Gram Parsons Grievous Angel Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid Stereo SACD
Numbered, Limited Edition! Mastered From Original Master Tapes!
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 425/500!
Heaven-Sent: 1974 Record Among Best Harmony Albumss Ever Recorded, Replete With
Emmylou Harris and Parsons’ Matched Voices
Parsons’ Swan Song Achieves His Goal of Bridging '60s Rock Consciousness,
Traditional Country Sounds, Folk Roots Forms
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Record Has Never Sounded So Warm, Open,
Intimate, or Organic
Grievous Angel has been called the best harmony records of its era. Actually,
it’s one of the best of all-time. Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris’ voices
seamlessly match in a wedding of deep emotion, graceful beauty, and soulful
communion. Behind it all, Parsons and an all-star band achieve their collective
desire to unite roots country with the rejuvenated social consciousness present
in late '60s rock. That it constitutes Parsons’ swan song adds another layer of
depth to its tremendous importance.
Mastered from the original master tapes, and going far beyond the multiple
digital reissues etched with flaws, Mobile Fidelity’s numbered limited edition
hybrid SACD brings to the surface unprecedented degrees of fireplace-hearth
warmth, airy instrumental accents, and distinctive vocal timbres of Parsons and
Audiophiles will revel in the distinctive channel separation and extra-wide
soundstage in which Parsons’ voice is on the left and Harris ‘on the right.
Despite having used different microphones, the pair recorded close enough
together that they stared into one another’s eyes while singing, lending to the
beauty contained within. In addition, a majority of the sessions were captured
live in the studio, with scant overdubs smoothing out a ragged edges. Mobile
Fidelity’s reissue preserves the album’s prized combination of intimacy, warmth,
and rawness. The performance and sound are heaven-sent.
Most famously known for the inclusion of the definitive version of “Love Hurts,”
Grievous Angel is widely considered Parsons’ most cohesive and consistent work.
While it only features two new Parsons compositions, the record works as a
synthesis of time, place, spirit, and kindred togetherness. Akin to the
musician’s famous Nudie suit, which featured a Christian cross on one side and
cannabis leaves on the other, the album bridges seemingly opposed styles and
concepts, channeling a laidback spirituality that owes to songs gleaned from the
past and present, memories lamented and cherished.
Whether expressing tenderness (“Brass Buttons,” an homage to Parsons’ mother
that died from alcoholism when he was 18), making confessions (“Return of the
Grievous Angel,” steeped in unrequited love), reliving failed romances (“$1000
Wedding”), or remembering cherished deceased friends (the hymnal “In My Hour of
Darkness”), Parsons and Co. don’t strike a false note. In pianist Glen Hardin,
guitarist James Burton, drummer Ronnie Tutt, and bassist Emory Gordy, Parsons
couldn’t have assembled a more sympathetic band. Add Bernie Leadon on Dobro and
Al Perkins on pedal steel guitar, and you have one of the best country ensembles
Achingly gorgeous, sincerely heartfelt, and extraordinarily melodic, this
harmony-rich classic is a landmark of what’s now recognized as Americana. You
could say that, along with GP, it birthed the genre.
Experience the inimitable beauty and country-rock brilliance of Parsons’ final
career statement by ordering this definitive version on SACD!
• 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. Return of the Grievous Angel
2. Hearts on Fire
3. I Can't Dance
4. Brass Buttons
5. $1000 Wedding
6. Medley Live from Northern Quebec: Cash on the Barrelhead/Hickory Wind
7. Love Hurts
8. Ooh Las Vegas
9. In My Hour of Darkness