Sacred Hearts and Fallen Angels: The Gram Parsons Anthology

Sacred Hearts and Fallen Angels: The Gram Parsons Anthology

by Gram Parsons

CD

Overview

Gram Parsons is the practical and spiritual godfather of country-rock music. Sacred Hearts and Fallen Angels, the first collection to compile songs from the various stages of Parsons' short but remarkably productive career, offers a road map to his musical vision -- a hybrid that helped shape the sounds of the Eagles, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, and others. The two-CD set begins with six International Submarine Band songs, five from their one studio album, Safe at Home, plus a previously unheard, live-to-four-track recording of "Knee Deep in the Blues," the collection's only otherwise unavailable song. Parsons's short stint with the Byrds produced the stellar album Sweetheart of the Rodeo, which included the reflective ballad "Hickory Wind" and a cover of the Louvin Brothers' gospel number "The Christian Life" (the rehearsal recording that appears here has Parsons on lead vocals, whereas the album version had Roger McGuinn). With the Flying Burrito Brothers -- which he formed with Byrdsman Chris Hillman -- Parsons further explored the fusion he dubbed "cosmic American music," leaving The Gilded Palace of Sin as its blueprint. Parsons' vocals now oozed soul on the biting "Sin City," the melancholy "Hot Burrito #1," and the rousing but aching "Hot Burrito #2." The Burritos' only other studio album, Burrito Deluxe, is represented here by four tracks, including the Byrds-y, harmony-driven single "Cody, Cody" and their take on the Stones' country-inspired tune "Wild Horses." Two additional Burrito cuts, covers of Merle Haggard's "Sing Me Back Home" and the Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody," may have been recorded on a lark, but they sound resonant today. For the rest of his short-lived career -- he died of an overdose in 1973, at the age of 26 -- Parsons went solo, generating two landmark albums, GP and Grievous Angel. He drafted into his band a young singer named Emmylou Harris, and the pair's harmonies on the twangy "We'll Sweep out the Ashes in the Morning," the easy-feelin' "The New Soft Shoe," "Hearts on Fire," the heartbreaking "$1000 Wedding," and "Love Hurts" are among country's most gorgeous. Add to that Parsons' solo turns on "She" and "Brass Buttons," and his legacy as a top-notch soul singer is sealed. Sacred Hearts is fleshed out by three songs lifted from a live radio broadcast in 1973 (the entire session is available as Live 1973). Though musically it offers only one new nugget to collectors, Sacred Hearts and Fallen Angels is nicely packaged, with extensive liner notes, track-by-track commentary (with input from Hillman and McGuinn), rare photos, and personal essays by Harris and Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes. It's a can't-miss introduction to a major American talent.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/01/2001
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227678029
catalogNumber: 76780

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Blue Eyes
  2. Luxury Liner
  3. Do You Know How It Feels to Be Lonesome?
  4. I Must Be Somebody Else You've Known
  5. Miller's Cave
  6. Knee Deep in the Blues
  7. Hickory Wind
  8. You're Still on My Mind
  9. The Christian Life
  10. You Don't Miss Your Water
  11. One Hundred Years from Now
  12. Christine's Tune (Devil in Disguise) @@The Flying Burrito Brothers
  13. Sin City @@The Flying Burrito Brothers
  14. Do Right Woman @@The Flying Burrito Brothers
  15. The Dark End of the Street @@The Flying Burrito Brothers
  16. Wheels @@The Flying Burrito Brothers
  17. Juanita @@The Flying Burrito Brothers
  18. Hot Burrito #1 @@The Flying Burrito Brothers
  19. Hot Burrito #2 @@The Flying Burrito Brothers
  20. High Fashion Queen @@The Flying Burrito Brothers
  21. Older Guys @@The Flying Burrito Brothers
  22. Cody, Cody @@The Flying Burrito Brothers
  23. Wild Horses @@The Flying Burrito Brothers
  24. Sing Me Back Home @@The Flying Burrito Brothers

