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Band/Record: Gram Parsons - GP

Label/Matrix: NL 1973 Reprise REP 44.228

Condition Record/Sleeve: Mint-/EX+

Extra Info: Fantastic Album ...legendary 1st solo album. Original Dutch 1st press LP with original US imported laminated cover .. Not many around Scarce album ... minty !!

~~~~ Original 1973 first pressing by the illustrious Gram Parsons whose work with The International Submarine Band, The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers and even the Rolling Stones and beyond influencing the 1969-1971 'mod squad' of happening bands in the era...

In the pursuit of what he labeled "Cosmic American Music," Gram Parsons--with the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and as a solo artist--helped invent rural-rock, forever changing the relationship between the two genres. "GP", released in 1973 is the only studio album on which Parsons served as the lone bandleader. With the help of Elvis Presley's backing band and a then unknown singer named Emmylou Harris on harmony vocals, Parsons wrapped up bluegrass, honky tonk, traditional rural-rock, R&B, and rock & roll in one delicious package.
Parsons had surfaced with the latter-day Byrds, pushing them southwards with the heavily country-fried classic Sweetheart of the Rodeo album in 1968. Parsons soon left the Byrds to team up with ex-Byrds Chris Hillman and form the The Flying Burrito Brothers. But by this time, heroin was as much of a Parsons addiction as rural rock and he was even asked to leave France by clean-living Rolling Stone Keith Richards.   Chris Hillman saw a young girl singing in a club in Washington, D.C and luckily thought of Gram. Teaming up the two singers would be a stroke of genius and resulted in Parsons’ solo debut album, GP. It’s a vocal marriage sent from the gods as Emmylou and Gram effortlessly sway in musical motion, like two parts of the same vocal whole effortlessly combining to eke out every ounce of emotion from the above-standard songs selected by Parsons for this, his solo debut. There’s also a stellar band in which the fiddle player extraordinaire Byron Berline shines throughout, notably on “We’ll Sweep Out the Ashes in the Morning” and “Still Feeling Blue.” But if Berline is a stand-out musician, guitar fans also are served pretty well thanks to nifty work from James Burton and some steel guitar master touches from Buddy Emmons and Al Perkins. The vulnerability in Parsons’ voice is part of what made him such a compelling tragic figure and on tracks like “She” and “A Song for You,” he expresses his fears and despair with such vocal rawness and honesty that the songs are truly heartbreaking. With Emmylou filling in when his vocals just can’t take much more pain on “We'll Sweep Out the Ashes in the Morning,” the song truly benefits from the obvious care and simpatico that Emmylou brings to the moment. On a lighter note, when Parsons is upbeat on “How Much I’ve Lied” he, Emmylou and the band create the definitive rural-rock blueprint, instructions that the Eagles would take to the limit.

- Side One 1. “Still Feeling Blue” 2. “We'll Sweep Out the Ashes in the Morning” 3. “A Song for You” 4. “Streets of Baltimore” 5. “She”
- Side Two 1. “That’s All it Took” 2. “The New Soft Shoe” 3. “Kiss the Children” 4. “Cry One More Time” 5. “How much I’ve Lied” 6. “Big Mouth Blues”

Musicians: Gram Parsons – vocals, acoustic guitar; Emmylou Harris – vocals; Barry Tashian – vocals, rhythm guitar; Ric Grech – bass guitar; John Conrad – bass; Ronnie Tutt – drums; John Guerin – drums; Sam Goldstein – drums; Glen D. Hardin – piano, organ; James Burton – electric guitar, dobro; Al Perkins – pedal steel guitar; Buddy Emmons – pedal steel guitar; Byron Berline – fiddle; Alan Munde – banjo; Ron Hicklin, Tom Bahler, Mitch Gordon, Lewis Morford – backing vocals; Hal Battiste – baritone saxophone.