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This album introduced the world-at-large to a new kind of country queen. Emmylou had already earned progressive-country cred as Gram Parsons’ duet partner, but her first real solo flight proved that she had a feel for classic country too. Her otherworldly quaver is just as goose bump-inducing when she’s redefining tunes such as “Sweet Dreams” and Hank Williams’ “Jambalaya” as it is on her versions of Parsons’ ominous “Sin City” and Rodney Crowell’s heartbreaking ballad “Till I Gain Control Again”.

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A True Classic?

Applying the term "classic" to a pop or country album is sometimes inappropriate, but if I were asked to list ten albums that every music lover should sample, "Elite Hotel" would certainly be one of them. It was loaned to me by a good friend at a time when I had never heard of Emmylou Harris, but on playing it I immediately became enough of a fan to search out her other albums. I have found several old ones and bought some new ones. She has never yet let me down and her most obvious merit is in singing duets (for instance seek out "You Are" with Glen Campbell and sample on iTunes "That Lovin' You Feeling" with Roy Orbison - which features in the film "Roadie"). I have fairly eclectic tastes and I think a tolerant atitude to other people's likes, but the simple fact is that anyone who has bad things to say about Emmylou Harris cannot be my friend.

How I Remember Loving EmmyLou

I would probably never have heard of Emmylou Harris if it hadn't been for Bob Dylan, which I might say of a great many artists. Emmylou did backup vocals on Dylan's album 'Desire' and everyone was impressed by just how well she followed his mood and phrasing, which can be idiosyncratic to say the least. But what got to me beyond that was the perfect foil she brought to Dyln's snarling tale about a Brooklyn Gangster. Emmylou added a heartfelt, desperate pathos to this song about the world's least attractive anti hero. I bought 'Luxury Liner' [out around the time of Desire] before this and, as fine as that album IS, this one is even better. Country rests on national pride, poverty and patriotic pride a lot of the time but nobody can say that it doesn't also have real heartbreakand joy in it, think of Willie Nelson or Johnny Cash. Every track here is either joyous, sad, teasing or just a downright pleasure to hear. Not so high in profile as she once was Emmylou Harris still cuts albums, still sings with Willie Nelson and keeps her singing close to the hart and to the spirit of Hank Williams. Buy this and luxury liner before her late renaissance puts them up to full price.


Elite Hotel is splendid and I reccommend it highly.
Now - has nobody else noticed WRECKING BALL is not available on itunes.
This was a highly successful album for Emmylou harris in 1995. It won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Recording. Rleased on the Elektra label
Produced by Daniel Lanois , it was a cahnge of direction for her .
It really ought to be on itunes.


Born: 02 April 1947 in Birmingham, AL

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Though other performers sold more records and earned greater fame, few had as profound an impact on contemporary music as Emmylou Harris. Blessed with a crystalline voice, a remarkable gift for phrasing, and a restless creative spirit, she traveled a singular artistic path, proudly carrying the torch of "cosmic American music" passed down by her mentor, Gram Parsons. With the exception of only Neil Young -- not surprisingly an occasional collaborator -- no other mainstream star established a similarly...
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