Flying Burrito Brothers, The


Band members               Related acts

- Skip Battin (aka Skip Battyn) (RIP 2003) -- vocals, bass
- Don Beck -- pedal steel guitar
- Byron Berline -- fiddle
- Roger Bush -- bass
- Michael Clarke (RIP) -- drums (1969-)
- Erick Dalton -- drums
- Chris Etheridge -- bass (1968-70)
- Chris Hillman -- vocals, guitar (1968-)
- Bernie Leadon -- vocals, guitar (replaced Chris Etheridge)

  (1970-)
- Sneaky Pete Kleinow -- pedal steel guitar (1968-)
- Gene Parsons -- drums
- Graham Parsons (RIP) -- vocals, guitar (1968-69)
- Al Perkins -- pedal steel guitar
- Rick Roberts -- vocals, guitar
- Kenny Wertz -- guitar

 

 

- Skip Battin (solo efforts)
- The Byrds (Chris Hillman and Graham Parsons)
- Mike Clarke (solo efforts)
- Country Gazzette ( Kenny Wertz, 
- The Eagles (Bernie Leadon)

- Evergreen Blueshoes (Skip Battin)
- Firefall (Rick Roberts)

- Gary and Clyde (Skip Battin)
- Emmylou Harris (solo efforts)
- Chris Hillman (solo efforts)

- The International Submarine Band (Gram Parsons)
- The New Riders of the Purple Sage
- Gene Parsons (solo efforts)

- Gram Parsons (solo efforts)

- The Pledges (Skip Battin)

- Skip & Flip (Skip Battin)

- Skip and the Hustlers (Skip Battin)

- Skip and the Flips (Skip Battin)

- Skip and the Groop (Skip Battin)

- Southern, Hillman, Furray Band

- Steppenwolf (Bobby Cochran)

 


 

Genre: country-rock

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Title:  The Guilded Palace of Sin

Company: A&M

Catalog: SP 4175

Year: 1969

Country/State: US

Grade (cover/record): VG / VG 

Comments: minor ring wear; gatefold sleeve

Available: 1

GEMM Catalog ID: 

Price: $20.00

 

Having just finished recording "Sweethearts of the Rodeo" with The Byrds, in the Fall of 1968 singer/guitarist Chris Hillman, pedal steel guitar player Sneaky Pete Kleinow and singer/guitarist Gram Parsons announced their decision to quit and start their own band. A series of loose jam sessions featuring everyone from Jesse Davis to Remains frontman Barry Tashain eventually evolved into a true band Rounding out their initial lineup with bassist Chris Etheridge, the quartet quickly attracted the attention of A&M Records, which promptly signed them to a contract.

Co-produced by the band, Henry Lewy and Larry Marks, 1969's "Guilded Palace of Sin" was a true musical breakthrough. While their earlier Byrds efforts had reflected a clear country influence, here the band turned in what was probably the first true country-rock album. Largely written by Parsons and Hillman, material such as "Sin City", "Hot Burrito #1" and "Do You Know How It Feels" offered up a well balanced mix of the genres (anyone doubting their rock credentials need only check-out the fuzz guitar solo on "Hot Burrito #2"). The album also served as a nice showcase for Parson and Hillman's fragile voices. Elsewhere the band's two Memphis soul covers "Do Right Woman" and "Dark End of the Street" were equally impressive. Okay, a touch more rock and a little less country wouldn't have hurt our ears ... (Anyone know if the stunning woman attached to Parsons on the back cover was a young Emmylou Harris?) Supported by rave reviews, the set proved a modest seller (reportedly selling roughly 40,000 copies), peaking at # 164.

"Guilded Palace of Sin" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Christine's Tune   (Gram Parsons - Chris Hillman) - 3:02
2.) Sin City   (Gram Parsons - Chris Hillman) - 4:10
3.) Do Right Woman   (Chips Moman - Dan Penn) - 3:58
4.) Dark End of the Street   (Spooner Oldham - Dan Penn) - 3:55
5.) My Uncle   (Gram Parsons - Chris Hillman) - 2:36

(side 2)

1.) Wheels   (Gram Parsons - Chris Hillman) - 3:02
2.) Juanita   (Gram Parsons - Chris Hillman) - 2:58
3.) Hot Burrito #1   (Chris Etheridge - Gram Parsons) - 3:37
4.) Hot Burrito #2 - 3:15
5.) Do You Know How It Feels   (Gram Parsons - Goldberg) - 2:06
6.) Hippie Boy   (Gram Parsons - Chris Hillman) - 4:55

 

 

 


Genre: country-rock

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Burrito Deluxe

Company: A&M

Catalog: SP 4258

Year: 1970

Country/State: US
Grade (cover/record): 
VG / VG

Comments: --

Available: SOLD

GEMM Catalog ID: SOLD

Price: SOLD

 

 

