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|Gram Parsons & The Fallen Angels|
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
The legendary Gram Parson was a pioneer of West Coast country rock. His short tenure with the Byrds resulted in the landmark Sweethearts of the Rodeo album. He later joined the Flying Burrito Brothers before going solo. Th... more »
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The legendary Gram Parson was a pioneer of West Coast country rock. His short tenure with the Byrds resulted in the landmark Sweethearts of the Rodeo album. He later joined the Flying Burrito Brothers before going solo. This recording comes from a1973 radio concert recorded and broadcast by WLIR/Long Island. Emmylou Harris is featured on harmonies.
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Media Type: CD
Artist: PARSONS,GRAM/FALLEN ANGELS
Title: LIVE 1973
Street Release Date: 03/04/1997
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A Little Ragged, But Worth Owning
Mark K. Mcdonough | Reston, VA USA | 08/05/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a "live in the studio" performance recorded before a small audience for an "underground FM" station in Long Island (remember those?)."Uneven" is the word that springs to mind. It starts out with a great version of "We'll Sweep Out the Ashes," and radiates a certain loose charm throughout... but Emmy Lou has a terrible time staying on mike (at one point someone jokingly tells her to "sing into the little black thing"). And some songs work a lot better than others. If it were an LP and I had to listen to every track in order, it probably would stay on the shelf, but I've actually listened to it quite a bit, track-skipping past the dubious moments.If you like Gram Parson, it's worth buying, but it's not "Gram Parsons at his best.""
Charming and intimate, but poorly edited.
D. Mok | Los Angeles, CA | 01/18/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This CD proclaims itself as an "Original Unedited Broadcast". That is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, the sound quality is great, sounding as good as anything you might hear on the radio, and you get the amusing interactions of Parsons, The Fallen Angels and the host.
On the other, the production of this CD actually *needed* some editing. Not necessarily to take things out, but to organize the material better. Inexplicably, they left the verbal introductions to each song at the end of the previous track -- which means if you're strictly in the mood for the music, you'll have to wade through a lot of talking after each song is done. The worst case, however, is that the verbal intro ("Sometimes all you can do is sing gospel music...") and opening chords of "Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man" ended up as the ending of the track "Country Baptizing", effectively divorcing the two parts of the song. I don't mind including the radio chatter as part of the atmosphere of this thing, but they should have done what Roger McGuinn's Live from Mars did -- separate the banter into separate tracks whenever the banter lasts too long and doesn' t relate to the song at hand. In the case of "Drug Store Truck", I had to edit the tracks back together myself just to preserve the original song.
This technical criticism aside, I love the music. Parsons' music is heartfelt, easygoing and melodic, and his vocal interplay with Emmylou Harris (while obviously more polished on their studio recordings) makes for my favourite harmony team of all time. And Parsons and the Angels prove they can rock out on the "encore medley", which includes two Chuck Berry compositions, while the musical beauty of "Streets of Baltimore", "Country Baptizing" and "The New Soft Shoe" is pristine.
A flawed release that needed some more judicious technical polish, but whose content warrants praise."
What an Unexpected Treasure . . .
Gary Popovich | Chesterfield, VA USA | 04/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Having an opportunity to hear Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris perform in front of a live audience is too much to pass up - and despite some decidely '70s-ish prattle between songs, Gram, Emmylou, and the Fallen Angels give a wonderfully loose-but-right performance. As one would expect, the vocals are otherworldly - "Love Hurts" is more heartbreaking than the "Grevious Angel" version, and new life is breathed into "Streets of Baltimore," aided by Neil Flanz's discrimiating pedal steel work. I struggled between 4 and 5 stars for this, as the band's performance is a bit uneven - but the vocals are fabulous, and the recording is a further reminder of the vision (and untimely death) of a seminal figure in modern country music. Gram Parson's influence continues to this day."