Emmylou Harris


Nonesuch ……………

A classic re-release and much more

Originally released in 1995, WRECKING BALL represented a significant departure from what Emmylou diehards had come to know and love overthe previous two decades. Produced by Daniel Lanois,the album had a very moody feel but immediately attracted critical acclaim and won the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Songs by the likes of Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix took the artist to a new level although Steve Earle’s Goodbye and Rodney Crowell and Emmylou’s jointly penned Waltz Across Texas Tonight proved she had not altogether forsaken her roots.

The album has now been re-mastered and re-released as part of a deluxe package which comes with a ‘warts and all’ bonus CD of demos and out-takes. Nine ofthe 13 bonus tracks are reworkings of numbers included in the original album with two, Where Will I Be and Deeper Well covered twice. Ofthe new material, Still Water and The Stranger SongareinthefamiliarWRECKINGBALL moody vein but the real bonuses for Emmylou traditionalists are How Will I Ever Be Simple Again and Gold, both terrific country songs containing some

amazingly haunting guitar work. Also included is a DVD ofthe documentary Building the Wrecking Ball which includes interviews and studio footage of Emmylou and Daniel Lanois with special guests Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Neil Young, Steve Earle and others. A must for fans of Emmylou; the album will undoubtedly quickly become a collector’s item. John Roffey


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