On the heels of their debut, any follow-up was bound to pale in comparison. 1970's "Burrito Deluxe" didn't disappoint in that respect. Whereas the Parsons-Hillman team was responsible for most of the first album highlights, on the sophomore set Parsons sounded distant and uninterested in the majority of material. That may have been a reflection of his forthcoming plans for a solo career, or his growing drug problem. That wasn't to say the album was a complete washout. The Burritos were simply too talented to turn in a complete waste of vinyl. Parson-Hillman's "Cody Cody", "Man In the Fog" and a countryish cover of The Stones "Wild Horses" (reflecting his ongoing friendship with the Stones) were both magnificent. Wish one could say the same for the rest of the set. The album also saw Bernie Leadon brought on as a replacement for Etheridge and marked the debut of full-time drummer Michael Clarke. A commercial disappointment, the album failed to chart. Shortly after the album was released Parsons announced his departure for a solo career (see separate entry).

"Burrito Deluxe" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Lazy Days
2.) Image of Me (Kemp)
3.) High Fashion Queen
4.) If You Gotta Go, Go Now (Bob Dylan)
5.) Man in the Fog

(side )

1.) Farther Along
2.) Older Guys
3.) Cody, Cody (Chris Hillman - Bernie Leadon - Gram Parsons)
4.) God's Own Singer (Bernie Leadon)
5.) Down in the Churchyard
6.) Wild Horses (Mick Jagger - Keith Richards) - 

 

 

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Genre: country-rock

Rating: *** ( 3 stars)

Title:  Flying Burrito Brothers

Company: A&M

Catalog: SP 4295

Country/State: US

Year: 1971

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: --

Available: 2

GEMM Catalog ID: 

Price: $10.00

 

Having brought Rick Roberts in to fill Parson's place, 1971's "The Flying Burrito Brothers" teamed the band with producers Jim Dickinson and Bob Hughes. Musically the set underscored the reconstituted band's earnest country-rock roots. Exemplified by material such as a cover of Merle Haggard's "White Line Fever", "All Alone" and Gene Clark's "Tried So Hard" the album aptly displayed the group's dedication and enthusiastic for the genre. Interestingly, while critics were quick to write the band off in the wake of Parsons' departure, singer/songwriter Roberts made his presence immediately felt. In addition to writing or co-writing 7 of the 10 tracks, his sweet vocals added a pleasant pop-touch to material such as "Hand To Mouth" and "Four Days of Rain." (Billy James should be banned from writing future liner notes.) Peaking at #176 the album also returned the band to the pop charts.

"The Flying Burrito Brothers" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) White Line Fever (Merle Haggard) - 3:15
2.) Colorado (Rick Roberts) - 4:50
3.) Hand To Mouth (Rick Roberts - Chris Hillman) - 3:43
4.) Tried So Hard (Gene Clark) - 3:08
5.) Just Can't Be (Rick Roberts - Chris Hillman) - 4:57

(side 2)

1.) To Ramona (BOb Dylan) -3:37
2.) Four Days of Rain (Rick Roberts) - 3:38
3.) Can't You Hear Me Calling (Rick Roberts - Chris Hillman) - 2:21
4.) All Alone (Rick Roberts - Chris Hillman) - 3:32
5.) Why Are You Crying (Rick Roberts) - 3:04

 

 

 

 


Genre: country-rock

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Last of the Red Hot Burritos

Company: A&M

Catalog: SP 4343

Year: 1972

Grade (cover/record): VG / VG

Comments: --

Available: SOLD

GEMM Catalog ID: SOLD

Price: SOLD

 

Spotlighting the group's final lineup (fiddler Byron Berline, Clarke, Hillman, pedal steel guitarist Al Perkins, and Roberts), "Last of the Red Hot Burritos" was an enjoyable, if unspectacular live set. Actually released in the wake of the band's official breakup, the collection found Hillman (the only remaining original member) and company returning to their country roots; the focal point being Parsons' early-'70s catalog. Interestingly, at least to our ears, the band's Stax covers (Homer Banks' 'Ain't That A Lot of Love' and Wilson Pickett's 'Don't Fight It') were far more entertaining. A minor seller the collection peaked at # 171. (The album was originally released with a gatefold sleeve.)

"Last of the Red Hot Burritos" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Devil In Disguise   (Gram Parsons - Chris Hillman) - 3:37
2.) Six Days On the Road   (Earl Green - Carl Montgomery) - 2:58
3.) My Uncle   (Gram Parsons - Chris Hillman) - 2:15
4.) Dixie Breakdown   (Don Reno - Johnny Lunceford) - 1:46
5.) Orange Blossom Special (instrumental)   (Ervin T. Rouse) - 3:26

(side 2)

1.) Ain't That A Lot of Love   (Homer Banks - Dean Parker) - 3:14
2.) High Fashion Queen   (Gram Parsons - Chris Hillman) - 3:06
3.) Don't Fight It   (Wilson Pickett - Steve Cropper) - 2:42
4.) Hot Burrito #2   (Chris Etheridge - Gram Parsons) - 4:24
5.) Losing Game   (James Carr Weaver) - 2:40

 

 

 

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