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Gram Parsons

Our favorite Gram Parsons material among all of his bands are his solo two albums. The two albums are packaged together, either on one disc as a two-fer or a three disc box set. They're both great. The box has better sonics, the three tracks from Sleepless Nights, some delightful alternate tracks, among its benefits. 
Complete Compromise Other
The Complete Reprise Sessions
Top Pick
G.P. and Grievous Angel Live 1973
Highly recommended
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Gram Parsons Discography
The solo Gram Parsons releases are our favorites among the bands Gram was in. In general, Gram gets some of the best session musicians, mostly Elvis Presley band, and he and Emmylou Harris offer the best male female duet singing ever. They recorded two studio albums, G.P. / Grievous Angel. Both of them are packaged together. Their both fabulous. I tend to like the material on G.P. overall a little better; Grievous Angel, has different bass player, Emory Gordy, and his playing is noticeable outstanding (Emmylou Harris included him on her early records too), plus my two favorite songs from his solo material are on that release; they are, "Grievous Angel" and "Love Hurts."

Beyond the studio releases, the Live 1973 album is great. The band is not the same caliber as the studio releases, but they give a different flavor to the material, the vocals are superb, and the recording is very high quality. Finally, there is Sleepless Nights, and Cosmic American Music.

Albums detail below
The Complete Reprise Sessions 
G.P./Grievous Angel
Live 1973 
Sacred Hearts and Fallen Angels: The Gram Parsons Anthology
Sleepless Nights 
Cosmic American Music 
Gram Parsons Archive, Vol. 1: Live at the Avalon Ballroom 1969 (Flying Burrito Brothers)
Emmylou Harris

I included most of the personnel below from the liner notes of The Complete Reprise Sessions.

Personnel

GP credits

Gram Parsons Guitar, Vocals
Emmylou Harris Vocals
Barry Tashian Guitar, Vocals
James Burton Guitar
Al Perkins Pedal Steel
Buddy Emmons Pedal Steel
Byron Berline Violin
Glen D. Hardin Keyboards
Rick Grech Bass
Jack Conrad Bass
Ron Tutt Drums
John Guerin Drums
Sam Goldstein Drums

With 
Alan Munde Banjo
Harold Battiste Saxophone

Still Feeling Blue
Alan Munde Banjo

Cry One More Time
Harold Battiste Saxophone

Kiss the Children
Background vocals

Ron Hicklin 
Lewis Morford 
Mitch Wrigley 
Tom Bahler 

Grievous Angel personnel

Gram Parsons Guitar, Vocals
Emmylou Harris Vocals
James Burton Guitar
Al Perkins Pedal Steel
Glen D. Hardin Keyboards
Ron Tutt Drums
Emory Gordy Bass

With
Bernie Leadon on:
Grievous Angel - guitar
Hearts On Fire - Lead Guitar
In My Hour of Darkness - Dobro

Byron Berline - Fiddle
Grievous Angel, In My Hour of Darkness, Cash On The Barrelhead / Hickory Wind
Mandolin 
Cash On The Barrelhead / Hickory Wind

Steve Snyder - Vibes 
Hearts On Fire

N.D. Smart II - drums
Hearts On Fire
In My Hour Of Darkness

Linda Rondstat - backing vocals
In My Hour Of Darkness

Personnel for the Sleepless Nights tracks form Grievous Angel outtakes
Gram Parsons Guitar, Vocals
Emmylou Harris Vocals
James Burton Guitar
Al Perkins Pedal Steel
Glen D. Hardin Keyboards
Ron Tutt Drums
Emory Gordy Bass
Byron Berline - Fiddle
Bernie Leadon - Guitar 
Herb Pederson - Guitar vocals

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The Complete Reprise Sessions Audio CD MP3

The better value is G.P./Grievous Angel 
but the alternate versions from disc three are often different enough from the original album versions making this box set well worth it, further, the sound is better on the box-set.

