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Album : Gram Parsons – Sleepless Nights

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After devouring Parson’s first album this was the next step for me. No more sitting on the country fence it was right into the trough. Gram covers tunes by people I had heard of but not their music (This album sent me on a search for the original recordings). The first cut ‘Brand New Heartache’ is a duet with Emmylou Harris and they create that same sound I got from the first album. This music had me in it’s grasp. This is straight ahead county music. It wasn’t a surprise anymore or a novelty. Rock n roll, hard rock, blues rock, jazz loving CB was crossing over to this music especially played and sung like this. No apologies. I liked it and couldn’t help myself.

Parsons introduced me to the music of people like Merle Haggard (off the map with his depth and emotion). The songs moved GP and he passed that passion onto listeners like me. Songs like ‘Together Again’ had CB belting them out after he had a few brews and thinking he could sing. If you don’t dig country this album might help you get past that and to the soul and emotion of the tunes. It’s there if you let it grab you. Real good version of a countried ‘Honky Tonk Woman’. This was so different from what was popular at the time. He loved what this music was saying and what it was doing to him.

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CB’s music had country leanings but Gram Parsons and the Burritos was a trip into the heart of it. The first GP record had an effect but this had an even bigger effect. It opened up a whole mess of music for CB to explore. This was a significant album in my pile. Great cover and informative notes on the back by Emmylou Harris (read her memories of touring on the bus with these guys). This music really pushed me to the source on where Parsons was getting his inspiration.

Gram said “It’s ok CB, you can listen to this music and like it. Who gives a shit what people think. This is your kind of music”. He was right. I wanted to go to the places Parsons was playing this kind of music (I did later). It sounded like my type of place.

 

 

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15 comments on “Album : Gram Parsons – Sleepless Nights

  1. Aphoristical
    July 7, 2019

    I don’t really know this record – never seen it on CD. It’s a compilation, but a lot of the stuff isn’t available elsewhere.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 7, 2019

      If it was on CD I probably would have grabbed it along the way. I listened to it a lot actually turned some people onto it back when (maybe one or two).
      Was listening to Rice, Rice, Hillman & Pederson yesterday. You might enjoy them knowing your leanings. Bluegrass leanings.

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  2. Vinyl Connection
    July 7, 2019

    A real resonance for you here, CB. Do you still listen to GP often?

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 7, 2019

      Dead on with “resonance” Bruce. Thing is, most so called country doesn’t grab me but certain stuff does. This record doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what it is, Country music. The playing, the voices, the singing and the songs help.
      Yes I do still listen to him (not as much) but I have so many others in that vein now. See comment to Aphoristical. Tony Rice sticks his toes into jazz. He’s a top notch player.

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  3. Array
    July 7, 2019

    Hi CB. I took a look at Wikipedia. His first name was Ingram, which is where Gram comes from. And he went to Harvard for a while. I hadn’t known that.
    I’m in love with his GP and Grievous Angel albums. They hooked me the first time I heard them.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 7, 2019

      Same as me Neil on the “first time” I heard them. We’ve talked about ‘Grievous Angel’ before (It will get it’s own take). Hit my country nerve.

      “Ingram”. Now there’s a handle to throw on a kid.Poor bastard. I knew he came from money. I seen a documentary on him. It was good but I get lost with all the non music bullshit. Good piece when Emmylou hooked up and got the band on track. Also when they talk to Hillman. He just stayed away from all that shit that gets blown up and he talked about the music. When I started listening to Ingram I didn’t know any of the story around him. It was the music that got me.

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  4. 1537
    July 7, 2019

    I’ve never heard this but that is one really cool LP cover.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 7, 2019

      It is a very cool cover. According to Aphoristical I might have a rare record with this one. Maybe I should take it away from the dog, he likes chewing on it.

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  5. J.
    July 9, 2019

    I really like this one. It’s my kinda music. Made up of sessions from what would have been a Burrito Brothers album and tracks that were left off Grievous Angel, but that doesn’t really matter, cause it’s great. That guy loved his music. One of the most important folks in the genre.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 9, 2019

      I love this record J. Back when I was getting into him there wasn’t a lot of options for his music. So when I seen something I grabbed it. I think I have 4 records and I would guess that’s all there was at that time. Oh yeah there were also the Burrito albums also. Listen to CB that old music expert.

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      • J.
        July 12, 2019

        Those Burrito Brothers albums are great. Loads of great stuff across Gilded Palace of Sin and Burrito Deluxe. Got me right in the mood for some Gram the last few days.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 13, 2019

        That’s a good thing. That’s what we do set the craving.

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      • J.
        July 15, 2019

        Indeed it is and indeed we do!

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  6. christiansmusicmusings
    July 13, 2019

    You know, it’s funny – my standard answer used to be, ‘I don’t like country,’ yet over time and especially more recent years, I ended up finding myself listening to a good deal of music that falls within country. Of course, it’s a pretty broad genre with plenty of crossover.

    Sure, categorizing music gives you a sense of orientation, but it can also become a limiting factor. At the end of the day, I completely agree with you. If you dig it, who cares about the genre? Gee, I might even listen to techno, if I like the tune – admittedly a long shot! 🙂

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 13, 2019

      Really well put Christian. Yeah look at some of the stuff that gets labeled rock n roll. I would question a lot of that.
      .All I know is most the commercial country stuff I hear by accident just doesn’t do it for me. From what I gather it’s super popular and has a huge audience. Lots of money to be made so I’m sure there is a formula they follow as far image, sound etc.
      I’ve said it before but a lot of the rockers I like Springsteen, Fogerty, Mellencamp etc all have the country gene I like.
      Ken Burns has a series on country music coming up. If it’s anything like his other work it will be worth catching. Might give some good insight and he will probably touch on some of the real good stuff.
      I take it that techno is like the new disco? I’ll let you explore that and get back to me.

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