Wrecking Ball

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Wrecking Ball is a leftfield masterpiece, the most wide-ranging, innovative, and daring record in a career built on such notions. Rich in atmosphere and haunting in its dark complexity, much of the due credit belongs to producer Daniel Lanois; best known for his work with pop superstars like U2 and Peter Gabriel, on Wrecking Ball Lanois taps into the very essence of what makes Harris tick -- the gossamer vocals, the flawless phrasing -- while also opening up innumerable new avenues for her talents to explore. The songs shimmer and swirl, given life through Lanois' trademark ringing guitar textures and the almost primal drumming of U2's Larry Mullen, Jr. The fixed point ...
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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Wrecking Ball is a leftfield masterpiece, the most wide-ranging, innovative, and daring record in a career built on such notions. Rich in atmosphere and haunting in its dark complexity, much of the due credit belongs to producer Daniel Lanois; best known for his work with pop superstars like U2 and Peter Gabriel, on Wrecking Ball Lanois taps into the very essence of what makes Harris tick -- the gossamer vocals, the flawless phrasing -- while also opening up innumerable new avenues for her talents to explore. The songs shimmer and swirl, given life through Lanois' trademark ringing guitar textures and the almost primal drumming of U2's Larry Mullen, Jr. The fixed point remains Harris' voice, which leaps into each and every one of these diverse compositions -- culled from the pens of Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Earle, and others -- with utter fearlessness, as if this were the album she'd been waiting her entire life to make. Maybe it is.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/1995
  • Label: Asylum Records
  • UPC: 075596185424
  • Catalog Number: 61854
  • Sales rank: 3,498

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Emmylou Harris Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Steve Earle Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Lucinda Williams Acoustic Guitar
Neil Young Harmonica, Vocal Harmony
Richard Bennett Guitar (Tremolo)
Brian Blade Drums
Malcolm Burn Bass, Piano, Drums, Tambourine, Slide Guitar, Vibes, Vocal Harmony
Darryl Johnson Tom-Tom, Chant, keyboard bass, Vocal Harmony
Daniel Lanois Dulcimer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Chant, bass pedals, Vocal Harmony
Anna McGarrigle Vocal Harmony
Larry Mullen Jr. Drums, Hand Drums
Kate McGarrigle Vocal Harmony
Tony Hall Bass, Drums, Shaker
Technical Credits
Mark Howard Engineer
Richard Bennett Contributor
Malcolm Burn Engineer
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Daniel Lanois Producer
Trina Shoemaker Engineer, Mastering
Sandy Jenkins Engineer
Whitney Sutton Copy Coordination
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Daring Left Turn

    By the mid 90s Emmylou Harris had been pigeonholed as a country artist and was losing commercial clout. This CD made here an alt country queen and brought her new listeners. Some of my favorite tracks are Deeper Well, Where Will I Be, and All My Tears. Red Dirt Girl, her next CD, is almost as good but the surprise of her new style is gone. She and Daniel Lanois teamed up with Willie Nelson to make Teatro a few years later.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE MAGIC OF AN BROKEN AND RELIEVING VOICE

    Without any doubt, "Wrecking Ball" is one of the most powerful albums of Ms.Emmylou Harris. It also marks the beginning of an elegant, prestigious and bold period ("Spyboy"-"Red Dirt Girl"-"Stumble Into Grace") in the career of this adorable lady of the country-rock (Her last four albums are radiating mesmerizingly mysterious and gloomy country music ever created by an female singer-songwriter.). Wrecking Ball’s twelve songs which talk about the hopes lost in the dubious fog of the future, the loves threatened by the everyday monotony, the joy of life stimulated by art despite the human being’s impotence against death; make this exceptional CD a must for the fans of the work of Ms.Harris. Listening to it without moderation is recommended without forgetting the precious support of Mr.Daniel Lanois.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The start of something wonderful

    Wrecking ball is the start of something wonderful. Emmy departs from her usual and it's a great thing to listen to. She enlists the help of Daniel Lanois to produce and he knows what Emmy can do so well. Malcolm Burns is engineering (He produces her more recent "Red Dirt Girl" and "Stumble into Grace")and lends a helping hand. This CD is one of my all time favorites and the whole thing is worth the price. Not a bad song on the CD. Emmy sounds wonderful and her songs sing directly to your soul and heart. Every song has something that makes you sit up and take notice. What a voice...what music. Thank you EmmyLou et al.

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    Posted November 29, 2008

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