Flying Burrito Brothers – Authorized Bootleg, Late Show, November 7, 1970, Fillmore East, New York, N.Y.

January 01, 1970

(Hip-O Select)

Universally credited – along with the Byrds and Poco – as the band that helped
jumpstart the Americana
movement, the Flying Burrito Brothers were never effectively captured live in
their prime. A latterday recording,  Last
of the Red Hot Burritos
represented a later line-up, but it was the group’s
second incarnation — led by ex-Byrds Chris Hillman and Michael Clarke, pedal
steel player “Sneaky” Pete Kleinow, future Eagle Bernie Leadon and
singer/songwriter Rick Roberts – that’s captured so faithfully here in concert.


By this time, the band had already lost two of its original
prime movers, cosmic cowboy and country rock’s original godfather Gram Parsons
and bassist Chris Ethridge, but the outfit that remained was no less potent or
influential. Consequently, this heretofore-unreleased archival document could
be considered a genuine gem of an offering, if only for the fact that it boasts
the best of their early repertoire. Drawn mostly from their first two albums,
the set list includes the propulsive “Lazy Days”; Hillman’s love letter to his
draft board, My Uncle”; the gently pining “Cody, Cody” and the essential
version of “Wild Horse,” which Parsons appropriated from his pal Keith Richards
prior to the Stones’ patenting their own version.


Collectors and aficionados will also appreciate the
Burritos’ versions of “One Hundred Years From Now” and “I Am a Pilgrim,” two
songs that originally appeared on Hillman and Clarke’s Byrds swansong, Sweetheart
of the Rodeo
, the landmark effort that helped initiate rock ‘n’ roll’s
country crossover. Several standards also adorn the effort, including the
truckers’ anthem “Six Days on the Road,” “Willie and the Hand Jive” and a nice
bit of bluegrass entitled “Dixie Bluegrass.” 
A most important document, consider it key to the Flying Burrito Brothers’
original flight plan.


DOWNLOAD: “Wild Horses,”
Cody, Cody,” “Lazy Days” LEE ZIMMERMAN



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