Radiogram: 24 Songs That Inspired Gram Parsons

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
It's likely some poetic license was taken in the use of a title that infers that these two-dozen songs might have inspired Gram Parsons as a teenager. Certainly he didn't record most of them, or specifically cite these or a similar list in interviews that he gave. He did end up recording some of them, notably with the Byrds the Louvin Brothers' "Christian Life" with the International Submarine Band "A Satisfied Mind" here represented by the Red Hayes rendition, "Dim Lights Thick Smoke" here represented by a Flatt & Scruggs recording, and "Crazy Arms" here done by Leon Payne. But it's better to treat this as a sampling of the kinds of songs someone entering his ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
It's likely some poetic license was taken in the use of a title that infers that these two-dozen songs might have inspired Gram Parsons as a teenager. Certainly he didn't record most of them, or specifically cite these or a similar list in interviews that he gave. He did end up recording some of them, notably with the Byrds the Louvin Brothers' "Christian Life" with the International Submarine Band "A Satisfied Mind" here represented by the Red Hayes rendition, "Dim Lights Thick Smoke" here represented by a Flatt & Scruggs recording, and "Crazy Arms" here done by Leon Payne. But it's better to treat this as a sampling of the kinds of songs someone entering his teens in the South, such as Parsons was at the end of the '50s, might have come across on country radio stations at the time. On that level, it's a good cross-section of the more down-to-earth country music of the period, from ballads and hillbilly to honky tonk and country swing. Some giants are here George Jones, the Louvin Brothers, Lefty Frizell, Buck Owens, Hank Snow, Skeeter Davis, but so are quite a few less-celebrated artists who won't be familiar to the average Parsons or even country fan, like Benny Barnes, Lonnie Irving, Harry & Jeanie West, and Bradley Kincaid. The music, for the most, part redeems the shaky concept, but is undeserved by the packaging's skimpy liner notes with no original release information and subpar sound quality, with surface noise sometimes audible.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2010
  • Label: Righteous
  • EAN: 5013929983823
  • Catalog Number: 2998382
  • Sales rank: 148,805

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dim Lights thick Smoke - Flatt & Scruggs (2:52)
  2. 2 Ho! Ho! Love 'Em - Joe Ken Clark & His Merry Mountain Boys (2:15)
  3. 3 Crazy Arms - Leon Payne (2:34)
  4. 4 Conscience I'm Guilty - Benny Barnes (2:13)
  5. 5 Hearts in My Dream - George Jones (2:30)
  6. 6 Life to Go - Stonewall Jackson (2:24)
  7. 7 Lovesick Blues - Jimmy Blakey (2:14)
  8. 8 An Old Fashioned Love - Lonnie Irving (2:35)
  9. 9 The Christian Life - The Louvin Brothers (2:15)
  10. 10 What Are They Doing in Heaven Today - Harry & Jeanie West (2:17)
  11. 11 Down the Valley of Shadow - The Bailes Brothers (2:47)
  12. 12 What Are They Doing in Heaven Today - Harry & Jeanie West (2:53)
  13. 13 Life's Railway to Heaven - Bradley Kincaid (2:45)
  14. 14 I'm Only On a Journey Here - Harry & Jeanie West (2:26)
  15. 15 From the Manger to the Cross - Cowboy Copas (2:59)
  16. 16 By the Grave of Nobody's Darling - Little Jimmie (2:28)
  17. 17 Please Don't Take Her From Me - Buck Owens (2:31)
  18. 18 Set Him Free - Skeeter Davis (2:13)
  19. 19 I Can't Control My Heart - Hank Snow (2:28)
  20. 20 A Satisfied Mind - Red Hayes (2:49)
  21. 21 But I Do - Tibby Edwards (2:35)
  22. 22 Maybe You Would Love Me Then - Frankie Miller (2:21)
  23. 23 I've Quit Catting Around - Harry Coates (2:48)
  24. 24 Mama - Lefty Frizell (2:19)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Joe Maphis Composer
Buck Owens Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Skeeter Davis Composer
Dave Henderson Liner Notes
Ira Louvin Composer
Charlie Louvin Composer
Walter Bailes Composer
Rose Lee Composer
Ralph Blane Composer
Marie Wilson Composer
Jack Rhodes Composer
Max Fidler Composer
Odell McLeod Composer
Alan Wilson Mastering
Red Hayes Composer
Penny Moyers Composer
John J. Bailes Composer
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