Monday, February 4, 2013

Emmylou Harris - Wrecking Ball Demos & Outtakes (1995)

Emmylou Harris' Wrecking Ball remains one of the most incredible albums I've ever heard. There aren't many albums, especially in recent years, that instantly grab the listener but this one had me from the first note.

Covering many artists with a Daniel Lanois production touch, if her interpretation of Steve Earle's "Goodbye" doesn't move you, you might want to check your pulse.

Scroll down to see why I posted this today.  While not the original album, the outtakes from the session (supposedly from a source close to Daniel Lanois) present mixes that are less polished and there are three tracks on here that never made it to the finished album.

An essential, essential album.



P.S. Arrived in my mailbox today:

Yes, that is a genuine autographed copy of the Grapevine limited edition vinyl from the UK.  Have been stalking this vinyl for, quite literally, years. As you can see at popsike, this one commands a pretty penny sans autograph.

Got the back story of how this autographed copy came to be and, well, won't tell you what I paid but let's just say that sometimes, with much patience, our desires are fulfilled.

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