Heartbreak Hill

Heartbreak Hill

by Albert LeeAlbert Lee


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Albert Lee has garnered such a good command of American country music it will probably surprise a few listeners that he was born in England. On Heartbreak Hill, he delves into a number of songs associated with Gram Parsons, Rodney Crowell, and former bandmate Emmylou Harris. Lee has a well-deserved rep for his guitar skills, so it makes good sense that he's joined by a top-notch band that includes veteran steel player Buddy Emmons. The band opens strong with the jaunty title cut before sliding into Paul Kennerley's heartbreaking "Heaven Only Knows." Lee's joined on vocals by Patty Loveless on the first cut and Buddy Miller on the latter, adding extra pizzazz to the choruses. The arrangements -- steel, piano, drums, and bass -- achieve a good blend behind the vocals, while Lee's multiple guitar parts add subtle touches in unexpected places. Other enjoyable cuts include Townes Van Zandt's "If I Needed You," Kennerley's "Born to Run," and -- for guitar fans -- an instrumental take on Parsons' "Luxury Liner." Heartbreak Hill never overwhelms the listener with its originality, at least partially because it is so grounded in music associated with other people. But Lee and his bandmates have crafted a solid and likable album that lovingly recalls the best of '70s and '80s country.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2003
Label: Sugarhill
UPC: 0015891397726
catalogNumber: 3977
Rank: 95110

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Albert Lee   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Vocals,Soloist,Vocal Harmony,Delay
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
Earl Scruggs   Banjo
Rodney Crowell   Gut String Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Patty Loveless   Gut String Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica,Echo Harp,Bass Harmonica
Jennifer Condos   Bass
Glen D. Hardin   Piano
Vince Gill   Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Buddy Miller   Gut String Guitar,Vocal Harmony
John Molo   Drums,Shaker
Tony Newman   Drums
Maura O'Connell   Vocals
J.D. Souther   Gut String Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Spencer Campbell   Bass
Billy Thomas   Gut String Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Brad Paisley   Guitar,Electric Guitar
"J.T." Thomas   Electric Piano

Technical Credits

Delbert McClinton   Composer
Rodney Crowell   Composer
Emmylou Harris   Composer
Albert Lee   Producer
Gram Parsons   Composer
Alvin Lee   Composer
Steve Fishell   Producer
Emory Gordy   Producer,Engineer
Paul Kennerley   Composer
Maura O'Connell   Duet
Dave Sinko   Engineer
Townes Van Zandt   Composer
Joe Medwick   Concept
Steve Wilkison   Video Editor,Authoring
Earl Montgomery   Composer
Larry Getz   Engineer
Karen Kovar Lee   Executive Producer
Larry Getz   Engineer

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