Rolling Stone (5/17/69, p.15) - "...Perhaps Parsons, coming from the country, feels more deeply than most the strangeness and hostility of the modern world, but he speaks to and for all of us..." -Stanley Booth
Q (9/00, p.135) - Included in Q's "Best Alt.Country Albums Of All Time" - "...Every song resonates with its own sense of loss..."
Alternative Press (3/01, p.104) - Included in A.P.'s "10 Essential Alt-Country Albums" - "...Donning sequined cowboy suits featuring marijuana leaves....this 11-song collection melded rock'n'roll to country..."
THE GILDED PALACE OF SIN is also available domestically on HOT BURRITOS!: THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS ANTHOLOGY 1969-1972.
The Flying Burrito Brothers: Chris Hillman (vocals, guitar, mandolin); Gram Parsons (vocals, guitar, keyboards); "Sneeky" Pete Kleinow (pedal steel guitar); Chris Etheridge (piano, bass, background vocals).
Additional personnel: Hot Burrito Chorus (vocals); Jon Corneal, Eddie Hoh, Sam Goldstein, Popeye Philips (drums).
Producers: The Flying Burritos Brothers, Larry Marks, Henry Lewy.
The Gilded Palace Of Sin allowed two former Byrds, Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman, to fully explore country music. Several selections, notably "Christine's Tune" and "Wheels," succeeded in capturing the joys of Nashville-inspired rock, but the group proved equally adept at interpreting southern soul standards. Parsons' aching vocal on Dan Penn's "Dark End Of The Street" articulated the dilemmas of infidelity, while on his own composition, "Hot Burrito No. 1," he revealed a vulnerability unusual in a male singer. "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow explored the sonic possibilities of the pedal steel guitar rather than employing orthodox country embellishments, emblematic of the desire to question preconceptions that gives this album its unique qualities.