The Flying Burrito Bros. – Burrito Deluxe (1970) [Reissue 2020] SACD ISO + DSF DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC

The Flying Burrito Bros. – Burrito Deluxe (1970) [Reissue 2020]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 33:19 minutes | Scans included | 1,34 GB
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Burrito Deluxe is the second album by the country rock group the Flying Burrito Brothers, originally released in May 1970 on A&M Records. It is the last to feature Gram Parsons prior to his dismissal from the group. It contains the first issued version of the Mick Jagger/Keith Richards-written song “Wild Horses”, released almost a year before The Rolling Stones own take on it appeared on Sticky Fingers.

Gram Parsons had a habit of taking over whatever band he happened to be working with, and on the first three albums on which he appeared – the International Submarine Band’s Safe at Home, the Byrds’ Sweetheart of the Rodeo, and the Flying Burrito Brothers’ The Gilded Palace of Sin – he became the focal point, regardless of the talent of his compatriots. Burrito Deluxe, the Burritos’ second album, is unique in Parsons’ repertoire in that it’s the only album where he seems to have deliberately stepped back to make more room for others; whether this was due to Gram’s disinterest in a band he was soon to leave, or if he was simply in an unusually democratic frame of mind is a matter of debate. But while it is hardly a bad album, it’s not nearly as striking as The Gilded Palace of Sin. Parsons didn’t deliver many noteworthy originals for this set, with “Cody, Cody” and “Older Guys” faring best but paling next to the highlights from the previous album (though he was able to wrangle the song “Wild Horses” away from his buddy Keith Richards and record it a year before the Rolling Stones’ version would surface). And while the band sounds tight and they play with genuine enthusiasm, there’s a certain lack of focus in these performances; the band’s frontman sounds as if his thoughts are often elsewhere, and the other players can’t quite compensate for him, though on tunes like “God’s Own Singer” and a cover of Bob Dylan’s “If You Gotta Go,” they gamely give it the old college try. Burrito Deluxe is certainly a better than average country-rock album, but coming from the band who made the genre’s most strongly defining music, it’s something of a disappointment.


01. Lazy Days
02. Image of Me
03. High Fashion Queen
04. If You Gotta Go
05. Man In The Fog
06. Farther Along
07. Older Guys
08. Cody, Cody
09. God’s Own Singer
10. Down In the Churchyard
11. Wild Horses

Gram Parsons – vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards
Chris Hillman – vocals, bass, mandolin
Bernie Leadon – vocals, guitar, Dobro
Sneaky Pete Kleinow – pedal steel guitar
Michael Clarke – drums
Leon Russell – piano on “5 & 11”
Byron Berline – fiddle
Tommy Johnson – tuba
Buddy Childers – cornet, flugelhorn
Leopoldo C. Carbajal – accordion
Frank Blanco – percussion

Intervention Records # IR-SCD8




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