You're better of with The International Submarine Band's only album, from the same year, with Gram Parsons. Much more rock in their country, plus they do 2 Johnny Cash numbers so you know where they're coming from. "Blue Eyes" is a classic.
Although considering rockabilly evolved largely out of country, I don't know if makes sense to call Johnny Cash country-rock. Is Elvis doing Bill Monroe country-rock? Sure, in a way, but I think that when we say country-rock we mean something narrower than just "a mixture of country and rock'n'roll elements". We mean a particular genre with its own trademarks etc. that developed in the late '60s and flourished into the '70s with Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons, John Prine, Poco, the Eagles, Gene Clark etc. and practised by mediocre artists in the thousands and occasionally fabulous ones becoming ever more watered-down, languid, MOR-ish and smooth until it couldn't be told from regular soft-rock anymore and then the whole thing got swept away pretty quickly anyway by new trends around 1977 (I'd say CSN was the last great commercial success of the original movement, that I know of. Rough Mix was the last great artistic success).
A fragmented journey through the history of country-rock from the perspective of artists who only dabbled in the genre:
1968: I Wasn't Born to Follow - Carole King (The City)
1969: Two Time Mama - Ten Years After
1970: If Not for You - George Harrison
1971: Tupelo Honey - Van Morrison
1972: Melissa - The Allman Brothers Band
1973: The Boston Rag - Steely Dan
1974: When Will I Be Loved - Linda Ronstadt
Despite the portentous closer there, by 1975, we were overflowing with fabulous roots-soft-country rockish releases: Emmylou Harris with two fine albums, Bonnie Raitt, Crosby & Nash (soft, but still doing fine), The Band, Blues for Allah, Katy Lied, George Harrison, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Little Feat, Lou Reed, Neil Young, Richard Thompson, Elton John.
But of course, none of that qualifies for iconic soft-country rock song of the year. That had to go to One of These Nights - Eagles.
And by 1976 that was it. Gram Parsons had been dead for 3 years and Emmylou couldn't keep his memory alive all by herself, not pitted against the whole of the Mellow Mafia. No more Gilded Palace of Sin, ever, now only Hotel California, Still Crazy After All These Years, Silk Degrees, Warren Zevon, The Pretender, Aja, Rumours, Running on Empty, etc.(obviously some of these are better than others, but all are part of the same trend).
And, of course, I'd like to forget it, but cannot, the sickest, most seductive, filthiest, downlow degrading piece of filth of the decade.
God don't it make you sick!
I don't know if anyone needed all that above, but there you go, it's there now.
: As someone who likes Gram Parsons in general
: and the Flying Burrito Brothers, though, I
: doubt your opinion will change much. I
: think Sweetheart of the Rodeo , outside of
: the bookends, is extraordinarily bland. I'm
: honestly really not sure where it's
: reputation as the beginning of country-rock
: comes from - I mean, yes, it's a rock band
: doing country music, but they're just doing
: country music, with hardly any
: "rock" to be found. At least
: Gilded Palace deserves it's country-rock
: status, though personally, I think Buffalo
: Springfield beat them to country-rock by
: quite a few years, and you could even argue
: that Johnny Cash beat all of them to it by a
: good decade.
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