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One of the deepest, richest musical journeys of recent years, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt's WESTERN WALL: THE TUCSON SESSIONS stakes out turf quite distinct from their Trio incarnation with Dolly Parton. Separately and together, the pair delve deeply into the material, coming up with performances nothing short of astounding in their delicacy and nuance. This is vocal artistry of the highest caliber. The songs are by the likes of Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash (her eerie "Western Wall" gives the album its title), Leonard Cohen, and Bruce Springsteen -- and Harris has three songwriter credits here, as well. Each narrative examines lives in the balance and decisions made that will alter personal histories. Newcomer Patty Griffin and the underappreciated veteran David Olney steal the show with, respectively, "Falling Down," a powerful account of a soul reduced to utter chaos, and "1917," an exquisite recounting of a woman's tragic night of love with a doomed soldier. And there's some humor, too, notably on the suggestive "Sweet Spot," co-written by Harris and Luscious Jackson's Jill Cuniff, with Harris and Ronstadt cooing in unison, "Baby, when you take a shower / I'll be your sweet spot." A rich, multifaceted recording by two of American music's lodestones, WESTERN WALL: THE TUCSON SESSIONS is one for the ages. The more you listen, the more you hear.
Performance CreditsLinda Ronstadt Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Emmylou Harris Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Neil Young Harmonica,Background Vocals
Andy Fairweather Low Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Ethan Johns Dulcimer,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar,Mandocello,spanish guitar,Synthesizer Bass,Optigan
Paul Kennerley Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Bernie Leadon Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitarron,Mandocello,6-string bass,Synthesizer Bass,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Greg Leisz Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Mandola,Mandocello,Weissenborn
Anna McGarrigle Background Vocals
Helen Watson Background Vocals
Kate McGarrigle Background Vocals
Michel Pepin Cymbals,Bass Guitar
Samantha Rowe Cello
Technical CreditsDavid Olney Songwriter
Glyn Johns Producer,Engineer
George Massenburg Engineer
John Nowland Engineer
Michel Pepin Engineer
Alli Art Direction
Elizabeth Cutler Composer