The first solo album by Gram Parsons, former member of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, GP was originally released in 1973. The album features guest artist EmmyLou Harris.
"...Parsons is a south-Georgia boy with a Harvard education, a big inheritance, and a tendency to melancholy. His central theme has always been that of the innocent Southern boy tossed between the staunch traditions and strict moral code he was born to and the complex, ambiguous modern world. He realizes that both are corrupt, but he survives by keeping a hold on each while believing neither. Lurking in the innards of all those tunes about how the city is full of temptations for a good old boy, and how his girl has left him, lured away by Satan, is Gram's ongoing preoccupation with loss and despair, much more personal and powerful than the banal sentiments that make the songs so enjoyable initially.
"This use of stock country elements to enclose personal expression is as central to GP... as it was to his work with the Burritos...there are a few surprises here, like the hot, smoky, Jimmy Clanton-ish rock and roll ballad, "Cry One More Time," which turns out to be a J. Geils Band original, and the heavy use of Emmylou Harris, a singer from Alabama who's been traveling the folk circuit for the past several years. Together, Gram and Emmylou form a duo that's right up there with George-Tammy and Conway-Loretta in style, but with that added principle of moral uncertainty...
"The other important dimension is the innuendo supplied by Gram's voice and delivery. He may not be old or tough enough to be a Haggard or a Cash, but he gets another kind of worldliness, a quieter kind of strength out of his singing. That amazing voice, with its warring qualities of sweetness and dissipation, makes for a stunning emotional experience on the key song of GP, "The New Soft Shoe," and "A Song for You."" - rollingstone.com, Bud Scoppa, March 1973
1. Still Feeling Blue
2. We'll Sweep Out the Ashes in the Morning
3. A Song for You
4. Streets of Baltimore
1. That's All It Took
2. The New Soft Shoe
3. Kiss the Children
4. Cry One More Time
5. How Much I've Lied
6. Big Mouth Blues