Trio II

Trio II

by Emmylou Harris
     
 

Widely agreed upon as technically perfect, this five-year-in-the-making collaboration among these Oprytown divas should be a diamond -- or three diamonds: a Trio II tiara. But this album, for all its harmonic, sopranic vibrato perfection, is not a glassy ride across the entire lake. Let Linda Ronstadt covet the tracks for her own albumSee more details below

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Widely agreed upon as technically perfect, this five-year-in-the-making collaboration among these Oprytown divas should be a diamond -- or three diamonds: a Trio II tiara. But this album, for all its harmonic, sopranic vibrato perfection, is not a glassy ride across the entire lake. Let Linda Ronstadt covet the tracks for her own album projects as much as she reportedly had -- Dolly Parton walks all over this record in true Dollywood fashion, with Emmylou Harris and Ronstadt chirping deliciously behind her. There are plenty of exceptions to this, as "Feels Like Home" is really Ronstadt's, and Harris treats "You'll Never Be the Sun" with crystal, bitter prayer-book reverence. Even contributing fiddles and pedal-steel guitars drop by to accompany Parton without a flaw. It isn't her fault her voice, as distinct as the rarest and loudest bird in a forest populated by rare and loud birds, outsculpts the tone and impact of any song she sings with others. She and the gals score a soaring version of the old Carter Family classic "Lover's Return" in a heartbreaking three-parter; the baffling choice to include a Parton-heavy Neil Young standard about the survival and solitude of the dope-drenched '60s, "After the Gold Rush," is, well, baffling. Parton changes his lyrics to say, "I felt like I could cry," instead of voicing the song's former urge to procure some mind-altering substances. In general, a gem along the beautiful lines of cubic zirconium, from the most well-intended and loving of real-deal songbird girlfriends.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/09/1999
Label:
Asylum Records
UPC:
0075596227520
catalogNumber:
62275
Rank:
5783

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Emmylou Harris   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Alison Krauss   Fiddle
John Starling   Acoustic Guitar
Dolly Parton   Track Performer
David Lindley   Autoharp
Linda Ronstadt   Strings,Track Performer
Jim Keltner   Drums
Ben Keith   Steel Guitar
Larry Atamanuik   Drums
Mark Casstevens   Acoustic Guitar
David Grisman   Mandolin
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Carl Jackson   Acoustic Guitar
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Leland Sklar   Bass

Technical Credits

John Starling   Producer
Linda Ronstadt   Arranger
Nathaniel Kunkel   Engineer
George Massenburg   Producer
Lyn Bradley   Art Direction

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