Sleepless Nights (Gram Parsons album)

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Sleepless Nights
Compilation album by
ReleasedApril 1976
Recorded1970 (with the Flying Burrito Brothers) 1973 (with Emmylou Harris/Grievous Angel Sessions)
GenreCountry rock
Gram Parsons chronology
Grievous Angel
Sleepless Nights
Live 1973
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau(B-)[2]

Sleepless Nights is a posthumous compilation album by Gram Parsons. Though credited to Parsons and his former band The Flying Burrito Brothers, the band appear on only nine of the album's twelve tracks. The album features no original songs; the majority are covers of vintage country songs with the exception of The Rolling Stones' song "Honky Tonk Women".


The songs that comprise Sleepless Nights were collected from two sources. In early 1970, the Flying Burrito Brothers, featuring Parsons, recorded several songs for an anticipated no-nonsense country album.[3] The album was ultimately never released due to Parsons’ departure from the band. Nine of Sleepless Nights’ tracks come from these sessions. The remaining three songs are from the summer 1973 sessions for Grievous Angel, Parsons’ final solo album, and feature duets with Emmylou Harris on the Everly Brothers' song "Brand New Heartache," the gospel-etched "The Angels Rejoiced Last Night", and Boudleaux Bryant's achingly lovely "Sleepless Nights".

The album has received mixed reviews. Robert Christgau noted that the songs “were outtakes for a reason”, but nonetheless gave the album a favorable B- rating.[4] Some of the highest praise for the album is due to the inclusion of the three tracks featuring Harris and omitted from the 1973 album Grievous Angel; "Sleepless Nights" (allegedly the original title for the Grievous Angel album), "The Angels Rejoiced Last Night" and "Brand New Heartache".[1][3] Rolling Stone has referred to the album as "sluggish and dispirited", due in large part to Parson's impending departure from the group which lingered over the recording sessions.[3] Chris Hillman has long maintained the nine Burritos tracks were simply practice sessions and never intended to be released.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Brand New Heartache" (Felice Bryant, Boudleaux Bryant) - 2:28
  2. "Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down" (Merle Haggard) - 2:55
  3. "Sing Me Back Home" (Merle Haggard) - 3:53
  4. "Your Angel Steps Out of Heaven" (Jack Ripley) - 3:12
  5. "Crazy Arms" (Ralph Mooney, Charles Seals) - 2:48
  6. "Sleepless Nights" (Felice Bryant, Boudleaux Bryant) - 3:23
  7. "Close Up the Honky Tonks" (Red Simpson) - 2:20
  8. "Together Again" (Buck Owens) - 3:13
  9. "Honky Tonk Women" - (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) - 4:19
  10. "Green, Green Grass of Home" (Curly Putman) - 4:05
  11. "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music)" (Joe Maphis) - 2:56
  12. "The Angels Rejoiced Last Night" (Charlie Louvin, Ira Louvin) - 2:23



  1. ^ a b Deming, Mark. Gram Parsons/The Flying Burrito Bros.: Sleepless Nights > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 8 Jan 2007.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Gram Parsons: Sleepless Nights > Consumer Guide Review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 26 Jul 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Altman, Billy (June 17, 1976). "Gram Parsons Sleepless Nights > Review". Rolling Stone (215). Archived from the original on 15 Apr 2008. Retrieved 8 Jan 2007.
  4. ^ Gram Parsons/The Flying Burrito Brothers