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The Gilded Palace Of Sin

The Flying Burrito Brothers

1969

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The Gilded Palace Of Sin

Rating

2.86

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3074

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

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bless up

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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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5

I reaaaaally liked this

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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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5

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

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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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4

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

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

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4

Seminal...

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5

Can’t believe I’ve listened to this before

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5

Amazing!

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4

Great band name. Great sound

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4

Oh boy. I like this one!!

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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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4

Great album, love Gram Parsons.

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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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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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This has a California drug-fueled country rock vibe.

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Nice name

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4

Alright. A bit country.

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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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4

Already heard it. Very good.

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Dawn of the southern rock

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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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4

Muy bueno

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

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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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It's the music style I love!

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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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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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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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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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8/10 nice country rock sounds with ironic lyrics

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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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Slaps. Bussin, even

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Twangy rock, dope

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

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3.5/5. Good country rock, pretty average, but good. I've heard of The Flying Burrito Brothers before so it was good to listen to them.

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NIce album. I liked listening to it.

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It was listenable but not to my taste. Yesterday was a hIgh ***, this is a low ***

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3

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

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3

It was enjoyable, it was some old fashioned country rock. Nothing too special (hence why I did not finish the album)

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interesting piece of early classic country/rock

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Pleasant, think Buffalo Springfield with a surfer vibe.

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3

Fine. Not much more to add

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Not a huge country fan, but the first half of this album was ok. Second half not so much.

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Vibrant melodies that flirt with psychedelia and Gram Person's gorgeous vocals make for some great country-rock songs, though the album lacks consistency at times. The energetic guitar jabs on Christine's Tune, the terrific harmonies on Dark End Of The Street and the lyrics on Hot Burrito stand out the most. 3/5.

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Enjoyed the music a lot but not a huge fan of some of the lyrics.

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3

Een klassieker van een country/rock album

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3

Enjoyed hot burrito #1 (Bb minor)

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3

Bit much following on from Grateful Dead

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Country

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Much twangier than I expected. Most enjoyed the song Hot Burrito #1. Overall neutral on the album - didn't love it, didn't hate it.

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Bah, normal. Un 3

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Enjoyable but not gonna win many awards in my book. Extra 0.5 stars for the name

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6/10

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I liked this album, but I do think it was missing something

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Fiilaan lämminhenkistä tunnelmaa. Puolet biiseistä hyviä, puolet vähän meh, mutta annetaan nippa nappa 3.

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Luke Null, with a guitar solo by Jack White, on SNL sang the best rendition of "The Dark End of the Street", which saves this otherwise somewhat forgettable album.

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Didn't really land with me.Just very countrified soft rock

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6.5/10

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'Country-rock' - 85% country 15% rock. I don't think that it's bad country though. Nothing groundbreaking.. expected some crazy shit from the title and band name!

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It reminded me a lot of Brazilian Brega music, and I liked how the hillbily meets the hippie in some tracks, like "Wheels", and also gospel music influence in "Hippie Boy". Pretty nice, but I couldn't find the reason why it's in the 1001 list, just by listening to it. UPDATE: I checked its Wiki page out, now I see it better :)

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This seems like an album that fits the time/place/era from when it was released. It’s good, but feels dated. It had some catchy hooks and overall the feel of late 60’s era anti war, anti government came through in the music I was hearing. I liked it, but not sure I’d listen again. I’ve actually seen the name of this band a few times, but never gave them a listen. Glad I gave them a chance.

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Not my kind of country album, not a fan of the lyrics

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I first heard this one many years ago when I was first getting into "country rock" along the lines of Lucero, Uncle Tupelo, DBT, etc. I wasn't super impressed then if I'm being honest. I'm still not, but it's not bad. I feel like I should like it more than I do. I can understand why other people would like it and the influence of it is apparent. Not a bad time, but I'm still not entralled.

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Not a fan of this southern rock sound but listenable

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Liked the back half of the album but on the whole didn't really care for it too much.

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5/10. Evil rappers be like: I'm not the kind of person who would want attention from multiple women. All in all a rather samey album that verges on contemporary christian music.

