: I agree about Sweetheart , but I also think
: "Hickory Wind" is fantastic.
: 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
: 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.
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: 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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