Singin' With Emmylou, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The second volume of Singin' With Emmylou, a collection of duets and backing vocal appearances by Emmylou Harris, is no barrel scraper. If anything it is even more eclectic than the first. If Volume 1 offered names and historical country music and pop figures, Volume 2 offers the other side of Harris' contributions -- some to lesser-known artists, some to artists well outside of the country music confines, and some appearances with grand legends. The set opens with a duet of Harris with Johnny Cash. The song "As Long as I Live" is a Roy Acuff classic. Coming from Cash's 1988 collaborative album "Water From the Well," it is easily the strongest track on it. Along the way ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The second volume of Singin' With Emmylou, a collection of duets and backing vocal appearances by Emmylou Harris, is no barrel scraper. If anything it is even more eclectic than the first. If Volume 1 offered names and historical country music and pop figures, Volume 2 offers the other side of Harris' contributions -- some to lesser-known artists, some to artists well outside of the country music confines, and some appearances with grand legends. The set opens with a duet of Harris with Johnny Cash. The song "As Long as I Live" is a Roy Acuff classic. Coming from Cash's 1988 collaborative album "Water From the Well," it is easily the strongest track on it. Along the way there are some soundtrack appearances such as her duet with Patty Griffin on Beth Nielsen Chapman's "Way Beyond the Blue," from the film Where the Heart Is. It is one of Harris' most stirring performances in the last 20 years having a foil that is every bit her vocal equal. There are some killer performances of Harris singing with Bill Monroe, the late Nicolette Larson, Lucinda Williams, Tammy Wynette, and Tanya Tucker as well. On the work of lesser known but wildly talented artists such as Barry and Holly Tashian, the Kendalls, Matraca Berg, German country legend Tom Astor, guitarist Albert Lee, Jim & Jesse, Bobbie Cryner, Mike Auldridge, the Woodys, and Billy Joe Shaver, Harris is a forcer who pushes at the margins in the heart of a song, coaxing phenomenal performances -- in most cases from those she is supporting. In Lee's case, nothing could help the song; it sucks eggs and he can't sing to save his life. The duet with Mary Black on Eleanor McEvoy's "Only a Woman's Heart" from 1995 is burning in its honesty. This is a soul-on-fire collaboration despite the balladic nature of the song. Its understatement adds so much weight to the melody and tempo that these women seem to carry the weight of the world inside them. Coming as it does in the middle of the album, it's almost difficult to go on, but there are more jewels, in the mix, but only one of them shines this blue, black, and brilliant, and that's the aforementioned "Beyond the Blue," which seems to be the answer to this one. Look for more volumes in this excellent series because there's plenty more where this came from.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/2003
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • UPC: 612657016428
  • Catalog Number: 164

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 As Long as I Live (3:00)
  2. 2 The Last Time (Geh Nicht Allein) - Tom Astor (2:35)
  3. 3 My Baby's Gone - The Kendalls (3:27)
  4. 4 High Lonesome - The Woodys (3:27)
  5. 5 Greenville - Lucinda Williams (3:24)
  6. 6 I'm Going Crazy in 3/4 Time - Billy Joe Shaver (3:29)
  7. 7 Sweet Believer - T. Graham Brown (3:25)
  8. 8 Dreamin' My Dreams - Mike Auldridge (3:04)
  9. 9 Only a Woman's Heart - Mary Black (3:48)
  10. 10 Appalachian Rain - Matraca Berg (3:40)
  11. 11 Too May Tears to Late - Bobbie Cryner (3:33)
  12. 12 Beyond the Blue - Patty Griffin (4:34)
  13. 13 I'll Take My Time Going Home - Holly Tashian (3:03)
  14. 14 Flower in the Desert - Jim McReynolds (3:06)
  15. 15 Kentucky Waltz (3:10)
  16. 16 Billy Tyler - Albert Lee (4:39)
  17. 17 Beneath a Painted Sky - Tammy Wynette (2:57)
  18. 18 When You Get a Little Lonely - Nicolette Larson (3:31)
  19. 19 Stormy Weather - Tanya Tucker (3:37)
  20. 20 Sweet Bed of Feeling - Priscilla Coolidge (4:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Emmylou Harris Primary Artist, Vocal Harmony
Rodney Crowell Vocal Harmony
Don Everly Vocal Harmony
Vince Gill Vocal Harmony
Booker T. Jones Vocal Harmony
Herb Pedersen Vocal Harmony
Holly Tashian Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Harold Arlen Composer
Glenn A. Baker Liner Notes, Annotation
Warren Barnett Mastering
Stuart Coupe Liner Notes, Annotation
T. Koeler Composer
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