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The Gilded Palace Of Sin

The Flying Burrito Brothers

1969

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The Gilded Palace Of Sin
Album Summary

The Gilded Palace of Sin is the first album by the country rock group the Flying Burrito Brothers, released on February 6, 1969. It continued Gram Parsons' and Chris Hillman's work in modern country music, fusing traditional sources like folk and country with other forms of popular music like gospel, soul, and psychedelic rock. Although it was not a commercial success, peaking at #164 on the Billboard 200, The Gilded Palace of Sin has been widely regarded as an important album in 1970s rock. It was included in Robert Christgau's "Basic Record Library" of 1950s and 1960s recordings, published in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981). It is also listed at number 192 in Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in the 2012 edition and number 462 in the 2020 edition.

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Genres
Rock
Folk
Country

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

This record is the result of an ill-advised experiment between four men and their insatiable lust for having sex with burritos. It burnt each of their dicks off, Peter. For Christ's sake, their handsome penises are ruined. In tatters. They can still fly though. But what use is flying if your burnt, limp cock is hanging on by a thread?

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Fri Jan 07 2022
2

Nah mate, I'm a taco man and generally I prefer my Mexican food not to be airborne.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
5

The progenitors of country-rock/cosmic American music create one of the greatest albums of all time and Gram Parsons cements himself as one of my favorite songwriters and arrangers. 9.7/10 Best Tracks: "Christine's Tune" "Sin City" "Dark End of the Street" "Wheels" "Hot Burrito #1" "Hot Burrito #2"

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Fri Aug 13 2021
5

A beautiful slow burn. Everything I love about the Eagles but with way more substance. Gram Parsons was an interesting character by all accounts.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
5

So very good. Great covers along with some stellar originals that live on.

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Mon Sep 06 2021
2

I expected and hoped for something more ridiculous from “The Flying Burrito Brothers” Instead I got relatively straight forward dusty trail music. Not my cup of tea, but it’s decent. Wheels I think I liked best.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
2

Band choose After three listens, I still wasn't feeling like any of it had drawn me in, or that I was able to distinguish any key tracks/moments. I expected an album called "The Gilded Palace of Sin" by "The Flying Burrito Brothers" to be daring, bold, eclectic. It may have been all of those things at the time for country fans and rockers, bringing the genres together in a new and radical way at the end of the 60s. But it doesn't feel any more special than the other albums already attempting this: Neil Young's early output, Dylan's Nashville Skyline, the Band, even the Byrds' own "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" before Parsons and Hillman broke away to set up the Burrito Brothers. The album feels very of its time to me, and seems more like they were following a trend than making a bold move against the grain. Some reviews (and Wikipedia) seem to herald the album as an exciting crossover between country and 60's rock/soul/psych, which could have been amazing. But to my ears, country is by far the strongest flavour, from the lap steel guitars to the incessant piano trills, simple two part harmonies, four chord strum-a-longs, and generic lyrics. A couple of soul covers thrown in don't do a great deal to change this. And the songs are... okay. "Christine's Tune" gets things going at a decent pace, the two "Burrito" tracks have decent melodies and chord progressions. None of it is offensive or head-turning... but that's part of the problem, it just doesn't leap out of the speakers. It's also supposedly significant for spurring on 70s country-rock bands like the Eagles... I'm dreading them coming up on here.

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Cool country rock vibes. Best song is the last one Hippie Boy. High 3.5

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

I had zero expectations for this record and was really pleasantly surprised. I'll come back to this one.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

This has a California drug-fueled country rock vibe.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

Great fun album. Reminds me of Cake and PUSA that I listened to growing up. Cool tunes and offbeat lyrics.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

I'm not usually a fan of country and western, but the Gram Parsons and the Burrito Brothers had a different approach to the genre. While the music has styling of folk and country, they also fused in elements of gospel, soul and rock. The results are heard on this album and were influential to the country-rock genre and alt-country rock bands from the late 80's and 90's. They owe a lot of their influence from this record. Gram Parson proved in his short tragic career that quality over quantity was more important and Gilded Palace is a good starting point when examining Parson's career.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

meh. I'm an anxious mess today. inoffensive enough.

