Heartbreak Hill

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2003
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891397726
  • Catalog Number: 3977
  • Sales rank: 169,874

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Heartbreak Hill (4:16)
  2. 2 Heaven Only Knows (3:47)
  3. 3 If I Needed You (3:23)
  4. 4 Born to Run (6:56)
  5. 5 Luxury Liner - Brad Paisley (4:18)
  6. 6 In My Dreams (3:33)
  7. 7 Two More Bottles of Wine (5:34)
  8. 8 'Til I Gain Control Again (5:14)
  9. 9 One of These Days (3:02)
  10. 10 Bluebird Wine (3:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Albert Lee Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, 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
Randy LeRoy Mastering
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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