Profile: The Best of Emmylou Harris

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Given how long and fruitful her career has been, and the scope of this collection -- an overview of her 1970s offerings -- Profile should no longer be subtitled Best of Emmylou Harris. That said, this is a weighty compilation of very important material that provides a solid introduction to the beginnings of one of America's most important and consistent recordings artists, a woman who has stretched not only country music -- whether Nash Vegas admits it or not -- but pop and rock as well. This material was recorded while Harris was still a "country" artist proper. Her readings of Don Gibson's "Sweet Dreams" a gutsy tune to take on with your first record, the Louvins' "If I ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Given how long and fruitful her career has been, and the scope of this collection -- an overview of her 1970s offerings -- Profile should no longer be subtitled Best of Emmylou Harris. That said, this is a weighty compilation of very important material that provides a solid introduction to the beginnings of one of America's most important and consistent recordings artists, a woman who has stretched not only country music -- whether Nash Vegas admits it or not -- but pop and rock as well. This material was recorded while Harris was still a "country" artist proper. Her readings of Don Gibson's "Sweet Dreams" a gutsy tune to take on with your first record, the Louvins' "If I Could Win Your Love," Dolly Parton's "To Daddy," Buck Owens' "Together Again," A.P. Carter's "Hello Stranger," and Billy Sherrill's "Too Far Gone" established her in the genre as a traditionalist who understood countrypolitan as well. However, this collection also reveals her mastery of the different periods and regions of the music. More interesting and compelling is her version of Delbert McClinton's "Two More Bottles of Wine," which made an R&B tune into a country song, and "Boulder to Birmingham," a song she co-wrote with Bill Danoff that straddles Woody Guthrie's American folk music and a newly emerging country music. The only shortcoming of this collection is that it fails to showcase the newer material she had been working on during these years. For instance, there are no Rodney Crowell tunes present.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992737524
  • Catalog Number: 3258
  • Sales rank: 2,851

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Emmylou Harris Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Mike Auldridge Dobro
Ricky Skaggs Fiddle
Rodney Crowell Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Jonathan Edwards Background Vocals
Albert Lee Mandolin, Piano, Background Vocals
James Burton Electric Guitar
Rick Cunha Acoustic Guitar
Nicolette Larson Vocals
Ben Keith Pedal Steel Guitar
Mickey Raphael Harmonica
Brian Ahern Acoustic Guitar, 12-string Guitar, Gut String Guitar
Byron Berline Mandolin
Dianne Brooks Background Vocals
Glen D. Hardin Piano, Conductor, Electric Piano
Nick DeCaro Conductor
Hank DeVito Pedal Steel Guitar
Emory Gordy Bass, Piano
Bernie Leadon Acoustic Guitar
Bill Payne Piano
Herb Pedersen Banjo, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Ray Pohlman Bass
Fayssoux Starling Background Vocals
Ron Tutt Drums
John Ware Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Brian Ahern Producer, Engineer
Donivan Cowart Engineer
Glen D. Hardin String Arrangements
Nick DeCaro String Arrangements
Billy Sherrill Composer
Stuart Taylor Engineer
Miles Wilkinson Engineer
Bradley Hartman Engineer
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