Complete Reprise Sessions CD (2006)

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Singer-songwriter Gram Parsons, the architect of country-rock and patron saint of American roots music—"alt" and otherwise—died in 1973 at age 26, but the enormity of his influence remains constant. Florida-born and Georgia-bred, Parsons began playing at age 14 and launched his first group, the International Submarine Band, in NYC in the late ‘60s. Transplanted to L.A., he joined the Byrds, shaping their landmark album Sweetheart Of The Rodeo, and made further musical history with the Flying Burrito Brothers. After discovering Emmylou Harris playing in a D.C. bar, he went on to record two now-legendary solo LPs, GP and Grievous Angel, that spotlight the peerless harmony of their divergent voices, hers angelic and pure, his ragged and scorched by his demons. Rhino’s historic set presents those two soulful albums remastered and expanded, plus a third disc of precious alternate takes from those recordings.

Specifications

Label Rhino Records
SKU 63986375
UPC 081227466923
UPC 14 00081227466923
Format CD
Release Date 6/20/2006
Links
Author Gram Parsons
Compilation Appearance Duets
Compilation Appearance The Very Best of Emmylou Harris
Associated Artist/Work The Flying Burrito Brothers
Technical Info
Lable Name WEA (Distributor)
Released 09/13/2005
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code DDD
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
Album Notes and Credits
Taking the place of the obligatory cd two-fer of GP and GREVIOUS ANGEL, Gram Parsons's THE COMPLETE REPRISE SESSIONS covers it all and then some for Grampires of all stripes. Produced by Emmylou Harris and Parsons cohort James Austin, this beautifully designed three-disc set includes one disc devoted to each solo record and a third featuring outtakes from each album's sessions. With fewer overdubs and Gram and Emmylou's vocals front-and-center in the mix, the final disc brims with the emotive soul and earthbound angelic vocals the two perfected. Among the final discs many highlights are looser alternate takes of "She" and "Streets of Baltimore" from GP and a "Hickory Wind" unadorned by the ridiculous fake crowd noise that mars the GRIEVOUS ANGEL version. The latter is the best and most stirring recorded performance of Parsons's signature song and alone worth the box's sticker price. Other features scattered on the first two discs include radio interviews (with Parsons's southern hippie charm in overdrive); captivatingly raw acoustic performances with him, Harris, and drummer N.D. Smart; and an instrumental version of "Return of the Grievous Angel" that reveals just how ace a country band the Waycross longhair had.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.100) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "It's the third disc that has the unreleased treasures....On these scratch vocals, you can hear Parsons and Harris finding their way inside each song."
Spin (p.87) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "No voice is more exquisitely plaintive."
Spin (p.58) - Ranked #8 in Spin's "The 10 Best Reissues of 2006" -- "[N]ot just creating alt-country but striving for a utopian Southern music..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.69) - "[With] some of the most beautiful songs country ever produced." -- Grade: A-
Q (p.123) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[H]is subtle delivery, beautifully enhanced by the duetting vocal of Emmylou Harris, pulls you in."
No Depression (p.99) - "Most of the takes are stripped of overdubs and move the vocals to the center. This unadorned state allows us to appreciate anew Parsons' unaffected singing."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.113) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "Parsons laid a foundation here that still stands more than three decades [later]..."
Disc 1
1 Still Feeling Blue,Return Of The Grievous Angel,She - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
2 We'll Sweep Out The Ashes In The Morning,Hearts On Fire,That's All It Took - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
3 Song For You, A,I Can't Dance,Still Felling Blue - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
4 Streets Of Baltimore,Brass Buttons,Kiss the Children - (previously unreleased)
5 She,$1000 Wedding,Streets Of Baltimore - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
6 That's All It Took,Medley from Northern Quebec: Cash on the Barrelhead/Hickory Wind: Cash On The Barrelhead / Hickory Wind - (live),We'll Sweep Ot the Ashes in the Morning - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
7 New Soft Shoe, The,Love Hurts,New Soft Shoe, The - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
8 Kiss The Children,Ooh Las Vegas,Return Of The Grievous Angel #1 - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
9 Cry One More Time,In My Hour Of Darkness,In My Hour Of Darkness - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
10 How Much I've Lied,Return Of The Grievous Angel - (previously unreleased, instrumental, Bonus Track),Ooh Las Vegas - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
11 Big Mouth Blues,Did You Sing "Hickory Wind" At The Grand Ole Opry?: Did You Sing 'Hickory Wind' At The Grand Ole Opry? / What Differences Do You See Between Pure Country And Country Rock,I Can't Dance - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
12 GP Radio Promo - (Bonus Track),What Differences Do You See Between Pure Country And Country Rock?,Sleepless Nights - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
