The Flying Burrito Bros – The Gilded Palace Of Sin
The Flying Burrito Bros – The Gilded Palace Of Sin
The Flying Burrito Bros – The Gilded Palace Of Sin
The Flying Burrito Bros – The Gilded Palace Of Sin

The Flying Burrito Bros – The Gilded Palace Of Sin

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Guitar, Vocals – Chris Hillman

Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals – Gram Parsons

Steel Guitar – Sneeky Pete

Bass, Backing Vocals – Chris Ethridge

Drums – Eddie Hoh (A2, B5), Jon Corneal (A1, A3, A4, A5, B2), Popeye Phillips (B3, B4, B6), Sam Goldstein (B1)

Mandolin – Chris Hillman (A5)

Piano – Chris Ethridge (B3, B4)

 

1LP, a heavyweight tip-on jacket

Original analog Master tape : YES (1/2" safety copy of the original stereo master tapes)

Heavy Press : 180g Dead Quiet vinyl

Vinyl color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : RTI

Label : Intervention Records

Original Label : A&M Records

Engineered by Henry Lewy

Produced by Henry Lewy, Larry Marks, The Flying Burrito Bros

Mastered from the original master tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

Originally released in 1969

Reissued in 2017

 

Tracks:

Side A:

  1. Christine's Tune
  2. Sin City
  3. Do Right Woman
  4. Dark End Of The Street
  5. My Uncle

Side B:

  1. Wheels
  2. Juanita
  3. Hot Burrito #1
  4. Hot Burrito #2
  5. Do You Know How It Feels
  6. Hippie Boy

 

Awards :

Michael Fremer's 100 Recommended All-Analog LP Reissues Worth Owning - Rated 51/100!

No. 192 Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone's 100 Best Debut Albums of All Time!

Stereophile magazine's Editor's Pick Recording Of The Month, May 2017!

 

Reviews :

"It originally didn't make sense but now thanks to this reissue cut from a 1/2" safety copy of the original master tape, it does. Kevin Gray left the essence intact-the bright top and wooly bottom — but either he's pulled it in a few notches on both ends, or the original pushed it out a few to make the intent clear on 60's and 70's era 'hippie phonographs.' Whichever it was and I'm sure Intervention's Shane Buettner will chime in, in the comments section, this record has never sounded this well balanced yet still happily sonically 'out to lunch'. You also get a great laminated Stoughton Press "Tip-on" jacket and RTI pressing for your money. A reader asked if I'd assembled a '100 essential albums' list. I haven't but when I do, this will be on it." Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com.

"To survive and prosper, any reissue label must eventually make a splash with a surprise release that's not only relevant, but hasn't yet had a proper remastering. For Intervention (Records), this is that album. The new marvelous-sounding analog lacquer was cut by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, and the discs were pressed at RTI. The source was a flat safety copy, on 30 ips 1/2-inch tape, of the original stereo master. ... The Gilded Palace of Sin is probably the fullest expression of Parson's vision of a hybrid music. The inclusion of two soul numbers, 'Do Right Woman' and 'Dark End of the Street' written by Memphis music icons Dan Penn and Chips Moman and hits for, respectively, Aretha Franklin and James Carr, was a move surely spearheaded by Parsons and his desire to find Cosmic American Music." Robert Baird, Stereophile, May 2017

« By 1969, Gram Parsons had already built the foundation of the country-rock movement through his work with the International Submarine Band and the Byrds, but his first album with the Flying Burrito Brothers, The Gilded Palace of Sin, was where he revealed the full extent of his talents, and it ranks among the finest and most influential albums the genre would ever produce. As a songwriter, Parsons delivered some of his finest work on this set; "Hot Burrito No. 1" and "Hot Burrito No. 2" both blend the hurt of classic country weepers with a contemporary sense of anger, jealousy, and confusion, and "Sin City" can either be seen as a parody or a sincere meditation on a city gone mad, and it hits home in both contexts. Parsons was rarely as strong as a vocalist as he was here, and his covers of "Dark End of the Street" and "Do Right Woman" prove just how much he had been learning from R&B as well as C&W. And Parsons was fortunate enough to be working with a band who truly added to his vision, rather than simply backing him up; the distorted swoops of Sneaky Pete Kleinow's fuzztone steel guitar provides a perfect bridge between country and psychedelic rock, and Chris Hillman's strong and supportive harmony vocals blend flawlessly with Parsons' (and he also proved to be a valuable songwriting partner, collaborating on a number of great tunes with Gram). While The Gilded Palace of Sin barely registered on the pop culture radar in 1969, literally dozens of bands (the Eagles most notable among them) would find inspiration in this music and enjoy far greater success. But no one ever brought rock and country together quite like the Flying Burrito Brothers, and this album remains their greatest accomplishment. » AllMusic Review by Mark Deming

 

Ratings :

AllMusic : 5 / 5 , Discogs : 4.73 / 5 , Michael Fremer : Music = 9/11; Sound = 9/11 , Stereophile : Performance = 5/5, Sonics 4.5/5

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