Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#134 in the Series) is Gram Parson’s, GP.
I was shocked to see that I hadn’t featured Gram Parson’s as of yet. He’s one of my all-time favorites. I did feature him as part of The Byrds, Sweethearts of the Rodeo era.
GP was Gram’s first of two studio albums. Grievous Angel was the second and could have been as easily featured as GP since they are both outstanding pieces of music.
GP was home for some of Gram’s most wonderful moments. He was in excellent voice in this era. Give a listen to some of the slower moments of the disc including ‘A Song For You, Streets of Baltimore, She’ or ‘The New Soft Shoe.’ Gram never sounded better.
There are some nice up tempo songs here as well. Those would include ‘Still Feeling Blue, We’ll Sweep Out the Ashes in the Morning’ and ‘Big Mouth Blues.’
Gram will always hold a very special place for me in the landscape of American music. He was one of, if not the, first to bring country music to the rock and roll field. He would play albums of the early country greats to the hippies in LA until they ‘Got it.’ Without his influence we may never had heard the likes of bands like his own ‘Flying Burrito Brothers’ or ‘New Riders of the Purple Sage, Poco, Heartsfield, The Eagles, Pure Prairie League, etc etc.’
GP was produced by Blind Faith bassist Rick Grech. It was released in 1973.
Unfortunately, Gram would leave us by the end of that year.
Listen to the masterpiece of She or Song For You (Including a short interview with Gram) or the up tempo, Still Feeling Blue.
One of rocks original super groups featuring Cream’s Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker along with Spencer Davis Group and Traffic’s Steve Winwood. Family’s Rick Grech rounded out the roster.
One and done. That was Blind Faith.
But the short, six song run was quite memorable.
If only we could have been given more than just the 42 minutes and 12 seconds that we received.
‘Can’t Find My Way Home’ and ‘Presence of the Lord’ were the two best known songs.
When I was looking at information on this album I learned something new. One of the songs on the album is a cover of Buddy Holly’s ‘Well All Right’ What I didn’t know was that Rick Grech was in Buddy Holly’s Band, The Crickets for a short time. How ‘bout that!!
Grech was also a fine producer in his own right. Some of the acts that he’s worked with included, Gram Parsons and EmmyLou Harris. Rick Grech died of liver failure in 1990.
“Blind Faith” was produced by Jimmy Smith. Jimmy also produced much of the Rolling Stones Early works including ‘Exile on Main Street, Beggars Banquet, Sticky Fingers’ and ‘Goats Head Soup.’
“Blind Faith” debut on the Top 200 Billboard Chart at #1. It also debut at #1 on the UK and Canadian charts. It also charted on the black charts at #40.
I recently saw that the VH1 Classic channel has been showing an hour piece of their concert in London’s Hyde Park. I was quite surprised having never seen any live footage. Here’s a couple clips from that show.