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Friday, October 16, 2009

Jim Franklin - Armadillo World Headquaters Poster

Jim Franklin

Check out this Jim Franklin 1971 poster for a Flying Burrito Brothers gig at the Armadillo World Headquarters. It is a goof on the first flight by the Wright Brothers only the craft's wings are made of burritos.

The Flying Burrito Brothers were an offshoot of the Byrds, best known for their influential country rock debut album, 1969's The Gilded Palace of Sin. Although the group is most often mentioned in connection with country rock legends Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman, the group underwent many personnel changes.

After turning the Byrds into a country rock band on the 1968 Sweetheart of the Rodeo album, Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman left to form the Flying Burrito Brothers. The idea behind the Flying Burrito Brothers was to draw more rock fans to listen to country, and vice versa. If they weren't the first country rock band, they were certainly one of the most influential, mixing '50's-style country with '60's folk-rock sensibilities.

The original lineup featuring Parsons and Hillman is considered by most to be the only real Burrito Brothers. However, the original incarnation of the band dissolved by 1972, and for decades afterward, different bands used the same name, and some of those lineups have contained no original members. Thus, sorting out this band's (or the band name's) complete history is quite difficult.

The first three studio albums that featured Parsons and/or Hillman are compiled in their entirety on the 2000 release Hot Burritos! The Flying Burrito Bros. Anthology 1969-1972. Most other Burritos albums were recorded by different versions of the band. At the start of the millenium, the Flying Burrito Brothers were declared defunct. However, before his death in January 2007, original member "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow formed a band called Burrito Deluxe, whose current members have decided to continue without him. So, the saga continues...

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