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Deemed the "Three Tenors" of country music, these talented ladies collaborated on this 1987 album--winning them several Grammy awards and climbing countless music charts. The gifted entertainers never disappoint with their beautiful harmony and song choices.

"Appalachia circa 1907" is the way they described it in the postgame interviews. It wasn't, of course, but it was as close as you could come in 1987 and still hope to sell the million copies that this ended up selling. The "Three Tenors" of country music juggle leads, complement each other to often haunting effect, and subjugate their egos to a greater cause. The songs run the gamut from primordial country favorites like "Rosewood Casket" and "Hobo's Meditation," to '50s pop (a rather anomalous "To Know Him Is to Love Him"), and mainstream country. The instrumentation is restrained, the vocals are unfailingly lovely, and the result is a trio that is more than the sum of its parts. --Colin Escott

1. The Pain Of Loving You
2. Making Plans
3. To Know Him Is To Love Him
4. Hobo's Meditation
5. Wild Flowers
6. Telling Me Lies
7. My Dear Companion
8. Those Memories Of You
9. I've Had Enough
10. Rosewood Casket
11. Farther Along

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002LAC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,046 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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131 of 134 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 31, 2003
Format: Audio CD
If ever there was perfection in ensemble vocals, it is in the recording TRIO, which finds Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, and Linda Ronstadt throwing off the shackles of stardom and creating an overall sound that completely transcends their individual sounds. On this recording, decisions have been made more on the basis of vocal suitability rather than on star power, with the opening "The Pain of Loving You" a case in point. Originally written by Dolly Parton and Porter Wagner, this would seem an obvious selection for a Parton lead vocal--but here the lead is supplied by Emmylou Harris, with Parton and Ronstadt providing flawlessly blended backups that avoid overshadowing Harris' less authoritative singing style.

Throughout the recording, the artists play a sort of musical round robin, each taking the lead in turn and each serving the other vocalists with perfectly placed support--with no one artist overshadowing the other, all three speaking with the same musical intent. It is a truly remarkable accomplishment made all the more so through its complete simplicity: there are no complex vocal arrangements, no fussy instrumentals, no studio tricks. This is musicianship pure and simple and flawless in execution.

After a memorable "Making Plans," on which Parton assumes the lead, the ladies move into what is possibly their single most remarkable cut: a country-tinged version of the memorable 1950s pop hit "To Know Him Is To Love Him," in which their voices blend and merge to such a degree that it becomes impossible to say which vocalist has assumed the dominate role in the production.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 23, 2001
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If you don't have a copy of this CD -- you should! Even if you think you don't like traditional Appalachian music and harmonies, give it a shot. I first heard these three singers had gotten together and planned to do an album together back in the 1970's. It took them 10 years to give us the finished product. By that time CDs had come along, and I bought it on CD. It was well worth the wait. Somehow the three voices blended together are uniquely right. The song selection here is much better than on Trio II. It starts with "The Pain of Loving You," a wonderful song Dolly first wrote and sang with Porter Wagoner in the 1970's. It sounds like the traditional mountain music the original Carter Family might have sung in the 1920's -- back when commercial Country Music was first born. Of course that is the kind of music Dolly, born in 1946, was raised on -- the music of the Carter Family and even older folk songs that brought to America by the first colonists from the British Isles. "Making Plans" is just a very lovely traditional Country song. Dolly first sang it with Porter, but the version here benefits from the angelic harmonies. "To Know Him Is To Love Him" is the old pop standard. This was a hit when it was released from this CD -- and a video of it is still sometimes shown on CMT. "Hobo's Meditation" was written by the "Father of Country Music," Jimmie Rodgers who cut his first record the same day the original Carter Family cut theirs. Linda Ronstadt takes the lead vocal and does a fine job, though it it a man's song. "Wildflowers" is a fine autobiographical song Dolly wrote about how she had to leave her mountain home to make a success in the outside world: "I uprooted myself from my home ground and left.Read more ›
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 19, 2003
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I remember hearing in 1977 that Dolly, Linda and Emmylou planned to record an album together but I was very surprised when it actually happened ten years later after several false starts. It was certainly worth the wait - indeed, I think it is the finest album that any of them have recorded, separately or together. Given how highly I rate so many of their solo albums, that is saying something special.
Some of the songs may be familiar. To know him is to love him is an early Phil Spector song, which was a huge hit in the fifties for the Teddy bears and was successfully revived in the sixties by Peter and Gordon. Both of those versions pale by comparison with the version here.
Making plans is a Johnny Russell song that Dolly previously covered as a duet with Porter Wagoner. They had a number two country hit with it, only being blocked from the top spot by Old flames can't hold a candle to you, a solo single by Dolly.
The pain of loving you, written by Dolly, is another song previously recorded as a duet by Porter and Dolly. Farther along is a gospel standard. It shares the same tune as Green pastures, a song that Emmylou recorded for her Roses in the snow album. My dear companion is a song by Jean Ritchie, who has written several great songs. Rosewood casket is a traditional song of unknown origin. Hobo's meditation is a song from the pen of the singing brakeman, Jimmie Rodgers. Wildflowers is a song that Dolly wrote about leaving her mountain home in a quest for success. Those memories of you is a cover of a hitherto little-known bluegrass song. Telling me lies and I've had enough are also brilliant.
Any fan of traditional country music should listen to this, the best such album I've ever heard or am ever likely to hear.
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re: Trio- Mr. Sandman
I was sure that Dolly, Emmy Lou and Linda recorded Mr. Sandman on their Trio Album. When my husband gave me the album the song wasn't there. I have been searching the internet and I can't find any evidence that they ever recorded it. I wish I knew.
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