Gram Parsons Tribute Concert

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All Music Guide - Matthew Greenwald
Although the Gram Parsons tribute CD on Almo Records may seem like the last word on the matter, it really isn't. Country music, in its purest form, is road music, meant to be played by and for the people. Like the blues, it comes alive on the stage. Gram Parsons -- one of the most revolutionary practitioners of the form -- knew this intrinsically, and to that end, the Coal Porters disc The Gram Parsons Tribute Concert accomplishes this simple but necessary phenomenon with grace and style. Led by Sid Griffin, who was the founder of the Long Ryders -- one of the most influential roots-based bands performing in Los Angeles in the 1980s -- the Coal Porters are a band who ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matthew Greenwald
Although the Gram Parsons tribute CD on Almo Records may seem like the last word on the matter, it really isn't. Country music, in its purest form, is road music, meant to be played by and for the people. Like the blues, it comes alive on the stage. Gram Parsons -- one of the most revolutionary practitioners of the form -- knew this intrinsically, and to that end, the Coal Porters disc The Gram Parsons Tribute Concert accomplishes this simple but necessary phenomenon with grace and style. Led by Sid Griffin, who was the founder of the Long Ryders -- one of the most influential roots-based bands performing in Los Angeles in the 1980s -- the Coal Porters are a band who are not only trying to emulate Parsons' freewheeling spirit, but are also emulating what quite simply can be called a friggin' great evening on a Saturday night in a club in north London. This factor is important, because Parsons' music is neither heavy-handed nor ponderous. Spontaneous soul, direct and to-the-heart, is the agenda here, and the Coal Porters aka "the Bootleg Burritos", for this evening deliver that on this recording. And how. The liner notes on this CD explain that certain tunes were lost due to curfew, technical difficulties, and the like. "Wires went unplugged due to stage diving. The heat was affecting everyone." No matter; in the end, you have a recording that captures the ambience and spirit of the evening perfectly. Of course, the music deserves it -- so do you.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/1999
  • Label: Prima
  • UPC: 793962000101
  • Catalog Number: 10
  • Sales rank: 232,424

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Coal Porters Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Bob Stone Organ, Piano
Dave Morgan Drums
Sid Griffin Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Rhythm
Pat McGarvey Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
James Walbourne Guitar
Peter Curran Master of Ceremonies
Robert Childs Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Dave Dudley Composer
Sid Griffin Producer, Engineer
Pat McGarvey Contributor
Bill Alden Tray Photo
Sarah Williams Sleeve Photo
Traditional Composer
Gandulf Hennig Producer, Engineer
Helena Germalm Monitors, Monitor Engineer
Grant Louden Cover Design, Sleeve Design
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