Sleepless Nights

Sleepless Nights

by The Flying Burrito Brothers
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Sleepless Nights

Three years after Gram Parsons' untimely death, his frequent duet partner Emmylou Harris helped arrange for the release of this collection of outtakes -- three songs he cut with Harris for his final solo album Grievous Angel in 1973, and nine others recorded live in the studio with The Flying Burrito Brothers in 1970. Anyone hoping to find the great lost Gram Parsons song is out of luck here; all 12 tunes are covers of vintage country classics, except for "Honky Tonk Women" (which at least sounds like a C&W classic in this arrangement) and The Louvin Brothers' "The Angels Rejoiced Last Night," which is as spiritually uplifting as ever with Harris' pure, clear voice helping to bring it home. The three tracks with his duet partner fare best, while most of the cuts with the Burritos sound like demos, and though a few are inspired (particularly the deeply felt versions of "Sing Me Back Home" and "Green, Green Grass of Home," a lot of the time both Parsons and the band sound like a solid bar band in the middle of a Wednesday night set -- more than competent, but less than inspired. Sleepless Nights was certainly a labor of love and it's a worthy purchase for committed fans, but neophytes are better off giving a listen to The Flying Burrito Brothers' masterpiece The Gilded Palace of Sin, or either solo album, G.P. or Grievous Angel.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/20/2006
Label: Ume Imports
UPC: 0082839319027
catalogNumber: 393190
Rank: 75122

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Flying Burrito Brothers   Primary Artist
Emmylou Harris   Vocals
Chris Hillman   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Gram Parsons   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
James Burton   Guitar
Rick Grech   Bass
Sneaky Pete Kleinow   Pedal Steel Guitar
Byron Berline   Violin
Michael Clarke   Drums
Glen D. Hardin   Piano,Keyboards
Emory Gordy   Bass
Bernie Leadon   Guitar,Vocals
Herb Pedersen   Guitar,Vocals
Perkins   Drums,Steel Guitar
Ron Tutt   Drums

Technical Credits

Merle Haggard   Composer
Emmylou Harris   Liner Notes
Chris Hillman   Contributor
Buck Owens   Composer
Gram Parsons   Producer,Audio Production
Red Simpson   Composer
Sneaky Pete Kleinow   Contributor
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Michael Clarke   Contributor
Jim Dickson   Producer,Audio Production
Bernie Leadon   Contributor
Ira Louvin   Composer
Charlie Louvin   Composer
Roland Young   Art Direction
Bud Scoppa   Liner Notes
Joe Heiner   Cover Illustration

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Sleepless Nights 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There's a reason these tracks were not released first time around. I'm a very big fan of Gram and the Burrito Brothers and although there is a finite amount of their material available, there are plenty other albums that you should buy before this one.