0 out of 5 stars gram at his heartbreaking best.
while the recording is not the best, the music being played is.recorded on the April 4th and 6th,1969 it's the second disk of the set from the 6th that is really special, the sound... Read more
Published 6 months ago by bradley a daulton
5.0 out of 5 stars One name says it all Gram Parsons
Great live album. So many bands were influenced by Gram Parsons. It's just amazing! Love, love, love, love it !!!!!
Published 13 months ago by Nancy Livingston
3.0 out of 5 stars Cool - But Slightly Disappointing
This is a cool live recording of Gram Parsons with the Flying Burrito Brothers. Considering the relatively weak versions of the Flying Burrito Brothers after Chris Hillman left in... Read more
Published on June 28, 2011 by Statman
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!
I absolutely love both of these two cds. I love Gram Parson's voice and have listened to these cds over, and over again!
Published on February 24, 2011 by jmj
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this one
This captures the Flying Burrito Brothers live with Gram Parsons leading the band like he always did. Amazing sound for that era. A great find from the vault.
Published on January 30, 2011 by Multi-Media Man
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare gem!!!!
Two complete sets by the Burritos recorded by the Greatful Dead in 1969. Gram and the guys could hardly have been better than this. Read more
Published on November 1, 2010 by Robert J. Salo
3.0 out of 5 stars Only for the collector
Poor quality sound makes for a so so listening experience. I would only suggest it for the hard core Gram fan. Read more
Published on February 5, 2010 by zoy
2.0 out of 5 stars Fresh meat for the Grampires
Sheesh....I actually bought the bootleg of one of these Avalon shows almost 20 years ago and thought it was awful even then. Read more
Published on May 16, 2009 by greyhoundude
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Number of discs? Different on the labels site
I'm guessing it is a typo / error on amazon's part. I have only heard of the two disc version.

I do have to say that the packaging leaves a bit to be desired. It is very nice but not very functional.

Very nice because:
1) it is designed as a hardbound book with each disc in a folder on the... Read more
Nov 2, 2007 by bkgehl |  See all 6 posts
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