The Complete Trio Collection (Deluxe)
Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris
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Individually, all three of these women have incredible repertoires, but I think their Trio work is the best any of them have ever done. They really brought out the best in each other. The first Trio album is an absolutely perfect record. The song selection, arrangements, production, and certainly the vocals were all spot-on. I think it stands as one of the best country albums ever. The second Trio album was also really great even though a lot of the material was recycled from Linda’s Feels Like Home album with Dolly’s vocals added in. Even so, the Trio version of “Feels Like Home” is, in my opinion, the best cover of that song. So the two albums packaged together is great, but the interest here, obviously, is in the bonus material—the alternate versions and previously unreleased cuts. The alternate takes are fun to listen to because they show how the recording sessions took shape when you compare them to the album versions. Then the previously unreleased tracks hint that there could have been many more Trio albums if only they could have coordinated their schedules. Of particular note are "Grey Funnel Line" and "You Don't Knock" from the 1986 sessions. Even Emmylou comments at the end of "You Don't Knock" that, "Boy, that one felt real good!" It sounded great, too, Emmylou! I also think "Handful of Dust" and "Waltz Across Texas" from the 1993 and 1994 sessions are particularly strong tracks. The only thing missing here is "Palms of Victory," which is only available, to my knowledge, on a boxed set of Emmylou's rarities. Even so, this collection is truly a gift to the fans. It captures three diverse artists whose blend took each of them to a supernatural level.
What a great surprise!
How can you go wrong with Linda, Emmylou and Dolly! While the first two Trio albums were beyond phenomenal, this proves to be absolutely wonderful. Unfortunately, since Linda can no longer sing, it will be fantastic to hear "new" songs with Linda singing. I highly recommend this for all music lovers, whether or not you like country, you will love these CDs. It doesn't get any better than this folks! The harmonies are flawless.
What a Classic Gem!
The original Trio albums were classics done by three of the greatest voices of all time. Remaster many of those, add some superb cuts that had not been released previously, and the result is a collection that is a must-have for anyone who loves this genre. Linda Ronstadt is no longer able to perform, making this deluxe edition even more of a treasure. Ranks with some of the all-time greats like the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Will the Circle Be Unbroken series.
Born: January 19, 1946 in Locust Ridge, TN
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
Top Albums and Songs by Dolly Parton
||When I Get Where I'm Going (feat. Dolly Parton)||Time Well Wasted||4:08||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||9 To 5||The Essential Dolly Parton||3:00||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Hard Candy Christmas||Once Upon a Christmas||3:37||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Jolene (Single Version)||Ultimate Dolly Parton||2:40||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Jolene (feat. Dolly Parton)||Jolene (feat. Dolly Parton) - Single||2:11||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||I Will Always Love You||Ultimate Dolly Parton||2:53||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Islands in the Stream (with Dolly Parton)||A Decade of Hits||4:11||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Here You Come Again (Remastered)||The Essential Dolly Parton||2:54||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Islands in the Stream||Ultimate Dolly Parton||4:09||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Here You Come Again (Single Version)||Ultimate Dolly Parton||2:53||$1.29||View in iTunes|