Lost Gram Parsons Shows From ’69 to Be Released

Amoeba Records will release a major addition to Gram Parsons’ discography with ‘Gram Parsons Archives Vol. 1: The Flying Burrito Brothers "Live" at the Avalon 1969’, due October 30th from the newly formed label.  The two CD, 27-track set includes a number of never-before-heard — though long rumored — rarities.

Gram Parsons, leading the Flying Burrito Brothers, opened for the Grateful Dead April 4, 5 and 6, 1969 at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco.  The April 4th show has never been heard in any form.  The bonus disc is the April 6th show. For years these tapes were rumored to exist and were finally unearthed in the Grateful Dead vault. The shows were recorded by the legendary sound engineer Bear (Owsley Stanley), and are the highest quality Gram Parsons live material available.

Amoeba Records, started by the owners of the revered independent record store of the same name, is launching with the August 28 release of smoky-voiced singer and songwriter Brandi Shearer’s ‘Close to Dark.’ The album is co-produced by Larry Klein, known for his work with Joni Mitchell and Madeleine Peyroux, among others.

Rarities on ‘Gram Parsons Archives Vol. 1: The Flying Burrito Brothers "Live" at the Avalon 1969’ include Gram’s unique choice of mainly country standards, which are not on any other official Gram Parsons recording:

Undo The Right/Somebody’s Back In Town
She Once Lived Here
Mental Revenge
We’ve Got To Get Ourselves Together
You Win Again
Long Black Limousine
Sweet Dream Baby
When Will I Be Loved

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