Trio

Trio

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by Emmylou Harris
     
 

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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 thinksSee more details below

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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:
0075992549127
catalogNumber:
25491
Rank:
5033

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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
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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