Return of the Grievous Angel Compilation
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The gentle hand of Emmylou Harris guides this tribute to ill-fated country-rock avatar Gram Parsons, which goes a long way toward explaining why this star-studded salute avoids the pitfalls that befall many such projects. Harris got her start harmonizing with the patron saint of alt country, contributing mightily to Parsons's two early 1970s solo albums and reviving selections from his small, but indispensable, oeuvre throughout her career. She has a vested interest in finding a true connection between her former benefactor and this cast of Parsons partisans. Here she bands together a flock of followers who range from obvious offspring (Wilco, Gillian Welch, Whiskeytown) to not-so-evident disciples (Beck, the Pretenders, Sheryl Crow). Parsons's partner in the Flying Burrito Brothers, Chris Hillman, teams with Steve Earle on "High Fashion Queen," and David Crosby (like Parsons and Hillman, an ex-Byrd) joins Lucinda Williams on "Return of the Grievous Angel." Harris harmonizes with Beck on "Sin City" and shares the mic with Crow on "Juanita," one of the collection's highlights. Ultimately, Harris has assembled a homage that would've pleased her old mentor. --Steven Stolder
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Why this cd? To me, this is truly the best tribute/compilation cd I have ever heard! My husband and I wrestled over our only copy until one day it could not be found for a moment. I think it was the next day that we justified a second copy. We could not be without it!
First though, I will start with the disappointing Cowboy Junkies' rendition of "Oooh Las Vegas"...Why? For me it is really the low spot on this cd. They confusingly trade in their rootsy haunting stylings for a "modern" take on the song which fails, unfortunately.
The rest of the cd more than makes up for it with Emmylou, the Grande Dame of this genre (who sometimes co-wrote with Gram and was and still is his female version musically) taking part in many of the songs. She joins Beck on a fittingly traditional "Sin City," the Pretenders on "She," and Sheryl Crow for the sorrowful "Jaunita."
What I love most on this cd is the artists. Not many are linked to the country sound you might expect and I really think those artists help to breathe fresh life into the songs again, while mostly retaining the original feeling Gram might have had in mind when he wrote them.
Other highlights include alternative radio darlings Evan Dando of the Lemonheads and Julianna Hatfield doing a great version of "$1,000 Wedding", and Chris Hillman (who co-wrote this song and so many others) and Steve Earle channeling Dwight Yoakam's signature sound on "High Fashion Queen."
It is the return of "Cosmic American Music" by the ill fated but brilliant original alternative country boy. If you like critical faves Ryan Adams, Lucinda Williams, and Wilco, then you MUST understand the beauty of Gram Parsons work. This is a fine place to start.
With little familiarity to Gram Parsons, I was so taken by this tribute that was so well done, with fine musicians. Emmylou Harris, who sang with him before he died in the 70s so young, has kept his music alive and introduced him to new generations of music lovers.
On the show, I was introduced to Beck, I thought to myself..."who is this guy who sounds like Parsons?"
A favorite of mine, is Steve Earle and Chris Hillman on "High Fashion Queen. " The group consisted of Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, Cowboy Junkies, Elvis Costello, Wilco, David Crosby, Whiskeytown, etc. How wonderfuls the tribute of "In My Hour of Darkness" by the Rolling Creekdrippers.
Emmylou Harris and Sheryl Crow duet to "Juanita", the mixture of solid sweet voice of Crow and that soothing cracking voice of Emmylou blend so perfectly.
If ever there is a presence of Gram Parsons, it is here! This is truly more that a tribute, it is as haunting as Gram Parson was, a young man who died too young, too hard!
If you want to hear Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris duets, she has a 3 CD box set that features duets with Parsons, probably the best part of her CD collection. ....MzRizz
Most recent customer reviews
Usually don't like these sorts of "tribute " albums but this one is a beauty. Great lineup and interpretations.Published 13 months ago by snowboy
Every tracks of this album are so stunning, esp. Sleepless Nights and A Song for You. You will have to find Gram Parsons's work to guarantee his talent.Published on March 6 2004 by Tonmai
If the music sounds familiar, that's because it is. Gram Parsons' sound has been as influential as any in contemporary "country rock. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2003 by Randy E. Lawrence
I can't believe how many folks bestow their highest critical praise on this mediocre tribute album, although the ingredients are all present for a quality product. Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2001 by William Fare
I don't think tribute albums are really for fans of the original artist. Instead they demonstate how timeless the music is and help trace the roots of today's music to those who... Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2001 by dltstl
Before his time ! and for those that appreciate the depth and talent of this man realise the world lost a musical genius well before he could rise to the heights that his legacy... Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2001 by ANDREW PINKERTON
I wasn't all that impressed with this CD the first few times I listened to it. But, a year or two later, I like it more every time I listen to it. Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2001 by Smallchief
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