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Album : GP – Gram Parsons

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CB stumbled onto this album through the back door.  He had an album by Ric Grech ‘The Last Five years’.  There was a song ‘Kiss The Children’ on the album written by Grech and someone named Parsons.  It had a country feel.  CB loved it so he went on the hunt and found this album.  Man what a find.  ‘Still Feeling Blue’ opened it up and the album just kept delivering song after song.  ‘We’ll Sweep Out The Ashes’ has Parsons trading vocals and singing with Emmylou Harris.  Sound real good together.

Babyhead wasn’t hearing this kind of music anywhere except on his turntable.   A different kind of country, younger and with some fantastic playing.  Byron Berline on fiddle was an ear- catcher.  ‘She’ is just a beautiful song, “But she sure could sing”.  Parson just sounds good on this.  ‘That’s All It Took’.  What can I say?  Just a great tune.  ‘The New Soft Shoe’ was another one that grabbed CB, the voice, the feel and Berline’s fiddle,  man did that sound good.  ‘Kiss The Children’  was the song that introduced this music.  Love everything about it.  Lyrics, fiddle and Parson’s voice.   A place in the heart for this one.  Nothing like the first taste.  ‘Cry One More Time’ is a great tune and CB was familiar with the song writers  (Wolf, Justman from The J. Geils Band) so there was another cool connection.  ‘Big Mouth Blues’ is more of a rocker with a Chuck Berry feel.

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This opened up Babyhead’s mind to this style of music and to be more openminded with country music.  The Band and Dan Hicks were already pulling  him in that direction. (There had to be more treasures out there).  There was lots of new music for Cincinnati to check out.  The playing on the album is fantastic, steel guitar, fiddle, sax and Harris on vocals and backup vocals adds a touch that fits.  CB tried turning his buddies onto this record .  They just didn’t hear what CB was hearing.  I think he got one convert.  That’s when Babyhead figured out that maybe this listening thing was a personal experience.  Main thing was, he really dug it.

CB played the hell out of this record.  Loved this music, still does.  Moved him emotionally and it sounded good to him.   Great album.

Thanks Ric Grech.  That’s all it took.

“Cry one more time for me…I really got it bad”

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14 comments on “Album : GP – Gram Parsons

  1. yeahanotherblogger
    December 4, 2016

    I agree!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 5, 2016

      Seen an interview with Chris Hillman. He just talked about the music with Gram. You could see the spark in his eye when he was talking. We’re in the GP club Neil.

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      • yeahanotherblogger
        December 5, 2016

        I think I like his album Grievous Angel even more than the GP album.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 5, 2016

        Yeah, this album opened up a whole bunch of new music for me. ‘Grievious Angel’ next then all the Burrito stuff then onto Merle etc…man what a wealth of great music.

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  2. 1537
    December 6, 2016

    I know how good he is, but I’m afraid I just think I lack the country receptor gene (CRG?).

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 6, 2016

      CRG, I like that. I hear you on your gene thing. For me GP helped spark the CRG in me. CCR, The Band, JJ Cale, Joe Ely and lots more helped also. Bottom line all these guys could rock. But they steered me to Hank Williams, Haggard, Bob Wills and lots of other great music. You never know 1537 it could turn into a passion with you someday. First sign is buying pair of cowboy boots.

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      • 1537
        December 6, 2016

        JJ Cale sneaks in under the fence and Johnny Cash gets a bye for being a righteous dude, but after that … I’m afraid I struggle.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 6, 2016

        Funny thing is I came to GP through Traffic, Blind Faith. Buying Ric Grech’s album lead me there. Totally blindsided. (JC is another story)

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  3. Thom Hickey
    December 11, 2016

    Certifiable classic.

    GP & Emmylou to feature on The Jukebox next year!

    Regards Thom.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 11, 2016

      Look forward to it. As my musical trip continued Emmylou started to turn up with all sorts of people I liked. The Band, Ricky Skaggs…

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  4. Freddo F
    December 13, 2016

    Got this on a double disc along with Grievous Angel. Love ’em. Grievous Angel will always be the one for me (if Cash on the Barrelhead doesn’t get your toes tapping or your guitar out then see a doctor ‘s’what I say… :D)

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 13, 2016

      Yup! I’ve since picked up all his stuff on disc. That double disc is a great catch. ‘Barrelhead’ just cooks. Top notch players on that one. After GP, CB got everything he could get his hands on. ‘Devil in Disguise’ and ‘Hot Burrito #1’ are permanently stuck in my head (along with others). This first on started it. (Thanks for dropping by. I popped over to your site and left a comment on ‘Cable Hogue)’.

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  5. catchgroove
    December 14, 2016

    My intro to Gram was Elvis Costello’s 1981 LP Almost Blue. The song that grabbed me the most was “I’m Your Toy” AKA “Hot Burrito #1.” That song sent me on pursuit of all things Gram Parsons. Thanks for checking out my blog. It motivated me to check out yours.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 14, 2016

      Great album by Elvis. ‘Hot Burrito’ is an all time fave. EC does it justice. I try to stay away from all the things non music about folks. Gram made real good music with some real good players. Thanks for swinging by. (Like I said about your page “overwhelming” but lots of quality. I’ll be popping in periodically. CB loves music and film and a few other things as well. Take care and chat later.)

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