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The Complete Reprise Sessions

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Reseña de álbum

Truth be told, Reprise's 1990 single-disc two-fer of Gram Parsons' two solo albums — 1973's G.P. and 1974's Grievous Angel — was for most intents and purposes as close to The Complete Reprise Sessions as Rhino's triple-disc set of the same name. Parsons only recorded two full solo albums before his death in 1973, never living to see the release of the second one, and he didn't leave too much behind in the vaults, which were plundered in 1976 for Sleepless Nights and, in addition to an appealingly shambling, laconic, and lazy 1970 jam by the Flying Burrito Brothers, also contained three outtakes from the Grievous Angel sessions: "Brand New Heartache," "Sleepless Nights," and "The Angels Rejoiced Last Night," all included here. These were the only fully formed songs that didn't make the album, and the other outtakes were simply alternate takes of songs that did appear on the two albums. All of these alternate takes are gathered together on the third disc of The Complete Reprise Sessions. The first two discs are devoted to G.P. and Grievous Angel respectively — two albums that were previously illustrated to fit quite well together on a single disc, but are now separated. These two discs do have bonus tracks, but they're not exactly enticing: a radio promo for G.P., plus promotional interviews that are neither revealing nor particularly engaging. Cut out the interviews and the two albums could have been put on one disc and then the second disc could have been devoted to outtakes, and the streamlining would have made this more attractive, particularly because the third disc on The Complete Reprise Sessions is not all that enticing. There are some good moments here, including a duet with Barry Tashian on "Kiss the Children," but the alternate takes aren't all that different; in fact, in every case they quite clearly prove that the best take did indeed make the finished album. Of course, any Parsons fanatic won't really care that these alternate takes aren't that interesting; he left behind so few recordings that his devoted fans will eagerly devour any newly discovered unreleased material, even if they know it's mediocre, which the unreleased material on this collection most assuredly is — enjoyable, but mediocre all the same — which the compilers most assuredly knew as they were assembling this collection. Given this, it would have been fairer to those devoted fans to present this as a double-disc set instead of a three-disc box — after all, there are only two CDs' worth of music here — but instead, Parsons' complete Reprise recordings are spread out over this inflated triple-disc set. And while the devoted will be happy with the remastering and the unreleased material, the simple fact of the matter is that all of his great music was collected on that 1990 two-fer, and that's the CD that anybody with an interest in Parsons, country-rock, country music, or American music of the 20th century should own. Not this good but bloated set.

Reseñas de usuarios

Little Reason to Download

The packaging of the official CD release is terrific (the original album sleeves for the "GP" and "Grievous Angel" discs are replicated in exacting detail -- right down to the text on the spine of the original sleeves), and the third disc collects a treasure trove of rough mixes and alternate takes that will absolutely delight die-hard fans. My guess is that with Parsons, you're either all in or you just don't get what the fuss is about. If you're in the former group, like me, you probably ran to the record store on the day this was released and happily plunked down $30+ to add it to your collection. There's little reason to download this -- get the real thing or buy the two-fer CD "GP/Grievous Angel" to hear the original works in all their wonderful, raging glory.

This is the Real Deal

If you don't have these two Parson's LP's---shame on you. If you have them you should get this complete sessions CD anyway---just for the alternate takes and unreleased cuts. From the International Submarine Band to the Byrds to the Flying Burritto Bros. to these solo recordings---Gram Parsons was way ahead of his time. He made country cool to the rock crowd without sacrificing what true country music is all about. Pick this CD up and get the Flying Burrito Bros. too. Then check out the just released documentary on Gram called 'Fallen Angel'. It pulls no punches and you get the whole Parsons saga----warts and all.

"The Grievous Angel Returns!"

The long reach of Gram Parsons can be felt in so many of today's "Alt-Country" bands! "The Complete Reprise Sessions" pulls together the complete "GP" and "Grievous Angel "LP's; plus rare Radio Interviews, out-takes, alternate & instrumental versions never before heard until now! {Gram certainly wanted to "keep it real" when he hired Merle Haggard's top recording man, Hugh Davies; and asked to get none other than Elvis Presley's own band to back him up in the studio, and, oh, yes, he was introduced to a young female harmony singer by the name of Emmylou Harris!} And the resulting two recordings have taken their place in "Country-Rock-Honky-Tonk History!" Chestnuts: She, The New Soft Shoe, I Can't Dance, Cry One More Time & In My Hour Of Darkness. Put your "Cash On The Barrelhead" for this one! Grimmbo.


Nacido(a): 05 de noviembre de 1946 en Winter Haven, FL

Género: Country

Años de actividad: '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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