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#190: The Gilded Palace of Sin by The Flying Burrito Brothers

2.21.2013

The Gilded Palace of Sin by The Flying Burrito Brothers (1969)

Favorite Tracks: "Christine's Tune" and "Sin City" and "Do Right Woman" and "Dark End of the Street" and "Juanita" and "Hot Burrito #1" and "Hot Burrito #2"

Thoughts: (Pre-Listening) 'The Flying Burrito Brothers' is not a household name to me, but Gram Parsons (an original member) is, so how bad can this be?  Besides, the album is from 1969 and is called The Gilded Palace of Sin. I think we're in good hands. This is their debut album.

(Post-Listening) I know they didn't write it (Chip Moman and Dan Penn did) or even make it famous (that was Aretha Franklin) but I am so thankful that this album introduced me to the song "Do Right Woman." A taste of the lyrics:

a woman's only human
she expects love like a man
so if you wanna do right all day woman
you gotta be a do right all night man

they say it's a man's world
but you can't prove that by me
so as long as we're together, baby
you better show some respect for me

LOVE IT. I also love to hear men singing it.  As for the rest of the album--superb. 70s alt-country-folk-rock. I never imagined a song called "Hot Burrito #1" could be so romantic.  Here's DeVotchka's cover of it:



Really sweet song. "Hot Burrito #2" on the other hand rocked really hard.  It feels way ahead of its time.  If I heard it on the radio and had to guess the era I would have said the 80s at the earliest!

Is This Better Than Bad?: Yeah, it's good.


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