Warner/Reprise Records – 2001 – 76 min, 72 min
Emmylou Harris has long been a musical pioneer. From her earliest days on the road with Gram Parsons to last year's 'Red Dirt Girl', she has rarely done what might be expected of her. As a result, this 'Anthology' – a retrospective of Harris' seventeen year residency at Warner/Reprise Records – showcases a extraordinary range of songs, styles and collaborations, with her unique and haunting voice running like a silver thread throughout.
Collaboration has always played a key role in Harris' career, whether musically (her acclaimed Hot Band contained musicians who had played with Elvis Presley) or in her choice of singing partners. Several of these alliances are on the anthology including the tender-hearted 'If I Needed You' with Don Williams and her lonesome duet with Roy Orbison – 'That Lovin' You Feelin' Again'. The angelic sound of Harris harmonising with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt in 'To Know Him Is To Love Him' is a taster from the platinum-selling 'Trio' album, but if you're looking for the most heartbreaking of all her collaborations, check out her 1972 duet with Gram Parsons 'We'll Sweep Out the Ashes in the Morning'. That's not on this 'Anthology', nor are later recordings like the Daniel Lanois-helmed 'Wrecking Ball' or last year's stunning 'Red Dirt Girl'.
Buy the 'Anthology' for Harris' middle years but don't let it be the extent of your exploration of her music – wide-ranging though it is, it's really only a taster.
Tracklisting Disc 1: Too Far Gone - If I Could Only Win Your Love - Boulder to Birmingham - Together Again - Here, There and Everywhere - One of These Days - Sweet Dreams (Live) - (You Never Can Tell) C'est La Vie - Making Believe - Easy from Now On - To Daddy - Two More Bottles of Wine - Save the Last Dance for Me - Beneath Still Waters - Blue Kentucky Girl - Wayfaring Stranger - That Lovin' You Feelin' Again (with Roy Orbison) - The Boxer - Precious Love - Fools Thin Air - Mister Sandman - Colors of Your Heart
Tracklisting Disc 2: If I Needed You (with Don Williams) - Tennessee Rose - Born to Run - Another Pot o' Tea - I'm Movin' On (Live) - (Lost His Love) On Our Last Date (Live) - So Sad (to Watch Good Love Go Bad) (Live) - Maybe Tonight - Drivin' Wheel - In My Dreams - Pledging My Love - Someone Like You - White Line - Rhythm Guitar - Timberline - I Had My Heart Set on You - Today I Started Loving You Again - To Know Him is to Love Him (with Dolly Parton & Linda Ronstadt) - Heartbreak Hill - Heaven Only Knows - I Still Miss Someone - Wheels of Love