Brand New Dance

Brand New Dance

by Emmylou Harris


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Brand New Dance

In 1990, Emmylou Harris' run of superb mid-'70s albums was over, and she hadn't yet assembled the Nash Ramblers, the acoustic band that gave her music a heady kick-start prior to her first striking collaboration with Daniel Lanois, Wrecking Ball. As a result, Brand New Dance captures Harris at the end of one cycle and just before the start of another, and the material and production suggest Harris was ready for some changes. Emmylou Harris probably couldn't make a truly bad album if she tried, and as always, she's in lovely voice on Brand New Dance, but she doesn't always sound especially engaged with the material, most of which falls into the "good-but-not-great" category (notable exceptions -- a strong cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Tougher Than the Rest" and the title cut). In addition, producer Allen Reynolds puts a shade too much pop-friendly gloss on the arrangements and mix for several of these tunes, and despite the presence of a truly impressive team of accompanists, this album never quite catches fire as in Harris' best work. Brand New Dance is a strong and professional piece of work, but Harris' next few albums would remind fans she was capable of a lot more than that.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/1990
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0075992630924
catalogNumber: 26309
Rank: 76433

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Performance Credits

Emmylou Harris   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Melba Montgomery   Vocal Harmony
Wayland Patton   Vocal Harmony
Jo-El Sonnier   Triangle,French Accordion
Iris DeMent   Vocal Harmony
Mary Black   Vocal Harmony
Marshall Chapman   Vocal Harmony
Bobby Wood   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Robert Mason   Strings
Cindy Reynolds Wyatt   Harp
Kieran Kane   Vocal Harmony
Claire Lynch   Vocal Harmony
Richard Bennett   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,6-string bass
Bruce Bouton   Steel Guitar
Kathy Chiavola   Vocal Harmony
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
Connie Ellisor   Strings
Peter Gorisch   Cello
Carl Gorodetzky   Strings
Jim Grosjean   Strings
James Hollihan   Slide Guitar
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Bass
John Jarvis   Piano
Kostas   Vocal Harmony
Lee Larrison   Strings
Chris Leuzinger   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ted Madsen   Strings
Kenny Malone   Percussion,Drums
Dennis Molchan   Strings
Laura Molyneaux   Strings
Nashville String Machine   Strings,Group
Liam O'Flynn   Human Whistle,uillean pipes
Jamie O'Hara   Vocal Harmony
Dave Pomeroy   Bass
Pamela Sixfin   Strings
Milton Sledge   Percussion,Drums
Davy Spillane   Human Whistle,uillean pipes
Harry Stinson   Drums
Garry Tallent   Bass
Gary VanOsdale   Strings
Pete Wasner   Piano
Kristin Wilkinson   Strings
Glenn Worf   Bass
Bob Wray   Bass
Mark Tanner   Strings
Barry Tashian   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Richard Bennett   Producer
Charles Cochran   String Arrangements
James Hollihan   Contributor
Allen Reynolds   Producer
Mark Miller   Engineer
Laura LiPuma   Art Direction
Baker Knight   Composer

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