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Complete Reprise Sessions Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (June 20, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 1973
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0009CTUSW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,962 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Still Feeling Blue
2. We'll Sweep Out The Ashes In The Morning
3. A Song For You
4. Streets Of Baltimore
5. She
6. That's All It Took
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Return Of The Grievous Angel
2. Hearts On Fire
3. I Can't Dance
4. Brass Buttons
5. $1000 Wedding
6. Medley Live From Northern Quebec: Cash On The
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. She (Alternate Version)
2. That's All It Took (Alternate Version)
3. Still Feeling Blue (Alternate Version)
4. Kiss The Children -- Duet With Barry Tashian
5. Streets Of Baltimore (Alternate Version)
6. We'll Sweep Out The Ashes In The Morning (Alternate Version)
See all 17 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Gram Parsons is the father of country-rock. With the International Submarine Band, the Byrds, and the Flying Burrito Brothers, Parsons pioneered the concept of a rock band playing country music, and as a solo artist he moved even further into country music, blending the two genres to the point that they became indistinguishable from each other. While he was alive, Parsons was a cult figure that never sold many records, but influenced countless fellow musicians, from the Rolling Stones to the Byrds. In the years since his death, his stature has only grown, as numerous rock and country artists build on his small, but enormously influential, body of work. 3 CDs including interview material, duets with Emmylou Harris, and alternative versions. Essential Americana. Warner. 2005.

Customer Reviews

His wonderful voice, command of a song and Emmy Lou Harris harmonies.
Baduda
The remastering is fantastic, the information booklet and pictures are great, and the hitherto unissued songs are out of this world.
Fred Z. Dobbs
This CD is a must-have for both new fans who are just discovering Gram and old fans who want to complete their collections.
lk669

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

64 of 69 people found the following review helpful By John Ellis on June 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
First of all, this is an amazing issue. The first album, GP, is so well mastered the entire album sounds like an alternate version, but not in some jarring way, it's just that the wonderful musicians are so well articulated on this that the music seems new even if you know it very well. It also reveals how shaky Gram's vocals were on a couple of cuts, but Gram shaky is like Billie Holiday shaky. The second LP is more familiar, but for instance the steel pedal guitar on "Love Hurts" is subtly augmented without in any way stepping on the duet, which has never sounded so ethereal, the voice of a fallen angel merged with a soaring angel. So just to have the two LPs like this is worth the money.

The bonus material - the interviews are to the point and fine. You get a sense of how oddly shy Gram was, and extremely sensitive, fragile. The acoustic radio session with a very spare "Love Hurts" and Emmylou, Gram and N.D. Smart on a wonderful "Sin City" is not great sound, but a treat all the same. And the third CD alternate takes, which are simpler and sometimes fresher, are like the Rolling Stones' outtakes, arguably superior to the issued cuts on a few songs.

Complaints? Why are the three cuts left off "Grievous" stuck on the third disk instead of extending what is acknowledged in the booklet as a short LP? Why only one of what are obviously several wonderful instrumental backing tracks from one of the greatest backup bands ever assembled, since this issue is obviously for Gram devotees. There is at least an hour of unused CD space available. And most grievously, why not issue the two cuts that were tricked up with fake audience sounds 'naked' as bonus tracks? Lastly, why not put the two cuts remixed in the 80s on, rather than a tiny note that they were excluded?
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Fred Z. Dobbs on July 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Don't believe the reviewers who say this is for completists only. I listened today to much of it today and found that I had to order the Reprise Sessions immediately. The remastering is fantastic, the information booklet and pictures are great, and the hitherto unissued songs are out of this world. This collection far exceeds any other collection of Gram's works, including the extended version of the Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Christopher L. Dolmetsch on June 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Having been treated to so many outstanding career retrospective CD boxsets over the past twenty-four years, we've come to expect several things from such compilations: 1. Remastered tracks; 2. Outtakes and demos; 3. Insights into the creation of the music through studio chatter, false starts and mistakes; 4. Rarities and previously unreleased songs. How does this set stack up? It is reasonable in the first and second instance, but has nothing in the third and fourth areas. Do these things exist? Previous bootlegs and a rare out-of-print "Cosmic American Cowboy" collection say so. So, what we have are the two original Gram Parsons solo albums, an interesting and likely incomplete set of outtakes, and some teasers from interviews and radio performance. For the novice, this box is probably too much (stick with the previous Gram Parson anthology!) and for the diehard fan, there is just not enough.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A. Dennis on August 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I was extremely excited about this set when it was rumored to be released, and then I was annoyed at the format. We know that the two albums here fit on one disc, so why separate them and make us pay for 3 discs instead of 2? This kept me from buying it straightaway (coupled with the fact that if you have the two-fer disc already, you have the bulk & best of this set already). I, of course, broke down and bought it like any true fan and I was not disappointed in the slightest. Although I have most of these songs already, these mixes are superb -- better than perfect almost -- it's easily the best-sounding Gram Parsons related reissue of the CD era & some of the alternate takes are amazingly good, if in tentative arrangements -- "Hickory Wind", "She", "Love Hurts" & "Ooh Las Vegas" all rival the master takes & "Return of the Grevious Angel #1" is a revelation if for no other reason than to hear another cut of this fantastic song (albeit with Gram flubbing the words a bit and EmmyLou not really opening up on the harmony part). The format is questionable and as one reviewer mentioned, since the albums are kept separated, it would've been nice to marry the SLEEPLESS NIGHTS tracks back up with the Grevious Angel album instead of tacking them on at the end. Similarly, the interviews and radio tracks (while pleasing) are simply fluff: why do we need an instrumental (karaoke) version of a Gram Parsons song? I would like to have seen the two records on one CD, the outtakes on another and all the radio stuff on a third, abbreviated "Bonus Disc" or something. Ultimately this really means nothing, though, since the music in this package is all fantastically performed & remastered & the price tag is reasonable. We can only hope for the same treatment of the Flying Burrito Brothers' first two records & eliminate the SLEEPLESS NIGHTS album altogether, get "Bonie Moronie" on CD and purge the vaults, there's no reason to hold back at this point.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By intv7 on June 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Why on earth would someone give this a one star review simply because he pre-ordered it and the item was pushed back??? People don't make any sense.

Anyway, this thing finally came out today. This is a superb collection with fantastic sound quality, a heaping handful of great outtakes, and a recording of an interview with Gram. It's a fine set for diehards and casual fans alike in that even if you've had these albums for 30 years, there is still plenty new to hear.

There is a booklet loaded with text and some pictures I'd never seen. The discs are contained in miniature LP replica jackets -- my only complaint is that there are no inner sleeves to protect the discs from getting damaged while sliding in and out of the cardboard. But that's a minor detail. The packaging looks great, the music is excellent. I can't say enough good things about it.
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