1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

854. The Guilded Palace of Sin – The Flying Burrito Brothers

The Guildied Palace of Sin is contained in tracks 1-11.

Brief Background: The Guilded Palace of Sin is the debut album from The Flying Burrito Brothers who’s members included Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman who had both left The Byrds after the release of Sweetheart of the Rodeo. This album was released in February of 1969.

What I think: When you are in the mood for a mellow and relaxing album, this is the perfect pick and there isn’t a bad song on it. They are a such a wonderful mix of country, rock, and soul.  Parson’s and Hilman’s vocals are dreamy and perfect, the slide guitar moans away and the piano and organ sounds plink on and on, in a way that, when I am sucked in I never want to end. My favorites here are “Do Right Woman”, “Dark End of the Street”, “Juanita” and “Hot Burrito #1”, but they are all great… so just go ahead and sit back in a comfortable spot, relax and listen already.

Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? There is no doubt that this should be here. Uncle Tupelo, The Jayhawks and all of those great alt-country bands used this as their template to make a ton of wonderful music.

Rating (Out of 5): 5

Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5

Is this my first time hearing this album?No (35/148)

Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 76%


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