The Flying Burrito Brothers - Beat The Heat (1969-1973)

The Flying Burrito Brothers were a pioneering American country-rock band, founded in the late 60s.

In early 1973 The Flying Burrito Brothers (at the time led by Rick Roberts and featuring no original members) finally broke up. That same year original founder Gram Parsons died. With posthumous interest in his work, several compilation albums were released. Honky Tonk Heaven came out in 1973 in Holland (where the band were always popular), a 2-LP set of unreleased recordings and outtakes. In 1974 A&M Records released Close Up The Honky Tonks, a 'best-of' compilation including similar previously unreleased material. Over the years masses of compilations have been released chronicling the careers of both the band and Parsons, often with new outtakes and live material surfacing.
Beat The Heat is my compilation of most of this unreleased material. Technically, it is pretty much the Dutch compilation Honky Tonk Heaven, though with a few changes. First of all I have added "The Train Song", a non-LP single they released shortly after their debut album, which features Clarence White on guitar. I have also omitted "Here Tonight", which appeared on both the orginal compilations - this song is performed by The Burrito Brothers with Gene Clark, and often appears on compilations, but its true place is on Clark's Roadmaster album, so I won't repeat it here. Finally there are a few extra songs and live recordings from other releases.
The album covers material from both the Parsons and Rick Roberts eras of the band, and includes alot of covers of classic country songs (including "Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down", "The Green Green Grass Of Home", "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music)", and "Together Again"). These songs show the roots of the original Parsons-era lineup's sound. Also features covers of The Rolling Stones "Honky Tonk Women", Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Lodi" and The Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody", plus a live version of Parsons' "One Hundred Years From Now", which he originally recorded whilst in The Byrds.

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david said...

do you have a link to the artwork? thanks

Anonymous said...

This is very interesting.
What album is this? What year was it released?
I can not find a reference to it anywhere or any collection with similar tracks. Really would like more info if you have it.


was able to DL this week

comment reposted to proper listing.

Anonymous said...

So stupid of me
you would think I would learn to read!


Anonymous said...

This seems to be a part of the "Close Up the Honky Tonks" compilation to me!!

byrds flyght said...

It's the same as "Honky Tonk Heaven" and the Japanese "Four Sider"