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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
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Let's be very clear: Country Music Television rated "Grievous Angel" as one of its 40 best albums of all time. Well, I love "Grievous Angel" but like "GP" almost more. All I can say is "Listen". And then listen again. And then again.
And what more can you say about one song in particular, "$1000 wedding" but to say that there are websites dedicated to de-coding its meaning. Talk about raw majesty!!!
Please note: if you like happy music, this may not be for you. I for one am a HUGE George Jones fan. Jones's music hits me at the core. Parsons, interestingly enough, used to play George Jones for friends and would just weep listening to the man. So Jones and Parsons have that sad, emotional pathos in common. There is real pain in this music.
But also, and this is often missed: this man could really compose. His chord progressions are masterful. I can envision a jazz combo going to town on some of these pieces.
And to top everything, this is epic music with the queen herself of harmony, Emmylou Harris.
Having seen Gram perform LIVE 3 times, makes me a bit biased.
So you'd think, huh? But I'm actually guilty of seeing many artists at least twice in those Great Days.
These 2 LP's, though, are among my Top 10 LP's, now CD's too, of All-Time, still! Gram Parsons music is timeless, indeed.
When you think of 60's or 70's music being timeless, there are many artists that come to mind.
For me, it's the following: Beatles, Fairport Convention, Ian Matthews, Richard Thompson, The Band and Byrds/Gram Parsons/Flying Burrito Bros.!
Oh, BTW, I can add another 100 to this list. Easily!
I just wanted to stress how important Gram is/was [still] important to Good Music. Gram finding Emmylou didn't hurt, either. His wife didn't exactly appreciate this, thus the wording of Emmylou on the back cover of the Grievous Angel LP and not the front.
These are probably the best 2 Alt-Country/Cosmic/Americana, whatever you wish to call it now, available TODAY!
If you don't own these, you SHOULD!