Safe at Home

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Safe at Home, Gram Parsons' first full-length album and the only LP he would record with the International Submarine Band, today sounds like a dry run for the country-rock he would later perfect with the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers; it's also a major changeup from the psychedelically shaded pop
ock of the ISB's hard to find debut singles. In many ways, the album sounds more purely "country" than Parsons' best-known work; the Burritos' crucially important R&B edge had yet to make its presence felt in Gram's music, and on these sessions the rock influence is often more felt than heard probably due in part to the presence of ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Safe at Home, Gram Parsons' first full-length album and the only LP he would record with the International Submarine Band, today sounds like a dry run for the country-rock he would later perfect with the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers; it's also a major changeup from the psychedelically shaded pop
ock of the ISB's hard to find debut singles. In many ways, the album sounds more purely "country" than Parsons' best-known work; the Burritos' crucially important R&B edge had yet to make its presence felt in Gram's music, and on these sessions the rock influence is often more felt than heard probably due in part to the presence of Nashville session veterans who pitched in on piano and pedal steel. But Parsons' considerable gifts as a songwriter were already evident on tunes like "Blue Eyes" and "Luxury Liner," and while there's a touch less grace in Gram's vocals than on his best work, his passion, understated wit, and deep love for country music are always in the forefront. And while Gram is the star of this show, his bandmates -- John Nuese and Bob Buchanan on guitars, Jon Corneal on drums, and future Burrito Chris Ethridge on bass -- are solid, soulful, and firmly in the pocket throughout. If Safe at Home sounds like a rough draft for Gram Parsons' later triumphs, it's also a fine record on its own terms, and leaves little doubt that the International Submarine Band's leader had something special right from the start. [Sundazed's 2004 reissue of the album adds an unreleased bonus track, the Marty Robbins/Guy Mitchell hit "Knee Deep in the Blues," and a new liner essay from Parsons biographer Sid Griffin, as well as brief notes from Tim Connors of the "Byrdwatcher" website. Bob Irwin also remastered the album, and it sounds notably different from Shilo's previous CD release; each version has different amounts of studio chatter prefacing songs, and the Sundazed edition has more echo and a slightly wider stereo "spread," though there also seems to be a touch more distortion in the high end, especially audible in the vocals, though it's still a listenable presentation of an album that's lost none of its charm with the passage of time.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/2004
  • Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
  • UPC: 090771620620
  • Catalog Number: 6206
  • Sales rank: 15,749

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The International Submarine Band Primary Artist
Gram Parsons Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Earl Ball Piano
Bob Buchanan Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Jon Corneal Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Ian Dunlop Bass
Jay Dee Maness Steel Guitar
John Nuese Guitar, Group Member
Technical Credits
Glen Campbell Author
Johnny Cash Composer
Merle Haggard Composer
Duane Eddy Author
Gram Parsons Composer
Don Everly Author
Barry Goldberg Composer
Lee Hazlewood Author
Melvin Endsley Composer
Eddie Brackett Engineer
Jack Clement Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Composer
Ian Dunlop Drawing
Sid Griffin Liner Notes
Suzi Jane Hokom Producer
Joe Hayes Composer
Mike Leitz Engineer
Bob Irwin Mastering
Jack Rhodes Composer
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