Gilded Palace of Sin

The Gilded Palace of Sin

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by The Flying Burrito Brothers
     
 

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By 1969, Gram Parsons had already built the foundation of the country-rock movement through his work with the International Submarine Band and the Byrds, but his first album with the Flying Burrito Brothers, The Gilded Palace of Sin, was

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By 1969, Gram Parsons had already built the foundation of the country-rock movement through his work with the International Submarine Band and the Byrds, but his first album with the Flying Burrito Brothers, The Gilded Palace of Sin, was where he revealed the full extent of his talents, and it ranks among the finest and most influential albums the genre would ever produce. As a songwriter, Parsons delivered some of his finest work on this set; "Hot Burrito No. 1" and "Hot Burrito No. 2" both blend the hurt of classic country weepers with a contemporary sense of anger, jealousy, and confusion, and "Sin City" can either be seen as a parody or a sincere meditation on a city gone mad, and it hits home in both contexts. Parsons was rarely as strong as a vocalist as he was here, and his covers of "Dark End of the Street" and "Do Right Woman" prove just how much he had been learning from R&B as well as C&W. And Parsons was fortunate enough to be working with a band who truly added to his vision, rather than simply backing him up; the distorted swoops of Sneaky Pete Kleinow's fuzztone steel guitar provides a perfect bridge between country and psychedelic rock, and Chris Hillman's strong and supportive harmony vocals blend flawlessly with Parsons' (and he also proved to be a valuable songwriting partner, collaborating on a number of great tunes with Gram). While The Gilded Palace of Sin barely registered on the pop culture radar in 1969, literally dozens of bands (the Eagles most notable among them) would find inspiration in this music and enjoy far greater success. But no one ever brought rock and country together quite like the Flying Burrito Brothers, and this album remains their greatest accomplishment.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/16/1994
Label:
Edsel Records Uk
UPC:
5014757171918
catalogNumber:
191
Rank:
3892

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Flying Burrito Brothers   Primary Artist
Chris Hillman   Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Gram Parsons   Guitar,Mandolin,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Sneaky Pete Kleinow   Pedal Steel Guitar
Byron Berline   Violin
Jon Corneal   Drums
Chris Ethridge   Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Sam Goldstein   Drums
Pamela Des Barres   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Popeye Phillips   Drums
Fast Eddie Hoh   Drums
Sneeky Pete   Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Chris Hillman   Composer
Flying Burrito Brothers   Producer
Gram Parsons   Composer
Dan Penn   Composer
Chris Ethridge   Composer
Henry Lewy   Producer,Engineer
Larry Marks   Producer
Chips Moman   Composer
Michael Vosse   Art Direction
Tom Wilkes   Art Direction
Goldberg   Composer

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The Gilded Palace of Sin 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Chris19 More than 1 year ago
I first listened to this album about 6 years ago when I was 16 and I have yet to have found a better album that couples country and rock so well. Imagine the eagles but more psychedelic and sincere. Songs like "Wheels" and "Sin City" will tug at your heart strings while invigorating songs like "Christine's Tune" and "Hot Burrito No. 2" might make you rethink country music all together. This album is essential listening for anyone who deeply loves music. P.S. Finding this album on vinyl is usually extremely rare. Highly advise audiophiles and vinyl lovers everywhere to take advantage of this opportunity.