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Editors’ Notes

When Gram Parsons died at 26, he left behind very few recordings. Fans of country-rock’s godfather have been hunting his obscure recordings ever since. This collection was originally released under the name Cosmic American Music in 1995. The demos here were captured on tape recorder by bandmate Rick Grech in hotel rooms, living rooms, and kitchens throughout 1972. For the Parsons partisan, it gives great insight to the man’s songwriting and rehearsal process, starting with an acoustic cover of the Johnny Cash–penned title track. The following “Ain't No Beatle, Ain't No Rollin' Stone” is the real gem here. Over what sounds like a gritty, front-porch, acoustic Americana jam, Parsons sings, ”I ain’t no Beatle/Ain’t no Rolling Stone/The southland is my country/Waycross, Georgia is my home.” Not since “Hickory Wind” had Parsons mused on his roots this hard, and you can’t help but wonder if and how this song would have been fleshed out had he stayed alive. Parsons' close harmonies with Emmylou Harris in “A Song for You (Version 2)” exude a gripping emotional tension.

Customer Reviews

Jessica

This will be more interesting to a musician. My wife {a fan of Gram's} was not impressed. I love the honesty of these home recordings.

Biography

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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