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