Luxury Liner [Bonus Tracks]

Luxury Liner [Bonus Tracks]

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by Emmylou Harris
     
 

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Arriving in the wake of her first gold album and Grammy Award (for her second solo release, Elite Hotel), Luxury Liner caught Emmylou Harris, the Hot Band, and producer Brian Ahern at a peak creative moment. Meshing a respect for traditional country music with a contemporary mind-set expressed in high-octane instrumentalSee more details below

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Arriving in the wake of her first gold album and Grammy Award (for her second solo release, Elite Hotel), Luxury Liner caught Emmylou Harris, the Hot Band, and producer Brian Ahern at a peak creative moment. Meshing a respect for traditional country music with a contemporary mind-set expressed in high-octane instrumental support, the assembled cast delivered a landmark that at once prefigured and set a template for the next decade's New Traditionalist movement. A starkly rendered version of Kitty Wells's beautiful, haunting ballad "Making Believe" lingers in memory long after the album is over, while Harris's deliberate reading of Townes Van Zandt's enigmatic "Pancho and Lefty," set against a lilting, ominous instrumental backdrop, deepens the narrative's mystery. A soft and tender exploration of the Louvin Brothers' classic heartbreaker "When I Stop Dreaming" gets an added layer of undiluted ache when Harris, Dolly Parton, and Fayssoux Starling harmonize on the choruses and Mickey Raphael interjects eerie, wailing harmonica retorts. The steady-rolling title song is a delightfully retooled obscurity from the Gram Parsons catalogue, and another Parsons song, "She" (co-written with his fellow Flying Burrito Chris Ethridge), is a most memorable moment in Harris's studio work, as it finds her rising to a searing howl in the choruses after rendering the verses in her most reportorial tone. A spunky take on Chuck Berry's "(You Never Can Tell) C'est la Vie," a pair of early Rodney Crowell gems ("You're Supposed to Be Feeling Good" and the moody "Tulsa Queen," a co-write with Harris), and two previously unreleased bonus tracks (most notably the rustic, gospel-inflected ballad "Night Flyer," featuring harmony vocals by Delia Bell) elevate this reissue into the upper echelon of Harris's daunting recorded legacy.

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Luxury Liner, the third album from Emmylou Harris, is another watermark. Taking the country-rock paradigm created by her former singing partner Gram Parsons with the Flying Burrito Brothers, Harris and her Hot Band made good on the promise that traditional country music could sidle alongside modern rock in the 1970s and make something timeless and true. This is also the place where Harris began recording the works of contemporary outsider songwriters in earnest. While the title track and "She" were written by Parsons, another pair of the album's highlights were the first recorded cover of Townes Van Zandt's "Pancho & Lefty" (which remains a stellar version of the song) and Susanna Clark's stunningly beautiful "I'll Be Your San Antone Rose," as well as Hot Band member Rodney Crowell's "You're Supposed to Be Feeling Good." Harris juxtaposed these new works against country music hallmarks such as A.P. Carter's "Hello Stranger" and the Louvin Brothers' "When I Stop Dreaming," as well as Jimmy Work's classic "Making Believe." Harris also recorded Chuck Berry's "You Can Never Tell," which comes down on the stomping honky tonk side of rock. Berry was blown away by her version. [The 2004 remastered and expanded edition of the album includes a pair of session tracks that didn't make the final cut: Laurie Hyde Smith's "Me and Willie" and a duet version of Johnny Mullins' "Night Flyer." In addition, there is a well-considered liner essay by Rolling Stone contributor Parke Puterbaugh.]

Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2004
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227811020
catalogNumber:
78110
Rank:
16878

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Emmylou Harris   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar
Mike Auldridge   Dobro
Ricky Skaggs   Fiddle,Mandolin
Rodney Crowell   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Hi String
Dolly Parton   Background Vocals
Albert Lee   Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
James Burton   Electric Guitar
Rick Cunha   Acoustic Guitar
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica,Bass Harmonica
Brian Ahern   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Acoustic Bass
Dianne Brooks   Background Vocals
Glen D. Hardin   Piano,Conductor,Electric Piano
Hank DeVito   Pedal Steel Guitar
Steve Fishell   Melobar
Wayne Goodwin   Mandolin
Emory Gordy   Bass
Don Heffington   Drums
Herb Pedersen   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
John Randall   Background Vocals
Fayssoux Starling   Background Vocals
John Ware   Drums
Barry Tashian   Acoustic Guitar
Michael J. Henderson   Slide Guitar
Mike Bowden   Bass

Technical Credits

Rodney Crowell   Composer
Emmylou Harris   Composer,Tama
Chuck Berry   Composer
Gram Parsons   Composer
Brian Ahern   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Mastering
Greg Allen   Art Direction
A.P. Carter   Composer
Susanna Clark   Composer
Donivan Cowart   Engineer
Glen D. Hardin   String Arrangements
Chris Ethridge   Composer
Ira Louvin   Composer
Charlie Louvin   Composer
Stuart Taylor   Engineer
Townes Van Zandt   Composer
Miles Wilkinson   Engineer
Bradley Hartman   Engineer
Jimmy Work   Composer
John Mullins   Composer
Andrew Mendelson   Digital Editing
Dan Reeder   Collage
Doug Beal   Mastering

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