While Gram Parsons hated the term 'Country Rock', and the Eagles et al managed to partly sully it with their overproduced sound, there is no doubting that Gram truly was a visionary.
His short life means that his legend will live longer than possibly his musical output may merit, but his championing of Emmylou Harris should in itself be enough for us to be eternally grateful.
Unfortunately, the pricy retrospectives and collections of his music are starting to mount up, and while the Gram Parsons anthology on Rhino (2001) didn't provide us with much new music, and the reissues of the Flying Burrito Brothers albums contain only a few rarities, this new collection steps up to the plate, and comes through as a welcome addition to the collection. After all, it is now how many years since the Byrds Box set and Sweetheart of the Rodeo Legacy edition provided us with a true new batch of Parsons goodness.
While die hard fans can pick up this stuff on bootlegs, and semi official recordings such as 'Cosmic American Music', it is always the case that official releases are the way to go, both in terms of sound quality and legality.
Thus I heartily recommend picking up this set, if only to grab the remastered GP and Grievous Angel, because the current CD version of these two immense albums suffers from its age.
If you've never heard Gram, have only heard Love Hurts on the recent Emmylou greatest hits package, or own anything he ever recorded, it doesn't matter - The myth and the man are unnaproachable in their sheer greatness. Get this ASAP!