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GRAM PARSONS

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Given Gram Parsons' habit of taking control of the bands he played with (and his disinclination towards staying with them for very long), it was inevitable that he would eventually strike out on his own, and his first solo album, 1973's G.P., is probably the best realized expression of his musical personality. Working with a crack band of L.A. and Nashville's finest (including James Burton on guitar, Ronnie Tutt on drums, Byron Berline on fiddle, and Glen D. Hardin on piano), he drew from them a sound that merged breezy confidence with deeply felt Southern soul, and he in turn pulled off some of his most subtle and finely detailed vocal performances; "She" and "A Song for You," in particular, are masterful examples of passion finding balance with understatement. Parsons also discovered that rare artist with whom he can be said to have genuinely collaborated (rather than played beside), Emmylou Harris; Gram and Harris' spot-on harmonies and exchanged verses on "We'll Sweep out the Ashes in the Morning" and "That's All It Took" are achingly beautiful and instantly established her as one country music's most gifted vocalists.

ITEM DETAILS:
Artist: Gram Parsons
Title: G.P.
Label: Rhino Records/Scorpio
Cat #: MS1213
Year: 1973
Format: 180 Gram Vinyl LP

TRACK LIST:

Still Feeling Blue
We'll Sweep out the Ashes in the Morning
Song for You
Streets of Baltimore
She
That's All It Took
New Soft Shoe
Kiss the Children
Cry One More Time
How Much I've Lied
Big Mouth Blues


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