Title - 'The Notorious Burrito Brothers'
Artist - The Burrito Brothers
For those not in the know, The Burrito Brothers was actually formed in 1968 in Los Angeles as The Flying Burrito Brothers.
Its classic lineup featured country rock pioneer, the late Gram Parsons, and former founding Byrds members bassist Chris Hillman and drummer Michael Clarke, along with eventual original Eagles member Bernie Leadon on lead guitar and pedal steel guitar genius Sneaky Pete Kleinow.
The band’s first two albums, The Gilded Palace of Sin (which Rolling Stone listed at #192 on its list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time) and Burrito Deluxe, remain highly influential, acclaimed works which helped put country-rock on the map.
Because Parsons and Keith Richards were good friends, Burrito Deluxe contains the first issued version of the Mick Jagger/Keith Richards-written song 'Wild Horses,' released almost a year before the the Rolling Stones own take on it appeared on Sticky Fingers.
The band has churned through countless members over the years, but has continued to keep the Burritos name and legacy alive by touring and recording under various Burritos-styled names over the decades.
These days, the band, now based in Nashville, features Chris P. James (who’s been involved with the band since 2009), guitarist Bob Hatter, Tony Paoletta on pedal steel and drummer Peter Young.
All extremely talented musicians who love being involved with the band’s legacy and creating new music to keep that legacy alive, they continue to carry the torch via their brand new album, The Notorious Burrito Brothers (out now via The Store for Music UK and MVD Entertainment US).
1. 'Bring It'
2. 'Sometimes You Just Can't Win'
3. 'Love is a River'
4. 'Dark End of the Street'
5. 'Do Right Man'
8. 'Hearts Desire'
9. 'Wheels of Fire'
Featuring the band’s trademark tight ensemble playing, beautiful harmonies and excellent songwriting, they open with the euphoric, fist-pumpin' overture of 'Bring It,' and back it with the mid-tempo hipsway of 'Sometimes You Just Can't Win' (which is actually an uncompleted track at the time from The Gram Parsons Notebook CD era).
The beautiful, hazy summer's day prog guitar work of 'Love is a River' is a joy to behold, and is backed by a redo of a song they covered early in their career (originally sung by Parsons), the James Carr classic 'Dark End of the Street.'
The forthright, Ronnie Guilbeau sung, slow-rocker 'Do Right Man' is up next and followed by the achingly beautiful, and highly poetic 'Acrostic,' with their bluegrass sensibilities turned up to perfection on the short, but sweet old school vibe of 'Gravity.'
The album then rounds out with the Skip Spence (Moby Grape) inspired gentle rocker 'Hearts Desire,' before coming a close with the 'Wheels of Fire,' a song that's chock full of references to classic greats in music history; as well as the songs that precede it in this album.
Indeed, it’s another strongly poetic piece quite unlike usual norms in songwriting with the song's title itself not only being a reference to a classic album by Cream, but it's also a title used by The Band, The Byrds, and many others.
Will James from Gram Parsons International says, "This latest incarnation is the closest to the original FBB sound of all of the previous bands."
"Gram Parsons said it best. The idea'll keep going on. It's not like it's dead or anything. Whether I do it or anybody else does it, it's got to keep going."
The Burrito Brothers extend credit (with high interest) to: Ronnie Guilbeau, Walter Egan, Fred James, Coley Hinson, Michael Curtis, Rick Lonow, Carlton Moody, Supe Granda, Jody Maphis, John Sturdivant Jr, Larry Marrs, Bill Lloyd, Skip Spence, Al Perkins, Thomas Aubrunner, Rick Roberts, Terry Rogers, Rusty Russell, Don Richmond, Will James, Randall Harris, Sam Lowe and Argyle Bell.
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