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Sun Mar 27 2022
3

Pretty gloomy and not a lot of variation. 5/10

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Thu Mar 31 2022
3

Genre: Country Rock 3/5 Gram Parsons, one of the founding members of The Flying Burrito Bros, is the man who is credited with being one of the first artists to truly push the envelope of country music. He, along with band member Chris Hillman, took country music to a much more rockin' place, generally speaking. They never received the commercial success contemoprarily, but posthumously, Parsons is lauded by artists and critics alike. While I thoroughly enjoyed The Byrds album that Parsons was a part of, released just a bit before this album was, Sweetheart of the Rodeo, this album almost plays like you'd expect an old country album to play like. There are some new ideas here, heavier usage of steel guitars being the main and most prominent one, but it sounds too much like its influences rather than sounding like something brand new. Enjoyable, but not groundbreaking or breathtaking.

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Sat Jul 22 2023
3

Not my thing at all but I can hear it's very well executed and I can see how the different styles meld together very pleasantly. I do like it but from a distance.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

Can’t believe I’ve listened to this before

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Sun Jul 10 2022
5

His own health aside, anything Gram Parsons touched was gold. While I don’t think anything can top Sweetheart of the Rodeo, this is one of the defining alt-country albums. It’s a blast to listen to, and the songwriting is excellent throughout. There are too few country records like this on the list!

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

I love this genre. The Byrds have a great album in it too.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
5

Just teeters the line a bit dangerously between the early country/western sound I like and the polished country sound I disdain, but the back end really pushes it up to that final star. Great lyrics, great performances, concise album.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
5

I love when an absolutely ridiculous band name shows up and DELIVERS. This had great songwriting, great performances, and I can see the way it trickled into country after it came onto the scene. Excellent.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

Beautiful. They sure love their 3/4 time. Not at all what I expected from the band name, but it's great!

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Wed Nov 02 2022
5

Fantastic stuff, really great old folk-country

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Sun Nov 13 2022
5

Better than any and every Byrds album. Better than a number of country albums on this list. It should be a requirement that one only listens with good headphones, as you get Gram Parsons' vocals on the left and Chris Hillman on the right, and whoever's voice you choose to focus on tells me everything I need to know about you.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

I didn't always love this album, but it grew on me over time. It's the kind of album I could have on repeat all day long. It's one of the great seminal albums of country rock and has also got to be one of the best debut albums by a band ever. Musically, the Burritos are stellar, with gorgeous pedal steel guitar, heartfelt vocal harmonies, and disarmingly vulnerable lyrics. Gram Parsons' artfully flawed vocal style can be a bit of an acquired taste, but once you settle into it, it's really expressive and hauntingly beautiful. Fave Songs (All songs, from most least favorite): Hot Burrito #1, Dark End of the Street, Juanita, Wheels, Do Right Woman, Hot Burrito #2, Do You Know How It Feels, Sin City, My Uncle, Hippie Boy, Christine's Tune

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Wed Apr 19 2023
5

The vibes in this album were elite, great sounds and story telling I really enjoyed this album. Country rock origins album they don’t make them like this no more.

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Tue May 09 2023
5

I noticed that the further we are into the 1001 the more I only give top ratings to albums I know. Since I don't want to be that person who thinks good music is made only by bands that I have been listening to since high school / university, I'm so pleased that I really like this album that I never listened to before. I heard of the group's name before but would never take any positive steps to listen to it since their name was too wonky.  Well, I really like it. Gram Parsons is an excellent song writer. The music from this album has influenced many bands I quite like such as Wilco and The Jayhawks and also seems to have been an influence on songs like Neil Young's "Roll Another Number" and other tunes from Tonight's The Night. The country styled twangy vocals in "not even trying to be perfect" harmony work very well.

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Fri Jun 23 2023
5

This album just rules. Obviously, Christine’s Song is a banger, but the ballads rule too and I have always loved this cover of Dark End of the Street.

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Tue Jun 27 2023
5

There were 3 ways I just listened to this. An original vinyl (Aust. Stereo pressing), a 1988 vinyl best of (Aust pressing - with the whole album compressed onto one side) and on a 1997 cd with Burrito Deluxe on the same disc. And without a doubt the original vinyl sounds best. I missed The Byrds with Parsons & Really I missed The Burritos with Parsons when they were briefly around. It wasn’t until I discovered Grievous Angel (1974)his 2nd solo album, that I fell in love with Gram Parsons. And by that time he was already gone. I love Grievous Angel & G.P., the 2 studio albums he did with Emmylou Harris, but, as good as they are, they don’t match this album. So accomplished for a debut release by such a talented band. Terrific songwriting by Parsons (sometimes with Chris Hillman, sometimes with Chris Etheridge & even one with the great Barry Goldberg). And beautiful covers of two Dan Penn/Spooner Oldham standards - Do Right Woman, Do Right Man & The Dark End Of The Street. The greatness here lies in the great harmonising of Parsons & Hillman (Parsons vulnerable voice always sounded better with another voice) & the quality of the band’s musicianship, with special mention to the pedal steel of Sneaky Pete, & Etheridge’s bass. So influential - I’d totally forgotten that Elvis Costello had included Hot Burrito #1 on his country album, Almost Blue, but renamed it I’m Your Toy (from the song’s refrain). And hard to believe that the Stones weren’t thinking of Hippie Boy when they did Faraway Eyes. No duds on this one. A pleasure to hear from go to whoa!

