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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Given Gram Parsons' habit of taking control of the bands he played with and his disinclination towards staying with them for very long, it was inevitable that he would eventually strike out on his own, and his first solo album, 1973's G.P., is probably the best realized expression of his musical personality. Working with a crack band of L.A. and Nashville's finest including James Burton on guitar, Ronnie Tutt on drums, Byron Berline on fiddle, and Glen D. Hardin on piano, he drew from them a sound that merged breezy confidence with deeply felt Southern soul, and he in turn pulled off some of his most subtle and finely detailed vocal performances; "She" and "A Song for You,"...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Given Gram Parsons' habit of taking control of the bands he played with and his disinclination towards staying with them for very long, it was inevitable that he would eventually strike out on his own, and his first solo album, 1973's G.P., is probably the best realized expression of his musical personality. Working with a crack band of L.A. and Nashville's finest including James Burton on guitar, Ronnie Tutt on drums, Byron Berline on fiddle, and Glen D. Hardin on piano, he drew from them a sound that merged breezy confidence with deeply felt Southern soul, and he in turn pulled off some of his most subtle and finely detailed vocal performances; "She" and "A Song for You," in particular, are masterful examples of passion finding balance with understatement. Parsons also discovered that rare artist with whom he can be said to have genuinely collaborated rather than played beside, Emmylou Harris; Gram and Harris' spot-on harmonies and exchanged verses on "We'll Sweep out the Ashes in the Morning" and "That's All It Took" are achingly beautiful and instantly established her as one country music's most gifted vocalists. On G.P., Parsons' ambitious vision encompassed hard-country weepers, wistful ballads, uptempo dance tunes, and even horn-driven rhythm and blues. He managed to make them all work, both as individual tunes and as a unified whole. If it falls just short of being his greatest work an honor that goes to the Flying Burrito Brothers' The Gilded Palace of Sin thanks to a couple songs that are a bit too oblique for their own good "The New Soft Shoe" may be beautiful, but who knows just what it's supposed to be about, this album remains a haunting reminder of Parsons' talent and influence, and has only gotten better with the passing years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2012
  • Label: Mobile Fidelity Koch
  • UPC: 821797205863
  • Catalog Number: 2058
  • Sales rank: 16,758

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gram Parsons Primary Artist, Vocals
Buddy Emmons Steel Guitar
Emmylou Harris Vocals
Alan Munde Banjo
James Burton Dobro, Guitar
Tom Bahler Background Vocals
Byron Berline Fiddle
Glen D. Hardin Organ, Piano, Leader
Sam Goldstein Drums
Mitch Gordon Background Vocals
John Guerin Drums
Ron Hicklin Background Vocals
Lewis Morford Background Vocals
Al Perkins Steel Guitar
John Conrad Bass
Barry Tashian Guitar, Vocals
Ronnie Tutt Drums
Hal Battiste Baritone Saxophone
Technical Credits
Gram Parsons Producer
Rick Grech Producer
Ed Barton Engineer
Shawn R. Britton Mastering
Hugh Davies Engineer
Glaser Composer
Rifkin Composer
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