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|Flying Burrito Brothers|
Flying Burrito Bros & Last of the Red Hot Burritos
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
Fabulous country rock
Stephen W. Low | Nelson, Nelson New Zealand | 05/31/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a very welcome release of the Flying Burrito Brothers 3rd and 4th albums on one CD. There must have been previous CD releases of these two albums as they are individually for sale second hand on Amazon but at a price of approximately $100! The eponymous Flying Burrito Brothers record was released in 1971, a follow up to Burrito Deluxe and before that The Gilded Palace of Sin. Gram Parsons had left the band and was something of a Rolling Stones groupie at their Exile on Mainstreet sessions in France.
His replacement was Rick Roberts who went on to have commercial success with his own band Firefall. So the Band is Chris Hillman, Rick Robertd, Bernie Leadon, Pet Kleinow and Michael Clarke. The direction here is more a matter of creating main-stream pop songs with country instrumentation whereas the band's two previous albums were more focused on taking country songs and putting them in a rock beat format. The record then sets a template for the bands that followed (Eagles, Poco, Pure Prairie League etc) and of course Bernie Leadon is a member of the Burritos here and soon to become an Eagle. The first song however is actually a country song (White Line Fever) written by Merle Haggard and given the rock treatment. Rick Roberts contributes most of the writing on the following 9 songs, 2 on his own and 4 co writes with Hillman. All these songs are fine country rock songs with good hooks and believable themes and on Colorado Rick sounds very much like a younger Gram Parsons. The remaining two songs are covers and very excellent ones at that. Gene Clark's Tried so Hard is excellent and it was great that this song got another airing outside of Clark's version on his first solo LP. Bob Dylan's Ramona is the other cover and for me the album's highlight. It's almost as if the song was written for the country rock treatment. Very evocative - helped of course by the superb lyrics. Overall the production is that of excellent harmony singing with a rock beat, guitars and the country flavourings of pedal steel and banjo. There aren't many grand country rock CDs but this is one of them.
The latter half of the CD is filled by Last of the Red Hot Burritos which was a live album recorded in 1972. The line up was now augmented by the addition of Al Perkins, Byron Berline, Kenny Wertz and Roger Bush while Sneaky Pete had quit to do session work. This version of the Burritos was the most cohesive in a live sense and this collection recorded by Jim Dickson is a great listen. There are 4 songs covered from the Burritos first 2 albums and 6 cover songs of Bakersfield classics and bluegrass anthems. Overall the emphasis is on the virtuosity of the musicians with blistering steel and banjo solos and a frenetic rock beat. A fabulous document of what was going down.
Shortly after this Hillman joined Stephen Stills in Manassas and Rick Roberts formed Firefall and the essential Burrito period was over. Bernie Leadon went off to help form the Eagles and country rock went to its commercial peak.
Here we have an essential country rock re release. Buy now!"
david emerick | uxbridge ma | 06/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Nice package of the final two Burrito albums.The 3rd is probably the weakeast of the three studio lps, but there are some good moments; "Can't you Hear me Callin'" and "Tried So Hard" most notable.Rick Roberts replaced Gram Parsons for this record, and some of his stuff is a little too commercial for what the Burritos had been doing.Not enough of Sneeky Pete and Bernie Leadon on this album either. The "Last of the Red Hots" cd smokes, with newcomer Al Perkins on steel and guitar burning it up, along with Chris Hillman and Michael Clarke.Good material, although the loss of Bernie Leadon is felt here as well. The bluegrass set is okay; could have done without the overplayed "Orange Blossom Special'.Two bonus tracks, both Gene Clark songs are included: the 45 version of "Tried So Hard", and Gene's "Here Tonight", with him on lead vocals;two of the best things from the third lp sessions.The only complaint would be not including more bonus material, some which has shown up on other issues. A good package for those who don't have the cds already.Nice liner notes."
Great War Eagle | 06/16/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This two-for-one rerelease of "The Flying Burrito Bros" and "The Last of the Red Hot Burritos" is an invaluable addition to the cuurently available albums in the Flying Burrito Bros catalog. A must for any Flying Burrito Bros fan."