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White Shoes Import

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Import edition of the influential country star's 1983 album for Reprise currently out of print in the U.S.. This was Harris' final album with longtime producer Brian Ahern is among her most surprising and diverse, perhaps the closest she's ever come to a straight-ahead rock LP. Among the unusual cover choices: Johnny Ace's "Pledging My Love" and Donna Summer's "On the Radio." 10 tracks. Warner Brothers.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 24, 1996)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros UK
  • ASIN: B0000070RA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,362 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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From the infectious upbeat intro of "Drivin' Wheel", we segue into the lilting and utterly sweet "Pledging My Love". Then, one of those spectacular highpoints; an understated and exquisite masterpiece "In My Dreams". I think this song won a Grammy, most deservedly. "White Shoes" much fun, and look out for the poignancy of a catch in the throat "On the Radio" - yes the same one that afforded Donna Summer the disco hit! Absolute rowdiness ensues with "It's Only Rock&Roll". Check out "Diamonds are Girls Best Friend" and I suspect you'll forget Marilyn Monroe ever sang it! Another wonderful rocker "Baby,..." with a duet vocal by Bonnie Bramlett that will knock your socks off. "Like an Old Fashioned Waltz" is among the most beautiful of all Emmylou songs: earnest, achingly felt, and economically sung. Stays in your head forever!
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I found an Emmylou CD previously unknown to me. I think I was doing the motherhood thing at a 200% clip in 1983, and fell out of my music for awhile. First saw Emmylou in an old St. Paul Minnesota theatre in '76 or '77. I laughed and I cried; the quality of her voice is second to none, and, unlike many other female artists of our generation, she has been unafraid to take chances her whole career. "Wrecking Ball" was a revelation and has been the CD I return to every month since its issue. Learned about "White Shoes" by following Amazon reviewer Matt Coker, who has a way with both words and music (thanks, Matt!)
You have to listen to "White Shoes" 3 or 4 times before you get a real feel for the simple genius it took to weave this collection of songs together. You can rock with Emmylou to "Drivin' Wheel" and her 2 Rodney Crowell covers, "It's Only Rock and Roll" and "Baby, Better Start Turnin' 'Em Down"....all three are show stoppers. Emmylou can rock country like no one else; somehow the voice of an angel becomes a snarling, driving song machine.
As is the custom with a star true to her music, you will experience the best in background instrumentation and vocals, because the musicians who are the best want to work with the best. Most of the Hot Band is back, and the listener is treated to both the electric and acoustic talents of John McFee; outstanding! Bonnie Bramlett joins for background vocals with her gutsy harmony, and we are treated to a new talent, composer Shirley Eikhard, who blends with Harris on the introspective "Good News". Although there are finer songs on "White Shoes", "Good News" is my favorite so far, the one that runs through my head in the car, in the shower, in the...
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Do whatever you can to find this album, its an album every Emmylou Harris fan should own. This was the last album Harris recorded with producer and then-husband Brian Ahern. This is the closest Emmylou has come to doing pop music, and it works extrodinarily for her! She manages an excellent cover of Donna Summer's "On The Radio", definately a highlight among the set. She rocks on the opening "Drivin Wheel" and "Pledging My Love". "Drivin Wheel" was a mild hit, peaking at #26. "In My Dreams" was a top 10 hit, making it to #9, definately worth it, its a strong song. She also manages an old showtune in "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend", with ease. She is on top of this vocally, throughout the album. But what else could you expect from her? There's also two Rodney Crowell covers "It's Only Rock and Roll" and "Baby, Better Start Turnin' 'Em Down", definite show stoppers, and highlights among the set. This was a pretty experimental album. The Hot Band appears on the album as well. This is definately a must have so do what you can to find this gem!
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I spent several years looking for WHITE SHOES on any format-and was thrilled to find CD versions available online. It was the first order I placed when I had the Internet installed at home. My patience was richly rewarded. WHITE SHOES is an exquisite masterpiece-Emmylou Harris is in top form, and the results are extraordinary! This was the last album Harris recorded with producer and then-husband Brian Ahern. WHITE SHOES is an incredible pop album, the only record Harris has recorded that sounds like a pop/rock release (WRECKING BALL is a completely different experience-one that is superior to any genre classification). Ahern and Harris were pushing farther than they had before and they have a set of remarkably challenging material: including a showtune ("Diamond's Are A Girl's Best Friend), a disco hit ("On The Radio"), and an rock 'n' roll hit ("Pledging My Love"). She also had musical support from past and present Hot Band members: Frank Reckard, Steve Fishell, Barry Tashian, Don Johnson, Wayne Goodwin, Mike Bowden, John Ware, Hank DeVito, Glen D. Hardin, Tony Brown, Don Heffington, and Rodney Crowell. As well as some of the top musicians of the day: T-Bone Burnett, Billy Payne, John McFee, Keith Knudson, Jim Horn, and Mickey Raphael. With an exceptional set of songs, WHITE SHOES is a perfect experience from start to finish. "Drivin' Wheel", which opens the album, was released as a single and peaked at #26. An aggressive uptempo rocker, Harris' vocal performance is perfect. A new instrument is introduced into Harris' catalog; the melobar makes its first and only appearance on an Emmylou Harris record, and is used on several songs. "Pledging My Love" is beautifully performed, three minutes of gorgeous perfection.Read more ›
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