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Thursday, 1 February 2018

The Gilded Palace of Sin


I'm having a serious problem in getting my head round the fact that The Gilded Palace of Sin  the debut album by The  Flying Burrito Brothers has never appeared on these pages before. Quite frankly I remain to be totally convinced that this is indeed the case.

Released in 1969 it is one of the two landmark albums from this era featuring Gram Parsons (the other being The Byrds with Sweetheart of the Rodeo from the year before) which changed the face of country music.
Without them I seriously doubt whether I would ever have  ended up with the vast majority of  the 500 plus Americana albums that grace the shelves today.  Indeed  it is likely that many of the acts  would probably not  even have existed .
Featuring the classic line up of Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman, Chris Ethridge and Sneaky Pete Kleinow..
Let's face it even if the music was rubbish, which of course it isn't, you would buy it for the cover alone with the band sporting some magnificent Nudie suits

Not a commercial hit at the time it's influence has since been  universally acknowledged.

The Flying Burrito Brothers - Juanita

The Flying Burrito Brothers - Hot Burrito No. 1

10 comments:

  1. A great record that opened my ears for this Kind of Music.

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  2. I have been meaning to post a great cover of a Gram Parsons son for a couple of weeks now. I have a great anthology, Sacred Hearts and Fallen Angels from Rhino which I picked up ages ago and was listening to over Christmas

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  3. After 'Hot Burrito No.1' there seems little point in playing anything else today. Nothing will come close.

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  4. It's my birthday soon, Jo has a new sewing machine, I'm hoping she can make me something akin to one of those Nudie Suits....it would reinforce my status as the coolest dude in our town.......

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    1. I think you could carry it off George

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  5. Hitting me right in my wheelhouse today, CC. As Swede said, Hot Burrito No. 1 is perfection. I have a long drive today and was wondering what to play. This cinches it.

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  6. One of those debut albums that's near perfect, although I tend to miss out on "Hippie Boy". Gilded Palace of Sin moved on from the more traditional Sweetheart of the Rodeo, giving Chris Hillman a chance to move out from the shadow of The Byrds & bringing Gram Parsons the attention he deserved. I think I wore out my first copy.

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  7. I love how I play in a country band and everyone of the blogerati, especially the attendants at The Great Scotland Summit of 2017, know ten times more about the genre than I do. I have a few bitchin' ass shirts, tho.

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  8. "Not a commercial hit at the time" you say. When did this come out, 1969? Reckon I must be living still in 1969 then ha ha. I've listened to the FBBs the odd time or two down the years but try as I might they don't do anything for me. Like you, I've loads of Americana on my shelves too so I got there in the end - perhaps they're ones who just got away!

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