What is this 'Rarities Box' by Emmylou Harris?

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Initial post: May 12, 2007 5:19:41 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2007 6:28:04 PM PDT
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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 due Sept. 18 via Rhino, which features two discs of off-the-beaten-path studio work and two additional CDs of rarities, many of them previously unreleased.

"For the most part, none of these songs have ever been on a compilation before," Harris tells Billboard.com. "They're kind of favorites -- I call them my orphans, songs that maybe I didn't even perform that much but I loved enough to record in the studio. They didn't quite fit either the Hot Band or whatever I was doing. Things like 'Coat of Many Colors,' which was one of my favorite songs of all time, or 'Ballad of a Runaway Horse' and '1917.'"

Also included are several unreleased recordings with her Trio, which also featured Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt. "There's an outtake from the aborted Trio album that we did in 1978, a Carter Family song called 'Palms of Victory' that's just live off the floor," Harris says. "There's not even a solo on it -- it's just the band and the three women singing and I sound like I'm channeling Sara Carter. I wish -- in my dreams!"

The second two discs boast numerous tracks Harris has recorded for tribute albums to such acts as Gram Parsons, Merle Haggard and Townes Van Zandt, as well as the original demo for "All I Left Behind" with Kate and Anna McGarrigle.

Harris put her next studio effort on hold to finish the boxed set, but is making progress on a new Nonesuch album with assistance from the McGarrigle sisters and Seldom Scene lead singer John Starling. Harris duets with the latter on "Old Five and Dimers" ("I finally decided that I was old enough to cut that song, reaching the grand ole age of 60," she laughs).

"It's kind of a combination of some of my own songs, some songs that I've wanted to record for a long time and some new things that I came across," she offers of the effort. "You'll get obth Emmylou the interpreter and Emmylou the songwriter."

Harris, who will also tour heavily into the fall, has recently recorded guest spots for Parton's next studio album, an Anne Murray duets album and old friend Danny Flowers' "Tools for the Soul."

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2007 8:30:25 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 7, 2007 8:31:17 AM PDT
I have tried to find a track listing for this project, originally titled RARITIES and even listed on many online sites as having shipped last October, for a number of months. I had hoped that it would include albums that have not had a recent US CD release, such as EVANGELINE and THE BALLAD OF SALLY ROSE, but the description in the BILLBOARD article makes it sound as if we will not get those albums in this set--tracks perhaps, but not entire albums.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2007 12:51:17 PM PDT
Here's the track listing:

* Previously unreleased

Disc One
1. "Clocks" - Alternate Version *
2. "The Angels Rejoiced Last Night" - Gram Parsons
3. "The Old Country Baptizing" - Gram Parsons & The Fallen Angels
4. "Coat Of Many Colors"
5. "For No One"
6. "Ooh Las Vegas"
7. "Satan's Jewel Crown"
8. "Tulsa Queen"
9. "My Songbird"
10. "Green Rolling Hills"
11. "One Paper Kid" - with Willie Nelson
12. "Sorrow In The Wind"
13. "Rough And Rocky"
14. "Jordan" - with Johnny Cash
15. "Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn"
16. "Ashes By Now" - with Dr. John
17. "How High The Moon"
18. "Spanish Johnny" - with Waylon Jennings
19. "The Last Cheaters Waltz"
20. "Racing In The Streets"
21. "Like An Old Fashioned Waltz"

Disc Two
1. "The Sweetheart Of The Rodeo" - with Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Vince Gill & Gail Davies
2. "When I Was Yours"
3. "My Father's House"
4. "Bright Morning Stars"
5. "When He Calls"
6. "Lonely Street"
7. "Brand New Dance"
8. "Get Up John"
9. "If I Could Be There"
10. "Ballad Of A Runaway Horse"
11. "Going Back To Harlan"
12. "Sweet Old World"
13. "All My Tears" - Live
14. "Prayer In Open D" - Live
15. "Bang The Drum Slowly"
16. "Boy From Tupelo"
17. "Lost Unto This World"
18. "Man Is An Island"
19. "Cup Of Kindness"

Disc Three
1. "Falling In A Deep Hole" *
2. "1917" - Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris
3. "Palms Of Victory" - Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris *
4. "Softly And Tenderly" - Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris *
5. "My Dear Companion" - Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris
6. "Mary Danced With Soldiers" - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
7. "I Don't Love You Much Do I" - Guy Clark
8. "All I Left Behind" *
9. "I Remember You" - Steve Earle
10. "Golden Ring" - with Linda Ronstadt and Anna & Kate McGarrigle
11. "Sonny" - Emmylou Harris, Dolores Keane, Mary Black
12. "In The Garden" *
13. "Love Still Remains"
14. "Snake Song"
15. "Hobo's Lullaby"
16. "Wondering"
17. "Immigrant Eyes" *
18. "Juanita" - Sheryl Crow & Emmylou Harris
19. "She" - Pretenders & Emmylou Harris
20. "Sin City" - Beck & Emmylou Harris
21. "Wheels" - The Seldom Scene

Disc Four
1. "Beyond The Blue" - Emmylou Harris & Patty Griffin
2. "First In Line" - Emmylou Harris & John Starling *
3. "Highway Of Heartache" - Emmylou Harris & Carl Jackson *
4. "Alone And Forsaken" - Emmylou Harris With Mark Knopfler & His Band
5. "Child Of Mine"
6. "Heaven Ain't Ready For You Yet"
7. "Wish We Were Back In Missouri"
8. "Mama's Hungry Eyes"
9. "Here We Are" - George Jones With Emmylou Harris
10. "Waltz Across Texas Tonight" *
11. "Snowin' On Raton" *
12. "Gone" *
13. "Don't Let Our Love Die" *
14. "The Pearl" - Live
15. "Wildwood Flower" - Randy Scruggs With Emmylou Harris & Iris DeMent
16. "Love And Happiness" - Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris
17. "When We're Gone, Long Gone" - Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton

1. "Together Again" - with The Hot Band, featuring James Burton (1975)
2. "Making Believe" - with The Hot Band, featuring Albert Lee (1977)
3. "Blue Kentucky Girl" - from PBS' "Soundstage" (1978)
4. "Satan's Jewel Crown" - from PBS' "Soundstage" (1978)
5. "Mr. Sandman" - Promotional video (1981)
6. "I Don't Have To Crawl" - Promotional video (1981)
7. "I Ain't Living Long Like This" - with Spyboy (1998)
8. "Love Hurts" - at the Grand Ole Opry, with Elvis Costello (2005)
9. "Imagine" - from CMT's "Crossroads (200?)
10. PSA: Emmylou Harris On Animal Rescue

and here's a place that describes many of these tracks:

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