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LET IT TWANG! CD Review

Various Artists -- Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons (Almo Sounds).  Gram Parsons did a lot for what we call "alt.country" today -- he helped a broader audience see the appeal of country music; he wrote a bunch of great songs; plus he gave us Emmylou Harris, perhaps his greatest gift.  Emmylou has returned the favor by putting together this wonderful tribute disc that features stuff from Gram's all-to-brief career:  Steve Earle and Chris Hillman "High Fashion Queen", Elvis Costello "Sleepless Nights", Gillian Welch "Hickory Wind", Lucinda Williams and David Crosby "Return of the Grievous Angel".  Did I mention Beck, Wilco, the Pretenders...?  This is a loving tribute full of unexpected twists and turns.  Top Ten of 1999 Award Winner  -TRS.

Track listing:

1. She (4:51) [Pretenders & Emmylou Harris]
2. Ooh Las Vegas (5:21) [Cowboy Junkies]
3. Sin City (4:01) [Beck & Emmylou Harris]
4. $1,000 Wedding (3:07) [Evan Dando & Julianna Hatfield]
5. Hot Burrito #1 (3:54) [The Mavericks]
6. High Fashion Queen (3:06) [Chris Hillman & Steve Earle]
7. Juanita (2:42) [Sheryl Crow & Emmylou Harris]
8. Sleepless Nights (3:57) [Elvis Costello]
9. Return of the Grievous Angel (4:19) [Lucinda Williams & David Crosby]
10. One Hundred Years from Now (2:53) [Wilco]
11. A Song for You (6:40) [Whiskeytown]
12. Hickory Wind (4:38) [Gillian Welch]
13. In My Hour of Darkness (4:47) [The Rolling Creekdippers]


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