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Bluebird

Emmylou HarrisAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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listen  8. I Still Miss Someone 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Already celebrated as a discoverer and interpreter of other artists’ songs, 12-time Grammy Award–winner Emmylou Harris has, in the last decade, become admired as much for her eloquently straightforward songwriting as for her incomparably expressive singing. On Hard Bargain, her third Nonesuch disc, she offers 11 original songs—three of them co-written with Grammy– and ... Read more in Amazon's Emmylou Harris Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: January 10, 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002LFA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,955 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Voice of an angel January 12, 2004
By Jake Z
Format:Audio CD
Emmylou Harris' 1989 album BLUEBIRD is not an album that should be looked over. You'd be missing some of her best material. If for any reason, buy this album for the beautiful ballad "A River For Him", which she penned herself. This is one of my all time favorite Emmylou songs, and it showed early on that she is a great songwriter, something she proved with later releases in her career when she had more of a hand in the songwriting. She does a magnificent cover of Johnny Cash's "I Still Miss Someone". The album opens with "Heaven Only Knows", which is a great song to open the album with. "Love Is" is a nice uptempo song that would have been a good single. Her cover of John Hiatt's "Icy Blue Heart" is haunting and beautiful. "Lonely Street" and "Heartbreak Hill" are other great songs, the latter is another one she helped write. Overall BLUEBIRD is a great album that shouldn't be missed, some of her best ballads on here. The album closes with the beautiful sentiment on "If You Were A Bluebird". Don't miss this album!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The Sopranos Season 5 premier "Two Tony's" has created buzz for a song that was released in 1989. The song is Heaven Only Knows by Emmylou Harris and it is found on this album. Overall, I think the album is good, and Emmylou is one of those artists that does not get the commercial success she deserves. I guess it took the monster poularity of the Sopranos to lend this album newfound glory in sales. As I type <March 8, 2004>, this album is #27 on the Amazon bestseller list. What a feat for a 1989 release. Good stuff. Thanks to David Chase and the rest of the Sopranos crew for making this album a hit again.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The almost forgotten classic April 24, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Emmylou's classic period began with her major label debut album, Pieces of the sky, and ended with her 1980 bluegrass album, Roses in the snow. After that, her subsequent albums for Warner were of a high quality but not generally of the classic standard set by those early releases. However, this may be the best of Emmylou's later albums - it certainly deserves to be considered alongside the early albums.
This album relies heavily on covers - nothing new there - but there are some great originals too. Heaven only knows (written by Paul Kennerley), A river for him (written by Emmylou) and Heartbreak hill (written by Paul and Emmylou) are all excellent songs.
The covers include You've been on my mind (Rodney Crowell), Icy blue heart (John Hiatt), Love is (McGarrigle sisters), No regrets (written by Tom Rush, a cover by the Walker brothers made the UK top ten in 1976), Lonely street (originally a country hit for Kitty Wells and an American pop hit for Andy Williams), I still miss someone (Johnny Cash) and If you were a bluebird (Butch Hancock).
This album contains a great mix of up-tempo songs and ballads. Because it was released along after her classic early period but before her change of direction that began with Wrecking ball, this album often gets forgotten, but if you enjoy Emmylou's early albums, you should also enjoy this one.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch July 30, 2002
Format:Audio CD
What a treat this CD is. It has everything an Emmylou Harris fan could possibly want, some rich cover songs, some inspiring songs, self penned songs and more. She wrote "A River For Him", which to me is the standout of the album. She expresses heartbreak so poetically and beautifully, and sings it so heartbreakingly. As well on BLUEBIRD she covers a few tracks. Johnny Cash' "I Still Miss Someone", which is so beautiful, and Andy Williams' "Lonely Street". She duets with Bonnie Raitt on the John Hiatt penned "Icy Blue Heart", about the games and tricks of love. The album closes with "If You Were A Bluebird", a beautiful emotive song about everlasting love. Other highlights include "Heaven Only Knows", "Love Is", and "Heartbreak Hill", but with any Emmylou album, you can't lose, especially when its BLUEBIRD.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazingly beautiful August 8, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I own a number of Emmylou's albums but this is the one I cherish most of all. The opening song,'Heaven Only Knows', sets up the CD wonderfully and every song is sung with a depth of sensitivity and emotion unmatched in so many other singers. It's hard to pick out the best tracks as each one has so much within it and I truly believe that this album has to be listened to as a complete package but 'Icy Blue Heart', 'You've Been On My Mind' and 'No Regrets' are unmissable.
