Heartaches & Highways: The Very Best of Emmylou Harris

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
To the extent that a career of nearly 40 years' duration can be summarized in 20 cuts, Heartaches & Highways offers a fine thumbnail of the depth and breadth of Emmylou Harris's artistry. The song sequence starts at the beginning, with her terse duet with Gram Parsons on the Everly Brothers' classic "Love Hurts" and winds up in the present day with a new song, the atmospheric, near-five-and-a-half-minute odyssey "Connection." Those selections bookend a tune stack that ranges from her eerie, self-penned evocation of love and longing, "Boulder to Birmingham," to heartfelt reworkings of honky-tonk classics -- "Making Believe," Kitty Wells's tear-stained depiction of ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
To the extent that a career of nearly 40 years' duration can be summarized in 20 cuts, Heartaches & Highways offers a fine thumbnail of the depth and breadth of Emmylou Harris's artistry. The song sequence starts at the beginning, with her terse duet with Gram Parsons on the Everly Brothers' classic "Love Hurts" and winds up in the present day with a new song, the atmospheric, near-five-and-a-half-minute odyssey "Connection." Those selections bookend a tune stack that ranges from her eerie, self-penned evocation of love and longing, "Boulder to Birmingham," to heartfelt reworkings of honky-tonk classics -- "Making Believe," Kitty Wells's tear-stained depiction of abject loneliness, and "Together Again," Buck Owens's oddly restrained celebration of lovers reunited -- as well as Harris's stirring interpretations of songs by once-obscure writers such as Townes Van Zandt, whose timeless "Pancho & Lefty" was in Harris's repertoire long before Willie and Merle found it. Also featured is Harris's tender, lilting duet with Roy Orbison on an often-overlooked '70s gem overlooked, perhaps, because it was released only on the soundtrack of an awful Meat Loaf movie titled Roadie, "That Lovin' You Feelin' Again," which was by far the best Orbison performance on record in an otherwise forgettable decade for the Big O. The Trio -- Emmylou, Dolly Parton, and Linda Ronstadt -- are also present and accounted for with their sweet reading of Phil Spector's "To Know Him Is to Love Him." More recent fare, such as "Orphan Girl" and "Michelangelo," and a certain daring in working with producer Daniel Lanois, reveal an artist still eager for new challenges, on both the literary and musical fronts. This is a good place to find out why Harris always sounds so fresh and inspired.
All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Emmylou Harris is an artist whose body of work is so consistently strong one could almost pull 20 songs at random from her catalog, string them together, and end up with a pretty listenable disc -- which suggests that the real choices in putting together a "best of Emmylou" album has as much to do with what not to include as what should be on hand. Harris herself helped compile The Very Best of Emmylou Harris: Heartaches & Highways, and while the album certainly doesn't avoid Harris' chart successes, she seems less interested in creating a definitive hits collection than in tracing her journey from the sweet, sad-voiced girl who sang with Gram Parsons to the gifted and thoughtful artist who has lately crafted such mid-career masterpieces as Wrecking Ball and Red Dirt Girl. While the album isn't sequenced in a strictly chronological fashion, the results faithfully trace Harris' subtle but clear stylistic evolution while also offering plenty of evidence that she's perhaps the most naturally gifted song stylist to emerge in country music since the 1970s, able to swing from the honky tonk spirit of "Two More Bottles of Wine" to the rueful losers tale of "Pancho and Lefty" to the gospel passion of "Calling My Children Home" without missing a step. Her superb taste in collaborative musicians, songwriters, and duet partners is also clearly evident throughout, and while the surfaces of later tracks such as "Orphan Girl" and "Michelangelo" may have a different feel, the depth and clarity of Harris' voice and the singular beauty of her creative vision lend this material all the commonality one could need. And the album's one new track, "The Connection," suggests there's plenty more where all this came from. If you're looking for an introduction to Emmylou Harris' broad and remarkable body of work, The Very Best of Emmylou Harris: Heartaches & Highways is a strong starting point, and if you simply want to hear 75 minutes of superb music, this fills the bill on that score as well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/19/2005
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227312329
  • Catalog Number: 73123
  • Sales rank: 7,025