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I was already convinced of the necessity of psych-country, but this album did very little to help. I was already convinced about pedal steel, and that instrument wormed its way in during the second half and recommended the project to me nonetheless. Parson's voice is silky, which lends the unsmoothness of the record a strange quality. Fine pop country is what the Gilded Palace ends up at, I think.

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I was supposed to listen to this years ago lol

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Nothing particularly special here.

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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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This was a band I just could not get into. I mean I love Ray Price, Roy Acuff, The Louvin Brothers, Buck Owens and I get what the Burrito's are trying to do but that's the problem. What the Burrito's are trying to "Do" to me comes off as incomplete

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Gram Parsons proper follow-up to the highly influential Sweetheart of the Radio. Huge points for creativity, influence, and strong songwriting. The R&B covers work well too. Major problem is that it sounds garbage. I can hardly hear anything besides the vocalist and guitar... nearly all the instruments sound faint and overshadowed (the piano's ok). The instruments are played well, but it's just the horrendous mixing. The tracks themselves are all solid, there's a stronger diverse country influence here than on Sweetheart, but I don't find them as iconic or endearing. It might have to do with the harsher vocals. Still one of my favorite country albums next to Sweetheart. Favorites: Sin City, My Uncle, Wheels, Hot Burrito #1 and #2

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Good

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Liked it more than I thought. Kind of nice quaint 70s psych-folk but has something about it that is appealing. Not my genre in general but not bad at all.

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Hi- Christine's Tune, My Uncle, Wheels, Hot Burrito #2 so confused...I can't tell if it's preachy gospel or swamp rock satire or goofed-up psychedelic. It's all of it, and none of it all at once, where it's honky-tonk, jazzy, funky and light-hearted while diving into deeply serious topics. It's just a weird combination. The lyrics seem to be either observational or introspective, but cover a wide gamut of topics such as gambling, prejudice, heartbreak and infidelity, religion, military and draft-dodging, and drugs/alcohol. Over all, it's a competent album...and it's definitely food for thought (but never carry more than you can eat).

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I'm not a country fan but I quite like this with the heavy instrumentals

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Decent older country. Christine's Tune is excellent

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Sellanen... Vähän kiukulla kyl piti kuunnella loppuun

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Ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu - auuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

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Odd Christian country rock

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Meh.

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Some nice lyrics, but other than that I didn't really care about this album.

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Hab nicht alles gehört aber fand es recht eintönig, hat mich nicht überzeugt oder animiert mehr zu hören.

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Die können sich irgendwie schwer zwischen schnulzig und politisch entscheiden. Im Nachgang ist der Bandname das Einprägsamste

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Nett, aber nicht gut genug für die Liste

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Das war mir too much Steel Guitar und Schmalz Country, auch wenn es wohl wegweisend war. Vielleicht noch Mal in Ruhe...

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2/5

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While the lyricism was a bit more interesting than the other country artist I've received in Steve Earle, it wasn't enough to pull me into the twangy country of The Flying Burrito Brothers. I did enjoy some of the messier arrangements but again never enough to be engaged by the music. Just really never did it for me.

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Song #1 - So far it's alright, not exactly my style. Song #2 - Looked the band up and DAMN they had many members. If the next song is similar I probably won't be listening to this again. Song #3 - It's not bad, just won't listen to this again.

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The country style is not my taste, although I admire the classic soul covers.hot burrito #2 and dark end of the street are the only sings I liked.

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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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More American music for American people… I just can’t connect with this stuff on any level!

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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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60s hippy country music, low on impact. Stand out track: their cover of Dark End Of The Street.

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Some interesting lyrics, but Country just isnt my cup of tea.

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Kantri on kyl vähän eh. sinänsä kyl kova levynnimi ja varmaan kantrille poikkeukselliset tekstit.

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Perus kitarointia. Ei kyllä säväyttänyt erityisesti.

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Dirgey

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I found this so dull and uninteresting to listen to

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I was expecting more given the name. Wank farmer music. 🐓🐖🐎🐂

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eh

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Too country for me

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Really wasn't into it. It was bland and droning.

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This is again, not my thing. There are several albums like this on here - all of them sound the same. The Eagles are the only band that can pull this off, but that's because they don't stay in one lane...They try life in the fast lane (lol).

