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Flying Again / Airborne Import, Original recording remastered

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First time on CD for two original Flying Burrito Brothers albums on one disc. 1975's 'Flying Again' and 1976's 'Airborne' were both recorded long after the departure of founding members Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons. Led by original Burrito Brothers Chris Etheridge (who left after 'Airborne') and 'Sneaky' Pete Kleinow, these two albums have remained out of print for nearly 30 years. Acadia. 2006

1. Easy To Get On
2. Wind & Rain
3. Why Baby Why
4. Dim Lights
5. You Left The Water Running
6. Building Fires
7. Sweet Desert Childhood
8. Bon Soir Blues
9. River Road
10. Hot Burrito
11. Out Of Control
12. Waiting For Love To Begin
13. Toe Tappin' Music
14. Quiet Man
15. Northbound
16. Big Bayou
17. Walk On The Water
18. Linda Lu
19. Border Town
20. She's A Sailor
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 12, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Acadia Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #643,452 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Theoneontheleft on August 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Make no mistake -- the Flying Burrito Brothers versions 2.0 and 2.1 were not in the same league as the first incarnation of the Flying Burrito Bros. Burritos 1.x were musical pioneers, guided by two genuine musical visionaries, Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman.

In the mid-1970s, a couple years after the original Burritos disbanded, interest in the group was renewed by Emmylou Harris's emergence as a country superstar, frequently covering Parsons's Burrito-era hits.

Steel guitarist Sneeky Pete Kleinow formed the new group, and he was certainly as entitled as anyone to use the name -- he being a key architect of the Burrito's steel-driven arrangements. Original bassist Chris Etheridge was also enlisted, along with Vocalist Joel Scott Hill came over from Canned Heat, Gene Parsons from the latter-day Byrds (though Gene Parsons is a credible musician, one must assume the prospect of having original tunes attributed to "G. Parsons" had something to do with earning a spot in the band). Gib Guilbeau was a cajun musician long in Kleinow's orbit.

The first two releases bore little resemblence to the Burrito sound, but they were well-produced albums and can be described as entertaining country/rock.

These two albums are packaged here for the first time on CD. Had the band chosen a different name, its lot may have been different. Certainly, they were no worse (or better) than albums by bands like New Riders of the Purple Sage, Commander Cody and even the reconstituted Byrds, which received more kindly. But, given the rock press's protectiveness of Gram Parsons and his legacy, these releases were greeted with critical hostility.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Garry Daniel on February 9, 2007
Format: Audio CD
There are a good number of "purists" out there who believe on the 8th day God created Gram Parsons. Parsons was , in my opinion, over rated. Not that he wasn't good at what he did, he just wasn't the inventor of country influenced rock n' roll that some think he was. Many of these Parsonites

could never see the validity of a Burrito Brothers without him. I've never understood this reasoning. How could there be a Byrds without Gene Clark or David Crosby? Could Genesis survive without Peter Gabriel or the Who without Moon? Of course they could, and did. And the Burritos picked up and carried on without Parsons or Hillman. They should have been given a chance. There's a good deal of good music on FLYING AGAIN and AIRBORNE that was never given a chance and was unjustly overlooked. I had these two on vinyl and kept hoping for a CD to come out, and it did! Yay.

Don't overlook this music. It's honest, it's real , it's made by very good, sincere musicians with a great deal of talent. My favorites are Building Fires, Desert Childhood, and Jesus Broke the Wild Horse. Good stuff. I do think it's interesting that the original Burritos contained the original Byrds Bass player (Hillman) and drummer (Mike Clarke) and the resurrected mid-seventies version contained the latter day Byrds bass player (Skip Battin) and drummer (Gene Parsons). Interesting, and interesting music.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tee Mack on August 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Ok, all you 'anything w/o Gram Parsons sucks' music fans, move along; this cd is not for you. Now any of you Cajun Gib & Gene fans out there besides me: this is finally on cd for the first time. I don't know too much of the context here, I just know that Sneaky Pete and Chris Etheridge were getting the band back together following a couple of year hiatus following Chris Hillman's departure. Gene Parsons was available since Clarence White's death put their tour on the skids. Maybe Gib Guilbeau was supposed to be a part of that, too. And I don't know who the hell Joel Scott Hill is, but he's pretty swell, too. I'd say the most significant strength of this lineup is that they just play really well together. The ensemble of instruments, steel guitar in particular, just sounds great.

Flying Again:

Easy to Get On: great country tune with nice licks from Sneaky Pete

Wind and Rain: incredible song penned by Gib and Gene, sung by J.S. Hill who does a nice job, but there is a different mix with Gene singing on the out of print Kinding Collection; find it.

Why Baby Why: nice cover here with Gib singing

Dim Lights: great cover of this tune, faster than the Gram lineup version

You Let the Water Running: great cover of a pretty good Dan Penn tune

Building Fires: amazing cover of another Dan Penn tune; you need to hear this to believe it

Sweet Desert Childhood: Gene Parsons just proving that he's the most underrated voice in country music

Bon Soir Blues: another highlight, classic Gib here

River Road: nice country tune by Gib

Hot Burrito #3: Hmmm...
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This is my review of the UK edition, cut and pasted here to add to the ever-growing debate between the 'Gram Parsons WAS the FBB' and 'There were some other guys in the band who were fabulous too':

Here's the music journo chapter and verse on The Flying Burrito Brothers : they were primarily important because of the presence of Gram Parsons, who single-handedly brought country music into rock . Once Parsons left the band, two albums in, they cease to be important.

Uh, no. As important as Parsons was (and boy, do I love 'GP and 'Grievous Angel', his solo albums, The Byrds' 'Sweetheart of the Radio' and the first Burrito album - the sublime 'Gilded Palace of Sin'), I'm afraid The Flying Burrito Brothers were a group whose importance and quality lasted WAY beyond their Parsons-era recordings. In fact, they made 7 important albums in total.

After the disappointing 'Burrito Deluxe', Parsons was replaced by Rick Roberts for the eponymous third album. Standout cuts on this fine and subtle record were "White Line Fever" (an amazing trucking song from the pen of Merle Haggard) and "Colorado", later made famous by Linda Ronstadt. Still on board were Chris Hillman, Sneeky Pete, Michael Clarke. Very Byrds, very original Burritos. Then came the live album 'Last of the Red Hot Burritos'. Then the band folded.

A couple of years pass. The band is reformed by Chris Ethridge (bassist from the first album) & Pete, who bring on board three superb collaborators, all with long pedigrees is country, folk and blues music. Joel Scott Hill (guitar/vocals), Gene Parsons (drums/vocals) from The Byrds (no relation to Gram) and Gib Guilbeau (guitar/vocals/fiddle).
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Gene Parsons appears on both of these records, not Gram.
Jun 19, 2006 by Scotthobby |  See all 3 posts
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