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Media Type: CD
Title: WRECKING BALL
Street Release Date: 09/26/1995
Emmylou Harris's formula has been to match a crack crew of left-of-center country players with an assortment of tasteful tunes and head into the studio with a nonintrusive producer. Now and then (most notably the 1980 bluegrass collection Roses in the Snow), she tampers with her basic blueprint and comes up with something exceptional. Wrecking Ball is one of those. Daniel Lanois's radiant production no longer seems as fresh as it did on albums by U2, Peter Gabriel, and Bob Dylan, but here its hum enfolds Harris like an electric blanket. Lanois's usual recruits, including U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr., and New Orleans regulars Malcolm Burn, Brian Blade, and Daryl Johnson, lay down a solid base for Harris's weary vocals and Lanois's buzzing guitar. At its core, Wrecking Ball seems almost too finely calculated. Hot producer plus sought-after songwriters plus venerated performer frequently totals to deadly bore. Here, however, all that calculation adds up to something. --Steven Stolder
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Well there are two CDs and one DVD but though Emmylou has always been easy on the eyes to me, I am not inclined to spend extra money just to see her on DVD but one of the CDs is out-takes and cuts that didn't make the album and, for me, justifies the entire purchase.
Look, I can't tell if you will relate to Emmylou's art (her singing, song interpretation, and song writing) but if you have in the past or if the snippets Amazon provides interests you, then it is worth it to purchase this set.