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GP / Grievous Angel CD

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Gram Parsons' two solo albums include New Soft Shoe; Love Hurts , and $1000 Wedding .


On his two early-1970s solo albums, collected here on one disc, Gram Parson lends his fragile, aching tenor to music that's the definition of what he called "country soul." Neither of these titles is quite as strong as the work Parsons had previously done with the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, but with originals as great as "She" and "In My Hour of Darkness"--not to mention backing from Emmylou Harris and the core of Elvis's early-'70s band--both GP and Grievous Angel still stand as country-rock classics. --David Cantwell

Track Listings

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
  7. The New Soft Shoe
  8. Kiss The Children
  9. Cry One More Time
  10. How Much I've Lied
  11. Big Mouth Blues
  12. Return Of The Grievous Angel
  13. Hearts On Fire
  14. I Can't Dance
  15. Brass Buttons
  16. $1000 Wedding
  17. Medley Live From Northern Quebec: (A) Cash On The Barrelhead/(B) Hickory Wind
  18. Love Hurts
  19. Ooh Las Vegas
  20. In My Hour of Darkness

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 22, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002LKH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,181 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
At the time these two albums were released, there was little interest in them. Neither country fans nor rock fans appreciated Gram's attempts to create a hybrid country-rock music back then. Yet, within a few short years, Gram became a revered figure - a status he still retains. The extent of his influence is hard to assess, but he made an important contribution via one album with the Byrds (Sweethearts of the rodeo), two albums with the Flying Burrito brothers (Gilded palace of sin, Burrito deluxe) and the two solo albums that make up this set. All five albums are better appreciated now than they were when first released. It helps that these albums provided the breakthrough for Emmylou Harris, who lends vocal support on several songs. Emmylou helped the legacy of Gram by covering several of his songs including Ooh Las Vegas, Hickory wind and She (all featured here) as well as some of his earlier songs from his time with the Flying Burrito brothers.
The other thing that strikes me, listening to these albums now, is that they sound much nearer to traditional country than rock music. This may in part be due to the changes in country music over the thirty years since. Several instruments used on these albums would find a hard time getting on a contemporary country album - in particular, steel guitars are a rarity these days where once they were standard. Of course, if you compare this to a truly traditional country album, you'll hear the difference easily enough - but then listen to a rock album or a contemporary country album and you'll hear a much bigger difference.
The songs here are a mix of originals and covers. Hickory wind is both - it was written by Gram but first recorded for the Byrds album, Sweethearts of the rodeo, so the version here is a cover.
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Both GP and GRIEVOUS ANGEL redefined what music meant. GP/GRIEVOUS ANGEL define the true meaning of "Cosmic American Music"; what Parsons called his genre creation. On this CD you get twenty of the most extraordinary songs ever recorded. Music has never sounded better than "A Song For You", "Return Of The Grievous Angel", "That's All It Took", "Hickory Wind", or "Love Hurts". The presence of the ultra-talented Emmylou Harris enhances each track she performs on. The sound of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris together is divine; there's no predecessor and there hasn't been anything as perfect since. Gram Parsons' exceptional talent as a composer is the biggest highlight of these two classic albums. The album opens with his "Still Feeling Blue", a successful attempt to write a traditional country song. "A Song For You" is a gorgeous ballad about Parsons' views on life and his beliefs. Parsons' extraordinary genius is present on the powerful songs "She", "The New Soft Shoe", "Brass Buttens", and "$1,000 Wedding". "Return Of The Grievous Angel" is classic, my favorite song on the album. "Hickory Wind", Gram Parsons signature song, is more poignant here than on SWEETHEART OF THE RODEO. (Though I prefer that version). "How Much I Lied", "Big Mouth Blues" and "Ooh Las Vegas" are Country/Rock at its' best. The marvelous duo of Parsons & Harris write and perform "In My Hour Of Darkness" together, the inspiration finale to the album. Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris recorded outstanding interpretive duets.Read more ›
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After his brief tour with The Byrds and his founding efforts with The Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons released two solo LPs in the early `70s, "GP" and "Grievous Angel" that in many people's minds defined him (for better or worse) as the central figure in the evolution of the musical genre that came to be known as "country-rock." Listening to these songs today (now available on one CD), I'm struck by the fact that by today's standards they are much more "country" than "rock" ("country-rockabilly" is probably a more apt description, with songs like "I Can't Dance," "Oooh Las Vegas", and the not-exactly-live version of the Louvin Brothers' "Cash on the Barrelhead" providing a lot of foot tappin'), and would probably have a hard time penetrating today's watered-down country music programming.
Which is a shame - Parsons had few peers as a country singer, and his songwriting (often centered around the theme of sin and redemption) has endured since his mysterious death in 1973. The band assembled for these sessions would belong in anyone's Hall of Fame, led by the legendary guitarist James Burton, pedal steel maestro Al Perkins, and noted keyboardist Glen D. Hardin, and augmented by appearances from Country Gazette's Alan Munde and Byron Berline, along with then-ex-Burrito and future-Eagle Bernie Leadon. Most importantly, Gram introduced the music world to Emmylou Harris, who served as Parsons's vocal soul mate throughout the recording of these songs, be they heartbreaking ("Hearts on Fire", "Love Hurts"),... kicking ("Still Feelin' Blue", "Cash on the Barrelhead"), longing ("Hickory Wind"), or affirming ("Return of the Grievous Angel). Finally, Linda Ronstadt provides poigniant backup to what turned out to be Gram's epitath, "In My Hour of Darkness.
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