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Another Side of This Life surfaced in 2000 like a forgotten roll of film. More than a snapshot, this collection serves as a thin photo album, stretching from March 1965 to December of 1966. It captures that time in the musical climate when folkies filled the coffeehouses and hip dens of New York's East Village. Like other singer/songwriters then, Gram Parsons had no qualms about covering his contemporaries. He takes on Buffy Sainte-Marie's "Codine" with less vibrato than the original, but his vocals are lofty and powerful in the choruses. And though he obviously doesn't sing Fred Neil's songs with the same gritty gusto, there is something charming about hearing his boyish and buttermilk-smooth voice croon "That's the Bag I'm In." But his own songs like "November Nights" or the slow and jazzy "Zah's Blues" shine brightest. Autobiographically poetic lyrics like "I wore my youth like a crown/ And watched the sun comin' down" give an early glimpse of the greatness that Parsons was capable of long before becoming a Byrd, Burrito Brother or country-rock martyr.

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18 previously unheard demo recordings of former member of the Byrds

Sundazed Music has released Another Side of This Life, 18 previously unheard demo recordings of Gram Parsons, country-rock pioneer and former member of the Byrds and founding member of the Flying Burrito Brothers.The release--available on CD and 180-gram vinyl--features Parsons, singing and playing acoustic guitar, recorded from March 1965 to April 1966 at the home of his Winter Haven, Fla. friend, Jim Carlton.


This is a real surprise. Just Gram and his guitar, but the sound quality is good, the songs are great and his voice is just about in the best shape I've ever heard. Can a more informed listner enlighten us? Are these covers? Other than Candy Man (Roy Orbison) and Brass Buttons (GP), I haven't heard these songs before. What a great pleasure to find this addition to his unfortunately limited catalogue!

Gram's First Love

I'm pretty sure these songs were recorded when Gram was still in Florida and only about 20 years old. His first love, before he discovered country music, was folk. This is a great example of young Gram developing his own style.


Born: November 5, 1946 in Winter Haven, FL

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s

Gram Parsons is the father of country-rock. With the International Submarine Band, the Byrds, and the Flying Burrito Brothers, the songwriter pioneered the concept of a rock band playing country music, and as a solo artist he moved even further into the country realm, blending the two genres to the point that they became indistinguishable from each other. While he was alive, Parsons was a cult figure that never sold many records but influenced countless fellow musicians, from the Rolling Stones to...
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