The thing about record buying was the foreplay. Hearing John Peel say their names, often months before you got to see them in a record shop. Then you’d go back and visit them in the shop, learning the names of the tracks and reading the sleeve notes. This came out in 1965. Don’t think I bought it until 1980. That’s 15 years of foreplay.
This was recorded in 1972 after Gram Parsons and Sneaky Pete had left, when they were playing a combination of bar band soul covers, Parsons songs and bluegrass tunes showcasing Byron Berline’s fiddle. It’s actually one of my favourite live albums. It’s just got a spirit, particularly towards the end of side two, that few records have. Listening to it just now for the first time in ages I wonder for the first time how live it is. The audience don’t sound real and they don’t credit a venue, which is very unusual. It was engineered by Eddie Kramer who I talked to not long ago. Should have asked him.