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Tue Jul 11 2023
5

Love that you can hear the development of an entire genre. Great music. Transitional and ground breaking.

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Sat Jul 15 2023
5

This is an incredibly influential album; Bob Dylan called it one of his favorites and it has been cited by a diverse array of artists as a formative record from neo-traditionalist country artists in the 80s and 90s, to post-punk and grunge artists. The music is primarily country rock with a dose of psychedelia. This is some of Gram Parsons best work as well.

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Mon Jul 17 2023
5

Love this one great songs throughout I love the subtle irony that seams so ahead of it’s time for a 1969 release

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Fri Aug 25 2023
5

4 stars for the music and I felt compelled to throw on the 5th for the influence Gram and company had on cosmic country and the country-rock blend. I’m a sucker for pedal steel and 3/4 time, and this album had it in bunches. If you like Gram Parsons, it’s also worth checking out: Sweetheart of the Rodeo GP Grievous Angel

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Wed Nov 15 2023
5

Un impresionante disco de country psicodélico, que mezcla lo mejor del género con el rock y los aprendizajes que los miembros fundadores de TFBB adquirieron en The Byrds. Para ser un álbum debut es sumamente prístino, con ideas refrescantes y coros pegajosos. Un indispensable para toda la corriente del country alternativo.

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Fri Dec 01 2023
5

I personally love this album, spin it all the time around the house. Great slide guitar, vocals, cool country feel. If I was trying to be totally objective I'd say a 4, but this is a fave for me so it's a 5 - All-time classic

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Fri Jan 26 2024
5

A touchstone of country rock. Having already created one classic with The Byrds, Parsons defined a sound with this album. Gritty and lo fi and perfect in every way.

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Sat Jan 27 2024
5

I really love this even tho it just kinda sounds exactly like The Byrds country era - 9/10

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Thu Feb 01 2024
5

this album really surprised me and blew me away. it’s a masterpiece.

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Tue Feb 27 2024
5

I just love this album, a perfect meld of rock and country that stays true to each genre but yet creates something entirely new. This album really showcases the genius of Gram Parsons.

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Thu Feb 29 2024
5

Coincidentally, the past few month, I’ve started dipping my toes in Gram Parson’s tragically smaller-than-it-should-be discography. I hadn’t listened to this one yet. I loved it. I used to hear about The Flying Burrito Brothers and I think the name made me feel like they were a novelty country group more akin to Homer and Jethro. No shade on Homer and Jethro, as I have a particular fondness of especially Jethro from his association with Steve Goodman. But it prevented me from checking out the Burrito Bros. A shame, as I’ve been learning how good they were.

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Thu Feb 29 2024
5

Love me some Gram Parsons. A very nice slice of old fashioned country music with a bit of soul and rock mixed in for good measure. The only thing that would make it better is adding Emmylou Harris to the mix.

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Thu Jul 29 2021
4

Great band name. Great sound

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

Some more silly western country music. Do right woman is really good. Very enjoyable actually, a 4 so far. Yea, hot burrito is so good.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

Great album, love Gram Parsons.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

No idea on what to expect from The Flying Burrito Bros, but I guess country rock makes sense. Loved Christine's Tune right of the bat, rest of the songs were kind of hit/miss for me though. Its a bit better than the rash of 2/3's I've been giving out lately, so lets call it a 3.6/5.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

This album worked for me. I like the sound (especially the pedal steel guitar), I enjoyed the lyrics, and it was a lot of fun hearing the originals of some covers I did not realize were not originals. This album reminds me of so much country from 1950 to 1980 that I adore and sent me down a Waylon, Willey, Lefty, Glen, Merle, Buck, Roger Miller rabbit hole. Points docked for the song Juanita where the protagonist, for good cause based on the other songs on the records, is left by a woman. He is going to commit suicide, but instead starts a statutory rape relationship with a 17 year old. Cool.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

First of all, that name is incredible. This is really great though. I dig the mix of country and rock. The vocal harmonies are incredible especially on headphones and the mix is really well done.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Already heard it. Very good.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
4

Plenty of pedal steel guitar, country but not obnoxious plastic country - yeah, I can get on with this. Fave track - "Hippie Boy", I reckon...

