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Another Side Of This Life

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Gram Parsons

Another Side Of This Life

12" LP

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Wanna hear a legend in the making? Here are 18 previously unheard demo recordings by Gram Parsons, cut between March 1965 and April 1966 at the Winter Haven, Florida home of his friend, Jim Carlton. Essential!

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The 18 previously unreleased, solo acoustic performances on this collection were recorded between March 1965 and December 1966. These show Parsons not as a country singer, rock singer, or even folk-rock singer, but very much as a mid-'60s folkie, in the mold of so many artists to be heard in the Greenwich Village scene. There's no straight country music in his repertoire, comprised largely of covers of songs by then-contemporary writers such as Buffy Sainte-Marie ("Codine"), Tim Hardin, Tom Paxton, and Fred Neil, along with high-caliber compositions that would be popularized by rock groups (Billy Wheeler's "High Flyin' Bird" and Hamilton Camp's "Pride of Man"). There are also five Parsons originals, a few not available elsewhere, and others recorded at other points either by himself ("Brass Buttons" and "Zah's Blues") or different performers ("November Nights," placed on an obscure single by Peter Fonda). A bit of R&B pokes out in his covers of "Searchin'" and "Candy Man." This disc is definitely of historical interest, if only to demonstrate that Parsons' roots were certainly not country-soaked, but largely indebted to '60s folk as well. As music, it's very average (though certainly not bad) mid-'60s folk, of the kind you might hear by numerous coffeehouse support acts. He sings best on the jazzy "Zah's Blues," where he seems to reach further into himself than he does on most of the other material here.

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Artist Gram Parsons
Track Listing "Codine" (Buffy Sainte-Marie) – 5:37 "Wheel of Fortune" (Gram Parsons) – 2:29 "Another Side of This Life" (Fred Neil) – 2:40 "High Flyin' Bird" (Billy Edd Wheeler) – 3:49 "November Nights" (Parsons) – 3:38 "Zah's Blues" (Parsons) – 4:02 "Reputation" (Tim Hardin) – 3:09 "That's the Bag I'm In" (Fred Neil) – 3:14 "Willie Jean" (Traditional) – 4:08 "They Still Go Down" (Dick Weissman) – 2:26 "Pride of Man" (Hamilton Camp) – 2:45 "The Last Thing on My Mind" (Tom Paxton) – 3:44 "Hey Nellie Nellie" (David Fromer, Jonathan Fromer, Elbert Robinson) – 3:04 "She's the Woman I Love/Good Time Music" (Danny Adams, Sam Moffitt) – 4:58 "Brass Buttons" (Parsons) – 2:25 "I Just Can't Take It Anymore" (Parsons) – 3:29 "Searchin'" (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) – 3:32 "Candy Man" (Rev. Gary Davis) – 3:17

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