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Songbird: Rare Tracks and Forgotten Gems [Special Edition]

Emmylou HarrisAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)


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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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  • Audio CD (September 18, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B000IZK4GC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,870 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Clocks (alternate version)
2. The Angels Rejoiced Last Night (Gram Parsons)
3. The Old Country Baptizing (Gram Parsons & The Fallen Angels)
4. Coats of Many Colors
5. For No One
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Sweethearts of the Rodeo with Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Vince Gill & Gail Davies
2. When I Was Yours
3. My Fathers House
4. Bright Morning Stars
5. When He Calls
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Falling In a Deep Hole
2. 1917 (Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris)
3. Palms of Victory (Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, & Emmylou Harris)
4. Softy and Tenderly (Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris)
5. My Dear Companion (Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstatt & Emmylou Harris)
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Disc: 4
1. Beyond The Blue (Emmylou Harris & Patty Griffin)
2. First In Line (Emmylou Harris & John Starling)
3. Highway of Heartache
4. ALone And Forsaken (Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler)
5. Child of Mine
See all 17 tracks on this disc

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Emmylou Harris, godmother of the Americana movement, is a phenomenon for any number of reasons, one of which is that she has has managed to conduct more than four decades of her remarkable career without a single misstep. While Harris has always been committed to honoring the roots of old-school, traditional country, she also expanded the music beyond its conservative lyrics and narrow melodic structures without abandoning its core themes of enduring love, family, and prideful sense of place. Throughout, she interpreted and wrote songs of integrity and emotional depth and resonance, surrounding her keening soprano with a Who's Who of players and collaborators, including Rodney Crowell, the McGarrigle Sisters, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Daniel Lanois, and Mark Knopfler. This unusual 4-CD compilation isn't a greatest-hits package, but rather a gathering of Harris's personal favorites, most of which have never appeared on other collections. Some of the most compelling tracks are special collaborations ("Jordan," with Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash), previously unreleased live, studio, and demo tracks (the folky "Falling in a Deep Hole," circa 1970), and contributions to tribute projects (Townes Van Zandt's chilling "Snake Song"). Harris's reedy voice is one of the most empathetic instruments in all of popular music, and perhaps no other female performer of the genre has been able to capture the desperate, paralyzing sense of longing and loneliness as well as this greatly revered singer. That may be a red flag of warning for the Prozac generation, but this deeply satisfying set stands as a benchmark of 40 years of artistry, as well as an uncommonly soulful illumination of the human condition. --Alanna Nash

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Career-Spanning Rarities & Favourites From The Legendary12X GRAMMYr Winning Artist, Who Personally Selected Every Track! Features Previously Unreleased Material, Duets With A Host Of Stars, Live Cuts, Demos, Videos, And More!

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87 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Venturesome, Genre-Transcending Pathfinder September 22, 2007
Format:Audio CD
"When Billboard Magazine honored Emmylou Harris in 1999 with its prestigious "Century Award," they appropriately lauded her as a "truly venturesome, genre-transcending pathfinder," whose award was meant "to acknowledge the uncommon excellence of [her] still-unfolding body of work." Billboard

As I was listening to the first couple of hours of this CD, I kept thinking "How to review this unbelievable 78 track CD." For forty years this magnificent voice has been a part of our culture. She has brought so many new and glorious voices with her as she paired country and rock and blues to the rhythm. Most of the voices appear on this CD. Emmylou started her discovery with Gram Parsons many years ago, and in the recent past she has made marvelous music with Mark Knopfler. And, all the in-between is covered nicely. I will divulge one of the best parts of these discs to me are the middle ones, where she pairs with the "Queenston Trio" as they were known , Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton. Sweeter, truer voices have not been heard.

Disc One covers the early years. The early seventies with Gram Parsons and her pairings and covers with and of Dolly Parton, the Beatles, Queen, Rodney Crowell and Waylon Jennings. Those older songs are bliss, true bliss.

Disc Two covers the 1990's- there was an important landmark when she recorded 'Wrecking Ball' which is said to have saved the Ryman theatre from extinction. She continued her writing with Anna McGarrigle at this time. Some of Emmylou's best work is from this decade.

Disc Three goes back to the late 70's and 80's and my favorite disc. Her CD's with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadtare marvelous.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible set! September 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The music on this set speaks for itself, you don't get the hits, instead you get the rare stuff, duets, tributes, album cuts etc. Incredible music. The packaging for this set matches the music. Inclosed in a hard case with two hard cover booklets inside. One houses the five discs, the other is a 200 page book with track by track notation, filled photos and song info and intro by Emmylou herself. A beautiful set and well worth the price of admission.
Note: The packaging is top notch, however the discs are very difficult to remove from the sleeves. You do have to be careful or risk tearing the sleeve.
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60 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Set - Semi-Terrible Packaging September 19, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My God, I've loved Emmylou since I first heard her at the Chancery in Washington, DC, back in the early '70's - way before Pieces of the Sky. I have everything she's done either on LP or CD. I think this is an amazing collection and love it, with one exception - the package. While 90% of the box set package is first class, Rhino has made it extremely hard to get the discs out of their sleeves. I just tore the case trying to get disc 4 out. I am over 60 years old and my hands don't work as well as they once did.

