Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons

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Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons
Return of the Grievous Angel album cover.jpg
Compilation album by various artists
Released July 13, 1999
Genre Alternative country
Country rock
Length 53:16
Label Almo Sounds
Producer Emmylou Harris
Paul Kremen
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons is a 1999 tribute album to pioneering country rock musician Gram Parsons, co-produced by his one-time singing partner, Emmylou Harris and featuring cover versions of songs written/co-written by or popularized by Parsons, performed by Harris, Beck, Wilco, The Pretenders, Cowboy Junkies, Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Lucinda Williams, David Crosby, Steve Earle, Chris Hillman and many other artists. The album was released from Almo Sounds and benefited Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation's "Campaign for a Landmine Free World."[2]

The album surveys Parsons' songwriting efforts from his time with International Submarine Band and the Flying Burrito Brothers to his solo career.

The album cover features a photo of Parsons' ornate tailored suit jacket designed by Nudie Cohn, which was worn for the cover of the Burritos' album, The Gilded Palace of Sin. Parts of the album were performed on September 19, 1999 on the PBS show Sessions at West 54th Street. The performance included a version of the song "Wheels" which did not appear on the album by Chris Hillman and Jim Lauderdale. Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Chris Hillman, Ryan Adams and Whiskeytown, Jim Lauderdale, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, and Bernie Leadon were some of the performers on the show.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "She" (Chris Ethridge/Parsons) – 4:51
  2. "Ooh Las Vegas" (Rick Grech/Parsons) – 5:21
  3. "Sin City" (Chris Hillman/Parsons) – 4:01
  4. "$1000 Wedding" (Parsons) – 3:07
  5. "Hot Burrito #1" (Ethridge/Parsons) – 3:54
  6. "High Fashion Queen" (Hillman/Parsons) – 3:06
  7. "Juanita" (Hillman/Parsons) – 2:42
  8. "Sleepless Nights" (Felice and Boudleaux Bryant) – 3:57
  9. "Return of the Grievous Angel" (Thomas Stanley Brown/Parsons) – 4:19
  10. "One Hundred Years from Now" (Parsons) – 2:53
  11. "A Song for You" – 6:40
  12. "Hickory Wind" (Bob Buchanan/Gram Parsons) – 4:38
  13. "In My Hour of Darkness" (Emmylou Harris/Parsons) – 4:47


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Gram Parsons Tribute Album". Retrieved 2012-03-07. 

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