13 How Did You Meet Emmylou Harris?: How Did You Meet Emmylou Harris? / What Is The Story Behind 'A Song For You?' / What Is The Story Behind 'The New Soft Shoe?' / WBCN Interview With Maxine Sartori - (Bonus Track),Love Hurts - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
14 What Is The Story Behind "A Song For You"?,Brass Buttons - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
15 What Is the Story Behind "The New Soft Shoe"?,Hickory Wind - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
16 WBCN Interview with Maxine Satori,Brand New Heartache
17 Love Hurts - (Bonus Track),Sleepless Nights
18 Sin City - (Bonus Track),Angels Rejoiced Last Night, The
Disc 2
1 Still Feeling Blue,Return Of The Grievous Angel,She - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
2 We'll Sweep Out The Ashes In The Morning,Hearts On Fire,That's All It Took - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
3 Song For You, A,I Can't Dance,Still Felling Blue - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
4 Streets Of Baltimore,Brass Buttons,Kiss the Children - (previously unreleased)
5 She,$1000 Wedding,Streets Of Baltimore - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
6 That's All It Took,Medley from Northern Quebec: Cash on the Barrelhead/Hickory Wind: Cash On The Barrelhead / Hickory Wind - (live),We'll Sweep Ot the Ashes in the Morning - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
7 New Soft Shoe, The,Love Hurts,New Soft Shoe, The - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
8 Kiss The Children,Ooh Las Vegas,Return Of The Grievous Angel #1 - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
9 Cry One More Time,In My Hour Of Darkness,In My Hour Of Darkness - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
10 How Much I've Lied,Return Of The Grievous Angel - (previously unreleased, instrumental, Bonus Track),Ooh Las Vegas - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
11 Big Mouth Blues,Did You Sing "Hickory Wind" At The Grand Ole Opry?: Did You Sing 'Hickory Wind' At The Grand Ole Opry? / What Differences Do You See Between Pure Country And Country Rock,I Can't Dance - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
12 GP Radio Promo - (Bonus Track),What Differences Do You See Between Pure Country And Country Rock?,Sleepless Nights - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
13 How Did You Meet Emmylou Harris?: How Did You Meet Emmylou Harris? / What Is The Story Behind 'A Song For You?' / What Is The Story Behind 'The New Soft Shoe?' / WBCN Interview With Maxine Sartori - (Bonus Track),Love Hurts - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
14 What Is The Story Behind "A Song For You"?,Brass Buttons - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
15 What Is the Story Behind "The New Soft Shoe"?,Hickory Wind - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
16 WBCN Interview with Maxine Satori,Brand New Heartache
17 Love Hurts - (Bonus Track),Sleepless Nights
18 Sin City - (Bonus Track),Angels Rejoiced Last Night, The
Disc 3
1 Still Feeling Blue,Return Of The Grievous Angel,She - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
2 We'll Sweep Out The Ashes In The Morning,Hearts On Fire,That's All It Took - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
3 Song For You, A,I Can't Dance,Still Felling Blue - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
4 Streets Of Baltimore,Brass Buttons,Kiss the Children - (previously unreleased)
5 She,$1000 Wedding,Streets Of Baltimore - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
6 That's All It Took,Medley from Northern Quebec: Cash on the Barrelhead/Hickory Wind: Cash On The Barrelhead / Hickory Wind - (live),We'll Sweep Ot the Ashes in the Morning - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
7 New Soft Shoe, The,Love Hurts,New Soft Shoe, The - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
8 Kiss The Children,Ooh Las Vegas,Return Of The Grievous Angel #1 - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
9 Cry One More Time,In My Hour Of Darkness,In My Hour Of Darkness - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
10 How Much I've Lied,Return Of The Grievous Angel - (previously unreleased, instrumental, Bonus Track),Ooh Las Vegas - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
11 Big Mouth Blues,Did You Sing "Hickory Wind" At The Grand Ole Opry?: Did You Sing 'Hickory Wind' At The Grand Ole Opry? / What Differences Do You See Between Pure Country And Country Rock,I Can't Dance - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
12 GP Radio Promo - (Bonus Track),What Differences Do You See Between Pure Country And Country Rock?,Sleepless Nights - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
13 How Did You Meet Emmylou Harris?: How Did You Meet Emmylou Harris? / What Is The Story Behind 'A Song For You?' / What Is The Story Behind 'The New Soft Shoe?' / WBCN Interview With Maxine Sartori - (Bonus Track),Love Hurts - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
14 What Is The Story Behind "A Song For You"?,Brass Buttons - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
15 What Is the Story Behind "The New Soft Shoe"?,Hickory Wind - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
16 WBCN Interview with Maxine Satori,Brand New Heartache
17 Love Hurts - (Bonus Track),Sleepless Nights
18 Sin City - (Bonus Track),Angels Rejoiced Last Night, The
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