500 Greatest Albums of All Time


Gram Parsons, 'Grievous Angel'

Gram Parsons, 'Grievous Angel'

Reprise, 1974

Parsons helped invent country rock with the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, and he deepened it here. Emmylou Harris was his ideal singing partner, and their voices blend in the high-lonesome wail of "Brass Buttons" and "$1,000 Wedding." Weeks after finishing the album, Parsons was dead at 26.

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