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Albums Of The Week: Flying Burrito Brothers | Live At The Bottom Line 1976

A decent bootleg from the country-rockers' post-Parsons days gets a proper release.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Touring in support of their fifth studio album Airborne, The Flying Burrito Brothers performed at New York’s legendary Bottom Line on Aug. 18, 1976. This unearthed 12-track set features many of the band’s classic tracks alongside a few country and western standards. The Burritos’ lineup for this show was Skip Battin and Gene Parsons alongside Gib Guilbeau, Joel Scott Hill, and pedal steel legend “Sneaky” Pete Kleinow.

Here’s how Sneaky Pete described the set: “1976 was a great year for re-iteration of The Flying Burrito Brothers having the opportunity to travel throughout the U.S.A. celebrating the 200th anniversary of the founding of the United States. Though Gram Parsons wasn’t around anymore, Chris Hillman embarked on a solo career, and Chris Ethridge had just departed this band, we had some great guys that just happened to be real familiar with the Burrito mentality. It all came together quite spectacularly! To begin, Gib Guilbeau was my life-long pal and Cajun guy par excellence. Gene Parsons, formerly of The Byrds, was the drummer from hell who lifted the excitement to the limit (and picked a great banjo and string-bender guitar). What can I say about Joel Scott Hill? A rebel? A reverent fanatic? A soulful and emotional artist? ALL of the above! Then there is Skip Battin, who just joined the band, who everyone loved and called friend, and who provided very original bass and vocal support.”


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