Flying Burrito Brothers :: Do Right Woman (Aretha)


When it came to varied tastes, Gram Parsons had a mandate on cool. A large part of what has contributed to the artists enduring legacy was his preternatural sense of style, which, in terms of music, transcended the confines of genre boundaries. A sponge, Parsons soaked up everything around him and recast it in his own light. This is no more evident than the Burrito Brothers cover of Aretha Franklin’s soul drenched “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man,” which under Parsons care, transforms into a slow burning country gem.

Related: As we mentioned earlier in the year, the Amoeba Records release of Gram Parsons Archive, Vol. 1, a two CD live document of the Burritos at the Avalon Ballroom, recorded in San Francisco, in April 1969, saw its release, last Tuesday, November 6th. The show was recently unearthed in the Grateful Dead’s archive, and was previously unavailable.

MP3: The Flying Burrito Brothers :: Do Right Woman (cover)
MP3: Aretha Franklin :: Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
Amazon: The Flying Burrito Brothers – Burrito Deluxe

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8 thoughts on “Flying Burrito Brothers :: Do Right Woman (Aretha)

  1. Soul and country music are black and white twins. Most soul ballads are really country songs performed R&B style. Just compare Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham’s country-flavoured versions of their songs with the soul versions by singers like James Carr.

  2. any word on the amoeba release? I really want to check it out but I’ve heard the burritos didn’t put on the best shows.

  3. One of my all-time favorites, from two of my all-time favorites. Both versions give me chills still to this day.

  4. GP does a great version of William Bell’s “You Don’t Miss Your Water” on the Byrds’ Sweetheart of the Rodeo. I guess due to some contract issues, his vocal gets muffled and mixed in with McGuinn’s, but the version is still about as pretty as anything. I think that there may even be an un-muffled version on the Legacy Series version of the album released a few years back. There a great chapter on what Parsons, Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham, Chips Moman and others were doing with spriritual music in Peter Guralnick’s book, “Sweet Soul Music.”

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