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Emmylou Harris has had one of the most enduring musical careers of any solo artist to emerge in the 1970s. She began her career recording with Gram Parsons (his debut, G.P., in 1972 and Grievous Angel in 1973), and she remains vital, prolific, and stylistically resilient. Her music has been compiled many times through the years, and she figures prominently on two Gram Parsons boxed sets, Sacred Hearts and Fallen Angels: The Gram Parsons Anthology (2001) and The Complete Reprise Sessions (2006). But this five-disc box, which includes a generous number of rarities and a bonus DVD, is the definitive career retrospective.

What separates this set from so many other artists’ retrospectives is the range of styles she covers and the fact that many of her recordings were successful collaborations that were conceived for all the right reasons. Opener “Clocks,” a previously unreleased outtake from 1968’s Gliding Bird, her unofficial solo debut, shows us how far back her solo career goes. Most of the rest of the first disc contains music from her early solo career, which officially began in 1975 with the gorgeous Pieces of the Sky. Those early songs showed her to be an unsurpassed interpreter of music with a folk base, a country tinge and a rock ’n’ roll heart.

The second disc quickly moves through the decades. It features tracks from Wrecking Ball, Harris’s Daniel Lanois-produced breakthrough release from 1995, which redefined her sound and persona after years of being one of the most honored and respected country artists around.

Discs three and four are filled with unreleased songs from soundtracks, tribute albums, and various collaborations, including many from her various recordings with Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton. Disc four also brings Harris’s musical story up to date with more recent tracks she recorded with Patti Griffin and Mark Knopfler.

The bonus DVD includes nine live performances with her group the Hot Band, her later band Spyboy and Elvis Costello. This box is a testament to a great talent who has never compromised herself or her work and who is as relevant now as at any time in her career.


  • Clocks (alternate version)
  • The Angels Rejoiced Last Night (Gram Parsons)
  • The Old Country Baptizing (Gram Parsons & The Fallen Angels)
  • Coats of Many Colors
  • For No One
  • Ooh Las Vegas
  • Satan's Jewel Crown
  • Tulsa Queen
  • My Songbird
  • Green Rolling Hills
  • One Paper Kid with Willie Nelson
  • Sorrow In The Wind
  • Rough And Rocky
  • Jordan
  • Darkets Hour Is Just Before Dawn
  • Ashes by Now
  • How High The Moon
  • Spanish Johnny with Waylon Jennings
  • The Lst Cheaters Waltz
  • Racing In The Streets
  • Like An Old Fashioned Waltz
  • The Sweethearts of the Rodeo with Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Vince Gill & Gail Davies
  • When I Was Yours
  • My Fathers House
  • Bright Morning Stars
  • When He Calls
  • Lonely Street
  • Brand New Dance
  • Get Up John
  • If I Could Be There
  • Ballad Of A Runaway House
  • Going Back To Harlan
  • Sweet Old World
  • All My Tears (Live)
  • Prayer In Open D (Live)
  • Bang The Drum Slowly
  • Boy From Tupelo
  • Lost Unto This World
  • Man Is An Island
  • Cup Of Kindness
  • Falling In a Deep Hole
  • 1917 (Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris)
  • Palms of Victory (Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, & Emmylou Harris)
  • Softy and Tenderly (Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris)
  • My Dear Companion (Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstatt & Emmylou Harris)
  • Mary Danced with Soldiers (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
  • I Don't ove You Much Do I (Guy Clark)
  • All I Left Behind
  • I Remember You (Steve Earle)
  • Golden Ring with Linda Ronstadt and Anna & Kate McGarrigle
  • Sonny (Emmylou Harris, Dolores Keanes, Mary Black)
  • In The Garden
  • Love Still Remains
  • Snake Song
  • Hobo's Lullaby
  • Wondering
  • Immigrant Eyes
  • Juanita (Sheryl Crow & Emmylow Harris)
  • She (Pretenders & Emmylou Harris)
  • Sin City (Beck & Emmylou Harris)
  • