Live 1973 (1982)
Excellent Radio Show… and EmmyLou

For the longest time, this was just about the only cool rarity to be found for the late Gram Parsons – a true, country/rock pioneer from his days in The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers. This rip, from an under promoted 1982 LP, released on “gold” disc in 1995, was long-lost to consumer apathy until Rhino revived it in 1997. Live 1973 is a wonderful, in-studio radio performance captured during Gram’s tour to promote G.P., his debut solo album. Fortunately, along for the ride is a full band… and the always winning EmmyLou Harris, who weaves magic whenever she harmonizes with anybody. The performances are loose and casually intimate (with a tiny studio audience) and some funny between-song patter. As for the songs, which were largely ignored back in the day, they’re now considered historic classics by anyone who’s ever been touched by the early fusion of country and rock. A must for Gram fans. We’ve got more Parsons in the archives. Live is at Amazon, HERE.

We’ll Sweep Out The Ashes (4:46)
Country Baptizing (4:00)
Drug Store Truck Driving Man (5:21)
Big Mouth Blues (5:39)
The New Soft Shoe (9:05)
Cry One More Time (8:13)
Streets Of Baltimore (4:01)
That’s All It Took (3:22)
Love Hurts (5:37)
California Cottonfields (3:16)
Six Days On The Road (3:47)
Encore Medley: Bony Maroni/Forty Days/Almost Grown (6:15)


  • Capt. Willard
    November 1, 2010 - 20:53 | Permalink

    Get it HERE.

  • Duncanmusic
    October 5, 2011 - 12:50 | Permalink

    This is one of my oldest CDs; I’ll have to dig it out…
    My version is on Sundown/Magnum Music Group out of Middlesex, England. It DOESN’T contain the final medley and is in a different order. There is no date on it and it is definitely NOT a Gold disc. I was working in the leading Indie Record Store in our town during this time period (19080-1985 and I don’t remember seeing too many gold discs at all back then; not until the Steve Hoffman DCC discs came out. (Still would like to find a FLAC rip oif the DCC Willis Alan Ramsey that got stolen from me).
    Anyway, this WAS a rarity and I was never able to understand why many of my friends who seemed to be as deep into Americana as I was passed this by. Hell I offered it to them to tape plenty of times. Was it the packaging? I think so, though it’s NOT improved over the years.

    There’s also that badly packaged Cosmic American Music Gram Parsons collection that appeared in the 90s (I think it was ALSO from the MAgnum Music Group…those guys are LONG lived if anything and seem to manage to pull off bootleg material and get it into commercial outlets worldwide). Of course I picked that one up, too. It consists of rehearsals with Emmylou for the GP and Grievou Angel LPs and some hotel recordings. Very bottom of the barrel scrapings and only for crazy people like me who actually saw him with the Byrds AND Flying Burrito Bros in concert (never solo alas).

    I prefer the live at the Palomino in LA FBB recordings released a couple of years ago. THAT was exciting and thte inclusion of Clarence White as a surprise guest made it all the sweeter.

    Thanks for the posting Willard; I don’t know if this order os the ‘correct’ one, but it’s nice to have that final medley. Don’t know why they left it off the original… Oh yes…this CD has (as MANY of the FIRST CD I bought and still have) a back panel in the booklet printed in English. French, German & Italian. This would line up with what I remember that there was only ONE CD factory world wide in Germany at the time. Most if not all of my earliest CDs (Dire TSraits Brothers , Everly Bros EB *$ & followup, Hendrix Electric Ladyland & double CD singles Compilation long gone now) are on Polygram, which I believe owned the factory. It was a big deal when Sony finally got theirs up and running, though they certainly didn’t spend any time actually preparing any of the CBS/Columbia catalog for the medium. The Early Sony/CBS/Columbia releases were almost all sub-par..Interesting time for music industry.

    • Willard
      October 5, 2011 - 13:09 | Permalink

      Hi Duncan,
      The music was originally released in the early 80s (cut up and reassembled), but this post is the gold CD issued by Sierra Records in 1994. It wasn’t a DCC or MFSL or any other known gold company, just Sierra’s own version. The front cover states this is the “Original Unedited Broadcast – Direct Optical Digital Transfer,” and I’ve seen them with a “24K Gold” sticker on the front. Here’s more from the web…

      “Though some thought this 1995 compact disc was an audiophile 24kt Gold disc. It was not. However, a limited number of actual 24kt gold discs with a hidden audio track did exist! The hidden final track on this 24kt Gold edition is an early 1971 studio performance of Gram Parson’s performance of his song, “1000 Dollar Wedding”. Gram is accompanying himself on electric organ with the late Sneaky Pete on pedal steel! It was subsequently removed from the 1995 commerical release on Sierra compact disc (SXCD 6002) as well as the later and current Rhino Records “Live 1973” CD. It was determined it did not fit the rest of “Fallen Angels-Live 1972” program. This performance has never been issued in any form and is superior to the home recording of this song heard on the 2007 “Gram Parsons Archives Vol 1” Ameoba Records release. Mastered by Bob Katz of Digital Domain utilizing the lastest high resolution analog to digital convert, it was “cut” directly to an optical 24kt gold master. It is packaged in the same original 8-page booklet, full color inlay card and the gold “metalized” compact disc tray.”

  • Lew
    October 6, 2011 - 06:37 | Permalink

    Hi Willard and Duncan

    I also have the Sundown/Magnum version that Duncan comments on (although not the multi-lingual back panel). If I remember correctly I got it in a well-known high street music store chain in London in the early 1980s. The sound – even in mp3@320 – on your post is superior to my Sundown/Magnum release (in 1411 kbps of course). And the medley encore is another real bonus. Many thanks. Lew

  • W
    August 13, 2013 - 19:33 | Permalink

    Cheers. Fine album. W

  • C
    February 1, 2014 - 10:32 | Permalink

    did they play in cambridge or boston ,,I remember seeing Emmy in a bar ,,I was real young and was hanging out with Swine who ran around listening to everybody playing in town..this would have been between 70 and 73. She was amazing and still is,,,just heard her and Rodney in Charleston last night

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