Favorite

Flying Burrito Bros. 

Gram Parsons Archives Volume One: The Flying Burrito Bros. Live at the Avalon Ballroom 1969 (Amoeba)

Gram Parsons and his band, the Flying Burrito Brothers, are are among rock and roll's great cult legends — a short-lived group of dope-smoking Californians who laid the foundation for country rock, alt-country, and even those damn Eagles. Yet most folks, including the Burritos themselves, remember them as a lousy live act: under-rehearsed and way, way too stoned. But Parsons fanatics had no way of confirming this. Since the late '60s, their only exposure to the group's cosmic vibrations came via its first two albums.

The Flying Burrito Bros. Live at the Avalon Ballroom 1969 fills a gaping hole in the band's history. And it's a pretty good listen to boot — featuring never-before-heard covers like "Mental Revenge" and "Long Black Limousine." Although Parsons and Chris Hillman's Everly Brothers-inspired harmonies squeeze out all kinds of sour notes (the R&B nugget "Dark End of the Street" will make alley cats howl), the Burritos possess earthy grit — something its dreamy studio work never revealed. Still, modern ears raised on remastered precision will ultimately have issues with these vintage live recordings, where fidelity is comparable to the average homegrown Grateful Dead tape, which makes sense: This Burritos show was recently discovered deep in the Dead's vaults.

Speaking of CD Review

More by Justin F. Farrar

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

Staff Pick Events

  • CIM/CWRU Joint Music Program @ Cleveland Museum of Art

    • First Wednesday of every month. Continues through May 3
  • DeRay Davis @ Improv Comedy Club & Restaurant

    • Thu., Dec. 8
  • Cleveland Jazz Orchestra: A CJO Christmas @ Hanna Theatre

    • Fri., Dec. 9

© 2016 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation