The Gilded Palace of Sin – The Flying Burrito Brothers (1969)

Album no. 141/1001

The debut album from The Flying Burrito Brothers, surely one of the most stupidly named bands ever. It only made it to number 164 on the charts, so be thankful for small mercies I guess.

The Flying Burrito Brothers features two ex-Byrds, Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons. Parsons is known for his influence on country music, and country rock in particular, as well as extensive drug and alcohol abuse. He died at 26, which is pretty sad.

This album is considered a big step in putting traditional country into a (slightly) more rock and roll setting.

Have you listened to this album before?

NK: I have not

CL: You’re joking, surely. This sounds like some terrible Mexican joke band. I hate jokes.

Standout track

NK: Well, well, well, if it isn’t a country rock album. What a treat (it isn’t). ‘Do Right Woman’ is on this, but guess what I liked it more when Aretha sung it. I did not like this. It had none of the good things about country music (heartbroken cowboys, songs about trains during the civil war, stories about shootouts), it just reminds me of when The Byrds went country with Sweetheart of the Rodeo. NOT GOOD. The best track might be ‘Dark End Of The Street’, but that is only because it’s the most bearable. Although the solo in it is pretty awful. Hard to pick a winner here folks.

CL: Look, it’s certainly not the worst country music we’ve ever heard. But it’s not great either. I didn’t hate ‘Christine’s Tune (Devil In Disguise)’, but pretty much everything else then proceeded to sound exactly the same. 

When would be the best time to listen to this?

NK: Don’t do it. Save yourselves.

CL: It’s not even the sort of music I’d recommend when having burritos. That’s a shame. 

Why has this album been included on the list?

NK: Guess what a little bit of research turns up? Two of the founding members of The Flying Burrito Brothers are Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons, last seen IN THE BLOODY BYRDS DOING SWEETHEART OF THE RODEO. As if Crosby Stills and Nash weren’t enough we’ve now got this bloody nonsense. Read whatever I said about sweetheart of the rodeo, there won’t be anything new.

CL: Yeah, I did know this going, so I already wasn’t looking forward to it. I suppose you could say they’ve tried to ‘modernise’ country music, bring it to the mainstream by slipping in some little harmonies. But there’s just no escaping the fact that this is country music, plain and simple. 

Will you be listening again?  

NK: Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

CL: Nah, I’ll just stick with burritos thanks. 


NK: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

CL: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

Listen to The Gilded Palace of Sin on Spotify or buy it in iTunes.

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