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Sons of the Golden West
Flying Burrito Bros
Sons of the Golden West
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
 
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Let's get this out of the way right off the bat: this band should not be called the Flying Burrito Brothers. On one hand, the familiar moniker might attract more attention, but in doing so they are holding themselves up to...  more »

      
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All Artists: Flying Burrito Bros
Title: Sons of the Golden West
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Arista
Original Release Date: 5/18/1999
Release Date: 5/18/1999
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
Styles: Americana, Country Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 078221406529, 036221406529

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Let's get this out of the way right off the bat: this band should not be called the Flying Burrito Brothers. On one hand, the familiar moniker might attract more attention, but in doing so they are holding themselves up to an awfully high standard set by founders Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman. And clearly, leader John Beland and crew are self-conscious about it themselves, with endless rationalizations about Beland's 17-year tenure (which began long after either of the founders were around) and about carrying on a 30-year tradition and so on. This uneasiness even creeps into the songwriting, most notably on the closing "Ode to Gram," which attacks head on the notion of Gram-worshippers calling them out on all of this. The unfortunate part of all of this is that Sons is an excellently played and very often engaging country-rock collection with room for reflective ballads, charged-up boot-scooters, and loping instrumental shuffles. And esteemed guests like singers Merle Haggard (who duets marvelously on his own "Mama's Hungry Eyes"), Alison Krauss, Oak Ridge Boys, and Delbert McClinton and pickers Ricky Skaggs and Sam Bush certainly don't hurt. Yet, where they are lacking the most--the songwriting--was of course Gram Parsons's ultimate strength. Therefore, Sons is a pretty good John Beland Band record, but only a mediocre FBB album. --Marc Greilsamer

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The Burritos Fly Again
01/14/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Most of the previous reviewers seem to agree that this is an excellent album; it seems that the bone of contention here is whether or not John Beland and the current lineup should rightfully use the Burrito name. I have to disagree with Mr. Greilsamer, and express my support for John Beland. Although the current lineup contains no "original" members, this album (and several of its predecessors) have confirmed that the Flying Burrito Brothers tradition is being carried on in an admirable manner. Gram Parsons left the group before his death, but did not disband it; Chris Hillman, who has been critical of the later Burritos lineups, toured extensively with a lineup of non-original bandmates before he also left the band. In the ensuing years, original member Sneaky Pete revived the band with various other members (whose ranks sometimes included original member Chris Ethridge), and produced some superb music. In collaboration with such notable figures as Gene Parsons and Gib Guilbeau, the Burritos thrived. John Beland's entry into the band marked another major turning point, and the best thing to happen to the Burritos in many years. With superb credentials as guitarist, vocalist, and composer, John provided the band with some of their best material ever, and continues to do so. In my opinion, John long ago earned the right to use the name, and I am grateful to him for keeping the tradition going.As for the album itself, it is a major work in its genre. Both material and performances are outstanding, and the caliber of the guest artists gives a clue to the quality of the contents, as well as an affirmation of the esteem in which the Flying Burrito Brothers are held in the artistic community. It is not an easy task to select a favorite cut, as the quality is consistent throughout. For a thouroughly enjoyable listening experience, give this album a try - you'll like it. Many thanks to John and the band for giving us another excellent album. Long live the Flying Burrito Brothers!"