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

feels like one of those albums that influenced a million artists and/or a genre. enjoyed it a lot

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

It's the music style I love!

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

I've heard this before and really rate it. Of all the neverending country/folk/rock albums on this list I think this is a level above most of them

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Sun Mar 06 2022
4

This was a pretty good time. The songs get a little repetitive but the lyrics are interesting all the way through. First time I heard "Hot Burrito #1" it was a cover by Belly, but didn't realize it was a cover until hearing this. Both versions are really good. Feel like this is just a little below 4 stars but I'll round up.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

Yee-haw Prefs: Christine's Tune, Sin City, Dark End of the Street, My Uncle, Wheels, Hot Burrito #1, Hot Burrito #2 Moins pref: Hippie Boy

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Sun Mar 27 2022
4

8/10 nice country rock sounds with ironic lyrics

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

Great stuff. I think I've heard of the name of the band in passing because of how silly it is but I completely dug it. Fun country-infused rock. 4.5/5

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Sun May 08 2022
4

Hippie Country sounds like an oxymoron but it works for me.

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Sun May 08 2022
4

I love how they thread the needle between rock and country.

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Mon May 30 2022
4

Gentle bimble through the bluegrass never heard this before

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Wed Jun 01 2022
4

Gram Parson's solo albums were my entry into the world of country rock. I enjoyed this record, which is of the same cut (although no Emmy-Lou Harris, missed here). Hippie Boy finishes the album on an unfortunate and dated joke, but the rest of the album fuses the influences of rock, country and r'n'b in a away not really done before. Parsons is really stretching out what (cosmic) American music can be. The playing of the band and guests should not be underrated either, with weird and wonderful variations on traditional country playing throughout. GP and Grievous Angel are 5 star albums, but this is well on the way.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
4

Loving those Nudie suits almost as much as this middle finger to the country establishment by combining country and rock. Way ahead of its time. Best Tracks: Christine's Tune; The Dark End of the Street; Hot Burrito #1

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

I like the quality of the music, it’s calming and well done, I would listen to this more. I don’t really have a favorite song I just like the album as a whole.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

even with my passionate aversion to country I enjoyed this. sounds like the dead on less cocaine.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

Genuinely surprised at how much I enjoyed this one - probably not an album I’d revisit in full very often but there was quite a few great standout tracks. This one left a great impression considering country is not a genre I’ve ever really been a fan of with a handful of exceptions.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

muito massa o sonzao meio country e tal

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

Classy country rock album that’s a joy throughout with the only weak tracks being the soul covers, the purpose of which is hard to discern. A snapshot of an era, full of references to drugs, hippies and the draft.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

I liked it - kind of hank Williams meets the 60s

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

Never heard this before. Love the name, and really dug the music. It probably helps that I'm also a fan of the Byrds. :)

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

Had fun with this one. Apparently lynyrd skynyrd just lifted their whole look from them? More country than rock or soul but you can hear the beginnings of them all melding.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

An amazing slice of history. Hard to tell if they are joking most of the time, but legit good music.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
4

Held my attention start to finish. Solid album.

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Wed Dec 21 2022
4

With a name like I that, I didn't expect much, but man this was right up my alley. Still has the 60s country influence with a touch of 70s pizzaz. Would listen again

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Sun Jan 08 2023
4

Muutaman asialle vihkiytyneen henkilön ei-ilmiselvä representaatio siitä, mitä he kuulevat kantrissa, ja hätkähdyttävän onnistunut sellainen. A-puolelta on vaikea löytää heikkoa raitaa - soulkoverit soljuvat kaikessa luonnollisuudessaan muun mukana - ja B-puolikin lässähtää vain osittain. Huomaamattomat saavutukset: My Uncle ja Wheels (Gösta Sundqvist Amerikassa).

