Complete Reprise Sessions

The Complete Reprise Sessions

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by Gram Parsons
     
 
It's hard to imagine the Americana sound -- from the Eagles and America to Lucinda Williams and Ryan Adams, not to mention the iconic Emmylou Harris -- without the musical bedrock laid down by Gram Parsons in his brief 26 years. Parsons' musical output is painfully short on quantity but lusciously deep, drawing together strains of

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It's hard to imagine the Americana sound -- from the Eagles and America to Lucinda Williams and Ryan Adams, not to mention the iconic Emmylou Harris -- without the musical bedrock laid down by Gram Parsons in his brief 26 years. Parsons' musical output is painfully short on quantity but lusciously deep, drawing together strains of country, rock, and soul in an irresistible package that he preferred to call "cosmic American music." Whereas the 2001 collection Sacred Hearts and Fallen Angels: The Gram Parsons Anthology traces the full spectrum of his career, this three-CD collector's box, co-produced by his frequent duet partner Harris, zones in on Parsons' post-Byrds/Burritos solo work, representing some of his most heartfelt material and hinting at the unfulfilled promise of his tragically short career. The first two discs offer gorgeously remastered versions of Parsons' two solo albums, 1973's GP and 1974's Grievous Angel, fleshed out by rare interviews and bonus cuts, including stripped-down on-air duets with Harris on "Love Hurts" and the Flying Burrito Brothers' "Sin City." The discs are housed in scaled-down replicas of the original album covers (with stiff cardboard sleeves, no less), but the real draw for Parsonologists here is the third disc, which contains 15 semi-acoustic alternate versions recently discovered on the original session tapes, most previously unissued. Highlights include a solo take on the original weeper "She"; the classic, '50s-style "Kiss the Children," written and performed with producer Rik Grech; a spare version of "The New Soft Shoe" that plays like an intimate demo; a rousing yet cozy "Ooh Las Vegas"; a warm take on "Hickory Wind," free of the overdubbed crowd sounds on the album version; a subtly haunting rendition of the Parsons-Harris hymn "In My Hour of Darkness"; and a slow-burning "Love Hurts." The disc ends with yet another stunning duet, on the Louvin Brothers' "The Angels Rejoiced Last Night" -- one of many tunes that finds Parsons battling between the dark and light forces in his life -- which didn't make the cut for Grievous Angel. In the liner notes, Harris recalls, "Gram's writing brought his own personal generation's poetry and vision into the very traditional format of country music, and he came up with something completely different." Original, yes, and enduring.

Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Daily News - Glenn Whipp
It's the third disc that's the lure - 15 alternate takes spotlighting the improvisational skills of Parsons' crack band while he and Emmylou Harris discover the magic of their intertwined voices.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/20/2006
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227466923
catalogNumber:
74669

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Still Feeling Blue
  2. We'll Sweep out the Ashes in the Morning
  3. A Song for You
  4. Streets of Baltimore
  5. She
  6. That's All It Took
  7. The New Soft Shoe
  8. Kiss the Children
  9. Cry One More Time
  10. How Much I've Lied
  11. Big Mouth Blues
  12. GP Radio Promo
  13. How Did You Meet Emmylou Harris?
  14. What Is the Story Behind "A Song for You"?
  15. What Is the Story Behind "The New Soft Shoe"?
  16. WBCN Interview with Maxine Satori
  17. Love Hurts
  18. Sin City

Disc 2

  1. Return of the Grievous Angel
  2. Hearts on Fire
  3. I Can't Dance
  4. Brass Buttons
  5. $1000 Wedding
  6. Medley from Northern Quebec: Cash on the Barrelhead/Hickory Wind
  7. Love Hurts
  8. Ooh Las Vegas
  9. In My Hour of Darkness
  10. Return of the Grievous Angel
  11. Did You Sing "Hickory Wind" at the Grand Ole Opry?
  12. What Differences Do You See Between Pure Country and Country Rock?

Disc 3

  1. She
  2. That's All It Took
  3. Still Felling Blue
  4. Kiss the Children
  5. Streets of Baltimore
  6. We'll Sweep Ot the Ashes in the Morning [Alternate T
  7. The New Soft Shoe
  8. Return of the Grievous Angel #1
  9. In My Hour of Darkness
  10. Ooh Las Vegas
  11. I Can't Dance
  12. Sleepless Nights
  13. Love Hurts
  14. Brass Buttons
  15. Hickory Wind
  16. Brand New Heartache
  17. Sleepless Nights
  18. The Angels Rejoiced Last Night

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gram Parsons   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Buddy Emmons   Pedal Steel Guitar
Emmylou Harris   Vocals
Alan Munde   Banjo
Linda Ronstadt   Background Vocals
James Burton   Dobro,Guitar,Electric Guitar
Kim Fowley   Background Vocals
Rick Grech   Bass,Bass Guitar
Tom Bahler   Background Vocals
Byron Berline   Fiddle,Mandolin
Glen D. Hardin   Organ,Piano,Musical Direction
Sam Goldstein   Drums
Mitch Gordon   Background Vocals
Emory Gordy   Bass,Bass Guitar
John Guerin   Drums
Ron Hicklin   Background Vocals
Bernie Leadon   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar
Lewis Morford   Background Vocals
Herb Pedersen   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Perkins   Pedal Steel Guitar
N.D. Smart   Drums
John Conrad   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jane Doe   Background Vocals
Joe Doe   Background Vocals
Phil Kaufman   Background Vocals
Ed Tickner   Background Vocals
Barry Tashian   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Snyder   Vibes
Ronnie Tutt   Drums
Hal Battiste   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Tom T. Hall   Composer
Emmylou Harris   Composer,Liner Notes,Author
Chris Hillman   Composer
Gram Parsons   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Walter Egan   Composer
Rick Grech   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Tompall Glaser   Composer
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Joyce Ann Allsup   Composer
James Austin   Liner Notes
Ed Barton   Engineer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Bob Buchanan   Composer
Hugh Davies   Engineer,Remixing
Chris Ethridge   Composer
Carlos Grier   Composer
Tom Guidera   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Bill Inglot   Tape Research
Seth Justman   Composer
Ira Louvin   Composer
Charlie Louvin   Composer
Parke Puterbaugh   Liner Notes
Holly George-Warren   Liner Notes
Barry Feinstein   Cover Photo
Steve Woolard   Discographical Annotation
Brian Kehew   Tape Research
Darrell Edwards   Composer
Pam Rifkin   Composer

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The Complete Reprise Sessions 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this sounds so much better than the version with both albums on one cd. you have to buy this. the sound quality on the first cd is worth the price alone.