Random Item – Number 1 – Emmylou Harris

When looking at your record collection in Discogs there’s a search button, next to that is a ‘Random Item’ link which I pressed to tell me what I should listen to next as I was being indecisive. It came back with this:

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So this is what I’m listening to. I bought it for £3 from a used bin because I liked the cover. Now I’m going all Country for Christmas.

The album was released in 1979 and is more traditional country than the country-rock sound of Harris’ previous releases. Songs include work by Willie Nelson and Gram Parsons. Rodney Crowell’s “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues” featuring harmonies by Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt, and came out of theirs ill-fated 1978 recording sessions, where they first attempted to record a “trio” album (nearly a full decade before they actually succeeded in doing so).

The album won the 1980 Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. “Beneath Still Waters” became Harris’ fourth #1 hit, covers of The Drifters’ 1960 hit “Save The Last Dance For Me” and the title track (originally recorded by Loretta Lynn) were top ten hits on the US country charts.

In 2006, the album ranked #20 on CMT’s 40 Greatest Albums in Country Music.

Track List

A1 Sister’s Coming Home – Written-By – Willie Nelson -2:52
A2 Beneath Still Waters – Written-By – Dallas Frazier – 3:41
A3 Rough And Rocky – Written-By – Charles Justice, Shoji Tabuchi -3:50
A4 Hickory Wind – Written-By Bob Buchanon, Gram Parsons -4:01
A5 Save The Last Dance For Me – Written-By Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman -3:30

B1 Sorrow In The Wind – Written-By Jean Ritchie – 3:28
B2 They’ll Never Take His Love From Me – Written By Leon Payne – 2:34
B3 Everytime You Leave – Written By Charlie Louvin, Ira Louvin -2:58
B4 Blue Kentucky Girl – Written By Johnny Mullins – 3:17
B5 Even Cowgirls Get The Blues – Written By Rodney Crowell – 3:56

Rating: 7.25 (even though this isn’t my thing really it is still very well done)

4 Comments

  1. verian

    I really did quite enjoy the album, having bought it on a whim among several other used albums that were all quite cheap. Today was the first time I listened to it properly. I’m pretty sure I will listen to it again at some point. I do seem to remember that she appears on the Dylan album Desire somewhere, I must dig that out again.

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  2. rockdoc999

    I love(d) Enmylou Harris… I’ve seen her in concert in Sweden three times; the first at a stsr-studded Hultsfreds Festival in 1996, when I had the fantastic priviledge of actually meeting her and getting four or five album covers autographed. Her concert that year was magnificent-I was so in trance that I cannot remember any songs—,only the general feeling of warmth and harmony and the silver-haired singer surrounded by wonderful musicians..
    The last time I saw her in 2014 she had trouble hitting the right notes and I fell out of love… Could she have passed her ’best before date’?
    Still the records still give me goosebumps and send shivers down my spine when I listen.

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  3. verian

    I had a similar concert experience with Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, I was really surprised when it was over, I couldn’t understand how and hour and a half had passed! I guess it can be difficult for vocalists as the voice can go, I believe it tends to drop an octave or two just due to age, nothing much can be done about it. The first experience outshines the last though doesn’t it? That’s the memory to keep 🙂

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