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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best of the Gram Tribute recordings to Date,
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This review is from: Return Of The Grievous Angel: A Tribute To Gram Parsons (Audio CD)Isn't it a little outragious that we now have not only this wonderful tribute Album but three others to choose from after spending untold years combing through Import Bins to find yet another elusive Gram Parsons or Burrito Bros Track? All the sudden there is a Gram-Glut, but.. you don't hear me complaining! If you are new to your Gram-Fandom, this here is the first Tribute Album you should buy for several reasons: First, this one gathers together a unique blend of the most memorable Gram tunes performed by a group of artists who inherited the mantle he passed on. Other Tribute recordings have a more varied mix of performers and the renditions of the songs do not always sound "Gram-like" or even true to the origins of the material. The second reason to start with this one is that it is the only one Produced by Emmylou Harris, Gram's singing Partner in life and star in her own right. She brings an honesty to the production and hearing her familiar harmonies with other singers on Gram Standards lends a very authentic feel. The third reason is simply the recording quality. The sound on this CD is pure and clear. I found the others to be a little less so and muddy at times with the quality from track to track varying wildly. Not so here, each track shines on its own. I was very surprised by Emmylou and Beck's version of SIN CITY since it varied so greatly from Emmylou's earlier rendition on one of her own albums. This time she opts to sing an alto harmony. Very nice. As someone who collects all versions of SIN CITY, suffice it to say, I am a connosieur of this song and this version is one of the best I have heard. I now rank it my number two fave version after the original. My third fave version is Emmylou's original and my fourth is Dwight Yoakum and kd lang's. I could go on but I won't. Start here and you won't be sorry. This is a standout.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful:
4.0 out of 5 stars He'd be proud...,
This review is from: Return Of The Grievous Angel: A Tribute To Gram Parsons (Audio CD)I eagerly awaited the release of this album and now that I have been kicking it around for a couple of months, I feel that the time is right for a few comments. Ahem, here goes...
Unlike the other Gram tribute on the market (Conmemorativo - A Tribute to Gram Parsons, Rhino Records 1993, go have a browse, it's sure to be here somewhere), the versions of Parson's songs are mostly faithful readings of the originals. Sometimes that works, (Sheryl Crow's and Emmylou's Juanita is spine-tingling); sometimes it is just karaoke. (Mr Dando, please stand up). Wilco's version of 100 Years From Now is fabulous. It shows the quality of the song; if in doubt, slip on Sweetheart of the Rodeo and listen to the original alongside it. (Incidentally, if you have not heard Conmemorativo, it is worth getting just for Something Happens' version of Brass Buttons)
One of Gram's strengths was his delivery, the way he sang his own songs or inpterpreted others. I have heard many different versions of I'm Your Toy, but nothing comes near the original. Why try to improve on perfection? Sin City has by now been covered to death, and the version on Gilded Palace of Sin is still the best.
If this album introduces more people to the delights of Gram's music, it will have done a fine job.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars A tribute done with class!,
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This review is from: Return Of The Grievous Angel: A Tribute To Gram Parsons (Audio CD)It was midnight and I stumbled upon a show called West 57th Sessions, from New York and unbeknown to me, what I was watching was a live performance of this tribute CD, "Return of the Grievious Angel." I managed to record the remaining 5 or 6 songs and hope to see it on video one day.
With little familiarity to Gram Parsons, I was so taken by this tribute that was so well done, with fine musicians. Emmylou Harris, who sang with him before he died in the 70s so young, has kept his music alive and introduced him to new generations of music lovers.
On the show, I was introduced to Beck, I thought to myself..."who is this guy who sounds like Parsons?"
A favorite of mine, is Steve Earle and Chris Hillman on "High Fashion Queen. " The group consisted of Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, Cowboy Junkies, Elvis Costello, Wilco, David Crosby, Whiskeytown, etc. How wonderfuls the tribute of "In My Hour of Darkness" by the Rolling Creekdrippers.
Emmylou Harris and Sheryl Crow duet to "Juanita", the mixture of solid sweet voice of Crow and that soothing cracking voice of Emmylou blend so perfectly.
If ever there is a presence of Gram Parsons, it is here! This is truly more that a tribute, it is as haunting as Gram Parson was, a young man who died too young, too hard!
If you want to hear Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris duets, she has a 3 CD box set that features duets with Parsons, probably the best part of her CD collection. ....MzRizz
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent - essential contribution to GP's legacy
Best tribute record of its kind I've heard. Really warm, loving portrait of GP's work, beautifully paced, by a perfectly chosen group of masters that represent the cream of folks... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stuart Garber
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have CD!
This is my second copy of the CD - I gave it to a good friend but had to have my own. I absolutely love it and feel Gram Parsons was a great songwriter. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Loves Music
4.0 out of 5 stars Gram done better than Gram
This is a really good album with artists doing Gram Parsons' work better than he could do it himself. Read more
Published on February 10, 2008 by Paul Henderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Classy tribute album made with love
The guiding hand of Emmylou Harris is in evidence on this fine tribute album to Gram Parsons ,an influential country rock icon who is held in awe by proponents of that genre . Read more
Published on June 5, 2007 by F. J. Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Treating the originals with respect
This album is very good cosmic country rock. The originals are classics, but this album respectfully covers them and even adds to some. Read more
Published on April 11, 2007 by Christopher J. Coursey
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovingly Complete
You know an album is good when people disagree so vastly on the best part. For me, it was The Mavericks and Raul Malo's soulful tenor that got me (maybe because I've long felt... Read more
Published on February 22, 2007 by Carlton M. Vandiver
5.0 out of 5 stars the American poetic justice award.
The Cowboy Junkies are so great on this, they manage to make `Ooh Las Vegas' sound good. Sometimes a song strikes me as not being very good musically. Read more
Published on February 21, 2007 by Bruce P. Barten
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Songs, Great Singers, Great Tribute
"Return of the Grievous Angel" is the only tribute album in my collection. It was a gift from my stepson, who knows that I like folk rock music, which Gram Parsons had a role in... Read more
Published on December 24, 2006 by David Zimmerman
3.0 out of 5 stars serviceable tribute album but ultimately superfluous
Tribute albums are always a tricky business. It is rather difficult to create a cohesive album of disparate artists trying to re-form familiar songs into their own unique style... Read more
Published on June 4, 2006 by Mark B. McCann
5.0 out of 5 stars Why you guys don't provide 10 stars for this?
Every tracks of this album are so stunning, esp. Sleepless Nights and A Song for You. You will have to find Gram Parsons's work to guarantee his talent.
Published on March 6, 2004 by Tonmai
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