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Flying Burrito Brothers Mk 1

The Flying Burrito Brothers are best known for their massively influential debut album, 1969's The Gilded Palace of Sin. Although the group is most often thought of in connection with music legend Gram Parsons, in fact it endured myriad personnel changes through a series of break-ups and resurrections (sometimes due to Parsons' tendency to switch from band to band and project to project with no notice).

Ironically, the band best known as the "Flying Burrito Brothers" actually 'borrowed' their name from the original "Flying Burrito Brothers", composed of bassist Ian Dunlop and drummer Mickey Gauvin, bandmates of Parsons from the Boston-born International Submarine Band, plus any of a loose coalition of musicians, including Parsons himself from time to time. In a deliberate choice of focusing on just creating and playing music over the distractions of over-involvement in the music business, in 1968 they returned from Los Angeles to New York City. From this base they continued to tour the Northeast playing their eclectic traditional/rockabilly/blues/R&B-oriented version of rock, using the name "The Flying Burrito Brothers East" after Parsons' group became famous

Meanwhile, on the West Coast, Parsons and Chris Hillman thought the name would be perfectly suited for the country-oriented rock band they had been dreaming of since early 1968, when they had hijacked Roger McGuinn's chart-topping rock band The Byrds to produce the first country-oriented rock album, Sweetheart of the Rodeo. They immersed themselves in their vision in their house in the San Fernando Valley, dubbed "Burrito Manor", even replacing their wardrobe with a set of custom country-Western suits from tailor to the C&W stars, Nudie's Rodeo Tailors (Parsons's had marijuana leaf embroidery) and began a period of intensely fruitful creativity.

Their first album The Gilded Palace of Sin (1968) did not sell terribly well, being a radical departure from anything most of the record-buying public (either rock or country) had ever seen, but the group had a cult following which included several famous musicians, such as Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones. Parsons soon became friends with Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones and left the group after 1970s Burrito Deluxe, which also saw the departure of Ethridge and addition of Bernie Leadon and Michael Clarke (of The Byrds). Rick Roberts replaced Parsons and released a self-titled album with the group in 1971. Kleinow then left to become a session musician and Leadon joined Eagles. Al Perkins and Roger Bush replaced them, and Kenny Wertz and Byron Berline joined as well, releasing The Last of the Red Hot Burritos (1972), a live album. The band fell apart. Hillman and Perkins joined Manassas, while Berline, Bush and Wertz formed Country Gazette. Roberts reassembled a new group for a 1973 European tour, and then began a solo career before forming Firefall with Michael Clarke.

The Flying Burrito Brothers. Mk. 1
The Gilded Palace line up

Flying Burrito Brothers Mk. 2
Flying Burrito Brothers Mk. 2

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A&M Records SP 4175 1968

Burrito Deluxe 1969
A&M Records SP-4258 1969

Flying Burrito Brothers 1971
A&M SP-4295 1971

Last Of The Red Hot Burritos 1972
A&M Records SP 4343 1972

Close Up The Honky Tonks 1974
A&M Records SP-3631 1974

Sleepless Nights 1970 released 1976
A&M SP-4578 1970 released 1976

Dim Lights, Thick Smoke & Loud, Loud Music 1987
Edsel Records 197 UK 1987

Farther Along
A&M Records CD 5216 1988

Out Of The Blue 1996
A&M Records 540408-22 (UK) 1996

Hot Burritos 2000
AM/Universal 490610 2000

Suit 1

Suit 2

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