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Gram Parsons: Grievous Angel (Reprise MS 2171); Chip Taylor: Last Chance (Warner Bros, BS 2718)

Phil Hardy, Let It Rock, May 1974

WITH THIS album, Gram Parsons ends what was probably one of rock's most uneven and exciting careers on a high note. Always a writer of dense songs (dense, not obscure) and a singer in whom influences made themselves felt in the most unusual ways, Grievous Angel shows Parsons at his most open and accessible, as a writer and singer of songs about pain.

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