Disc 2

  1. To Love Somebody @@The Flying Burrito Brothers
  2. Still Feeling Blue @@Gram Parsons
  3. We'll Sweep Out the Ashes in the Morning @@Gram Parsons
  4. A Song for You @@Gram Parsons
  5. Streets of Baltimore @@Gram Parsons
  6. She @@Gram Parsons
  7. The New Soft Shoe @@Gram Parsons
  8. Kiss the Children @@Gram Parsons
  9. How Much I've Lied @@Gram Parsons
  10. Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man @@Gram Parsons
  11. That's All It Took @@Gram Parsons
  12. California Cotton Fields @@Gram Parsons
  13. Return of the Grievous Angel (Remix) @@Gram Parsons & the Fallen Angels
  14. Hearts on Fire @@Gram Parsons & the Fallen Angels
  15. Brass Buttons @@Gram Parsons & the Fallen Angels
  16. $1000 Dollar Wedding @@Gram Parsons & the Fallen Angels
  17. Love Hurts @@Gram Parsons & the Fallen Angels
  18. Ooh Las Vegas @@Gram Parsons & the Fallen Angels
  19. In My Hour of Darkness @@Gram Parsons & the Fallen Angels
  20. Brand New Heartache @@Gram Parsons & the Fallen Angels
  21. Sleepless Nights @@Gram Parsons & the Fallen Angels
  22. The Angels Rejoiced Last Night @@Gram Parsons & the Fallen Angels

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gram Parsons   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Buddy Emmons   Pedal Steel Guitar
Clarence White   Guitar
Emmylou Harris   Acoustic Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals
John Hartford   Banjo,Guitar
Chris Hillman   Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Alan Munde   Banjo
Byrds   Track Performer
Linda Ronstadt   Background Vocals
Leon Russell   Piano
James Burton   Dobro,Electric Guitar
Rick Grech   Bass
Lloyd Green   Pedal Steel Guitar
International Submarine Band   Track Performer
Sneaky Pete Kleinow   Pedal Steel Guitar
Tom Bahler   Background Vocals
Earl Ball   Piano
Jock Bartley   Guitar
Byron Berline   Fiddle,Mandolin
Bob Buchanan   Guitar,Vocals
Michael Clarke   Drums
Jon Corneal   Drums,Vocals
Glen D. Hardin   Organ,Piano,Musical Direction
Chris Ethridge   Bass,Piano,Vocals
Neil Flanz   Pedal Steel Guitar
Sam Goldstein   Drums
Mitch Gordon   Background Vocals
Emory Gordy   Bass
John Guerin   Drums
Ron Hicklin   Background Vocals
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Bass
Kevin Kelley   Drums
Bernie Leadon   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro
Jay Dee Maness   Pedal Steel Guitar
Lewis Morford   Background Vocals
John Nuese   Guitar
Herb Pedersen   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Perkins   Pedal Steel Guitar
Kyle Tullis   Bass
Fast Eddie Hoh   Drums
Donnie Owens   Guitar
N.D. Smart   Drums
John Conrad   Bass
Barry Tashian   Guitar,Vocals
Gram Parsons & the Fallen Angels   Track Performer
Steve Snyder   Vibes
Joe Osborn   Bass

Technical Credits

Merle Haggard   Composer
Emmylou Harris   Composer,Liner Notes
Chris Hillman   Composer
George Jones   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Gram Parsons   Composer,Producer
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Walter Egan   Composer
Robin Gibb   Composer
Barry Goldberg   Composer
Rick Grech   Composer,Producer
Melvin Endsley   Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer
Dan Penn   Composer
Greg Allen   Art Direction
James Austin   Liner Notes,Art Direction
Ed Barton   Engineer
Eddie Brackett   Engineer
John Bradley   Engineer
Charlie Bragg   Engineer
Thomas Stanley Brown   Composer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Jack Clement   Composer
Jim Dickson   Producer
Chris Ethridge   Composer
Maurice Gibb   Composer
Carlos Grier   Composer
Tom Guidera   Composer
Roy Halee   Engineer
Suzi Jane Hokom   Producer
Bill Inglot   Producer
Bernie Leadon   Composer
Henry Lewy   Producer,Engineer
Ira Louvin   Composer
Charlie Louvin   Composer
Larry Marks   Producer
Chips Moman   Composer
Spooner Oldham   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
Gary Usher   Producer
Mike Leitz   Engineer
Marley Brant   Producer
John M. Delgatto   Producer
Holly George-Warren   Liner Notes
Francesco Virlinzi   Producer
Rachel Gutek   Art Direction
Jim McCrary   Back Cover,Cover Photo
Bud Scoppa   Liner Notes
Darrell Edwards   Composer
Luke McDaniel   Composer
Shawn Amos   Editorial Coordinator
Daniel Goldmark   Editorial Research
Hugh Davies   Engineer,Remixing
Wendi Cartwright   Licensing
Goldberg   Composer
G. Jones   Composer
Clement   Composer

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