Burrito Deluxe

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Burrito Deluxe
Studio album by The Flying Burrito Brothers
Released April 1970
Genre Country rock
Length 33:08
Label A&M
Producer Jim Dickson, Henry Lewy
The Flying Burrito Brothers chronology
The Gilded Palace of Sin
(1969)
Burrito Deluxe
(1970)
The Flying Burrito Bros
(1971)
Gram Parsons chronology
The Gilded Palace of Sin
(1969)
Burrito Deluxe
(1970)
GP
(1973)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Burrito Deluxe is the second album by the country rock group The Flying Burrito Brothers, released in May of 1970 on A&M Records, catalogue 4258. It is the last to feature Gram Parsons prior to his dismissal from the group. It contains the first issued version of the song "Wild Horses," released almost a year before its appearance on Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones.

Background[edit]

After the release of the group's debut album, ex-Byrd Michael Clarke was hired as the band's full-time drummer — he had recently been performing drumming duties for another band led by another ex-Byrd, Dillard and Clark. Bassist Chris Ethridge left out of frustration at the band's lack of success, and in his place the Burritos snagged another member of the disintegrating Dillard and Clark unit, guitarist Bernie Leadon.[2] Chris Hillman moved over to his old role of bass, making the new Burrito line-up Parsons, Hillman, and Pete Kleinow with Leadon and Clarke.

During the time period around these recording sessions, Parsons had developed a close friendship with Keith Richards since their meeting in 1968.[3] Richards gave Parsons a demo tape of "Wild Horses" on December 7, 1969, the day after the concert at Altamont, apparently in an effort to console Parsons after an alleged miscommunication with Michelle Phillips.[4] The song "Lazy Days" had been recorded by Parsons' previous groups, The International Submarine Band and the Byrds, but neither version was released although the Byrds' version did eventually surface on the 1990 box set. Parsons began to lose interest in the Burritos, and after missing too many gigs, or showing up too inebriated to play, Parsons was fired from the band later in 1970.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Lazy Days"   Gram Parsons 3:03
2. "Image of Me"   Harlan Howard, Wayne Kemp 3:21
3. "High Fashion Queen"   Chris Hillman, Gram Parsons 2:09
4. "If You Gotta Go"   Bob Dylan 1:52
5. "Man in the Fog"   Bernie Leadon, Gram Parsons 2:32
6. "Farther Along"   J.R. Baxter, W.B. Stevens 4:02

Side two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Older Guys"   Chris Hillman, Bernie Leadon, Gram Parsons 2:31
2. "Cody, Cody"   Chris Hillman, Bernie Leadon, Gram Parsons 2:46
3. "God's Own Singer"   Bernie Leadon 2:08
4. "Down in the Churchyard"   Chris Hillman, Gram Parsons 2:22
5. "Wild Horses"   Mick Jagger, Keith Richards 6:26

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Deming, Mark. Burrito Deluxe at AllMusic
  2. ^ Byrdwatcher website retrieved 23 July 2012.
  3. ^ Richards, Keith; Fox, James (2010). Life. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. ISBN 978-0-297-85439-5. 
  4. ^ Davis, Stephen. Old Gods Almost Dead. New York: Broadway Books, 2001, ISBN 0-7679-0313-7, pp. 322-323.
  5. ^ George-Warren, Holly. Hot Burritos! The Flying Burrito Brothers Anthology 1969–1972. A&M 069 490 610-2, 2000, liner notes.