Gilded Palace Of Sin - AM Records 1969
The first version featured prominent former Byrd-members Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons. With Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Chris Etheridge and various drummers they recorded the highly acclaimed album "The Gilded Palace of Sin". Along with the Byrds' "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" this album is regarded as one of the first classics in country-rock. Most of the songs are originals written by all band-members with Hilmann and Parsons as the main contributers. It's also their songs that stand out the most though, it's an overall very consistent album with no actually weak tracks. My favourites are the now country classics "Sin City" and "Juanita", and of course the great opening track "Christine's Tune".