Pieces of the Sky [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Emmylou Harris' Pieces of the Sky is one of the more welcome entries in her catalog. Before the auspicious and provocative Elite Hotel, issued later in 1975, Pieces of the Sky was the kind of record that became Harris' signature style for most of her time at Warner Brothers, and is one of the most auspicious debut recordings in the history of country music. Accompanied by the Hot Band featuring James Burton, Rodney Crowell, Brian Ahern, Rick Cunha, Glen D. Hardin, Linda Ronstadt, Amos Garrett, Mike Auldridge, and a slew of others, Harris offers a palette of songs that range from traditional country music, including her understated yet deeply moving read of Billy Sherrill's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Emmylou Harris' Pieces of the Sky is one of the more welcome entries in her catalog. Before the auspicious and provocative Elite Hotel, issued later in 1975, Pieces of the Sky was the kind of record that became Harris' signature style for most of her time at Warner Brothers, and is one of the most auspicious debut recordings in the history of country music. Accompanied by the Hot Band featuring James Burton, Rodney Crowell, Brian Ahern, Rick Cunha, Glen D. Hardin, Linda Ronstadt, Amos Garrett, Mike Auldridge, and a slew of others, Harris offers a palette of songs that range from traditional country music, including her understated yet deeply moving read of Billy Sherrill's "Too Far Gone," Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many Colors," Merle Haggard's "Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down," the Louvin Brothers' "If I Could Only Win Your Love," and the Bryants' "Sleepless Nights" a staple of Harris when she played with the late Gram Parsons. From the then-current crop of country songwriters, she opened the album with Crowell's "Bluebird Wine" and Shel Silverstein's "Queen of the Silver Dollar." There's also another Lennon-McCartney selection included, with "For No One." But the most moving track on the set is "Boulder to Birmingham," a Harris original and her tribute to the memory of Parsons. In her voice one can hear the human heart break, shatter, and then gather itself in order to move on, forever looking back. When she sings, "Well you really got me this time/And the hardest part is knowing I'll survive/I've come to listen for the sound of the trucks as they move down out on 95/And pretending it's the ocean, comin' down to wash me clean/Baby, do you know what I mean?," the entire world opens in the grain of her voice and bathes the listener in grief, longing, and resolve. [On the 2004 remastered and expanded version of the album Rhino added a pair of Dallas Frazier tracks from the same sessions: there's the hard-singing honky tonk of "Hank and Lefty" and the standard "California Cottonfields." While nothing needed be added to this masterpiece, these cuts following Silverstein's original closer do not at all detract from it.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2004
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227810825
  • Catalog Number: 78108
  • Sales rank: 7,385

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Emmylou Harris Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Ricky Skaggs Fiddle, Viola
Linda Ronstadt Background Vocals
Amos Garrett Electric Guitar
James Burton Dobro, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Rick Cunha Acoustic Guitar, Hi String
Ben Keith Pedal Steel Guitar
Brian Ahern Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Hi String
Bruce Archer Acoustic Guitar
Duke Bardwell Bass
Byron Berline Fiddle, Mandolin
Glen D. Hardin Piano, Electric Piano
Tom Guidera Bass
Bernie Leadon Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Dobro, Background Vocals
Bill Payne Piano
Herb Pedersen Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Guest Appearance
Danny Pendleton Pedal Steel Guitar
Ray Pohlman Bass
Fayssoux Starling Background Vocals
Ron Tutt Drums
Markus Cuff Drums
Richard Greene & Beryl Marriott Fiddle
Technical Credits
Rodney Crowell Composer
Merle Haggard Composer
Emmylou Harris Composer
Dolly Parton Composer
Shel Silverstein Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Brian Ahern Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Greg Allen Art Direction
Felice Bryant Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Rick Clark Liner Notes
Glen D. Hardin String Arrangements
Bill Danoff Composer
Nick DeCaro String Arrangements
Dallas Frazier Composer
Ira Louvin Composer
Charlie Louvin Composer
Gilly Sherill Composer
Billy Sherrill Composer
Fran Tate Engineer
Stuart Taylor Engineer
Paul Skene Engineer
Chris Skene Engineer
Earl Montgomery Composer
Danny Flowers Composer
Andrew Mendelson Digital Editing
Doug Beal Mastering
Lisa Phillips Artwork
Daniel Flowers Composer
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