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SIERRA RECORDS most ambitious project ever, that has literally been in the works for decades, "GRAM PARSONS-THE EARLY YEARS BOX SET" featuring first compact disc release of SIERRA RECORDS's 1979 "Gram Parsons-The Early Years". This is no ordinary issue of that legendary, vinyl LP record album. This exclusive, collectors edition SIERRA RECORDS release, is packaged in a 12" x 12" high gloss full color, rigid deluxe, presentation box, containing 4 distinct discs (not sold separately), the box set contains the follow:
Disc One is the first ever released on compact disc of the now classic and ground breaking, "Gram Parsons-The Early Years-Volume 1", 1963-65 folk recordings of "Gram Parsons and the Shilos" with all original tracks from this 1979 LP vinyl disc. Added to these original ten tracks, will be the never released in any format, "Volume 2" of lost early recordings focusing on Gram's solo efforts recorded by Dick Weissman including several never before heard Parsons' compositions! Continuing on this expanded compact disc are recordings by "Gram Parsons & The Like", his experimental band from his brief stay in late 1965 at Harvard University. This includes a rare performance with the late actor, turned singer, Brandon deWilde. Closing out this disc is the "holy grail" of lost Gram Parsons recordings; Brandon deWilde singing lead, with Gram on "Do Right Woman" and "Hickory Wind"! You will discover for the first time where Gram found' his country' voice.
I MAY BE RIGHT / BIG COUNTRY / ZAH'S BLUES / MARY DON'T YOU WEEP / BELLS OF RHYMNEY / GOIN' AWAY, DON'T YOU WANT TO GO / THEY STILL GO DOWN / ON MY JOURNEY HOME / OH, DIDN'T THEY CRUCIFY MY LORD / SURFINANNY / (Unreleased Solo Performances): THE GREAT SILKIE / RACE WITH THE WIND / THE RAINS CAME DOWN / HAND WITHIN THE GLOVE / ROLLING STONE / DARKEST YEARS / THAT KIND OF LIVIN' / A RIVER IS MADE OUT OF RAINDROPS // (Gram Parsons & the Like): JUST CAN'T TAKE IT ANY MORE / NOVEMBER NIGHTS // (Brandon deWilde with Gram Parsons & the Like): TOGETHER AGAIN // (Brandon deWilde & Gram Parsons) DO RIGHT WOMAN & HICKORY WIND (plus a 30 second hidden track)
Disc Two: "Big Mouth Blues: A Conversation with Gram Parsons" is a full color digipak packaged release of a 76 minute interview with Gram Parsons conducted in 1972. He speaks about his musical influences, his formation of the eclectic, International Submarine Band, his part in creating and encouraging the Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo album, his hopes for and disappoints with, the iconoclast Flying Burrito Brothers, his plans for a solo career and his enduring musical vision. Hearing his story in his own words and voice will give you a better glimpse of Gram Parsons, the man.
Disc Three is the first official DVD release from the original video tape of the rare and only performance of "Gram Parsons and the Fallen Angels". Though the video quality was not very good to begin with, the aging video tape has been enhanced utilizing today's newest digital video technology. Additional never seen before, non-performance footage from the show has been added which includes longer introductions by Gram on stage. As an added bonus to the DVD, a very rare video performance closes the DVD with Gram performing (with no "taking heads" over the video) a lip sync version of "HOT BURRITO #1"!
DVD Performances: BIG MOUTH BLUES / NEW SOFT SHOE / STREETS OF BALTIMORE / SIX DAYS ON THE ROAD / (Bonus) HOT BURRITO #1 (PLAYABLE ON ALL DVD PLAYERS WORLDWIDE)
Posters: Folded posters of "Gram Parsons at the Chateau Marmont 1969" (24" x 36" poster) and Pete Frame's Gram Parsons Rock Family Tree "The Grievous Angel" (18"x 24").
Booklet: 40 page booklet recapturing the original 1979 booklet with many of the same photos and more with notes by Mark Leviton plus the 24 page pictorial "Gram Parsons @ Harvard 1965" with additional accompanying notes by Harvard grad (Class of 1968) and fellow Gram classmate, David Johnson, and first to feature photographs by noted Life Magazine photographer Ted Polumbaum. These photographs capture Gram's brief stay as an incoming freshman at Harvard University in the Fall of 1965. See Gram at his desk studying, going to class, hanging out with teachers and students, playing his guitar, composing new songs plus photos of "Gram Parsons and the Like" (John Nuese, Ian Dunlap, Mickey Gauvin, Tom Scott). Commissioned by Life/Look Magazine for a proposed pictorial on the incoming college freshmen of 1965, these photos are incredible and Gram never looked better. These were photographs were shot just days before he would leave Harvard to head for New York moving in with new found music contemporary, Brandon deWilde, famed actor and now budding country singer!
Disc Four: the long lost, recently discovered 1979 vinyl LP "Picture Disc", "Gram Parsons-The Early Years, Volume 1" - with a color picture of Gram on Side 1 and on Side 2, the original full color "SIERRA-BRIAR RECORDS" orange crate' logo. Original conceived in April 1979, only one test pressing of the disc existed until now! The disc is playable on any phonograph turntable, recorded and pressed in "magnificent MONO". But there is more! This collector's vinyl disc is even more unique as the disc was pressed on 180 grams of pure virgin vinyl, highly sought after today by audiophiles everywhere! If that's not your thing, it can be made into a wall clock. It is packaged in it's own clear plastic sleeve.
Prices and individual items contained per Box Set, subject to change without notice.
PLEASE NOTE FOR ALL ORDERS OUTSIDE THE USA ORDERS: For Customs, the value of the each Box Set will be listed on the customs form at $19.00.
New limited price: $25.95 plus shipping and handling. Weighing in at almost 4 lbs, the Box Set counts as 5 items for shipping & handling costs in the USA and CANADA, counts as 8 items for Outside North America. There is a $6.00 Handling Charge for each order outside the USA due to the 2013 increase in US Postal Rates.