64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2011
Back in the seventies,i all but gave up on country music.To my ears Nashville was churning out mainly pop sounds under the country banner.Two people rescued the music for me Ricky Skaggs,and Emmylou Harris.To be able to aquire the first five albums the lady recorded,for a very modest outlay,was something i jumped at.These albums represent Emmylou at her very best.All five albums were certified gold.ELITE HOTEL spent eight weeks at no.1 in the album charts.BLUE KENTUCKY GIRL stayed on the charts for 102 weeks.The voice as pure as it ever would be,coupled with many excellent song choices are evident throughout.Not only do you get all the early hits,but many lesser known masterpieces such as"Queen of the Silver Dollar","Wheels","Sin City","Satans Jewel Crown","Beneath Still Waters",and "Leaving Louisiana".These versions have never been bettered,and she clearly shows what respect,and integrity she has for country music.
The dissapointing aspect is the very flimsy packaging.You will also need brilliant eyesight to read the musicians named on each track.Why a major reissue like this ,could not have been better presented by the record company is beyond me.It is for the music this set gets it five stars.Absolutely outstanding.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 2 August 2011
Let me say from the outset that this is traditional country music. It's not cross-over, it's not fusion, it's the reall thing in all it's unadulterated glory. This might be too much for some but I absolutely love it. All the themes are there: grief, loss, heartbreak or just the realisation that being alive sometimes brings pain. Then there's Emmylou's voice, a voice that could melt a heart of granite. Overall this is a must for country fans, an opportunity to hear one of the greats in her early formative years.
On a more mundane level you're getting five really good albums for a pretty incredible price and that can't be bad.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 23 May 2011
I bought all these on vinyl when originally released. They cover the beginning of what became a remarkable career. She has an amazing voice, is arguably the First Lady of Country. The musicians and guest artists are like a Who's Who of Country, the songs cover a variety of styles and songwriters of distinction. Hope the next 5 albums are issued in a similar boxed set.
34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on 6 April 2011
I promised myself not to buy any more of these original album Rhino series. the packaging is an insult to any collector and after all this is their market. No booklet, no notes, no extra pictures, the LP's replicas are not really replicas, they should take a lesson from the mono box by Bob Dylan. the bad news is that not only things have not improved but they have worsened, even the box in which these cd's are put has become thinner that what they were in the K. Kristofferson and Lou Reed boxes I have, combined with the fact that amazon Europe is also using thinner envelopes for their shipping the box came all mashed up. I can only just hope they improve this, although it seems a megacorp has bought Rhino (what the hell happened to one of the best reissue label!!!) and someone is trying to maximize profit to get one of those hefty bonuses.
But even that cannot destroy the greatness of these 5 albums, which are the output of Emmylou Harris in the 70's. Although Harris has recorded many great albums in the forthcoming years, nothing compares to the freshness of these five albums, not the singing and not the scope of songs she sang. Harris can fairly rock when she wants to, as in "You never can tell" but her strong is the ballads. You'll find here hits like "Pancho and Lefty" (Which is the first recorded version of one of the greatest Townes Van Zandt songs) as well as "To Daddy", "Boulder to Birmingham", etc... As a matter of fact one of her best selling records of all times is Profile Vol.1: the Best of Emmylou Harris which is a compilations of songs from these five records. But, you'll also find here a lot of less known treasures that you will surely enjoy.
The recordings seems to me the 2002 remastered releases but the extra tracks that came with the remasters are not here. The sound is great to my ears. No liners note, so we don't really now. As much as I remember the original LP's these were great recordings with a great sound.
There have been over the years many compilations of Emmylou Harris but at this price I believe this is the best introduction to Emmylou Harris. Compared with other boxes of these series, there are no fillers here and all these records are the best of the best that Emmylou Harris recorded. I am very happy I did not keep my promise and couldn't stand not having these 5 albums again. Highly recommended.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 7 July 2011
The almost stupidly generous Warners reissues turn to (cliche warning!) living Nashville Legend Emmylou Harris . Five albums for roughly the price of a couple of half-way decent bottles of wine. If you are not particularly familiar with Emmylou's music this is an entirely painless entry. An impeccable interpreter of other people's songs, from the late greats Lennon, Parsons, Van Sandt & Hank Williams (amongst others) to the very much alive Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton & Chuck Berry. Nobody alive or dead could complain about what she brings to their songs . If I have one minor quibble it is there is very few of her own compositions ; I suspect that may be down to the record company politics of the day or her own pace of working...
What are you waiting for? And she's still great & still putting out new music.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 22 May 2012
Sometimes at night, I like playing some oddball types of music from the ones that I usually hear which is mainstream pop. So in my timid bravery, I purchased this "Original Album Series of Emmylou Harris". I like country but not a big fan. Just a really casual fan of this genre. I've heard of Miss Harris but I've never heard her sings. Imagine my surprise and awe-feelings that I felt in these two nights waking up alone while listening to all these gems.
Now I know why she is a big deal, a living legend actually! All her album in these series are all killer albums! My most favourite album is "Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town". Phew! I am so happy that they releases these album series collections.Great collection of albums!
p/s: Anyone has any more recommendations from Emmylou Harris' back catalogues?
on 25 June 2014
Not a huge country fan, have always loved Emmylou's version of "Here, There and Everywhere", which was really the only song i knew by her for years as my dad had bought as the single back in the 70's. Bought Anthology a year or two ago to gain that track on cd. Enjoyed the whole set quite a bit.
I came across this set, probably looking at Mark Knopfler albums, A lot of the tracks on the Anthology are included on all of these albums. The tracks I had before sound much better in context of original albums. I have also discovered quite a few tracks that should have been included in the Anthology compilation, like "Poncho and Lefty" and "Even Cowgirls get The Blues".
The best two albums for me in this collection are "Luxury Liner" and "Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town", Great Albums.
I think some of the original recordings might be showing signs of age as there seems to be a bit of I can only describe as a bit of a rattle on certain notes Emmylou is singing. Might be my headphones though.
Don't regret this purchase at all, bought the "original album series Vol. 2" on the strength of this, which is ok, but I prefer this set.
on 8 January 2015
What is there left to say about arguably the finest female country singer in the world? Only that this re-issue of her first five CDs represents excellent value for money, especially if your ancient vinyl/cassette version has been worn out by constant playing! Her choice of material and musical accompanists, including the excellent Rodney Crowell and the stratospherically talented Albert Lee, means that there is no 'filler' on any of her albums. This collection is an absolute steal, and would still be at twice the price!
on 13 May 2015
Like many of your other reviewers, I too bought all these on vinyl back in the late 70s (and a Warner's 2 on 1 cassette which was played to destruction on long car journeys!) This set only arrived this morning but has already been transferred to the iPhone for in-car use and very nice it sounds too! OK, so the packaging isn't luxurious but who cares at this price. Every home should have one!
on 21 August 2012
5 CDs of prime 1970s Emmylou, lots of great tunes including "Boulder To Birmingham", "Amarillo", "Luxury Liner", "Pancho & Lefty", lots of fabulous playing from various incarnations of the Hot Band: and all for the price at the time of writing of less than £11... And that wonderful voice... Surely one of the greatest bargains of all time. Buy it: you know it makes sense.