The Flying Burrito Brothers: The Gilded Palace of Sin

The Flying Burrito Brothers: The Gilded Palace of Sin

Intervention Records  IR-SCD3

Stereo Hybrid


The Flying Burrito Brothers

#192 Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
Rolling Stone's 100 Best Debut Albums of All Time

Is this the album that made country cool? Former Byrds Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman picked up where they left off with Sweetheart of the Rodeo with this stunning masterpiece of a debut album by The Flying Burrito Bros. While Parsons had already pushed rock in a country direction during his brief stint with The Byrds and The International Submarine Band, The Gilded Palace of Sin is why the Burritos are widely viewed as the inventors of country rock. Indeed with this album, Hillman and Parsons carved a substantial place in music history as one of the most influential albums and bands of all time.

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Analogue recording

The Gilded Palace of Sin was mastered 100% AAA analog by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the best source available- a phenomenal sounding 1/2" safety copy of the original stereo master tapes. All of the top-end energy and “snap” of the original A&M LP is preserved, while the bass foundation is fully restored to make this new Intervention reissue the definitive listening experience for this classic LP!
1) Christine's Tune
2) Sin City
3) Do Right Woman
4) Dark End of the Street
5) My Uncle
6) Wheels
7) Juanita
8) Hot Burrito #1
9) Hott Burrito #2
10) Do You Know How It Feels
11) Hippie Boy
Comments (9)

Comment by Downunderman - March 4, 2018 (1 of 9)

I did not have high hopes for this one, especially given the following quote from the Intervention Records Site - "Mastered Direct-to-DSD From Real Analog Tapes!". On the plus side it was mastered by Kevin Gray and in my experience he does very good work.

I mention the above because this information does not appear on the SACD itself or the artwork.

What 'real analog tapes' amount to we can only guess.....Luckily after a bit more digging elsewhere this is what it means : 'have been remastered by Kevin Gray from the best source available: a 1/2″ safety copy of the original master tape as provided by Universal Music'.

In my experience this album has always sounded pretty ordinary on CD. So it was with a deal of trepidation that I pressed play.

The excellent news is that the SACD sounds much better than I was expecting. The sound is still a little bit on the thin side for mine, but is much, much better than my previous experience of the album on CD. Sound stage presentation and instrument separation is also very good. And there does not seem to be much, if any compression or track equalisation added either.

Buy with confidence.

Comment by George P - January 7, 2020 (2 of 9)

A superb sounding mastering by the great Kevin Gray. Absolutely betters every other digital mastering for this album. I recommend this SACD highly.

Comment by breydon_music - January 12, 2020 (3 of 9)

Excellent news that out of the blue Intervention have rescheduled the "Burrito Deluxe" SACD for February release. It's the headline on their website right now, so hopefully if it is a success they may be tempted to reschedule some more?

Comment by Downunderman - January 13, 2020 (4 of 9)

....including the Joan Armatrading title in the Intervention reschedule would be just wonderful - hope springs eternal.

Comment by breydon_music - January 14, 2020 (5 of 9)

You read my mind!

Comment by Kveld-Úlfr - August 19, 2020 (6 of 9)

Does anyone have any problem with this title? The first disc I have received was faulty (my Cambridge Audio Azur 651BD could only read its CD layer) while the replacement disc that was sent to me cannot be read at all.
Above said player is 8 years old but still in perfect shape.
So far I saw no one testifying likewise anywhere else on the internet.

Comment by breydon_music - August 21, 2020 (7 of 9)

I've just got mine out and tested it for you - I've changed players in the last few months and haven't played this since. It was fine on my Esoteric SA-10, and it's perfect also on my new Marantz SA-KI Ruby, so this is either some sort of incompatibility with your player or you are very unlucky indeed! I did buy mine when it was first issued, but I can't imagine that Intervention have re-pressed it since then.

Comment by Kveld-Úlfr - August 21, 2020 (8 of 9)

Many thanks for this test. Well, I guess I will ask for a second return... and cross fingers for a sound third copy.

Comment by Downunderman - August 23, 2020 (9 of 9)

Gave mine a test - All Good too. I run a dCS spinner, which uses a transport mechanism sourced from Esoteric