For a few years around the turn of the '80s, country-rock pioneers the Flying Burrito Brothers changed their name and their artistic direction. The band recruited Nashville songwriter John Beland, who had played with fiddler Gib Guilbeau in the band Swampwater a decade or so before, dropped the "Flying" and went in a slickly commercial new country direction. Signing to Curb Records, the industry leader in this style of country, the group went on to a fair amount of mainstream country success with albums like HEARTS ON THE LINE and SUNSET SUNDOWN. Released in 1990, during one of the Burritos' occasional hiatuses, HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS 1979-'82 consists of 23 fairly rough demos of these Beland/Guilbeau songs, most of which appear on those two albums. As expected, these rough-edged versions are far superior to the glossy final versions which were finally released. Buy this first.
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