Gram Parsons * The Complete Reprise Sessions
30-06-06 Seleccionado por: karaoke kamikaze
By Mat Snow
There is the Gram Parsons legend - his Tennessee Williams upbringing, adult excesses during the Stones' Exile on Main Street sessions that topped even those of Keith Richards, the fatal overdose at age 26. And then there is the music, which tells a more innocent but bittersweet story. The only dealer you'll meet here is at the blackjack table in Ooh Las Vegas, a vignette typical of a repertoire of original songs and covers that is far more country than rock. It's a nostalgic celebration of the world of dime-store romance that Parsons had so irreversibly fled. Or had he? Posthumously released in 1974, the second of his two great solo albums, Grievous Angel, had the track Sleepless Nights removed by his estranged widow, Gretchen, because it spotlit Parsons' closeness to his beautiful co-singer and muse, Emmylou Harris. Now, thanks to this triple CD of all the 1972 to 73 sessions, we can hear in context this poignant tune and two other heart-aching outtakes, and so fully reconstruct one of alt-country's most talismanic albums.