This all mono promenade through the seminal 1968 album by Gram Parsons’ International Submarine Band is widely regarded as the record that launched the country-rock movement and was the first album to spotlight Parsons’ charismatic vocals and visionary songwriting.
Often relegated to a footnote in Parsons’ career, Safe At Home remains a foundational text in country-rock, laying out the parameters of this new subgenre and influencing subsequent generations of artists—country outlaws, alt. country punks, Americana string-bands, and Nashville insurgents. But it’s more than just an artifact, and it’s more than just the first confident effort by a restless artist who was hailed as a hero only after his untimely death. Safe At Home is, at heart, an inventive, lively album crackling with energy and ideas and offering fresh angles on familiar sounds. The International Submarine Band approached rock with no presumptions and, more crucially, approached country with no condescension.
That’s even more apparent on the new mixes included in this edition, which isolate and emphasize Parsons’ vocals. If the original mixes demonstrate his close chemistry with the other players, these new tracks reveal the care and consideration with which he approached country music, whether it’s the profound ache in his voice on “I Still Miss Someone” or the desperation he conveys behind the taunts of “Strong Boy.” He’s not merely singing the songs, but interpreting them: plumbing their depths to see where their sentiments might align with his own experiences. He’s writing the rules of country-rock with each word, with each note. Featuring 12 bonus “Lonesome Versions”!
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Blue Eyes • I Must Be Somebody Else You’ve Known • A Satisfied Mind • Folsom Prison Blues / That’s All Right • Knee Deep In The Blues • Miller’s Cave • I Still Miss Someone • Luxury Liner • Strong Boy • Do You Know How It Feels To Be Lonesome? • Blue Eyes (Lonesome Version)* • I Must Be Somebody Else You've Known (Lonesome Version)* • A Satisfied Mind (Lonesome Version)* • Folsom Prison Blues / That's All Right (Lonesome Version)* • Miller's Cave (Lonesome Version)* • I Still Miss Someone (Lonesome Version)* • Luxury Liner (Lonesome Version)* • Strong Boy (Lonesome Version)* • Do You Know How It Feels To Be Lonesome (Lonesome Version)* • Knee Deep In The Blues (Lonesome Version)* • I Still Miss Someone (Instrumental Reprise)* • Strong Boy (Instrumental Reprise)*