Band personnel

Disc: 1 (56:04)
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. GP Radio Promo [Bonus Track]
13. Gram Parsons Interview: 
14. How Did You Meet Emmylou Harris?, 
15. What Is The Story Behind "A Song For You?", 
16. WBCN Interview With Maxine Sartori 
Bonus tracks (No band)
17. Love Hurts -- With Emmylou Harris
18. Sin City  With Emmylou Harris & N.D.Smart

Disc: 2 (44:26)
1. Return Of The Grievous Angel
2. Hearts On Fire
3. I Can't Dance
4. Brass Buttons
5. $1000 Wedding
6. Medley Live From Northern Quebec: Cash On The Barrelhead, Hickory Wind
7. Love Hurts
8. Ooh Las Vegas
9. In My Hour Of Darkness

Bonus tracks
10. Return Of The Grievous Angel (Instrumental) - take 3

Gram Parsons interviews
11. Gram Parsons Interview: Did You Sing "Hickory Wind" At The Grand Ole Opry?
12. What Differences Do You See Between Pure Country And Country Rock

Disc: 3 
GP - alternate takes
1. She 
2. That's All It Took 
3. Still Feeling Blue 
4. Kiss The Children -- Duet With Barry Tashian
5. Streets Of Baltimore 
6. We'll Sweep Out The Ashes In The Morning 
7. The New Soft Shoe 

Grievous Angel - alternate takes
8. Return Of The Grievous Angel #1 
9. In My Hour Of Darkness 
10. Ooh Las Vegas 
11. I Can't Dance 
12. Sleepless Nights 
13. Love Hurts 
14. Brass Buttons 
15. Hickory Wind 

Previously released on Sleepless Nights
outtakes for Grievous Angel 

16. Brand New Heartache
17. Sleepless Nights
18. The Angels Rejoiced Last Night 

Liner notes:
50 pages - with full credits, photos, etc.
G.P. essay - Holly George Warren
Grievous Angel - Parke Puterbaugh
Comments by Emmylou Harris
More.

Amazon Product Description

Singer-songwriter Gram Parsons, the architect of country-rock and patron saint of American roots music—"alt" and otherwise—died in 1973 at age 26, but the enormity of his influence remains constant. Florida-born and Georgia-bred, Parsons began playing at age 14 and launched his first group, the International Submarine Band, in NYC in the late ‘60s. Transplanted to L.A., he joined the Byrds, shaping their landmark album Sweetheart Of The Rodeo, and made further musical history with the Flying Burrito Brothers. After discovering Emmylou Harris playing in a D.C. bar, he went on to record two now-legendary solo LPs, GP and Grievous Angel, that spotlight the peerless harmony of their divergent voices, hers angelic and pure, his ragged and scorched by his demons. Rhino’s historic set presents those two soulful albums re-mastered and expanded, plus a third disc of precious alternate takes from those recordings.

Press Release

THE LEGEND OF THE GRIEVOUS ANGEL GROWS
Rhino's COMPLETE REPRISE SESSIONS Includes Re-mastered and Expanded Versions of Gram Parsons' Solo Albums Plus 16 Unreleased Tracks, Available June 20 From Rhino
April 14 2006

LOS ANGELES -- 

The echo of Gram Parsons' cosmic American music still rings in the sound of today's alternative country just as his trailblazing work as a musician without boundaries continues to inspire all recording artists. And although books, tribute albums and movies have brought more recognition to Parsons' proto-country-rock sound since his tragic death in 1973, fans have seen tantalizingly few unreleased songs emerge from the vaults to burnish Parson's short but influential legacy. 

Thanks to a recently uncovered cache of master tapes, Rhino is able to add another chapter to Parsons' musical legend with GRAM PARSONS: COMPLETE REPRISE SESSIONS, a three-CD set featuring 16 previously unreleased outtakes from the GP and Grievous Angel sessions, as well as three hard-to-find tracks. Co-produced by Emmylou Harris, the three-disc CD set is available from Rhino June 20


The first two discs of COMPLETE REPRISE SESSIONS contain remastered versions of Parsons' two classic solo albums expanded with rare Parsons interviews and bonus tracks that feature Parsons and Emmylou Harris performing "Love Hurts" and "Sin City" live in the WBCN radio studio, as well as a stunning instrumental version of "Return of the Grievous Angel" that spotlights the improvisation skills of pianist Glen D Hardin and guitarist James Burton, who played on both of Parsons' solo albums. 

The final disc contains 15 alternate versions of influential tracks from GP and Grievous Angel. Stellar versions in their own right, the tracks feature Parsons and his tightly-knit band working through stripped-down, semi-acoustic arrangements of "She," "Streets of Baltimore," "Ooh Las Vegas," "Love Hurts," and a complete version of "Hickory Wind" minus the overdubbed crowd noise found on the album version. The disc closes with a trio of covers, including two Boudleaux Bryant songs made famous by The Everly Brothers ("Brand New Heartache" and "Sleepless Nights") and The Louvin Brothers' "The Angels Rejoiced Last Night." 

