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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Bringing together Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, and Linda Ronstadt for the album Trio was a truly inspired idea, and not simply because they were three of the finest voices in country and pop music at the time. While a gifted entertainer, Parton is also a business-savvy professional who will willingly set aside her gifts as a pure country singer if she thinks her audience would rather hear something like "Nine to Five." However, give her a stage for old-school country material, and she will always rise sublimely to the occasion. Similarly, some of Linda Ronstadt's finest work was on her early country-rock albums especially Heart Like a Wheel, but she seems to operate best ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Bringing together Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, and Linda Ronstadt for the album Trio was a truly inspired idea, and not simply because they were three of the finest voices in country and pop music at the time. While a gifted entertainer, Parton is also a business-savvy professional who will willingly set aside her gifts as a pure country singer if she thinks her audience would rather hear something like "Nine to Five." However, give her a stage for old-school country material, and she will always rise sublimely to the occasion. Similarly, some of Linda Ronstadt's finest work was on her early country-rock albums especially Heart Like a Wheel, but she seems to operate best with strong collaborators; left to her own devices, she's just as likely to pick wrong-headed material in styles not comfortable to her, but in the right settings her gifts still dazzle. And while Emmylou Harris had as strong a track record as anyone in Nashville in the 1980s, it's obvious she loves to collaborate with others, and sings harmonies with the same rich and affecting beauty that she brings to her headlining gigs. So you take two gifted artists who need proper direction, team them up with an excellent collaborative artist, and the results should fall neatly into place. In truth, that's a formula as likely as not to fail, but on Trio the experiment works brilliantly. The three vocalists display an obvious affinity and respect for one another's talents, inspiring superb performances in one another, and while they all shine in their solo spots, some of the album's most pleasurable moments are when the three harmonize, with their distinct but equally impressive voices melding into a whole that's more than the sum of its parts. Harris, Parton, and Ronstadt also make the most of a set of fine songs certainly a better program than Parton or Ronstadt had taken on in the studio in a while, and producer George Massenburg lined up a wonderfully subtle and intuitive backing group, with Ry Cooder, David Lindley, and Albert Lee picking gloriously without calling undue attention to themselves. In short, Trio is that rare example of an all-star collaborative effort that truly shows everyone involved to their best advantage, and it ranks with the best of all three headliners' work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992549127
  • Catalog Number: 25491
  • Sales rank: 6,004

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Pain of Loving You - Linda Ronstadt (2:33)
  2. 2 Making Plans - Linda Ronstadt (3:26)
  3. 3 To Know Him Is to Love Him - Linda Ronstadt (3:47)
  4. 4 Hobo's Meditation - Linda Ronstadt (3:16)
  5. 5 Wildflowers - Linda Ronstadt (3:35)
  6. 6 Telling Me Lies - Linda Ronstadt (4:22)
  7. 7 My Dear Companion - Linda Ronstadt (2:53)
  8. 8 Those Memories of You - Linda Ronstadt (3:55)
  9. 9 I've Had Enough - Trio & Emmylou Harris (3:27)
  10. 10 Rosewood Casket - Linda Ronstadt (3:03)
  11. 11 Farther Along - Linda Ronstadt (4:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Emmylou Harris Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Track Performer
John Starling Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Dolly Parton Track Performer
Ry Cooder Guitar
Albert Lee Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin
David Lindley Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Autoharp, Harpolek, Hawaiian Guitar
Linda Ronstadt Vocals, Track Performer
Marty Krystall Clarinet
Jodi Burnett Cello
David Campbell Conductor, Performing Ensemble
Charles Veal Concert Master
Kenny Edwards Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Steve Fishell Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar
Dennis Karmazyn Cello
Russ Kunkel Drums
Mark O'Connor Acoustic Guitar, Viola
Bill Payne Piano, Harmonium, Hammond Organ, Electric Piano
Herb Pedersen Banjo
Brice Martin Flute
Ilene Novog Viola
Leland Sklar Acoustic Bass
Technical Credits
Johnny Russell Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
George Massenburg Producer, Engineer
Anna McGarrigle Composer
Herb Pedersen Vocal Arrangements
Kosh Artwork
Voni Morrison Composer
Ron Larson Artwork
Vonie Morrison Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Trio

    What can I say...these ladies are fantastic! All of their voices are great individually but I have always loved Linda Ronstant's voice and range of music. I have many of her albums, including her Spanish songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best "TRIO" of all time

    This combination of musical greats gives me chills to hear them harmonize together. Their music reminds me of listening to my family sing and harmonize together in the 60's and 70's and brings back many memories. Everytime I hear these songs, I think of growing up. I absolutely love this music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    better than best

    I thoroughly enjoy this album of country/bluegrass chestnuts performed by the three most venerable singers in the genre. A true deam team of Parton, Harris and Ronstadt combines perfect solos, harmonies, and pickin in a collection which surpasses the wildest dreams you might have for such a combo. The whole package is nicely tied up in taste, for a present which delights again and again. I only wish they had listed the sidemen. Sounds maybe like The Seldom Scene, with Ricky Skaggs on fiddle, or maybe Emmylou's angel band. In any case, the pleasure of this album can't be described in words. BUY IT! PLAY IT! You will never be sorry, no matter what your favorite music. If you can own only one country music album, this is the one you should have.

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