This is possibly the most 'downbeat' of Emmylou's albums, dealing as it does with loss and pain ('I Cried A River', 'I Still Miss Someone', 'You've Been On My Mind', 'Lonely Streets')but this may be just what makes it so breathtakingly spectacular.
Buy it and be amazed.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Song Selections July 9, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Each time I play this CD I am amazed all over again at the range of superb songs from outstanding writers that Harris selected for Bluebird. This is all about love -- its infinite pleasures and heartbreak -- and seven of the ten cuts (a pretty skimpy amount I think) are off the chart excellent. From Heaven Only Knows through Tom Rush's No Regrets -- although in the lyrics it is immediately clear there are plenty of regrets from a lover who couldn't find a way to make the love that should have lasted stay -- the first five songs top those of any country or alt-country CD I have heard. I especially like the contrast of John Hiatt's barroom bleak Icy Blue Heart ("she came on to him like a slow moving cold front/His beer was warmer than the look in her eye") immediately followed by the giddiness of the McGarrigle sisters's Love Is ("Love is a shiny car/Love is a steel guitar... and my personal favorite "Love is your blue suede shoes"). Lonely Street and I Still Miss Someone are too oft-recorded for even Harris to bring much fresh to them, but the CD closes superbly with her own A River for Him and Butch Hancock's If I Were a Bluebird, a pairing that reprises the Icy Blue Heart/Love Is duality. The last lyric promises "if I was a highway I'd be stretching, I'd be fetching you home..." and then the pedal steel, the mandolins, and Emmylou's ethereal harmony sailing in the background do exactly that. It's perfect.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great collection of songs from Emmylou Harris.
Published 11 days ago by Kerry M. Hodnett
4.0 out of 5 stars great songs and songwriters
This is not one of Emmylou's classic albums, but it's a great one nonetheless. In this case, it's more about the songs - her classics to me are a combination of the songs and her... Read more
Published 6 months ago by jimboturbo
5.0 out of 5 stars More great tunes from Emmylou
Although this album is named from the last cut on it, I always think of it as the first cut -- "Heaven Only Knows." Emmylou Harris' voice is unmistakeable. Read more
Published 8 months ago by James E. Cook
4.0 out of 5 stars Heaven Only Knows - Emmylou Harris
A great tune from one of the true icons of country music. If you like this song, see also: "Ain't Living Long Like This."
Published 17 months ago by Rick Felde
5.0 out of 5 stars Emmylou Harris Bluebird
One of Emmylou greatest albums, and that is saying alot.
Bought the record 23 years ago. Wish I hadn't waited so long to buy the CD
Published 19 months ago by Phil Neiman
5.0 out of 5 stars Emmylou's Masterpiece of the Heart - Amazing
This was the last true album I bought (before changing to CDs) and it is by far Emmylou's best and most consistent album (and she has several very good albums). Read more
Published 20 months ago by MJH
2.0 out of 5 stars thunderring
the CD was in good shape for being used but the music was only so-so with only one hit song.
Published on September 22, 2011 by UpGrade
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, but little known
Like many other fans of Emmylou, I bought the first 4 'classic' albums and have loved them ever since, never tiring of her beautiful voice. Read more
Published on August 18, 2011 by MW
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Gorgeous!
I can't believe it took me so long to get this album, since I own almost everything Emmylou has recorded. Read more
Published on December 23, 2010 by AGoldin
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet excess
This album has a style and sound all its own: sort of a late-80s impressionist country. The instrumentation, and the way the instruments are recorded, lend the album an austere and... Read more
Published on February 17, 2007 by Jasper Hoek
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