Monday, May 31, 2021

Emmylou Harris - Songbird-Rare Tracks & Forgotten Gems [2017] (4 x CD's)



Emmylou Harris - Songbird-Rare Tracks & Forgotten Gems [2017] (4 x CD's)

Emmylou Harris, godmother of the Americana movement, is a phenomenon for any number of reasons, one of which is that she has has managed to conduct more than four decades of her remarkable career without a single misstep. While Harris has always been committed to honoring the roots of old-school, traditional country, she also expanded the music beyond its conservative lyrics and narrow melodic structures without abandoning its core themes of enduring love, family, and prideful sense of place. Throughout, she interpreted and wrote songs of integrity and emotional depth and resonance, surrounding her keening soprano with a Who's Who of players and collaborators, including Rodney Crowell, the McGarrigle Sisters, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Daniel Lanois, and Mark Knopfler. This unusual 4 x CD compilation isn't a greatest-hits package, but rather a gathering of Harris's personal favorites, most of which have never appeared on other collections. Some of the most compelling tracks are special collaborations ("Jordan," with Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash), previously unreleased live, studio, and demo tracks (the folky "Falling in a Deep Hole," circa 1970), and contributions to tribute projects (Townes Van Zandt's chilling "Snake Song"). Harris's reedy voice is one of the most empathetic instruments in all of popular music, and perhaps no other female performer of the genre has been able to capture the desperate, paralyzing sense of longing and loneliness as well as this greatly revered singer. That may be a red flag of warning for the Prozac generation, but this deeply satisfying set stands as a benchmark of 40 years of artistry, as well as an uncommonly soulful illumination of the human condition. (Amazon)

Anyone who loves the great Emmylou Harris has to have this wonderful compilation of songs that even the most devoted fans might not have heard. Amazing to listen and realize the incredible range of songs, collaborators, and music that she has produced over the years


