Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons

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Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
Singing country with a rock attitude, giving folk a vocabulary of contemporary issues and ideas, and doing it all in a ragged tenor that came straight from the heart - this was Gram Parsons. Though he burned out on drugs and alcohol at the age of 26 almost a quarter century ago, Parsons's legacy continues to unfold in the music of artists such as Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Whiskeytown, Steve Earle, and Gillian Welch. They all appear on this album which Harris, Parsons's duet partner at the twilight of his career and the dawn of her own, coproduced, along with less expected contributors. The Pretenders offer a blues-rock version of "She," and the Cowboy Junkies ...
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Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
Singing country with a rock attitude, giving folk a vocabulary of contemporary issues and ideas, and doing it all in a ragged tenor that came straight from the heart - this was Gram Parsons. Though he burned out on drugs and alcohol at the age of 26 almost a quarter century ago, Parsons's legacy continues to unfold in the music of artists such as Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Whiskeytown, Steve Earle, and Gillian Welch. They all appear on this album which Harris, Parsons's duet partner at the twilight of his career and the dawn of her own, coproduced, along with less expected contributors. The Pretenders offer a blues-rock version of "She," and the Cowboy Junkies provide a spooky interpretation of "Ooh Las Vegas." Beck duets with Harris on "Sin City"; Linda Ronstadt provides backing vocals. All these tracks hail from Parsons's days with the Flying Burrito Brothers, as part of the Byrds, and, in the case of the title track, from his fruitful period with Harris, when Parsons's frayed tenor and Harris's fragile soprano combined to create a new voice. These moving songs, and the excellent interpretations herein, impart a measure of Gram Parsons's continuing power.
All Music Guide - Mark Morgenstein
Although he's not as well known outside music circles as Jimi Hendrix or Kurt Cobain, the early death of Gram Parsons was arguably just as great a loss. Parsons' country-rock hybrid became a touchstone for artists from the Rolling Stones to Elvis Costello to the '90s "alternative country" giants Uncle Tupelo and the Jayhawks. In addition to his importance as a songwriter, Parsons gave Emmylou Harris her big break. Now, Harris and co-executive producer Paul Kremen have handpicked an all-star list of artists, including Costello as well as Tupelo and Jayhawks descendants Wilco and the Rolling Creekdippers, for Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons. The songs, culled from Parsons' early days with the Byrds through his posthumously released solo album, Grievous Angel, are uniformly excellent, or better. The best covers, like Lucinda Williams and David Crosby's "Return of the Grievous Angel" and the Rolling Creekdippers' "In My Hour of Darkness," feature the soaring, intertwined harmonies Parsons and Harris turned into magic on the originals. Harris herself joins the Pretenders "She", Beck "Sin City", and Sheryl Crow "Juanita" for songs Parsons did before he began recording with her. The resulting duets evoke why the original Grievous Angel, featuring Harris, was so stunning.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/1999
  • Label: Almo Sounds
  • UPC: 705178002428
  • Catalog Number: 80024
  • Sales rank: 43,209

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 She - Pretenders (4:51)
  2. 2 Ooh Las Vegas - Cowboy Junkies (5:21)
  3. 3 Sin City (4:01)
  4. 4 $1000 Wedding - Evan Dando (3:07)
  5. 5 Hot Burrito #1 - The Mavericks (3:54)
  6. 6 High Fashion Queen - Steve Earle (3:06)
  7. 7 Juanita - Sheryl Crow (2:42)
  8. 8 Sleepless Nights - Elvis Costello (2:57)
  9. 9 Return of the Grievous Angel - David Crosby (4:19)
  10. 10 One Hundred Years From Now - Wilco (2:53)
  11. 11 A Song for You - Whiskeytown (6:40)
  12. 12 Hickory Wind - Gillian Welch (4:38)
  13. 13 In My Hour of Darkness - Rolling Creekdippers (4:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Emmylou Harris Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Chris Hillman Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Jim Lauderdale Vocals
The Mavericks Track Performer
Elvis Costello Piano, Celeste, Vocals, Vibes, Track Performer
Cowboy Junkies Track Performer
Steve Earle Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Pretenders Track Performer
Lucinda Williams Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Victoria Williams Banjo, Vocals
John Jorgenson Guitar
Juliana Hatfield Bass, Track Performer
Sheryl Crow Acoustic Guitar, Violin, Vocals, Track Performer
Julie Miller Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Beck Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Alan Anton Bass
Roy Babbington Bass Guitar
Dale Baker Drums
Benmont Tench Organ
Jay Bennett Guitar, Piano, Background Vocals, Wurlitzer
Fran Breen Drums
Martin Chambers Drums
B.J. Cole Pedal Steel Guitar
Jennifer Condos Bass
Ken Coomer Drums, Background Vocals
David Crosby Vocals, Track Performer
Mike Daily Pedal Steel Guitar
Evan Dando Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Track Performer
Paul Deakin Drums, Drum Loop
Skip Edwards Piano
Michael Henderson Electric Guitar
Andy Hobson Bass
Dave Houghton Percussion
Byron House Bass
Chrissie Hynde Vocals
Ethan Johns Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Drums, Electric Guitar
Bernie Leadon Electric Guitar
Greg Leisz Mandolin, Rhythm Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Jay Dee Maness Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar
Gurf Morlix Lap Steel Guitar
Jerry Dale McFadden Keyboards, Wurlitzer
Buddy Miller Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Melodica
Spooner Oldham Electric Piano
Mark Olson Vocals
Willie Ornelas Drums
Robert Reynolds Electric Bass
Brad Rice Electric Guitar
Adam Seymour Guitar
John Stirratt Bass, Background Vocals
Pete Thomas Drums
Michael Timmins Guitar
Peter Timmins Drums
Jeff Trott Electric Guitar
Robby Turner Pedal Steel Guitar
Jeff Tweedy Vocals
Wilco Track Performer
Steve Donnelly Acoustic Guitar
Smokey Hormel Guitar
David Trumfio Background Vocals
Joey Waronker Drums
Whiskeytown Track Performer
Gillian Welch Guitar, Drums, Vocals, Track Performer
Ed Foote Hurdy-Gurdy
Nick Kane Electric Guitar
Leland Sklar Bass
David Rawlings Organ, Vocals
Raul Mato Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Gregg Williams Drums
Gabe Witcher Fiddle
Ryan Adams Guitar, Vocals
Richard Causon Piano, Accordion, Hammond Organ
Tim Smith Bass, Guitar
Rolling Creekdippers Track Performer
Technical Credits
Emmylou Harris Producer, Executive Producer
Sheryl Crow Producer
Julie Miller Producer
Mike Bradley Engineer
Mark Capps Engineer
Don Cook Producer
Glyn Johns Producer, Engineer
Steve Holroyd Engineer
Ethan Johns Producer
Raul Malo Producer
Buddy Miller Producer, Engineer
Herb Pedersen Producer
Allen Sides Engineer
Stephen Street Producer
Michael Timmins Producer
Wilco Producer
Trina Shoemaker Engineer
David Trumfio Engineer
Mike Hagler Engineer
David Rawlings Engineer
Bernard Matthews Engineer
Matthew Ellard Engineer
Bud Scoppa Liner Notes
Daryl Smith Engineer
Meghann Ahern Engineer
Paul Kremen Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SIMPLY GREAT!!!

    For alt-country fans, this is a must! Haven't stopped listening to it since the day I bought it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent

    I bought this CD for my husband and it has become one of MY favorites. The music is soothing and fresh. What a treat!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    tributr to Gram Parsons

    The greatest of today doing the greatest of all time.

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