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Grievous Angel
     

Grievous Angel

by Gram Parsons
 

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Gram Parsons fondness for drugs and high living are said to have been catching up with him while he was recording Grievous Angel, and sadly he wouldn't live long enough to see it reach record stores, dying from a drug overdose in the fall of 1973. This album is a less ambitious and unified set than his solo debut, but that's to say that G.P. was a great

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Gram Parsons fondness for drugs and high living are said to have been catching up with him while he was recording Grievous Angel, and sadly he wouldn't live long enough to see it reach record stores, dying from a drug overdose in the fall of 1973. This album is a less ambitious and unified set than his solo debut, but that's to say that G.P. was a great album while Grievous Angel was instead a very, very good one. Much of the same band that played on his solo debut were brought back for this set, and they perform with the same effortless grace and authority (especially guitarist James Burton and fiddler Byron Berline). If Parsons was slowing down a bit as a songwriter, he still had plenty of gems on hand from more productive days, such as "Brass Buttons" and "Hickory Wind" (which wasn't really recorded live in Northern Quebec; that's just Gram and the band ripping it up live in the studio, with a handful of friends whooping it up to create honky-tonk atmosphere). He also proved to be a shrewd judge of other folks material as always; Tom T. Hall's "I Can't Dance" is a strong barroom rocker, and everyone seems to be having a great time on The Louvin Brothers's "Cash on the Barrelhead." As a vocal duo, Parsons and Emmylou Harris only improved on this set, turning in a version of "Love Hurts" so quietly impassioned and delicately beautiful that it's enough to make you forget Roy Orbison ever recorded it. And while he didn't plan on it, Parsons could hardly have picked a better closing gesture than "In My Hour of Darkness." Grievous Angel may not have been the finest work of his career, but one would be hard pressed to name an artist who made an album this strong only a few weeks before their death -- or at any time of their life, for that matter.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/03/2012
Label:
Mobile Fidelity Koch
UPC:
0821797205962
catalogNumber:
2059
Rank:
59459

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Performance Credits

Gram Parsons   Primary Artist,Vocals
Emmylou Harris   Vocals
Linda Ronstadt   Vocals
James Burton   Electric Guitar
Kim Fowley   Background Vocals
Byron Berline   Fiddle,Mandolin
Glen D. Hardin   Piano,Electric Piano
Emory Gordy   Bass
Bernie Leadon   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar
N.D. Smart   Drums
Joe Doe   Background Vocals
Phil Kaufman   Background Vocals
Ed Tickner   Background Vocals
Steve Snyder   Vibes
Ronnie Tutt   Drums
Herb Pederson   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Tom T. Hall   Composer
Emmylou Harris   Composer
Gram Parsons   Composer,Producer
Walter Egan   Composer
Tom Guidera   Composer
Charlie Louvin   Composer
Ed Thrasher   Art Direction
Bob Buchanon   Composer
Hugh Davies   Engineer
Rick Gretch   Composer
Bouldeaux Briant   Composer

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