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Mixed bag of some historical interest
on 20 November 2008
My exploration of pre-Eagles country rock was bound to lead me to this CD given the previous reviews. It may be as relevant to music history as everybody says but it probably won't get much repeat play from me. It's burdened with a persistent melancholy that I find too much in contrast to the fun that country rock should be. On the 6 star "The Gilded Palace of Sin" Gram Parsons and his Burrito collaborators sing of dead hippies and burning rain but with a touch of irony and a soulful attitude. To make things worse, the better of the two albums contained here is interspersed with some singles sides that really could have been relegated to the back. For 1969 the Fantastic Expedition is a brilliant production with excellent instrumental work, no doubt about that. Bernie Leadon brought a great song (Train Leaves Here This Mornin') along for the Eagles debut. I'd say the original here is clearly better. But expect to find such quality only among an equal amount of ho-hum.