The Best of Emmylou Harris

The Best of Emmylou Harris

by Emmylou HarrisEmmylou Harris


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Given how long and fruitful her career has been, and the scope of this collection -- an overview of her 1970s offerings -- Profile should no longer be subtitled Best of Emmylou Harris. That said, this is a weighty compilation of very important material that provides a solid introduction to the beginnings of one of America's most important and consistent recordings artists, a woman who has stretched not only country music -- whether Nash Vegas admits it or not -- but pop and rock as well. This material was recorded while Harris was still a "country" artist proper. Her readings of Don Gibson's "Sweet Dreams" (a gutsy tune to take on with your first record), the Louvins' "If I Could Win Your Love," Dolly Parton's "To Daddy," Buck Owens' "Together Again," A.P. Carter's "Hello Stranger," and Billy Sherrill's "Too Far Gone" established her in the genre as a traditionalist who understood countrypolitan as well. However, this collection also reveals her mastery of the different periods and regions of the music. More interesting and compelling is her version of Delbert McClinton's "Two More Bottles of Wine," which made an R&B tune into a country song, and "Boulder to Birmingham," a song she co-wrote with Bill Danoff that straddles Woody Guthrie's American folk music and a newly emerging country music. The only shortcoming of this collection is that it fails to showcase the newer material she had been working on during these years. For instance, there are no Rodney Crowell tunes present.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0075992737524
catalogNumber: 3258
Rank: 403

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Emmylou Harris   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Mike Auldridge   Dobro
Ricky Skaggs   Fiddle
Rodney Crowell   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Jonathan Edwards   Background Vocals
Albert Lee   Mandolin,Piano,Background Vocals
James Burton   Electric Guitar
Rick Cunha   Acoustic Guitar
Nicolette Larson   Vocals
Ben Keith   Pedal Steel Guitar
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Brian Ahern   Acoustic Guitar,12-string Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Byron Berline   Mandolin
Dianne Brooks   Background Vocals
Glen D. Hardin   Piano,Conductor,Electric Piano
Nick DeCaro   Conductor
Hank DeVito   Pedal Steel Guitar
Emory Gordy   Bass,Piano
Bernie Leadon   Acoustic Guitar
Bill Payne   Piano
Herb Pedersen   Banjo,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Ray Pohlman   Bass
Fayssoux Starling   Background Vocals
Ron Tutt   Drums
John Ware   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Brian Ahern   Producer,Engineer
Donivan Cowart   Engineer
Glen D. Hardin   String Arrangements
Nick DeCaro   String Arrangements
Billy Sherrill   Composer
Stuart Taylor   Engineer
Miles Wilkinson   Engineer
Bradley Hartman   Engineer

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