- Audio CD (Oct. 25 1990)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Warner Bros / Wea
- ASIN: B000002KL5
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
|1. Roses In The Snow|
|2. Wayfaring Stranger|
|3. Green Pastures|
|4. The Boxer|
|5. Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn|
|6. I'll Go Stepping Too|
|7. You're Learning|
|9. Miss The Mississippi And You|
|10. Gold Watch And Chain|
Wayfaring stranger, a traditional song, became a top ten country hit and ensured the success of the album against record company expectations. This was 1980, remember, when Kenny Rogers was the biggest name in country music and the Urban Cowboy craze was at its height. I love Kenny's music and the Urban Cowboy soundtrack, but there are many different types of country music and it's healthy if they can co-exist.
Green pastures is a traditional song that shares the same tune as the more famous Farther along (which Emmylou recorded with Dolly and Linda on one of their Trio albums). On this track, Willie Nelson plays gut-string guitar while Ricky Skaggs sings the song as a duet with Emmylou. Dolly provides harmony vocals but you have to listen closely to hear her contribution.
The Boxer is a cover of the Simon and Garfunkel classic. It works well as a bluegrass classic, though Emmylou did not adjust the lyrics for gender. Obviously, not many people minded as the song was released as a single and made the country top twenty.
Darkest hour is just before dawn, a cover of a Ralph Stanley song, also features Ricky Skaggs on vocals. That song is followed by the brilliant up-tempo song, I'll go stepping too - if this doesn't set your toes tapping, nothing will.
You're learning comes from the songbook of the Louvin Brothers.Read more ›
Then the vocals! Emmylou's angelic voice is harmonized with Rice and Skaggs. Linda Ronstadt. Dolly Parton. Johnny Cash. The Whites.
This recording is every bit as good as ANY of the "Will the Circle be Unbroken" albums, but it is WAY more consistant. AT the same time it's way hotter than the wonderful "Trio" albums with Ronstadt and Parton. There's not a weak track on here. Ralph Stanley, the Louvin Brothers and Simon and Garfunkle's songs never sounded so good.