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Track lists


01 Emmylou Harris Clocks (Alternate Version) 2:48

02 Emmylou Harris & Gram Parsons The Angels Rejoiced Last Night 2:23

03 Emmylou Harris & Gram Parsons & The Fallen Angels The Old Country Baptizing (Live) 4:02

04 Emmylou Harris Coat of Many Colors 3:42

05 Emmylou Harris For No One 3:42

06 Emmylou Harris Oh, Las Vegas (Live) 3:43

07 Emmylou Harris Satan's Jewel Crown 3:14

08 Emmylou Harris Tulsa Queen 4:47

09 Emmylou Harris My Songbird 3:09

10 Emmylou Harris Green Rolling Hills 3:38

11 Emmylou Harris & Willie Nelson One Paper Kid 2:57

12 Emmylou Harris Sorrow in the Wind 3:30

13 Emmylou Harris Rough and Rocky 3:52

14 Emmylou Harris & Johnny Cash Jordan 2:10

15 Emmylou Harris Darkest Hour is Just Before Dawn 3:24

16 Emmylou Harris & Dr. John Ashes By Now 4:31

17 Emmylou Harris How High the Moon 3:24

18 Emmylou Harris & Waylon Jennings Spanish Johnny 3:50

19 Emmylou Harris The Last Cheaters Waltz 5:35

20 Emmylou Harris Racing in the Streets (Live) 5:32

21 Emmylou Harris Like An Old Fashioned Waltz 3:20


01 Emmylou Harris & Dolly Parton & Linda Ronstadt The Sweetheart of the Rodeo 3:41

02 Emmylou Harris When I Was Yours 2:46

03 Emmylou Harris My Father's House 4:48

04 Emmylou Harris Bright Morning Stars 2:33

05 Emmylou Harris When He Calls 2:44

06 Emmylou Harris Lonely Street 3:12

07 Emmylou Harris Brand New Dance 3:27

08 Emmylou Harris Get Up John 3:14

09 Emmylou Harris If I Could Be There 3:46

10 Emmylou Harris Ballad of a Runaway Horse 5:39

11 Emmylou Harris Going Back to Harlan 4:55

12 Emmylou Harris Sweet Old World 5:06

13 Emmylou Harris All my Tears (Live) 5:08

14 Emmylou Harris Prayer in Open D (Live) 3:59

15 Emmylou Harris Bang the Drum Slowly 4:53

16 Emmylou Harris Boy From Tupelo 3:49

17 Emmylou Harris Lost Unto this World 4:35

18 Emmylou Harris Man is An Island 4:45

19 Emmylou Harris Cup of Kindness 3:54


01 Emmylou Harris Falling in a Deep Hole 2:38

02 Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt 1917 5:22

03 Emmylou Harris & Dolly Parton & Linda Ronstadt Palms of Victory 3:07

04 Emmylou Harris & Dolly Parton & Linda Ronstadt Softly and Tenderly 5:30

05 Emmylou Harris & Dolly Parton & Linda Ronstadt My Dear Companion 2:56

06 Emmylou Harris & The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Mary Danced With Soldiers 3:06

07 Emmylou Harris & Guy Clark I Don't Love you Much Do I 2:37

08 Emmylou Harris All I Left Behind 3:17

09 Emmylou Harris & Steve Earle I Remember you 2:51

10 Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt & Anna & Kate McGarrigle Golden Ring 3:59

11 Emmylou Harris & Dolores Keane & Mary Black Sonny 4:18

12 Emmylou Harris In the Garden 2:50

13 Emmylou Harris Love Still Remains 4:35

14 Emmylou Harris Snake Song 2:32

15 Emmylou Harris Hobo's Lullaby 2:43

16 Emmylou Harris Wondering 3:04

17 Emmylou Harris Immigrant Eyes 3:40

18 Emmylou Harris & Sheryl Crow Juanita 2:40

19 Emmylou Harris & The Pretenders She 4:49

20 Emmylou Harris & Beck Sin City 4:00

21 Emmylou Harris & The Seldom Scene Wheels 3:27


01 Emmylou Harris & Patty Griffin Beyond the Blue 4:33

02 Emmylou Harris & John Starling First in Line 3:34

03 Emmylou Harris & Carl Jackson Highway of Heartache 3:04

04 Emmylou Harris & Mark Knopfler & His Band Alone and Forsaken 3:31

05 Emmylou Harris & Pam Rose & Mary Ann Kennedy Child of Mine 3:27

06 Emmylou Harris Heaven Ain't Ready For you Yet 3:56

07 Emmylou Harris Wish We Were Back in Missouri 4:03

08 Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowel Mama's Hungry Eyes 3:41

09 Emmylou Harris & George Jones Here We Are 2:53

10 Emmylou Harris Waltz Across Texas Tonight 3:43

11 Emmylou Harris Snowin' on Raton 3:42

12 Emmylou Harris Gone 3:37

13 Emmylou Harris & Carl Jackson Don't Let Our Love Die 3:18

14 Emmylou Harris The Pearl (Live) 5:19

15 Emmylou Harris & Randy Scruggs & Iris DeMent Wildwood Flower 3:47

16 Emmylou Harris & Mark Knopfler Love and Happiness 4:21

17 Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt & Dolly Parton When We're Gone, Long Gone 4:01




  1. Replies
    1. You are welcome Bob Mac.
      Emmylou is a wonderful artist.


  2. Very nice singer and lady, thanks for the review and sharing Butterboy

  3. Hi Little Bill,
    She is terrific in many ways.
    I saw a great movie concert the other day title "The Life & Songs Of Emmylou Harris - An All-Star Concert Celebration Live" Its probably one i should share along with the Album soundtrack.


  4. Thanks for this set! Cheers, MZ

  5. hi nice one butterboy thank you

  6. I thank you, sir, for this wonderful collection. I saw Emmylou with Rodney Crowell and Albert Lee at Brown University in 1977. I was in love.

    1. Hi Lopez,
      I am truly jealous. what a great concert it probably was. What a wonderful memory.


  7. Wowzers! This is incredible. Thank you for putting this collection together!

    1. Hi, The Masaccio of Gonzo,
      I believe you wont be disappointed in this set. It is incredibly beautiful.


  8. Very excellent collection. I had a Best of, but this beats it hands down. Thanks BB.

    1. Hi D,
      I hope you find new songs here . It is a wonderful collection.


  9. First Linda, now Emmylou, what's next? Dolly or Trio?
    Excellent sets. I have both of them in my collection. Both incredible singers with a very broad and good taste. I see them as songcatchers.

    1. Hi Peerke,
      Sorry no Dolly or Trio..😀