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Format: CD
Sku: 63986375
UPC: 081227466923
UPC 14: 00081227466923
Release Date: 6/20/2006
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Still Feeling Blue ~ Gram Parsons
2. We'll Sweep Out The Ashes In The Morning ~ Gram Parsons
3. Song For You, A ~ Gram Parsons
4. Streets Of Baltimore ~ Gram Parsons
5. She ~ Gram Parsons
6. That's All It Took ~ Gram Parsons
7. New Soft Shoe, The ~ Gram Parsons
8. Kiss The Children ~ Gram Parsons
9. Cry One More Time ~ Gram Parsons
10. How Much I've Lied ~ Gram Parsons
11. Big Mouth Blues ~ Gram Parsons
12. GP Radio Promo - (Bonus Track) ~ Gram Parsons
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) ~ Gram Parsons
14. What Is The Story Behind "A Song For You"? ~ Gram Parsons
15. What Is the Story Behind "The New Soft Shoe"? ~ Gram Parsons
16. WBCN Interview with Maxine Satori ~ Gram Parsons
17. Love Hurts - (Bonus Track) ~ Gram Parsons
18. Sin City - (Bonus Track) ~ Gram Parsons
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Return Of The Grievous Angel ~ Gram Parsons
2. Hearts On Fire ~ Gram Parsons
3. I Can't Dance ~ Gram Parsons
4. Brass Buttons ~ Gram Parsons
5. $1000 Wedding ~ Gram Parsons
6. Medley from Northern Quebec: Cash on the Barrelhead/Hickory Wind: Cash On The Barrelhead / Hickory Wind - (live) ~ Gram Parsons
7. Love Hurts ~ Gram Parsons
8. Ooh Las Vegas ~ Gram Parsons
9. In My Hour Of Darkness ~ Gram Parsons
10. Return Of The Grievous Angel - (previously unreleased, instrumental, Bonus Track) ~ Gram Parsons
11. 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 ~ Gram Parsons
12. What Differences Do You See Between Pure Country And Country Rock? ~ Gram Parsons
Disc 3
Song Title
1. She - (previously unreleased, alternate take) ~ Gram Parsons
2. That's All It Took - (previously unreleased, alternate take) ~ Gram Parsons
3. Still Felling Blue - (previously unreleased, alternate take) ~ Gram Parsons
4. Kiss the Children - (previously unreleased) ~ Gram Parsons
5. Streets Of Baltimore - (previously unreleased, alternate take) ~ Gram Parsons
6. We'll Sweep Ot the Ashes in the Morning - (previously unreleased, alternate take) ~ Gram Parsons
7. New Soft Shoe, The - (previously unreleased, alternate take) ~ Gram Parsons
8. Return Of The Grievous Angel #1 - (previously unreleased, alternate take) ~ Gram Parsons
9. In My Hour Of Darkness - (previously unreleased, alternate take) ~ Gram Parsons
10. Ooh Las Vegas - (previously unreleased, alternate take) ~ Gram Parsons
11. I Can't Dance - (previously unreleased, alternate take) ~ Gram Parsons
12. Sleepless Nights - (previously unreleased, alternate take) ~ Gram Parsons
13. Love Hurts - (previously unreleased, alternate take) ~ Gram Parsons
14. Brass Buttons - (previously unreleased, alternate take) ~ Gram Parsons
15. Hickory Wind - (previously unreleased, alternate take) ~ Gram Parsons
16. Brand New Heartache ~ Gram Parsons
17. Sleepless Nights ~ Gram Parsons
18. Angels Rejoiced Last Night, The ~ Gram Parsons
 
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.

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Duets
Muze Music Compilations The Very Best of Emmylou Harris

Associated Artists and Works

Return Of The Grievous Angel... Gram Parsons ~ Artists, Various
The Flying Burrito Brothers
Sleepless Nights ~ The Flying Burrito Brothers
Return Of The Grievous Angel: A Tribute To Gram Pa ~ Various Artists

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/13/2005
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2006
Music Label Name Label : WEA (Distributor)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : DDD

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]..."

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