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4.5 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (6 Feb. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B000002HKI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,402 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Where Will I Be
  2. Goodbye
  3. All My Tears (Be Washed Away)
  4. Wrecking Ball
  5. Goin' Back To Harlan
  6. Deeper Well
  7. Every Grain Of Sand
  8. Sweet Old World
  9. May This Be Love
  10. Orphan Girl
  11. Blackhawk
  12. Waltz Across Texas Tonight

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Wrecking Ball is a leftfield masterpiece, the most wide-ranging, innovative, and daring record in a career built on such notions. Rich in atmosphere and haunting in its dark complexity, much of the due credit belongs to producer Daniel Lanois; best known for his work with pop superstars like U2 and Peter Gabriel, on Wrecking Ball Lanois taps into the very essence of what makes Harris tick -- the gossamer vocals, the flawless phrasing -- while also opening up innumerable new avenues for her talents to explore. The songs shimmer and swirl, given life through Lanois' trademark ringing guitar textures and the almost primal drumming of U2's Larry Mullen, Jr. The fixed point remains Harris' voice, which leaps into each and every one of these diverse compositions -- culled from the pens of Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Earle, and others -- with utter fearlessness, as if this were the album she'd been waiting her entire life to make. Maybe it is

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By A Customer on 12 May 2000
Format: Audio CD
At the time of writing this album is over 5 years old and it remains one of my favourites. The songs, arrangements and performances are excellent but more than that, the album serves as a sampler of what is best in what is currently known as alt.country. Songs by Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, Neil Young and others are inventively arranged by Daniel Lanois and hauntingly sung by Emmylou Harris. This album is worth the money just for Emmylou's version of the Steve Earle song "Goodbye".
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Overall the sound is only slightly improved but it always sounded great, audio-wise, anyway.

The packaging is to be honest a bit bland for a 'deluxe edition' with just a few new photos and nothing special overall.

The DVD is very interesting showing Daniel Lanois' recording studio, in effect his house in New Orleans, with many people popping in to record such as Neil Young, Rodney Crowell, Larry Mullin Jnr, The McGarrigle Sisters, Steve Earle and others.

Only about half the songs on the album are in the DVD which runs for just under an hour and cuts between the studio recordings, live performances and the actual recording process.

The bonus CD (13 tracks) is interesting with 3 tracks fully completed that could have been on the album especially Richard Thompson's 'How Will I Ever Be Simple Again' being one that really should have been on the album. Leonard Cohen's "The Stranger Song' is also excellent.

The other tracks are early run through's of most of the original album's tracks and are also interesting.

But the original album still stands the test of time, an unclassifiable album that could have been recorded yesterday and which defies any genre. Nothing else sounds like it, it's a totally unique album,

A 5 star classic.
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Aug. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Not only is Wrecking Ball a milestone in the career of Emmylou Harris, it is also a jewel in the crown of producer Daniel Lanois who himself has released masterpieces like Acadie and For the Beauty of Wynona, and has written two of these timeless songs.

This is of those albums you return to again and again. People of many musical tastes including rock, country, folk, pop and easy listening will all find something to enjoy. I love Daniel Lanois' production which lends a haunting, wistful quality to Emmylou's voice and infuses the sound with atmospherics.

The great songs are written by talents like Steve Earle, Neil Young, Anna McGarrigle, Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams, Jimi Hendrix and producer Daniel Lanois. My favourites include Going Back To Harlan, Bob Dylan's devotional masterpiece Every Grain of Sand (Emmylou has fiddled with some lyrics here but it doesn't matter at all).

Goodbye is a most poetic & melancholy 1960s reminiscence, Lucinda Williams' Sweet Old World is stirringly interpreted and Orphan Girl is real wailing country. The last two tracks are truly outstanding: Blackhawk and the highly sensual Waltz Across Texas Tonight are both sweeping ballads with gripping imagery and magical melodies.

Emmylou followed up this album with two more masterpieces that resembled it in sound and style: Red Dirt Girl and Stumble Into Grace. I highly recommend both; they're just as exceptional and spellbinding as Wrecking Ball.
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By A Customer on 29 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I remember my mum listening to emmy on a sunday morning and the sound of her voice ringing through the house, it has taken a few years to realise the importance of this voice and that fateful day I was in a record store in Reading and stood at the listening post and placed the earphones on and fell instantly in love with this album....... I have no doubt that this is one of the most powerful albums ever.
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I was recommended this album by Amazon today - it is 2006 and over ten years since this extraordinary album's release. I came to read the reviews and was stunned to see only eight! ONLY eight for this, the most important album that I ever bought. My musical life breaks down cleanly into pre-WB and post-WB, where WB stands for this album. I first bought this because of a four line review in the Daily Mail, where the reviewer said if you buy one album this year, please let it be this one. So I did - as I wanted to see why one man would go out on a limb so far in some populist rag. I'm not saying this is Emmy's best - for that I humbly suggest Red Dirt Girl - but this album led me on to Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Malcolm Burn, Gram Parsons, Grand Drive, Jayhawks, Sinead Lohan, the Byrds... you get the idea.

Goodbye is the stand out track. It will break your heart. But the rest of the album is equally stunning. For me, this album sits alongside The Velvet Underground, Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy, Roxy Music, Grand Prix, Sweetheart of the Rodeo. It is the sort of album that people who make their own music adore - because it oozes inspiration. Emmylou Harris had the bravery to do this, even if she is not the primary creative force.

Buy this album. It might be over ten years old, but it still sounds revolutionary.
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