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  • Audio CD (14 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, Box set
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B00IGGAEW4
  • 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: 61,945 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Where Will I Be
  2. Goodbye
  3. All My Tears
  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

Disc: 2

  1. Still Water (#1)
  2. Where Will I Be? (alternate version)
  3. All My Tears
  4. How Will I Ever Be Simple Again (#1)
  5. Deeper Well (#1)
  6. The Stranger Song
  7. Sweet Old World (alternate version)
  8. Gold
  9. Black Hawk (alternate version)
  10. May This Be Love (acoustic)
  11. Goin' Back to Harlan
  12. Where Will I Be? (alternate version-incomplete)
  13. Deeper Well (#3)

Disc: 3

  1. Wrecking Ball
  2. Where Will I Be
  3. Goodbye
  4. All My Tears
  5. Sweet Old World
  6. Deeper Well
  7. Wrecking Ball

Product Description

Product Description

Emmylou Harris's groundbreaking album Wrecking Ball will be reissued on the 7th April 2014 through Nonesuch Records. Produced by Daniel Lanois (U2, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Willie Nelson), Wrecking Ball won the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album and was highly praised by critics worldwide. The new three-disc set features the remastered original album, a bonus CD of previously unreleased material, and a DVD of the documentary 'Building the Wrecking Ball', which includes interviews and studio footage of Harris and Lanois as well as special guests Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Neil Young, Steve Earle, Brian Blade, and others.

Originally released in 1995 to widespread critical praise, Uncut called the album "the most daring, inventive album of Harris's career," while Rolling Stone said, "The album features unvarnished, otherworldly renditions of songs written by Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Earle, and other lesser-known artists," and the Los Angeles Times said, "The pace is deliberate, unhurried, meditative, the atmosphere rich, dark, and ghostly." The reissue follows a very successful year for Harris, whose new collaborative album with longtime friend and colleague Rodney Crowell, Old Yellow Moon, recently won the Grammy Award for Best Americana Album. Harris and Crowell were also honored with two awards at the 2013 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards Show: Album of the Year and Duo/Group of the Year.

A 13-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient, Emmylou Harris's career as a singer and songwriter spans 40 years. She has recorded more than 25 albums and has lent her talents to countless fellow artists' recordings. In recognition of her remarkable career, Harris was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

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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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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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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 14 July 2000
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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I first heard an Emmylou song on radio 2 by chance. It happened to be 'Orphan Girl' from this album (a sad upbeat song with powerful vocals)and it played around in my head for a few weeks until I bought the cd.
The whole album is up to the same standard and each song flows into the next so well.
This album was the changing point for her, from straightforward country (which i dont like) to more modern, sophisticated and alternative music (amazing).

1. Where will I be. (9/10) A great start to the album with some deep soulful notes hit on the chorus.

2. Goodbye. (10/10) A really powerful ethereal ballad, one of the best tracks on the cd. Her voice is so soft and echoes and fades in and out with the music.

3. All my Tears (10/10) Another great song. The music perfectly complement the voice - multiple layers of voice on the chorus.

4. Wrecking Ball (10/10) A cover song about meeting your lover for a dance- such a fresh and powerful vocals. I had this one on repeat for ages.

5. Going back to Harlam (9/10) Unusual lyrics. again great vocals and music and a very catchy chorus.

6. Deeper Well (4/10) This is the only song I don't like so much as the others. Uses a much deeper range to her voice - shows versatility at least - but I might skip this song.

7. Every Grain of Sand (10/10) A bob dylan cover. In my opinion this is better than the original. She does it so well and uses husky and soulful ranges of her voice

8. Sweet Old World (9/10) Another very good song full of emotion about losing someone.

9. May this be Love (8/10) Her voice is almost drowned out by the music in places - but that was obviously a deliberate effect, because it works so well.
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