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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002KDB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,244 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By ACB(swansea) TOP 100 REVIEWER on 31 Oct. 2013
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I bought this shortly after it was released and listening to these numbers again almost 40 years after they were recorded almost defies belief at the sheer quality of Emmylou and the vocal purity that is hers and hers alone. The distinctive Emmylou Harris sound is evident on the three original numbers: the ballad 'Before Believing', her self-penned tribute to her friend and mentor Gram Parsons, the beautiful 'Boulder To Birmingham', and the up-tempo Rodney Crowell opener, 'Bluebird Wine'. The covers are no less than superb, especially her interpretation of Lennon and McCartney's 'For No One' that tugs at the heart strings, Dolly Parton's 'Coat of Many Colours' and a rousing version of Shel Silverstein's 'Queen of the Silver Dollar' with Linda Ronstadt on backing vocals. For some reason this was not released as a single; 'Too Far Gone' and 'If Only I Could Win Your Love' were. There are two bonus tracks that are not out of place with the original release of the other numbers in 1975, (Emmylou's first major label recording). This is out and out country music by the doyenne of country music backed superbly by her accompanists. An outstanding, durable and endearing album and singer. A sheer delight.
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This official debut album from 1975 is an impressively varied and emotionally stirring collection of quality songs that includes compositions by country legends like Merle Haggard, a Lennon/McCartney composition and a powerful Harris co-composition: her aching, poetic tribute to Gram Parsons titled Boulder to Birmingham. This reissue of Pieces of the Sky has been enhanced by the addition of two previously unreleased tracks.

Of the up-tempo numbers, If I Could Only Win Your Love, Bottle Let Me Down and Queen of the Silver Dollar are the most outstanding. Among the slow songs I love Too Far Gone, Sleepless Nights and the exquisite & tender Before Believing. Even her version of Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors, though firmly in the country tradition, sounds fresh. But perhaps the best track is Boulder to Birmingham with its striking imagery and melancholy tune. Emmylou's singing is spot-on, tasteful and sometimes understated, the arrangements are appealing while the virtuoso playing perfectly complements her spiritually resonant voice.

This is the recording of a genius just setting out on her creative path, one that would lead to bluegrass masterpieces like Roses in the Snow (1980), classic country albums like Blue Kentucky Girl (1980) &
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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Yes, there was an Emmylou album before this – the Gliding bird album on an independent label – but good though it was, it is this album that marks the beginning of Emmylou's career as we know it. Setting a pattern that would characterize many of Emmylou's albums, it featured many covers and few originals. Top quality musicians and Emmylou's superb voice ensured that the covers were often as good as, and sometimes better than, the originals.
On this album, there are three new songs, beginning with the rocking, upbeat Bluebird wine, the first of many songs written by Rodney Crowell that Emmylou would record. Even better is Boulder to Birmingham, a great ballad that has been covered by both the Hollies and Joan Baez. Incidentally, the title contains the names of two towns – Boulder in Colorado and Birmingham in Alabama. The other original, another fine ballad, is Before believing.
My favorite track here is Queen of the silver dollar, a song originally recorded by Dr Hook and the Medicine show. I like their version but Emmylou and her musicians improved on it and I don't understand why it wasn't released as a single. It was left to Dave and Sugar to take the song up the country charts. Their version is wonderful but still can't match Emmylou's.
Emmylou does a fine cover of Dolly's Coat of many colors, but this autobiographical song is the most personal of all Dolly's songs. Emmylou's cover is the best I've heard, but still not quite up to the original, although I'm glad she recorded it.
The other covers are all equal to or better than the original versions, and that is hifg praise indeed considering who the original artists were.
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Great CD, great music. Emmylou's voice is beautiful as always and the backing music is great. This review could be a bit biased as I have been a fan of Emmylou Harris for more years than I care to remember and in my opinion she can do no wrong,
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This album is a classic. Emmylou is perhaps the greatest singer in country music, and she really shows it on this one and of course a countless other albums. Lots of great songs here. This re-issue also contains two previously unreleased songs which are great. The band plays really good and Emmylou and the group stays true to the country music tradition, and yet they still managed to bring something new and fresh to the genre with this album.
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