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The Gilded Palace of Sin by The Flying Burrito Brothers (1969) When I first heard of this band back in 1969, I was puzzled as to whether the adjective “Flying” modified the noun “Brothers” or the noun “Burrito”. Were they ‘flying bothers’ or did they have an affection for ‘flying burritos’? This syntactical ambiguity was sufficient for me to pass it over for bands whose names made more sense, like Three Dog Night. In any case, I missed The Gilded Palace of Sin altogether, which is not to say I missed the gilded palace of sin itself. No, sir. The Parsons/Hillman songwriting here is an improvement over their earlier country rock work with The Byrds (Sweetheart of the Rodeo [1968]), where their best-sounding songs were written by others (Dylan, Haggard, Guthrie, Louvin, etc.). Themes here touch on perennial concerns like faith, eschatological hope, sacrificial love, the sad fact of sin, and the rationality of draft dodging. Chord progressions and melodies are drearily standard, in the 1960s country vein, lazily laid down with predictably drawling elocution. But it makes for an anxiety-free listening experience. A curious spoken word ballad “Hippie Boy” closes out the record, which prompts thought but lacks resolution, with its morally flat ending. The engineering is flawed by excessive separation between the Gram Parsons/Chris Hillman vocals in the mix, emphasizing the lack of both rhythmic and tonal synchronization between the voices. A nice cameo high tenor harmony by David Crosby on “Do Right Woman” is not blended well in the recording. And the (uncredited) horns on “Hot Burrito #2” are poorly recorded—so poorly that one wonders if it’s not horns at all, but a bad synthesizer. But no, this is in the pre-synthesizer era. Maybe the horn players said “Don’t you dare put our names in the credits!” I dunno. Chris Hillman’s electric guitar performance is above par, but not brilliant. And the rather pedestrian bass lines from Chris Ethridge could have been significantly improved with more attention to intonation and polish. However, this was 1969, when bass playing by anyone other than Paul McCartney or John Paul Jones was still in its formative period. But the musical highlight of the album is the talented but idiosyncratic pedal steel of “Sneaky” Pete Kleinow, sometimes colored with intriguing effects like fuzzbox and the quivering sound of the Hammond Leslie, which is more conventionally applied to electronic organ. Listen to “Wheels” for a combination of pedal steel effects. Fascinating. This album is okay, but if you skip it you won’t be culturally stunted. 2/5

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Almost a 3... but not quite.... Pretty decent for a country act though

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With this weird of a name, I was really hoping to like this album. Oh well.

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How did this make this list?

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Listened to at least a portion of each song. Tried to like it, but really didn't. No particular reason, just a matter of personal preference.

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Nope. Not for me. Boring country. Yes it was influential (Eagles, alt-country) but I don’t have to like it.

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I think I'm missing a lot of context on this band, and the album cover does not help. This one was a flop for me.

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This is straight up country. Pass to the damn moon.

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Several times while listening to the album, my subconscious thought I was listening to the radio and my arm reached to change the station. I broke my rule of no research before a review, and from that I learned that the reason this album sounds a bit like lots of other artists is because at one point or another, anyone doing the country rock thing was either in The Flying Burrito Brothers or was in a band with someone who was in some iteration of The Flying Burrito Brothers. I get that the band is/was important because they are an early example of a band marrying rock and country. But that was also problematic to me because I don't think they did a good job. It seemed too heavy handed, too twangy, too much piano. I particularly dislike the talking quality of the singing in "Hippie Boy" and all similar songs that followed by other artists. Either sing or be a poet, but fuck off with your in between. While I, gasp, like other bands who flirted with country and rock such as the Eagles, I don't necessarily enjoy the bands that influenced them. And the album cover? They didn't hike out to this rural location dressed in gaudy suits, so what are they trying to convey?

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That was a slog. The Hippie Boy story was sort of intriguing but not exactly clear, and the Hot Burritos (two tracks) weren't the worst either, but that's about all positive I have to say about this one.

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I tried, i did, even though i cant stand country music. i hear the mix of beatles-eske with country. cant get into it

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ah man, i'm just so let down. top ten name- check pussy wagon style logo - check superfly album get up - check sick album name - check music that isn't shit - big fat red X its just such a waste. why does it have to be cuntry music. i got so excited when i saw this masterpiece album cover.

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Nein.

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