The deluxe packaging for the CD set consists of a "clamshell" box holding three "mini albums" and a 52-page booklet that includes lyrics, many previously unseen photos, an introduction by Emmylou Harris, and liner note essays by Holly George-Warren and Parke Puterbaugh. 
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G.P./Grievous Angel Audio CD MP3

A two-fer, both albums are essential and they come together on one CD. 

Band personnel

G.P.
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   

Grievous Angel 
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 


Gram Parsons' two solo Warner Bros. albums are combined on this one CD release. A 24-page booklet with complete song lyrics and detailed annotations to Gram's music by compilation producers John Delgatto and Marley Brant is included. 

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Live 1973 Audio CD Blindside by
Jock Bartley

1. We'll Sweep Out The Ashes
2. Country Baptizing
3. Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man
4. Big Mouth Blues
5. The New Soft Shoe
6. Cry One More Time
7. Streets Of Baltimore
8. That's All It Took
9. Love Hurts
10. California Cottonfields
11. Six Days On The Road
12. Encore Medley: Bony Moronie/Forty Days/Almost Grown

Personnel
Gram Parsons, lead vocal, acoustic guitar
Emmylou Harris, harmony vocal, acoustic guitar, tambourine
N.D. Smart II, drums
Kyle Tullis, electric bass
Neil Flanz, pedal steel guitar
Jock Bartley, electric guitar

A solid band performing Parson's material and covers. The renditions are looser than the studio renditions. I like the guitarist's, Jock Bartley, style and tone quite a bit. The pedal steel player, Neil Flanz, is dominate throughout, where I would have preferred a more balanced sharing of the solos with Jock.

Gram and Emmylou sing so sweetly together. There is a lot of talking in between songs, which can be detracting, after hearing it once. 

Around half of the material is from Gram's first album, and the rest are covers, including "Love Hurts," which was on Gram's second album.

The liner notes of Sleepless Nights, Emmylou Harris describes part of the Fallen Angels tour, "We set out to play country music and some rock & roll in the better hippie honky tonks of the nation (some didn't they were honky tonks till Gram brought it to their attention). That was my apprentice into the music of Gram Parsons. The Louvin Brothers, Buck Owens, Webb Pierce, Charlie Pride, and Merle H, not to mention Chuck Berry -- swam through my ears like one of those learn-while-you-sleep recordings. 

Later Emmylou reveals,  "And they came to see this young man and to hear the voice that would break and crack but rise pure and beautiful and full of sweetness and pain." 

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Sacred Hearts and Fallen Angels: The Gram Parsons Anthology Audio CD

His two disc Anthology is an exceptional chronological overview of all the bands Parsons played in. The three main drawbacks to this are:
1. The version of "Grievous Angel" is not the awesome version that appeared on the album named after the song. In fact, the box set has three versions of the song better than this one.
2. There are some great songs on Sweetheart of the Rodeo not sung by Gram that you won't get on this release.
3. After a few listens, you'll want more of Grams singing. 

Disc: 1
The International Submarine Band
Safe at Home

1. Blue Eyes 
2. Luxury Liner 
3. Do You Know How It Feels To Be Lonesome? 
4. I Must Be Somebody Else You've Known
5. Miller's Cave 
6. Knee Deep In The Blues 

The Byrds
Sweetheart of The Rodeo
(w bonus tracks)
7. Hickory Wind
8. You're Still On My Mind
9. The Christian Life
10. You Don't Miss Your Water 
11. One Hundred Years From Now

The Flying Burrito Brothers
The Gilded Palace of Sin
12. Christine's Tune (Devil In Disguise) 
13. Sin City 
14. Do Right Woman
15. Dark End Of The Street 
16. Wheels
17. Juanita
18. Hot Burrito #1 
19. Hot Burrito #2 

Burrito Deluxe
20. High Fashion Queen
21. Older Guys 
22. Cody, Cody 
23. Wild Horses

The liner notes call "Sing Me Back Home" and "To Love Somebody" practice tapes, we were just goofin' around.

