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Not a bad song in sight
on 19 March 2008
I always had a problem with Country as a youngster, growing up as I did in a working class English town and hooked on Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Sabbath. Though I could listen to Johnny Cash, some of the female country stars of the time (Tammy Wynette etc) really grated on me.
I bought this collection on a whim while working out in California a couple of years ago. This was the first time I really listened to Emmylou Harris as a recording artist in her own right, though I was familiar with her work with Gram Parsons and her excellent backing vocals on Dylan's Desire.
I must say that this album blew me away. Her voice is totally exquisite and it is little wonder that her talents been in such demand over the years. Though The Grateful Dead first introduced me to country, Emmylou has shown me what a beautiful musical form it can be, surrounding herself, as she does, with some extraordinary musicians. Needless to say I am now a committed Emmylou fan and this album has been a regular visitor to my CD player & iPod, and has since been joined by Elite Hotel, Luxury Liner, Quarter Moon, Pieces of the Sky, Blue Kentucky Girl and Roses in the Snow. Others are in the pipeline.
Though a compilation, this album will have a special place in my heart for the rest of my life. Every time I listen to it, I'm driving up Highway 99 from LA to Sequoia NP again. Beautiful music, whether in a car, working or just chilling at home.