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Roses in the Snow Import
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|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|
Emmylou's bluegrass-flavored 1980 LP soared to #26 on the pop album charts, garnering fervent praise from all corners along the way. This reissue contains her country hits Wayfaring Stranger and The Boxer , and the rest of the original LP along with two unissued bonus tracks!
Harris's 1980 back-to-the-roots album marks a high point in her career. With stellar support from Tony Rice (acoustic guitar), Albert Lee (mandolin), and Ricky Skaggs (fiddle), Harris wanders comfortably and warmly through traditional-country and bluegrass pastures. Skaggs, Dolly Parton, and the Whites add beautiful harmonies as Harris slides effortlessly from the Carter Family to the Stanley Brothers to the Louvin Brothers to Paul Simon. Among the set's peaks are Flatt and Scruggs's "I'll Go Stepping Too", with Rice, Skaggs, Lee (on superb electric guitar), and dobro master Jerry Douglas turning up the instrumental heat, and the spiritual "Jordan", with Harris, Skaggs, Rice, and Johnny Cash engaging in buoyant four-part harmonies. --Marc Greilsamer
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It kicks off with the up-tempo title track, an elegy with rich allusive imagery which is followed by the urgent Green Pastures, a stirring devotional duet with Ricky Skaggs. The traditional Wayfaring Stranger comes across with great power in her mid-tempo treatment and yearning vocals. The folk/pop Paul Simon composition The Boxer gets a graceful treatment, light and lilting, while hope triumphs over despair in the slow & melancholy The Darkest Hour is just before Dawn with its beautiful male vocals.
The picking on the fast-paced I'll Go Stepping Too is breathtaking as is the overall instrumental virtuosity. It contrasts markedly with the slow, aching ballad You're Learning, a moving description of love gone wrong. Next come the joyful gospel song Jordan where male vocals make a prominent contribution, followed by the gentle ballad Miss the Mississippi.Read more ›
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 ›
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.Read more ›
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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..mPublished on March 1 2014 by jesse-dog
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 morePublished on Feb. 15 2009 by Mark Anderson
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 morePublished on March 29 2004 by Mark J. Fowler
I was 12 years of when the "Wayfaring Stranger" track of this album began to get a great deal of airplay. Read morePublished on March 5 2003
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. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2002 by J. M. Zuurbier
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 morePublished on Nov. 16 2002 by DJ Joe Sixpack
This is the one album (CD - whatever!) that I can attribute to the beginnings of me loving traditional music of all genres. Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2002 by Ken Roberts
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 morePublished on July 20 2002