The Gilded Palace of Sin and Burrito Deluxe
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Gram Parsons truly came into his own on 1969’s Gilded Palace of Sin and 1970’s Burrito Deluxe, driving the Flying Burrito Brothers straight into his vision of “cosmic American music” — an innovative blend of Bakersfield country, Motown soul, Southern gospel and good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. On “Christine’s Tune” Parsons and ex-Byrd Chris Hillman approximate the nasal-toned harmonies of the Everly Brothers over a psychedelically twangy backdrop punctuated by “Sneaky” Pete Kleinow playing pedal steel through a fuzz-box. The following “Sin City” is an epic honky-tonk ballad that recalls the Louvin Brothers’ penchant for weird country-gospel musings. Stellar covers of Dan Penn’s “Do Right Woman” and “Dark End of the Street” proved Parsons knew good music, but his own “Hot Burrito #1” revealed an otherworldly gift for perfecting the woeful serenade. “Older Guys” hinted at the boogie-rock he would embed in his following solo recordings with Emmylou Harris. A perfect way to learn where the Eagles heard what they wanted to do.
Guilded Palace of Great Songs
Trail Blazers that every country rock group owes a nod to . Parson and Hillman from the byrds formed a great country rock band including future Eagle Bernie Leadon that seemed to be famous for being famous at the time however their influence speaks for itself in this collection.
These are truly great albums, but they're not Gram Parsons' records! The review tragically overlooks the contributions of the other members. Chris Hillman was more than a great singing partner. Come on, he cowrote the bulk of all the classics! I'm sorry, but the itunes review shows only a generic grasp of the music. Overlooking Chris Ethridge's contributions? Shame on you!
A slight ammendment
There is no denying Gram Parsons contribution to the development of Country Rock and its many tentacles. And the recordings of the Burrito Brothers and the music on this disk are certainly a big part of the evolution of the genre. But the adulation of Parsons sometimes owes as much to his reckless lifestyle and early death as it does to his real influence on the times in which he lived. This record has a lot of honky tonk and rabble rousing along with the sweet harmonies and twang, but to hear that the Eagles were aiming at THIS sound is like saying that the Beatles were John Lennon and some other guys. The Eagles were more directly emulating Poco than the Burrito Brothers and if that's what you seek, you'll learn just as much from Poco's early albums as from this.
Not knocking the album. Knocking the review at the top.
Formed: 1969 in Los Angeles, CA
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s