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love Hurts - Gram Parsons (3:40)
  2. 2 Boulder to Birmingham (3:34)
  3. 3 Making Believe (3:37)
  4. 4 Pancho and Lefty (4:50)
  5. 5 One of These Days (3:04)
  6. 6 (Lost His Love) On Our Last Date (3:32)
  7. 7 Born to Run (3:45)
  8. 8 Beneath Still Waters (3:44)
  9. 9 If I Could Only Win Your Love (2:36)
  10. 10 Together Again (3:54)
  11. 11 That Lovin' You Feelin' Again - Roy Orbison (4:10)
  12. 12 To Know Him Is to Love Him - Trio & Linda Ronstadt (3:51)
  13. 13 Two More Bottles of Wine (3:07)
  14. 14 Wayfaring Stranger (3:27)
  15. 15 Calling My Children Home (3:10)
  16. 16 Green Pastures (3:11)
  17. 17 Orphan Girl (3:16)
  18. 18 Michaelangelo (5:14)
  19. 19 Here I Am (3:49)
  20. 20 The Connection (5:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Emmylou Harris Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Mike Auldridge Dobro
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Tony Rice Acoustic Guitar
Ricky Skaggs Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Sam Bush Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocal Harmony, Group Member
Rodney Crowell Guitar, Background Vocals, Hi String
Dolly Parton Vocals
Ry Cooder Guitar (Tremolo)
Albert Lee Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Electric Guitar
David Lindley Mandolin, Kona Guitar
Roy Orbison Vocals
Gram Parsons Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Linda Ronstadt Vocals
James Burton Electric Guitar
Rick Cunha Acoustic Guitar
Ben Keith Pedal Steel Guitar
Mickey Raphael Harmonica
Julie Miller Background Vocals
Larry Atamanuik Percussion, Drums, Vocal Harmony, Group Member
Byron Berline Mandolin
Dianne Brooks Background Vocals
Malcolm Burn Bass, Tambourine
Donivan Cowart Vocal Harmony
Glen D. Hardin Piano, Electric Piano
Hank DeVito Pedal Steel Guitar
Kenny Edwards Acoustic Bass
Steve Fishell Percussion, Pedal Steel Guitar, Hawaiian Guitar
Wayne Goodwin Tenor Saxophone
Emory Gordy Bass
Ed Greene Drums
Jim Hoke Harmonica
Ethan Johns Drums, Electric Guitar
Darryl Johnson Percussion, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Djembe, bass pedals, Vocal Harmony
Donald Johnson Electric Piano
Russ Kunkel Drums
Daniel Lanois Dulcimer, Mandolin
Buddy Miller Electric Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Mando-Guitar
Larry Mullen Jr. Hand Drums
Bill Payne Piano
Herb Pedersen Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Al Perkins Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar, Vocal Harmony, Group Member
John Pierce Bass
Ray Pohlman Bass
Frank Reckard Guitar
Craig Safan Conductor
Randy Sharp Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Trevor Veitch Acoustic Guitar
John Ware Drums
Roy Huskey Jr. Background Vocals, Double Bass, Upright Bass, Vocal Harmony, Group Member
Gerry McGee Electric Guitar
Jon Randall Stewart Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Vocal Harmony, Group Member
Barry Tashian Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Rev. Brady Blade Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Jai Winding Piano
Mike Bowden Bass
Tony Hall Bass, Guitar, Drums
Fayssoux Starling McLean Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Ronnie Tutt Drums
John Baldwin Beatbox
Rick Cuhna Acoustic Guitar
Technical Credits
Delbert McClinton Composer
Doyle Lawson Composer
Floyd Cramer Composer
Emmylou Harris Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Buck Owens Composer
Conway Twitty Composer
Roy Orbison Composer, Duet
Gram Parsons Producer, Audio Production
Phil Spector Composer
Brian Ahern Mastering, Audio Production
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Malcolm Burn Producer
Donivan Cowart Mastering
Glen D. Hardin String Arrangements
Bill Danoff Composer
Nick DeCaro String Arrangements
Henry Diltz Cover Photo
Dallas Frazier Composer
Paul Kennerley Composer
Daniel Lanois Producer, Audio Production
Ira Louvin Composer
Charlie Louvin Composer
George Massenburg Producer, Audio Production
Buddy Miller Producer
Gary Peterson Discographical Annotation
Allen Reynolds Producer
Jack Routh Composer
Craig Safan String Arrangements
Randy Sharp Composer
Townes Van Zandt Composer
Robert K. Oermann Liner Notes
Gillian Welch Composer
Barry Tashian Duet
Jimmy Work Composer
Gina R. Binkley Art Direction
Steve Woolard Discographical Annotation
Charles Waller Composer
Chris Price Composer
Earl Montgomery Composer
Robert Yates Composer
Traditional Composer
Richard Bennett Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREATEST CD I HAVE BOUGHT IN YEARS!!

    I have long loved Emmylou Harris, but have not purchased any of her music since the 1970's album, "Luxury Liner." MY LOSS!! The $13.99 I paid for this album is well worth about 3 cuts of the extradionary 20 included here!! "Boulder to Birmingham," "Two More Bottles of Wine, "Calling My Children Home," "Green Pastures, " and "Here I Am" are enough to make one stop in their tracks, hit the Cd player "Repeat" Button, and keep playing the tracks over and over until the beauty of Emmylou's voice and range of her styles sink into your soul!! I am somewhat a fan of "Alternative Country, " mostly Allison Krauss, but this Cd has made me delve deeper into the genre. All I can finish with is, "RUSH OUT AND BUY THIS CD-- TODAY!!" No lie: it is, by far, the FINEST CD I HAVE PURCHASED IN YEARS!! You'll love it--regardless of your taste in music!!

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