As a side note, I wish all the CD/DVD manufacturers would give us old farts a break. We love music and movies just like the young ones they're aiming at. Is it really necessary to have all the shrink-wrap and adhesive strips all over every package? My God, if it's shrink-wrapped why do I have to face that damn adhesive strip on the jewel case? At least it's better than the old dog-bone that you couldn't completely get off but it's still unnecessary.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Mastered in Analog" !!!! Hurrah !!!! October 1, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I liked the bold statement on the casing: "Mastered in Analog" by Brian Ahern & Donivan Cowart. Analog sound is typically warmer than digital and the sound quality here is excellent, with a few exceptions: notably the gorgeous song "Sonny", which has suffered terribly in this process - what happened there Brian and Donovan ? To condense such a varied and exhalted career into 4 CDs is a tough ask, and naturally everyone will have some tracks that they would have liked to have been included. For me, I would have liked a little more from the to-date unissued "Evangeline" and the strangely distributed "Cimarron". In Australia Cimarron was released in the early 90s on CD by EMI, as part of their Legendary Masters collection (432099-2) with typical quality of the period - nothing special. Then in 2000, it was released in the US as 'remastered with bonus track' by the Eminent label. It is hard for the average punter to understand how these two albums were not released on CD by Warner and afforded the proper treatment. It's like why is "Pronto Monto" the only Kate & Anna McGarrigle record never to get a CD release ? Maybe now, fan's feedback will encourage Emmy to get Brian and Donivan to remaster Evangaline and Cimarron completely for release in analog (!), and while they're at it, the original "Trio", as "My dear companion", included in this set,comes up a treat compared to the original and only available pressing? As to everyone's bone of contention, I have to agree with nearly all the previous reviewers - the packaging is appalling. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars For All Emmylou Fans
A terrific album collection of music that includes a number of tracks very hard to find anywhere else. Read more
Published 14 months ago by J. Boot
5.0 out of 5 stars USED BUT IN PERFECT SHAPE
This is a fantistic CD set. If you like Emmylou Harris, you can't go wrong with this CD/DVD set.
I lister to Pandora Radio on my computer by subscription and first heard... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Walker I. Broyles
2.0 out of 5 stars Song bird
The sound quality is not good and two songs on disk 4 don't play. The picture on the box cover appears to have been cut out with scissors and glued to the box. Read more
Published on July 15, 2012 by FAM
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
For Fans of Emmy Lou Harris, this is a must.To be honest,I got this in particular to get the rare tracks with Linda Rondstat and Dolly Parton. I wasn't disappointed with those. Read more
Published on November 3, 2011 by katy b
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
This is an amazing collection of Emmylou`s own favourite songs through her enfolding career. And what a collection! Read more
Published on June 7, 2011 by Knut Einar Sundlisaeter
5.0 out of 5 stars A lantern of song.
Emmylou... a beacon in our times.
May her lantern of song light
our paths for generations.

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Published on January 26, 2011 by russtacean
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for!
This CD set is not available in stores anymore and is no longer available to order NEW. It also contains many rare recordings that I've never heard before and some that are old... Read more
Published on February 26, 2010 by C. Cae Rutland
5.0 out of 5 stars a selection that spans deep emotions
I finally found a few words that make sense in a song that is called "Falling in a Deep Hole" at the beginning of Disc 3 on the Emmylou Harris box set "Songbird":

Mixed... Read more
Published on May 26, 2009 by Bruce P. Barten
5.0 out of 5 stars J'adore Emmy Lou Harris and Bonaparte's Retreat
I have been listening to ELH since I was quite young. Her sharp, shrill voice and the beautiful songs that she writes and records make me cringe and cry and smile all at the same... Read more
Published on April 29, 2009 by Lambie's MOM
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic EmmyLou
Even though many of the songs were on earlier albums it is a wonderful collection. Of course, I am such a fan I would buy a CD of her tap dancing.
Published on April 10, 2009 by BD Ackerman
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What is this 'Rarities Box' by Emmylou Harris?
http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003592958

It has been four years since Emmylou Harris' last studio album, but patient fans will be rewarded in the coming months with two new releases, Billboard.com can reveal.

First up is an 80-song boxed set... Read More
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