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  • Audio CD (6 Mar. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000002LBS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,801 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Nestled in the sparest, most pristine musical surroundings of her career, Emmylou Harris delivers her most sublime vocal triumph with this 1987 collection of acoustic gospel songs. By this time, her voice had taken on a slight huskiness, which only strengthened its emotional power. Much of the credit belongs to Vince Gill, who adds tasteful mandolin runs and gorgeous tenor harmonies, as well as Emory Gordy (bass, bass vocals) and Carl Jackson (guitar, baritone vocals). All four combine to make the a cappella "Bright Morning Stars" glow warmly and the ebullient "We Shall Rise" shine brightly. When Harris's voice shivers on "Precious Memories" and soars on "If I Be Lifted Up", the result is spiritual. --Marc Greilsamer

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By Baz Douglas VINE VOICE on 2 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
Don't be put off if you are unfamiliar with gospel music. This is a superb album of country gospel songs with a small acoustic band. E-L's voice is as wonderful as ever, the way she can float those notes never ceases to amaze. The feeling in the songs is palpable and I just love this album. Play it when you are world weary and your worries will float away.
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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
Emmylou has recorded many different types of album in her career and it should come as no surprise that she eventually recorded a gospel album. Within that, she chose to record it to a sparse acoustic backing of instruments used in bluegrass music including acoustic guitar (sometimes played by Emmylou), mandolin, fiddle and dobro, though there is no banjo. I can't actually call it a bluegrass album because the music is so sparse. Also, most of the songs are ballads, heightening the effect of the sparse music. Emmylou's wonderful voice is always the focal point of her albums but never more so than on this one. Vince Gill (tenor), Carl Jackson (baritone) and Emory Gordy (bass) provide superb backing vocals.
Some of the songs are traditional, among them Precious memories (surely the most famous song here - often covered, I doubt if any other version ever sounded like Emmylou's), the title track and Drifting too far from the shore. Other songs are of more recent origin including Someday my ship will sail (Stanley Brothers) and When he calls (an original song). The ultimate in sparse backing is to found on the song Bright morning star, for which instruments are laid down - Emmylou sings it a capella.
This album is inspirational in more ways than one. I suspect that not all fans of her other music will enjoy this, but I love it, albeit not as much as her classic early albums.
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Oct. 2005
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Angel Band is one of Emmylou Harris' more obscure albums, a flawless gem of mostly traditional songs where her spiritual expression reigns supreme. Backed by acoustic and bass guitars, dobro, fiddle, mandolin, mandola and viola, the vocals are particularly impressive with the tenor of Vince Gill, the baritone of Carl Jackson and the bass of Emory Gordy interweaving perfectly with Emmylou's gorgeous voice.
It opens with the stirring Where Could I Go But To The Lord, which is followed by the title track, which is thematically similar to the well-known Swing Low Sweet Chariot. The third one, the rhythmic If I Be Lifted Up, reminds me of her version of Orphan Girl on the album Wrecking Ball, in its comforting lyrics. The non-traditional When He Calls with its lovely instrumental flourishes is a definite highlight. The lilting We Shall Rise is another, together with If I Be Lifted Up the most uptempo numbers among these generally slow ballads.
There is seamless continuity between the traditional and the non-traditional compositions like Someday My Ship Will Sail and The Other Side Of Life. The album concludes with the uplifting When They Ring Those Golden Bells. Angel Band is an album of tender and yearning hymns, mournful and comforting at the same time. Those who love Emmylou's bluegrass excursions like the album Roses In The Snow, will love this neglected classic.
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Another of those artists that come under the heading brilliant fantastic voice perfect in every way if you are a emmylou fan then you need to buy this
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A lovely album by Emmylou Harris, even if your not into country gospel songs this album will change that,, Emmylou sings every song brilliantly,
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Had this on tape 20 years ago, long since lost. Just got the CD - superb bluegrassy accompaniment to Emmylou in her best voice IMHO.
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