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Burrito Deluxe – The Flying Burrito Brothers

Flying Burrito Brothers Burrito Deluxe

Burrito Deluxe

(1970), 5.5/10
Despite its quality, The Gilded Palace of Sin wasn’t a success, and Chris Etheridge quit the band. He was replaced by future Eagle Bernie Leadon, who pushed Hillman to bass, while former Byrd Michael Clarke was recruited as the drummer. The resulting album is much more conventionally country rock than its predecessor – it’s much less idiosyncratic and dated, and much more unified. Burrito Deluxe sounds like a good album while it’s on, but the songs just aren’t there this time; Parsons seems disinterested in the band after the first failure, and was much more interested in hanging out with The Rolling Stones. The most memorable track is the cover of The Stones’ ‘Wild Horse’, released before the Stones’ own version – it sounds similar, but Parsons is a lesser singer than Jagger, so the Stones’ version is superior. Elsewhere, Burrito Deluxe is just a nice sounding country-rock record with no memorable songs.

The Train Song is a non-album single from the same era:

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