Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Gram Parsons rarity surfaces

This just in from Rolling Stone:
A long-lost recording of Gram Parsons playing with the Flying Burrito Brothers in 1969 will be released October 30th. The 27 track set, taped at San Francisco's Avalon Ballroom when the group was opening for the Grateful Dead, contains 10 unreleased covers including Hank Williams' "You Win Again" and George Jones' "She Once Lived Here." The recording - taped by Grateful Dead sound man (and LSD King) Owsley Stanley - was discovered two years ago by Amoeba Records founder David Prinz in the Dead's Marin County vault. Blown away by the recording, Prinz decided to try to release it - a two-year process which involved getting permission from the reclusive Stanley as well as surviving bandmates and Universal Records. "I was standing next to the speaker and it was like Gram was in the room with you," he says. "I have never heard his voice like that, ever." Prinz plans on releasing future Parsons archival albums, including more shows with the Burrito Brothers and a rare show from his brief tenure with the Byrds. "Making these shows available is my dream. " Prinz says. "To all Gram fans, this is for you."

Thanks for making my day, Mr. Prinz!

Last year I wrote this GP tribute.

UPDATE: Joe the Bit Torrent Troll was kind enough to dig up some MP3s of this.

From April 4, 5 or 6, 1969, here are a few samples available for download (hopefully until October 29):

Lucille, an uptempo ditty with a psychedelic flavah,

Get Ourselves Together, a firm tune with that hippie country resolve, and

You Win Again, the Hank Williams standard that the Dead added to their repetoire a few years later.


Natsthename said...

Something great to look forward to!!

Lacónica said...

qué buena la foto que abre tu blog

O' Tim said...

Si, tengo muchas fotografías de Gram porque él es así que atractivo y él abre mi blog