24. Sing Me Back Home 

Disc: 2
The Flying Burrito Brothers
1. To Love Somebody

Gram Parsons 
GP

2. Still Feeling Blue
3. We'll Sweep Out The Ashes In The Morning 
4. A Song For You
5. Streets Of Baltimore 
6. She 
7. The New Soft Shoe
8. Kiss The Children 
9. How Much I've Lied

Gram Parsons & The Fallen Angels 
Live 1973

10. Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man
11. That's All It Took 
12. California Cotton Fields 

Grievous Angel
13. Return Of The Grievous Angel (Remix)
14. Hearts Of Fire 
15. Brass Buttons
16. $1000 Wedding
17. Love Hurts
18. Ooh Las Vegas
19. In My Hour Of Darkness

Sleepless Nights
20. Brand New Heartache 
21. Sleepless Nights
22. The Angels Rejoiced Last Night

Un-numbered track 
Radio Ad for Parsons solo albums

Sacred Hearts and Fallen Angels: The Gram Parsons Anthology Press Release 

Dubbed the "Father of Country-Rock," Gram Parsons' influence can be heard in virtually every alt-country band strumming a guitar these days (not to mention the Rolling Stones and the Eagles). Parsons' mystique has only grown since his untimely death in 1973, and Rhino Entertainment is proud to announce the release of the first comprehensive overview documenting a career that was tragically cut short.

SACRED HEARTS & FALLEN ANGELS: THE GRAM PARSONS ANTHOLOGY is the first-ever collection to feature Gram Parsons' best works -- a repertoire spread out over a half dozen different record labels. Starting with the legendary International Submarine Band, through the "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo"-era Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, his solo albums on Reprise, and selected tracks from the Fallen Angels Tour, SACRED HEARTS & FALLEN ANGELS is a history lesson in the evolution of country-rock.

Due May 15, the 46-song, two-CD package clocks in at more than 150 minutes. The collection pays tribute to the legend of country-rock in a package that contains extensive liner notes by Grammy-nominated author/journalist Holly George-Warren, track-by-track comments by Grammy-nominated Hits magazine managing editor Bud Scoppa (with first-hand insight provided by original Byrds Chris Hillman and Roger McGuinn), rare photos, and unique memorabilia. Black Crowes lead singer Chris Robinson contributes a heartfelt tribute, and Emmylou Harris, Gram's duet partner and singing soulmate, shares her personal thoughts of the legendary singer.

Tracks from Parsons' days with the International Submarine Band include "Blue Eyes," "Luxury Liner," and the previously un-issued track "Knee Deep In The Blues," as well as "Miller's Cave" and the Merle Haggard-penned "I Must Be Somebody Else You've Known." Parsons' stint with The Byrds is represented with "Hickory Wind," "The Christian Life," a cover of William Bell's R&B hit "You Don't Miss Your Water," and others.

The Flying Burrito Brothers, founded by Parsons and former Byrds member Chris Hillman, are documented with "Sin City," "Hot Burrito # 1," "Hot Burrito # 2," and their version of the Rolling Stones' country classic "Wild Horses" (inspired by Parsons' relationship with the Glimmer Twins), among many others.

Parsons went solo in 1972 and was introduced to a then-unknown singer by the name of Emmylou Harris. The two went on to record such gems as "We'll Sweep Out The Ashes In The Morning," "Return Of The Grievous Angel," and "In My Hour Of Darkness," all of which appear on this collection.

In addition to SACRED HEARTS & FALLEN ANGELS: THE GRAM PARSONS ANTHOLOGY, Rhino will also release EMMYLOU HARRIS: THE WARNER/REPRISE YEARS the very same day, April 17. This two-CD, 45-song retrospective spotlighting Harris' treasure trove of hits will also include many tracks making their CD debut.

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Sleepless Nights Audio CD

1. Brand New Heartache *
2. Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down
3. Sing Me Back Home
4. Your Angel Steps Out Of Heaven
5. Crazy Arms
6. Sleepless Nights * 
7. Close Up The Honky Tonks
8. Together Again
9. Honky Tonk Women
10. Green, Green Grass Of Home
11. Dim Lights
12. The Angels Rejoiced Last Night *

*Duets with Emmylou Harris (Grievous Angel sessions) - Also released on Gram Parsons: The Complete Reprise Sessions and Sacred Hearts and Fallen Angels: The Gram Parsons Anthology.

The other tracks are with the Flying Burrito Brothers from 1970.
When recording the material included on this release, they were playing honky-tonk pure county album.

Flying Burrito Brothers
Several of the Flying Burrito Brothers songs from Sleepless Nights were also released on Hot Burritos! The Flying Burrito Bros. Anthology 1969-1972

Gram Parsons - Guitar (Rhythm), Keyboards, Vocals
Chris Hillman - Mandolin, Guitar (Rhythm), Vocals
Bernie Leadon - Guitar, Banjo
Sneaky Pete Kleinow - Pedal Steel Guitar
Michael Clarke - Drums

Length: 38 minutes
Liner notes Bud Scoppa, and Emmylou Harris

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Cosmic American Music Audio CD The Lost Recordings
The Lost Recordings has the same songs under a different title.

Track Listing
1. Song for You
2. Kentucky Blues
3. Streets of Baltimore
4. Folsom Prison Blues
5. Lovesick Blues
6. New Soft Shoe
7. How Much I've Lied
8. Still Feeling Blue
9. Still Feeling Blue
10. Ain't No Beatles, Ain't No Rolling Stones
11. Medley: How Can I Forget You/Cry One More Time
12. Song for You
13. Streets of Baltimore
14. That's All It Took
15. Somebody's Back in Town
16. More and More
17. Teaching Emmy to Sweep Out the Ashes
18. Daddy's Fiddle
19. We'll Sweep out the Ashes in the Morning
20. Cold, Cold Heart
21. That's All It Took
22. Song for You

Description Sierrarecords.net - Jan. 2009
In digging through the several boxes of returned CDs from the demise of Tower and Virgin Record Stores, a VERY small quantity of the extremely rare (out of print since 1996) and dubious 1995 US release of "GRAM PARSONS: COSMIC AMERICAN MUSIC" have been discovered!!

When it was first release, it was not carried by Sierra as the sound quality was, putting it bluntly, bad. However, over the past decade this CD has been sought after by many die hard Gram fans who missed out the short time it was available.

Currently you can find a used copy here and there on amazon, ebay etc. going anywhere from $80 to as much as $200! Is it worth it? Not at those prices. But just to unload these fast, to those faithful Gram Parsons fans who just need to have a copy, you can purchase now a new sealed copy for just $15.98 plus shipping! They will go fast.

So what is album? For those of you who need to know more first, these recordings are the 1972 rehearsal tapes for what became the Warner Bros Records "GP" album. Contained on five audio cassettes, these recordings were once owned by Gram and in the possession of the late Ric Grech who co-produced the album with Gram. Many of the recordings were made by someone, probably Grech, holding a hand held microphone to a speaker, recording it into a portable cassette recorder during the playback of sessions. In short, the sound is poor. The audio cassettes were eventually auctioned at Christie's in the UK in the early 90s after Grech's death, it was released in the UK and the USA on Magnum Force Records.

This 22 song, 79 minute USA released CD was short lived for all kinds of reasons and an instant collectors item. The same CD was also released in 2005 as "GRAM PARSONS : THE LOST RECORDINGS" in the UK. But that release too only saw the light of day for a less than a year.

Unless you are a "die hard, you have to have everything" Gram Parsons fan, you might be disappointed or..... maybe not.

From the "ALL MUSIC GUIDE" review: "Cosmic American is a collection of demos made in various homes and hotel rooms in 1972. In an informal, sing-a-long environment, Parsons works through embryonic versions of songs and old favorites with friends Emmylou Harris, Barry Tashian, and Ric Grech (among others) -- several songs never making to the studio. Though the quality of the recordings can be off-putting to the casual fan, those who count themselves among GP's ever-growing cult will find this intimate look a compulsive listen."

EXCERPT FROM THE NOTES:

"....... while the sonic quality of these tapes is hardly state of the art ... tapes made so Gram could have some idea how songs, arrangements, vocal lines and harmonies were going to come out later. This album is not the Gram Parsons disc to pick should you be curious about starting your GP collection, it is the one to pick when you've digested the others and have become as enthralled by him as I have. ........"
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Gram Parsons Archive, Vol. 1: Live at the Avalon Ballroom 1969 Audio CD
This band is the Flying Burrito Brothers, but since it is titled, the Gram Parsons Archive, I've noted it on this Gram Parsons page too. 

