Gram Parsons Archives Vol 1: The Flying Burrito Brothers Live at the Avalon Ballroom 1969

Troubadour Gram Parsons was a tortured soul who unfortunately never could bury his demons, letting drugs and alcohol take control of his muse and eventually, his life. Despite this shortcoming, the "cosmic cowboy” left listeners with an incredible inventory of songs before he died at the all too young age of 26 in 1973. This long lost set showcases many of them, as the grievous angel delivers some heartfelt honky-tonkin’ from the grave. This two-disc set was taken from a historic 1969 performance in San Francisco when Parsons and his Flying Burrito Brothers opened for the Grateful Dead. From the opening warble of Parsons’ pipes, you’re taken on a wondrous journey back to this seminal period of Americana. The set shows Parsons at his finest, singing with his soul on his sleeve and hitting all the high notes. Disc one is marked by some classic country covers such as "Close Up the Honky Tonks” and "Lucille.” These are combined with timeless originals such as "Hot Burrito #1 and #2” and "Sin City.” Thanks to Amoeba Records co-founder Dave Prinz, who uncovered these gems in the Grateful Dead vaults, this live set shows that while this hot hombre burned out young, his music will not fade quietly into that good night. (Amoeba)