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Return Of The Grievous Angel: A Tribute To Gram Parsons CD
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Unlike the other Gram tribute on the market (Conmemorativo - A Tribute to Gram Parsons, Rhino Records 1993, go have a browse, it's sure to be here somewhere), the versions of Parson's songs are mostly faithful readings of the originals. Sometimes that works, (Sheryl Crow's and Emmylou's Juanita is spine-tingling); sometimes it is just karaoke. (Mr Dando, please stand up). Wilco's version of 100 Years From Now is fabulous. It shows the quality of the song; if in doubt, slip on Sweetheart of the Rodeo and listen to the original alongside it. (Incidentally, if you have not heard Conmemorativo, it is worth getting just for Something Happens' version of Brass Buttons)
One of Gram's strengths was his delivery, the way he sang his own songs or inpterpreted others. I have heard many different versions of I'm Your Toy, but nothing comes near the original. Why try to improve on perfection? Sin City has by now been covered to death, and the version on Gilded Palace of Sin is still the best.
If this album introduces more people to the delights of Gram's music, it will have done a fine job.
With little familiarity to Gram Parsons, I was so taken by this tribute that was so well done, with fine musicians. Emmylou Harris, who sang with him before he died in the 70s so young, has kept his music alive and introduced him to new generations of music lovers.
On the show, I was introduced to Beck, I thought to myself..."who is this guy who sounds like Parsons?"
A favorite of mine, is Steve Earle and Chris Hillman on "High Fashion Queen. " The group consisted of Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, Cowboy Junkies, Elvis Costello, Wilco, David Crosby, Whiskeytown, etc. How wonderfuls the tribute of "In My Hour of Darkness" by the Rolling Creekdrippers.
Emmylou Harris and Sheryl Crow duet to "Juanita", the mixture of solid sweet voice of Crow and that soothing cracking voice of Emmylou blend so perfectly.
If ever there is a presence of Gram Parsons, it is here! This is truly more that a tribute, it is as haunting as Gram Parson was, a young man who died too young, too hard!
If you want to hear Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris duets, she has a 3 CD box set that features duets with Parsons, probably the best part of her CD collection. ....MzRizz
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Terrific tribute. Very well recorded and mastered CD with many solid covers of Gram's best. One of my favorites. Wish it was available on vinyl.Published 6 months ago by NJ Dad
This is easily one of my favorite albums now. The musicianship of all the artists is phenomenal! It's so amazing when you can stumble upon an album and it ends up being one of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jim D.
This is worth a purchase. There are so many really great songs on here and sung by such a large variety of voices. You won't regret buying this.Published 15 months ago by Joyce Lathrop
How many times have you bought a tribute album and felt disappointed, even if you love the subject of the tribute and most of the artists covering his or her work? Read morePublished 18 months ago by Stephen Alleman
Brilliant tribute album from very talented musos. Always wonder what Gram Parsons would have done for the music world had he lived.Published 18 months ago by Phillipa Tibbles
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