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Wed Jan 25 2023
4

Dobry piczek od The Flying Burrito Brothers, czyli glownie pana Grama Parsonsa, ktory po przygodzie z Byrdsami na Sweetheart of the Rodeo postanowil stworzyc cos jeszcze bardziej swojego i tak do zycia zostal powolany sklad Burritowy, od Byrdsow pozyczyl pana Hillmana, a pozostale dwie postacie to Sneaky Pete Kleinow i Chris Ethridge, ktorych nazwiska mowia mi juz mniej niz Grama i Hillmana, na The Gilded Palace Of Sin z 69 jeszcze bardziej rozbudowal swoja wizje muzyczna, ktora jest misterna synteza estetyki country z zadziwiajaco slyszalnymi gospelowymi influencjami, przyprawionymi potezna dawka psychodelicznosci, orginalne brzmienie tej plyty widac juz nawet po samej okladce, te niedzielne gajerki w ktorych pokazac mozna sie zarowno na poranne nabozenstwo jak i wieczorne kwaszenie, a do takiej muzyki mozna spokojnie wrzucac na kable, sporo tutaj opowiesci o glebokich milosciach jak i priczowanie zycia zgodnie z przykazaniami panskimi, 37 minut nagrania wypelniaja gitarowe i organowe dzwieki, klawisze w wykonaniu Grama, a gitary dzielone sa przez reszte skladu, do tego dochodza goscie drumujacy i dziki Crosby jako jeden z wokali na trzecim traku, jedna z tych plyt ktora moglaby u mnie leciec i pol dnia na petelce, 11 trakow z ktorych bije taka oryginalnosc brzmienia, ze czuje dobrze czlowiek po przerwie albumikowania, jestem w stanie wybaczyc techniczne bolaczki dziwnie kierowanego chorkowania, ktorego troche tutaj jednak jest, bo burritowa brac jak nikt inny wykorzystuje pedalowa gitarke hawajska, bo to ona laczy ostre gitarowe przestery z akustycznymi akcentami na tle klawiszowym, co najlepiej slychac na trakach wheels lub drugiej czesci goracego burriciaka, na plejke dodam dark end of the street i wspomnianego wczesniej goracego burriciaka

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Wed Feb 01 2023
4

Fantastic album. The songwriting, vocals, and Sneaky Pete's pedal steel playing are impeccable. Love the fuzz on the pedal steel. A country-rock gem, but as a whole, it's a little too country to make it a personal favorite of mine. I still really enjoy it though, and the more I listen to it, the more I appreciate it. Christine's Tune, Sin City, and Hot Burrito #1 were the standouts for me. 8/10.

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Sun Feb 05 2023
4

Классное кантри. Жанром никогда не интересовался, исполнителя никогда не слышал. Но судя по году издания, это вероятно группа из разряда "мы повлияли на всю будущую музыку". Например, на группу Eagles, имхо. Мне кажется, прям очень похоже, причём даже проскользнула мысль, что у них участники пересекались, но нет. Снова моё нелюбимое стерео из 60-х. В такие моменты у меня возникает фобия, что я перестал слышать определённые частоты одним или другим ухом. Не, ну в целом альбом классный, вполне слушабельный. Для своего времени может он и был культовым, но как по мне, таких песен сейчас тоже хватает уже. Где-то они даже Стинга напомнили... Да в целом, это даже на Битлз чем-то похоже, просто чуть меланхоличнее. Отличный саундтрек для поездок опять же (впрочем, видимо, как и всё кантри). Из интересного, Hot Burrito #1 напомнило мне чем-то My Way Фрэнка Синатры. Не вокальной линией, а аккордовой последовательностью. А My Way был в свою очередь списан с французской песни Comme d'habitude Клода Франсуа, но это совсем другая история...

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Sun Feb 05 2023
4

Очень замедленное кантри, честно говоря не фанат. Но чем дальше слушаешь альбом, тем больше понимаешь сколько знакомых звуков он дает: как и супер очевидные The Eagles, так и горячо любимые мной Black Country New Road. Здорово, приятно звучит, но я не слишком большой ценитель такого медленного кантри

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Wed Feb 08 2023
4

Superb, an influential album predating Americana. Excellent tracks include Sin City, Do Right Woman, #1 Hot burrito and a decent cover of At the dark end of the street. Close your eyes and you could be sat in a diner on a sunny Saturday morning, about to get your second cup of coffee

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Mon Feb 27 2023
4

A great mix of country, rock, and psychedelics that's bring this album to a satisfying whole. Never heard of this band before but I rate it quite highly, I enjoyed the whole album and it's going into my country playlist for more listens. Favourite Tracks - Christine's tune, Hot burrito #2

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Wed Mar 01 2023
4

Excellent album des Flying Burrito Brothers. De multiples compositions et garnitures nous sont proposées afin de créer le burrito qui nous convient, j'ai personnellement opté pour une composition salade/tomates/haricots rouges/oignons, avec une sauce salca et quelques parts de boeufs. Un véritable délice.

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Wed Mar 29 2023
4

Top notch Americana that has rarely been surpassed. I do hate the last track and find it almost ruins the album for me

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