Gram Parsons GP on Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile
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1973 Landmark Set a Profoundly Influential Record on Country, Folk, and Rock
Parsons’ First Effort With Musical and Life Soulmate Emmylou Harris: Vocal
Pairings Do Not Come Better
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: GP Has Never Sounded So Warm, Open,
Intimate, or Organic
All-Star Band Comprised of the Very Best Players: Drummer Ron Tutt (Elvis),
Guitarist James Burton Among Dream Lineup
Influential doesn’t begin to capture the scope, legacy, and brilliance of Gram
Parsons’ GP. By wedding traditional country threads with folk, soul, and rock
fabrics, the singer/guitarist unconsciously gave birth to a new subgenre that
would later evolve into what we now know as country-rock and Americana.
Thematically, Parsons proves beyond his then 25-year-old age and addresses
heartbreak, yearning, dreams, and wistful feelings with the lived-in conviction
of someone many years his senior.
Mastered from the original master tapes, and going far beyond the multiple
digital reissues that never opened up the music as promised, Mobile Fidelity’s
numbered limited edition hybrid SACD brings to fore unprecedented degrees of
fireplace-hearth warmth, natural organic accents, and the you-are-there vocal
signatures of Parsons and partner Emmylou Harris.
Listeners that swear by the sound of albums cut in the '60s and early/mid '70s
will instantly fall in love with what they hear: Every member of Parsons’ band
gets their own distinct space, frequencies extend and decay, small details
emerge, and that rare “breath of life” resounds throughout each note. If you’re
a fan of the Byrds, Neil Young, CSN, or peak-era Bob Dylan, you need this SACD.
Akin to so many profoundly influential works of art, GP had auspicious
beginnings. Parsons spent 1971 palling around with Rolling Stone Keith Richards,
who, originally, was tabbed to produce. But logistical circumstances ultimately
led to putting Rik Grech in the control chair. He performed on and presided over
sessions that witnessed Parsons redefine music via aching ballads, gospel-styled
weepers, honky-tonk barn-burners, and rollicking shuffles. The chemistry
achieved and attained throughout simply boggles the mind.
Whether it’s James Burton’s dobro or guitar playing, Elvis Presley drummer Ron
Tutt keeping the beat, or Glen Hardin’s tuckpointed piano riffs, the combination
of instruments and deliveries translate into Southern-flavored,
California-stirred, desert-ripened magic. And those nuanced vocals. Restrained,
plaintive, melodic, and almost effortless, Parsons and Harris' are often the
sound of angels taking country and turning into white spirituals. They are also
the sound of two hearts breaking and of souls being torn into two as a result of
unrequited love and unyielding passion.
GP never cracked the Billboard album charts or yielded a hit single but time has testified on behalf of its magnificence and importance.Parsons is now seen
as the golden god of country rock, and for good reason. As for his goals? He
once said that he wanted to unite the people in overalls (country) with those
adorned in velvet (rock). Consider the mission accomplished. GP is a temple that
contemporary leaders such as Wilco, the Decemberists, the Jayhawks, and myriad
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Mastered From Original Master Tapes
1. Still Feeling Blue
2. We'll Sweep Out the Ashes In the Morning
3. A Song For You
4. Streets of Baltimore
6. That's All It Took
7. The New Soft Shoe
8. Kiss the Children
9. Cry One More Time
10. How Much I've Lied
11. Big Mouth Blues