Disc 1 (April 4th):

1. Close Up the Honky Tonks
2. Dark End of the Street
3. Undo The Right/Somebody's Back In Town
4. She Once Lived Here
5. We've Got to Get Ourselves Together
6. Lucille
7. Hot Burrito #1
8. Hot Burrito #2
9. Long Black Limousine
10. Mental Revenge
11. Sin City
12. Thousand Dollar Wedding (bonus track, not from live concert)
13. When Will I Be Loved (ditto)

Disc 2 (April 6th):

1. Undo The Right/Somebody's Back In Town
2. She Once Lived Here
3. Mental Revenge
4. We've Got to Get Ourselves Together
5. Lucille
6. Sin City
7. You Win Again
8. Hot Burrito #1
9. Hot Burrito #2
10. You're Still On My Mind
11. Train Song
12. Long Black Limousine
13. Sweet Dream Baby
14. Do Right Woman

The Grateful Dead were pioneers in recording shows. The Flying Burrito Brothers opened the concerts for them at the Avalon in early April. The tapes were rolling for the Flying Burrito Brother shows and from the Grateful Dead vault to your CD player are two live gems. 

The discs have pretty good sound, but they do not bounce with fidelity. To me, the Flying Burrito Brothers greatest charm is the vocals. That part of the sound is fairly intact, with some hiss. What the recordings lack is the richness tone (especially the bass) some separation and general clarity. We're talking about 2 track recordings from 1969 that weren't recorded for the purpose of a live release. However, the recordings came out of the Grateful Dead vault, and I'm confident they would have sounded a bit better if the Grateful Dead had the task of remastering and producing them. The sound is not poor, I just wanted to set expectations; it is not near the quality of Gram's live 1973 release

What is interesting is that in 1971, the Grateful Dead's music was more similar to this. They didn't use a pedal steel, but at times, Garcia made his guitar sound like one. Though in other side Jerry Garcia bands, Jerry played pedal steel guitar, especially with the New Riders of the Purple Sage. The Flying Burrito Brothers would have been more complimentary in 1971.

My preference is the second disc. It includes versions of key tracks not on the Aug. 4 show: "Do Right Woman," "You Win Again," and "Long Black Limousine."

Disc one offers two non-live bonus tracks; I find them less enjoyable than the live show. The liner notes explain these are from Jimmi Seiter's vault and indicate there is more and future archives releases are being planned. The liner notes also hint at a probable Old and in the Way box set (a band that includes David Grisman, Vassar Clements, Jerry Garcia, and others.

While Gram Parsons Archive, Vol. 1: Live at the Avalon Ballroom 1969 isn't a substitute for their studio albums, it is as enjoyable to listen to. In fact, the two versions of "She Once Lived There" alone make the album worth buying.  

Produced for release by Dave Prinz
Recorded by Owsley "Bear" Stanley
Liner notes Pamela Des Barres, David Prinz
Ameoba Records

by Barry Small

Press releases:
Nov. 5, 2007
Lost Gram Parsons Recordings Will Reappear At The Stroke Of Midnight Nov. 6

Amoeba Records will make 'Gram Parsons Archives, Vol. 1: The Flying Burrito Brothers Live At The Avalon Ballroom 1969' available for download at 12:01am ET on November 6 exclusively at Amoeba.com


Gram Parsons fans looking to get their ears on some never-before-heard Gram Parsons can do it at the stroke of midnight on November 6th. At 12:01am ET, ‘Gram Parsons Archives, Vol 1: The Flying Burrito Brothers Live At The Avalon Ballroom 1969,’ will be available for purchase as a download exclusively at Amoeba.com. The two CD, 27-track set includes a number of never-before-heard -- though long rumored -- rarities.

Gram Parsons, leading the Flying Burrito Brothers, opened for the Grateful Dead April 4, 5 and 6, 1969 at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. The April 4th show has never been heard in any form. The bonus disc is the April 6th show. For years these tapes were rumored to exist and were finally unearthed in the Grateful Dead vault. The shows were recorded by the legendary sound engineer Bear (Owsley Stanley), and are the highest quality Gram Parsons live material available. Disc 1 also contains 2 previously unreleased home recordings; “Thousand Dollar Wedding,” recorded in LA in 1969 by Jimmi Seiter, and “When Will I Be Loved,” recorded in NYC in 1967, also by Seiter. 

August 16, 2007  

Two-CD, High Fidelity Live Set 'Gram Parsons Archives Vol. 1: The Flying Burrito Brothers "Live" At The Avalon 1969' Out November 6th On Amoeba Records

Material From 1969 Found In Grateful Dead Vaults; Features Ten Songs Never Recorded By Parsons And Never Before Available


Amoeba Records will release a major addition to Gram Parsons' discography with ‘Gram Parsons Archives Vol. 1: The Flying Burrito Brothers “Live” at the Avalon 1969’, due November 6th from the newly formed label. The two CD, 27-track set includes a number of never-before-heard -- though long rumored -- rarities.

