11 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After pioneering country-rock with The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons kept pushing the envelope with his solo debut. On the one hand, he continued making old-school country contemporary, whether covering the George Jones weeper "That's All It Took" or blending honky-tonk and soul on his own "Big Mouth Blues." On the other, he took the singer/songwriter path in new directions, coupling complex imagery with country arrangements on tunes like "The New Soft Shoe." The rest of the world is still playing catch-up.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After pioneering country-rock with The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons kept pushing the envelope with his solo debut. On the one hand, he continued making old-school country contemporary, whether covering the George Jones weeper "That's All It Took" or blending honky-tonk and soul on his own "Big Mouth Blues." On the other, he took the singer/songwriter path in new directions, coupling complex imagery with country arrangements on tunes like "The New Soft Shoe." The rest of the world is still playing catch-up.

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