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Radiogram: 24 Songs That Inspired Gram Parsons
1. Dim Lights Thick Smoke - Flatt & Scruggs
2. Ho! Ho! Love 'Em - Joe Ken Clark & His Merry Mountain Boys
3. Crazy Arms - Leon Payne
4. Conscience I'm Guilty - Benny Barnes
5. Hearts in My Dream - George Jones
6. Life to Go - Stonewall Jackson
7. Lovesick Blues - Jimmy Blakey
8. Old Fashioned Love, An - Lonnie Irving
9. Christian Life, The - The Louvin Brothers
10. What Are They Doing in Heaven Today - Harry & Jeanie West
11. Down the Valley of Shadow - The Bailes Brothers
12. What Are They Doing in Heaven Today - Harry & Jeanie West
13. Life's Railway to Heaven - Bradley Kincaid
14. I'm Only on a Journey Here - Harry & Jeanie West
15. From the Manger to the Cross - Cowboy Copas
16. By the Grave of Nobody's Darling - Asher Sizemore/Little Jimmie
17. Please Don't Take Her from Me - Buck Owens
18. Set Him Free - Skeeter Davis
19. I Can't Control My Heart - Hank Snow
20. Satisfied Mind, A - Red Hayes
21. But I Do - Tibby Edwards
22. Maybe You Would Love Me Then - Frankie Miller
23. I've Quit Catting Around - Harry Coates
24. Mama - Lefty Frizell
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 99838
Liner Note Author: Dave Henderson.
It's likely some poetic license was taken in the use of a title that infers that these two-dozen songs might have inspired Gram Parsons as a teenager. Certainly he didn't record most of them, or specifically cite these or a similar list in interviews that he gave. He did end up recording some of them, notably (with the Byrds) the Louvin Brothers' "Christian Life" (with the International Submarine Band) "A Satisfied Mind" (here represented by the Red Hayes rendition), "Dim Lights Thick Smoke" (here represented by a Flatt & Scruggs recording), and "Crazy Arms" (here done by Leon Payne). But it's better to treat this as a sampling of the kinds of songs someone entering his teens in the South, such as Parsons was at the end of the '50s, might have come across on country radio stations at the time. On that level, it's a good cross-section of the more down-to-earth country music of the period, from ballads and hillbilly to honky tonk and country swing. Some giants are here (George Jones, the Louvin Brothers, Lefty Frizell, Buck Owens, Hank Snow, Skeeter Davis), but so are quite a few less-celebrated artists who won't be familiar to the average Parsons or even country fan, like Benny Barnes, Lonnie Irving, Harry & Jeanie West, and Bradley Kincaid. The music, for the most, part redeems the shaky concept, but is undeserved by the packaging's skimpy liner notes (with no original release information) and subpar sound quality, with surface noise sometimes audible. ~ Richie Unterberger
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