Gram Parsons, leading the Flying Burrito Brothers, opened for the Grateful Dead April 4, 5 and 6, 1969 at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. The April 4th show has never been heard in any form. The bonus disc is the April 6th show. For years these tapes were rumored to exist and were finally unearthed in the Grateful Dead vault. The shows were recorded by the legendary sound engineer Bear (Owsley Stanley), and are the highest quality Gram Parsons live material available.

Amoeba Records, started by the owners of the revered independent record store of the same name, is launching with the August 28 release of smoky-voiced singer and songwriter Brandi Shearer’s ‘Close to Dark.’ The album is co-produced by Larry Klein, known for his work with Joni Mitchell and Madeleine Peyroux, among others.

Rarities on ‘Gram Parsons Archives Vol. 1: The Flying Burrito Brothers “Live” at the Avalon 1969’ include Gram’s unique choice of mainly country standards, which are not on any other official Gram Parsons recording:

Undo The Right/Somebody’s Back In Town
She Once Lived Here
Mental Revenge
We’ve Got To Get Ourselves Together
Lucille
You Win Again
Long Black Limousine
Sweet Dream Baby
When Will I Be Loved

Nov. 16, 2007
Gram Parsons Archives “A Vital Addition”

‘Gram Parsons Archives, Vol. 1: The Flying Burrito Brothers Live At The Avalon Ballroom 1969,’ out now on Amoeba Records, is being hailed by critics as an essential addition to the Gram Parsons legacy. Here’s what we’ve been hearing:

“This deluxe two-CD set is a vital addition...a pair of shows that capture Parson’s dream- a new American union of R&B, psychedelic rebellion and rock’s country roots.”
-David Fricke, Rolling Stone (4-stars)

“This two-CD live set features Parsons, the late country-rock trailblazer, at his prime...the bonus track alone- a sparse demo of ‘Thousand Dollar Wedding’- was worth the 38-year wait.”
-Shirley Halperin, Entertainment Weekly

“Parsons at his heart-aching best.” 
-Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle

“If you’ve ever been touched by Parson’s voice you will probably share Prinz’s enthusiasm when you listen to these two concerts.”
-Robert Hilburn, Los Angeles Times 

Gram Parsons - Reviews and recommendations - Discography Flying Burrito Brothers - The Byrds
Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris took both the tradition of Gram Parsons solo material as well as the primary band personnel for her early records. She named the band, The Hot Band. Guitarist Albert Lee joined them for Luxury Liner. The three albums below are all excellent.

Emmylou and the Hot Band toured in 1975. From Wolfgang's vault, the personnel was 
Emmylou Harris - guitar, vocals
James Burton - guitar
Rodney Crowell - guitar
Glenn T. Hardin - piano
Hank DeVito - pedal steel
Emory Gordy - bass
John Ware - drums
Nicolette Larson - vocals
Fayssoux Starling - vocals

Pieces of the Sky Elite Hotel Luxury Liner
     
1. Bluebird Wine 
2. Too Far Gone 
3. If I Could Only Win Your Love 
4. Boulder To Birmingham 
5. Before Believing 
6. Bottle Let Me Down 
7. Sleepless Nights 
8. Coat Of Many Colors 
9. For No One 
10. Queen Of The Silver Dollar 
11. Hank And Lefty 
12. California Cotton Fields 
1. Amarillo 
2. Together Again 
3. Feelin' Single - Seein' Double 
4. Sin City 
5. One Of These Days 
6. Till I Gain Control Again 
7. Here, There And Everywhere 
8. Ooh Las Vegas 
9. Sweet Dreams 
10. Jambalaya 
11. Satan's Crown Jewel 
12. Wheels 
13. You're Running Wild 
14. Cajun Born 
1. Luxury Liner 
2. Pancho & Lefty 
3. Making Believe 
4. You're Supposed To Be Feeling Good 
5. I'll Be Your San Antone Rose 
6. C'est La Vie 
7. When I Stop Dreaming 
8. Hello Stranger 
9. She 
10. Tulsa Queen 
11. Me And Willie 
12. Night Flyer 
Gram Parsons - Reviews and recommendations - Discography Flying Burrito Brothers - The Byrds

Gram Parsons - Reviews and recommendations - Discography Flying Burrito Brothers - The Byrds
 

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