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From the opening strumming of "Christine's Tune (Devil in Disguise)", there was this odd blend of country, folk, and fuzzed out psychedelia (Sneaky Pete's steel guitar) that immediately grabbed me and has never let go. Then there were the vocals. Along with the wonderful sense of harmony that Chris Hillman possessed, Gram Parsons was able to blend blues, folk, country, gospel, and rock in one voice- and do them all convincingly. His charisma was obvious. His love for the music undoubted. He was the focal point for much of what would become the LA country sound- Linda Ronstadt, Eagles, Emmylou Harris. They all emulated him, but could never reach his level of talent.
The songs on the lp are all top rate, in my view. The melancholy of "Sin City," the rockabilly of "Christine's Tune," the tongue in cheek anti-war bluegrass/folk tune "My Uncle," "Wheels," their tribute to motorcycles, the up-tempo "Hot Burrito #2," the satire of "Hippie Boy," complete with gospel ending. All genres of music from folk to country/rock are well represented here, with the Burritos more than able to handle of them competenetly.
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From the compellingly catchy opener "Christine's Tune" any listener who dared to put on this bargain bin record album the year it was released, or for many years after, was hooked and stunned by the richness, gentle thoughtfulness, and amazing tunes within. The epic "Sin City" momentarily stunning for its incredibly authentic Nashville sound, is the most startling song ever written about Los Angeles, its promise and materialism.
"Do Right Woman" by Dan Penn and Chips Moman illustrates the tender romantic in Gram Parsons, providing one of the most tuneful tracks and a classic. "Dark End Of The Street" by Spooner Oldham and Dan Penn, is straightforwardly presented, yet results in universal and heartbreaking exposure and one of this albums most powerful tracks. "My Uncle" apparently the weakest track being dated to the Viet Nam War era, ironically may now be more relevant today with the war in Iraq; nonetheless it is superbly tuneful. "Wheels" is a moderately paced Rocker, a stirring anthem of the road, echoing American individuality, but also reminding the listener of the price one pays for freedom. The interplay of guitar, bass and mandolin here is awe inspiring.Read more ›
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In a dark time in my marriage, this record was a saving grace. A light in the dark. A beacon of hope. A mirror to our souls.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
gram parsons inspired dozens of great artists especially keith richardsPublished 6 months ago by buzzardbreadth
A great compilation of their best hits. Gram Parsons was such a unique artist in every way. He sings with great passion and sincerity--and his writing skills are ethereal in... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Macforlife
One of the seminal albums of the country rock genre and a hell of a good one to start with. Don't miss this one.Published 17 months ago by lloyd huffman
Beautiful cosmic country rock. Perfect for hangovers and/or moments when being put down. Pedal steel echoing a sound that transcends all time and space... Read morePublished 17 months ago by João Brum Rodrigues