Live 1973 [Rhino]

Live 1973 [Rhino]

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by Gram Parsons
     
 
Gram Parsons may have been one of rock's first great trust fund hippies, but he couldn't match the kind of paycheck Elvis Presley was able to offer for a Vegas gig. So when he hit the road in 1973 to promote his superb solo debut, G.P., James Burton, Ronnie Tutt, and most

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Gram Parsons may have been one of rock's first great trust fund hippies, but he couldn't match the kind of paycheck Elvis Presley was able to offer for a Vegas gig. So when he hit the road in 1973 to promote his superb solo debut, G.P., James Burton, Ronnie Tutt, and most of the band that anchored that album were otherwise engaged. He instead threw together a rough-and-ready crew of roadhouse pickers he dubbed "the Fallen Angels" (Emmylou Harris, thankfully, was available to make the trip), and they began making their way through America's rock clubs and honky tonks. Live 1973 was recorded live for radio broadcast in the midst of that tour, and if you imagine it sounds a good bit rougher and leaner than G.P. (which includes six of the 12 cuts featured here), you'd be right. On "We'll Sweep Out the Ashes" and "Cry One More Time," the Fallen Angels aren't quite up to the task of re-creating the studio arrangements, but they're surprisingly strong on the quieter numbers, especially "The New Soft Shoe" and "Love Hurts" (the latter of which earned a Grammy nomination), and when they pick up the tempo for some end-of-the-set covers (including Merle Haggard's "California Cottonfields" and Dave Dudley's "Six Days on the Road"), guitarist Jock Bartley and pedal steel player Neil Flanz sound like the core of a great bar band. Parsons and Harris' duets are rougher around the edges on-stage than on vinyl, but they sound as emotionally keen as ever, and Parsons and drummer N.D. Smart II made a pretty good comedy team. Live 1973 isn't an essential release like G.P. or The Gilded Palace of Sin, but anyone already familiar with Parsons' body of work will love it.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/1997
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227272623
catalogNumber:
72726
Rank:
35712

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gram Parsons   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Emmylou Harris   Acoustic Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jock Bartley   Electric Guitar
Neil Flanz   Pedal Steel Guitar
Kyle Tullis   Electric Bass
N.D. Smart   Drums,Vocals,Master of Ceremonies,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Dave Dudley   Composer
John Bradley   Engineer
John Delgato   Producer,Liner Notes,Art Direction
Sid Griffin   Liner Notes
Sam Sutherland   Liner Notes
Marley Brant   Producer
Edwin Edwards   Composer
Michael Tapes   Producer
G. Jones   Composer
Ken Kohl   Producer

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Live 1973 [Rhino] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When you consider the great live albums of the rock era two stand out. Live at Leeds and the Allman Brothers' Fillmore East. Live 73 ranks up there because it shows the raw beauty of live music. Songs that you might enjoy on the studio albums really sizzle on this live performance. I listened to this album before I bought the Gram Parson's studio albums and after hearing the live versions some of the studio offering seem almost too tame. Love Hurts is an incredible treat on this album and the uptempo numbers cook with a feel not on the studio album. If you are only going to buy one album by Gram Parsons, this is the one to get. If you aren't planning to buy any Gram Parson's albums too bad, you are missing something special.