I hope you will forgive me of I indulge in a little cutting and pasting from a previous post in respect of this weeks offering The Gilded Palace of Sin by The Flying Burrito Brothers as it is pretty much what I would have written today:
Released in 1969 it is one of the two landmark albums from this era featuring Gram Parsons (the other being The Byrds with Sweetheart of the Rodeo from the year before) which changed the face of country music.
Without them I seriously doubt whether I would ever have ended up with the vast majority of the 500 plus Americana albums that grace the shelves today. Indeed it is likely that many of the acts would probably not even have existed .
Featuring the classic line up of Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman, Chris Ethridge and Sneaky Pete Kleinow..
Let's face it even if the music was rubbish, which of course it isn't, you would buy it for the cover alone with the band sporting some magnificent Nudie suits
Not a commercial hit at the time it's influence has since been universally acknowledged.
I could also have maybe mentioned that whereas the first 10 tracks are absolutely essential I can live without the final one Hippy Boy.
Oh, and with the possible addition of Burrito Deluxe this is really the only thing you need from the varioua iterations of the band. Anything after Parsons and Hillman is not worth bothering about
I hope you've got your recruits and your green mohair suits and that you've showed your I.D. at the door