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Roses in the Snow

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant bluegrass from Emmylou June 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album, in its original vinyl form, was my first full bluegrass album. It starts impressively with the up-tempo title track and maintains a high standard throughout the original album. I replaced my vinyl with CD, since when Rhino have re-mastered it and added two bonus tracks (You're gonna change, Root like a rose) that I'm told are good but not bluegrass. In any case, this album is well worth it for the original ten tracks.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emmy's Best Jan. 5 2004
By Jake Z
Format:Audio CD
As the liner notes indicate in the CD booklet, while country music was beginning to move towards a more pop sound in the early 80s, Emmylou ran the other way and created one of her best masterpieces, 1980's ROSES IN THE SNOW. It would seem strange that Emmylou would choose to do a bluegrass album, but it shows her versatility as an artist and her willingness to try new things when the rest of the world is going for whatever is more contemporary. She has never been confined by the walls of Nashville. This is the Rhino re-release of the album, and it includes two bonus tracks, "You're Gonna Change" and "Root Like A Rose". The two hits from the album include Paul Simon's "The Boxer" which peaked at #13 on country singles, and "Wayfaring Stranger" which peaked at #7. The album features an array of guest artists including Dolly Parton, Ricky Skaggs, Willie Nelson, Jerry Douglas, Johnny Cash, and many others. To pick highlights would be useless, as the whole collection is excellent. No Emmylou collection is complete without this album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars No mechanical bull references here... Dec 28 2003
By ewomack
Format:Audio CD
In 1980 "country" music was going the way of "Lookin' for Love in All the Wrong Places" and "9 to 5". The old "country" sound of the 1960s and 1970s was giving way to a new "country" sound that would eventually produce Garth Brooks and ultimately make "country" the dominant music genre in the United States.
Emmylou Harris did not follow this trend, in fact she seems to have fled from it. In 1980 she and the band left the electric guitars at home and recorded an absolutely gorgeous acoustic country/bluegrass album. The road less travelled bore far more fruit than expected in this case. From the first ripping fiddle notes that open the title track the album takes you in with its sound, atmosphere and beauty. I first heard this album in headphones (I was at work and needed to filter out the usual nonsense going on around me), and was simply dumbstruck. Being relatively new to "country music" (I hate categorizing music) I wondered what I had been missing all these years. Now I know.
This album owes as much to folk and bluegrass as it does to country. Its sound is significantly different from Harris' previous album "Blue Kentucky Girl" which tends toward electrified country. The themes are sometimes heartbreakingly sorrowful ("Wayfaring Stranger", "You're Learning", "Miss the Mississippi and You"), sometimes religious ("Green Pastures", "Jordan"), sometimes hopeful ("The Darkest Hour is Just Before Dawn"). It is also easy to be skeptical about "country" covers of "rock" songs, so I was pleasantly surprised at the version of "The Boxer" which complements the other songs incredibly well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Emmylou Dec 1 2002
Format:Audio CD
Many Emmylou Harris fans state this as one of her best efforts, and its a fair statement. ROSES IN THE SNOW is Classic Emmylou, start to finish. This is a good album to start your Emmylou Harris collection with, if you want an accurate depiction of what type of artist Emmylou is. This shows her once again as a master interpreter, she can take a song and make it her own. The album spawned a few hit singles on the country charts. "Wayfaring Stranger", a hauntingly beautiful track, hit #7 on the country singles chart in May 1980. "The Boxer", made it to #13 in August 1980. Another single was "Greener Pastures". This album came when everyone in Nashville was captitalizing on a certain trend, Emmylou decided to go the bluegrass route and thank goodness, this is one of her most consistently good albums, good song after good song. The band here includes Tony Rice on guitar, Bryan Bower on autoharp, Jerry Douglas on dobro, and more. She handles Paul Simon's "The Boxer", a lovely cover of the Louvin Brothers "You're Learning". There's also a haunting duet with Willie Nelson on the gospel-like track "Greener Pastures", and Ricky Skaggs on "Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn". Other highlights include the title track, "Jordan", and "I'll Go Stepping Too". This is the re-released edition of the album, it comes with two none bluegrass songs, one is a cover of Hank Williams (You're Gonna Change) which also features Julie Miller on backing vocals, and Celtic-flavored track called "Root Like A Rose". Highly reccomended.
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almost any thing this woman sings sounds very good and she more than good on this cd.Roses in the snow is worth having in your car,home or anywhere you take your music..m
Published 6 months ago by jesse-dog
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Emmylou Harris' 1970s Albums, All Of Which Were Superb
Anybody who likes country and/or country rock should check out Emmylou Harris' Roses In The Snow, along with the rest of her 1970s releases. Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2009 by Mark Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars 1000 Roses for Emmylou
Brave Emmylou made this album at a time when bluegrass was not fashionable at all. Roses in the Snow has remained a firm favorite down the years; her interpretations are just so... Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2008 by Pieter Uys
5.0 out of 5 stars The HOTTEST Version of Emmylou's "Hot Band"
Ms. Harris' band has been called "The Hot Band", and dozens of talented musicians have been members. The Hot Band was never hotter than on this beautiful album. Read more
Published on March 29 2004 by Mark J. Fowler
5.0 out of 5 stars Old favorite
I was 12 years of when the "Wayfaring Stranger" track of this album began to get a great deal of airplay. Read more
Published on March 5 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Emmylou's best albums
When Emmylou Harris decided to make an all-bluegrass album at the height of the "urban cowboy" craze, folks in Nashville thought she was nuts. Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2002 by DJ Joe Sixpack
5.0 out of 5 stars Emmylou's Best
This is the one album (CD - whatever!) that I can attribute to the beginnings of me loving traditional music of all genres. Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2002 by Ken Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars At her peak
This was the first Emmylou album I owned and I still love it twenty years later.Great production by Brian Ahern and nice contributions by Ricky Skaggs. Read more
Published on July 20 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Roses in the snow
Awesome. A classic in Traditional / Bluegrass.
Published on July 18 2002
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