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G.P./Grievous Angel

G.P./Grievous Angel

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by Gram Parsons
Cult legend Gram Parsons pioneered the then-unprecedented fusion of country and rock during his stints with the International Submarine Band, the Byrds, and the Flying Burrito Brothers. By the time he made this pair of now classic solo albums -- both of which


Cult legend Gram Parsons pioneered the then-unprecedented fusion of country and rock during his stints with the International Submarine Band, the Byrds, and the Flying Burrito Brothers. By the time he made this pair of now classic solo albums -- both of which were recorded in the year prior to his 1973 death -- the artist had honed his approach into a deeply expressive vehicle for his singular singing and songwriting talents. Parsons's haunting vision of cosmic American music reaches its fruition here, on such bittersweet originals as "She," "A Song for You," "$1000 Wedding," and "In My Hour of Darkness," and on such lighter-hearted yet emotionally resonant fare as "Big Mouth Blues" and "I Can't Dance." Both albums -- which feature such noted collaborators as Parsons protégée and future star Emmylou Harris, legendary guitarist James Burton, fiddler Byron Berline, and ex-Burritos steel guitarist Al Perkins -- still transcend time and genre to pack a sadly beautiful punch that Parsons's present-day acolytes would do well to emulate.

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
In the year before his death in the fall of 1973, Gram Parsons recorded two superb solo albums, and Warner Brothers has conveniently reissued them in their entirety on a single compact disc. Since many of the same musicians played on both G.P. (released in January of 1973) and Grievous Angel (which appeared in stores almost exactly a year later), the two albums flow together quite well as a single set. And while no bonus tracks were added, the booklet features well-written essays on Parsons from John M. Delgatto and Marley Brant, the complete liner notes from both albums, and lyrics for all the songs on the disc (which weren't included in the original vinyl issues). While the material and performances on G.P. are a shade stronger than on Grievous Angel, both albums have more than their share of pearly moments, and this disc is a treat from start to finish; James Burton's guitar leads are chicken-pickin' at its smartest and most tasteful, Al Perkins' pedal steel is the definitive sound of country & western heartache, fiddler Byron Berline effortlessly reveals how he became one of Nashville's leading session musicians, and Parsons' duets with the young Emmylou Harris are nothing less than sublime. And would anyone who loves either country or rock really want to be without a CD that includes songs like "A Song for You," "The New Soft Shoe," "Big Mouth Blues," "$1,000 Wedding," or "In My Hour of Darkness"? While the definitive Gram Parsons collection has yet to be compiled, G.P./{|Grievous Angel">Grievous Angel">G.P./{|Grievous Angel gives you everything you really need from his solo career, and these 20 performances are among the most influential and satisfying music the genre of country-rock would ever produce.

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Reprise / Wea

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Performance Credits

Gram Parsons   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Buddy Emmons   Pedal Steel Guitar
Emmylou Harris   Vocals
Alan Munde   Banjo
Linda Ronstadt   Background Vocals
James Burton   Dobro,Electric Guitar
Kim Fowley   Background Vocals
Rick Grech   Bass
Tom Bahler   Background Vocals
Harold Battiste   Baritone Saxophone
Byron Berline   Fiddle,Mandolin
Glen D. Hardin   Organ,Piano
Sam Goldstein   Drums
Mitch Gordon   Background Vocals
Emory Gordy   Bass
John Guerin   Drums
Ron Hicklin   Background Vocals
Bernie Leadon   Dobro,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Lewis Morford   Background Vocals
Herb Pedersen   Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Perkins   Pedal Steel Guitar
Stephen Snyder   Vibes
Barry & Holly Tashian   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Ron Tutt   Drums
N.D. Smart   Drums
John Conrad   Bass
Jane Doe   Background Vocals
Joe Doe   Background Vocals
Phil Kaufman   Background Vocals
Ed Tickner   Background Vocals
Barry Tashian   Guitar,Vocals
Steve Snyder   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Gram Parsons   Composer,Producer
Rick Grech   Composer,Producer
Joyce Ann Allsup   Composer
Ed Barton   Engineer
Glen D. Hardin   Director
John Delgato   Liner Notes
Marley Brant   Liner Notes
Hugh Davies   Engineer,Remixing

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G.P./Grievous Angel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Gram Parsons called this Cosmic American Music. Many critics claim he was the inventor off country rock. What he created was a blend of blues, country, folk, and gospel. It is miles above what the Eagles passed off as country rock in the 70s.Emmylou Harris and the backup band were stellar. The only criticism I can make is a certain lack of energy. A few more up tempo tunes would have made this a perfect set. For that reason I give it 4 1/2 stars.If you want more rock try his work with The Flying Burrito Brothers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing cd. Got me into country rock. Buy it.