The Return of the
Grievous Angel

list of tracks

list of tracks


The half-acknowledged title song of the opus posthumus looms rather large as in retrospect it perhaps best summarizes what, ostensibly, Gram Parson and his music finally were all about. He was the Grievous Angel, with a gliding steel guitar, and broken voice and schmaltz rising to pure harmony in the duets with Emmylou. “. . . / Twenty thousand roads I went down, down, down / And they all led me straight back home to you // ’Cause I headed west to grow up with the country / Across those prairies with the waves of grain / And I saw my devil, and I saw my deep blue sea / And I thought about a calico bonnet from Cheyenne to Tennessee.”

 

a review of reviews of
The Return of the Grievous Angel
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