It’s over 25 years since I first bought this album (on cassette, remember them?). Fast forward through the years and Emmylou’s stock has never been higher. ‘Stumble Into Grace’ and ‘Red Dirt Girl’, where Emmylou suddenly let us see how good a songwriter she could be, are generally accepted as masterpieces but what about this, one of her early albums? It undeniably possesses the sound of seventies country rock, with pedal steel, fiddle and country licks all present and correct. Paradoxically though, it doesn’t sound like an antique piece. Just goes to show that good songs, well performed, and sympathetically produced, will always endure. The title track, a Gram Parsons song, starts the album off at a fair old lick, featuring some excellent guitar work from Albert Lee. The only track I didn’t really like first time around, ‘Pancho And Lefty’ by Townes Van Zandt verges on the maudlin but I can live with it now. There are number of excellent songs on here though. Fittingly, given her close association with him, Emmylou’s version of Gram Parson’s classic ‘She’ almost replaces his as the definitive version. Berry’s ‘(You Can Never Can Tell) C’est La Vie’ survives it’s transformation into West Coast country with its dignity intact, although the original Berry version is unsurpassable. ‘Tulsa Queen’ by Emmylou and Rodney Crowell is an excellent evocative song that sounds like it’s always been there. If you’re looking at these reissues and wondering which to buy first I can’t really help you, just go the whole hog and buy them all.