Friday, 1 May 2015

Gram Parsons - The Lost Rehearsals Tape 1972.

This is a fascinating selection of Gram Parsons rehearsal tapes from 1972, and I will quote a little from the liner notes that accompanied this CD version which surfaced on 'Golden Eagle Records' in the USA in 2003. I have included a separate file with the artwork and notes as these are well worth a read.

The record companies holding Gram Parson's material have more or less exhausted what material there is from his sadly short life and as Chris who provided these recordings to me pointed out (by the way, thanks Chris) a lot of the bootleg material for Gram Parsons is of fairly average audio quality.

The five audio tapes that this CD was compiled from, were included in an auction lot at Christies that was bought by one of Gram Parsons biggest fans and were part of a selection of Gram's personal belongings that went to auction.

The five cassettes dated from 1972 and include Emmylou Harris and others on some of the tracks that were most likely recorded through a condenser microphone into a portable tape player, however the audio quality suggests that a little more sophisticated equipment may have been used for some of the songs. It is proable that Ric Grechs English home was used for some of the sessions along with hotel rooms for others.

All of this material is another reminder of 'what could have been' if Gram had stayed with us a little longer, it's also another reminder that a personal musical favorite of mine Emmylou Harris developed her talent with some of the best.

Source: CD of original cassette tapes.

Sound Quality: Good & average (all very listenable) mp3@192kbps.

Genre: Country, Alt country.

Set: Various rehearsal sessions.

Session List:

01. A Song For You Intro
02. Kentucky Blues
03. Streets Of Baltimore
04. Folsom Prison Blues
05. Lovesick Blues
06. The New Soft Shoe
07. How Much Ive Lied
08. Still Feeling Blue 1
09. Still Feeling Blue 2
10. Ain't No Beatles Ain't No Rolling Stone
11. How Can I Forget You - Cry One More Time
12. A Song For You
13. Streets Of Baltimore
14. That's All It Took
15. Some bodys  Back In Town
16. More and More
17. Teaching Emmy to Sweep out the Ashes
18. Daddy's Fiddle
19. We'll sweep out the Ashes in the Morning
20. Cold Cold Heart
21. That's All It Took
22. A Song For You

Website: Official HERE. Unofficial informative HERE.

Reloaded 01/05/2015 - download link in comments.


Beehive Candy said...
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Robert said...

I'm confused. How do I actually download this?

Anonymous said...

copy and paste the link into your browser (its a url) and then follow the process, it really is simple.

Robinbrevard said...

Hey thanks for the share, especially the liner notes which I didn't have!


Anonymous said...

Any chance of posting somewhere other than flameupload? It's blocked by my security software as a risk.


But I understand if you can't.

Ace K.

Anonymous said...


After reading the notes I realized that I had this elsewhere (or at least something close to it) on a semi-legit Euro CD that was released around 15 years ago. So, no need to upload it anywhere else.

ALSO, for any Parsons fanatics, if you do not have this, then get it. It's not spectacular, but it is very interesting and there's not much Gram out there.


Ace K.

Dan said...

This is also known as the "Cosmic American Music" tapes.

Anonymous said...

file has been removed

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HytekFred said...

What luck coming across this. Gram was a pioneer, always loved listening to him in the days - and later days. Thank you kindly for sharing.

amusicalguy said...

I don't know but I tried the second download link but nothing comes up to download. Is it just me or what?? Thanks!

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Anonymous said...

Love ya man. Thanks for the Gram

Anonymous said...

This sounds like it would be amazing! I would love to hear it.

Would anyone consider re-posting a download link?

Thanks in advance!

Beehive Candy said...

Replacement link:

password: back15-001#

Youtube video seems to be the same soundtrack.

Stealth project team.