After the release of the group's debut album, ex-ByrdMichael 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.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. 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. 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.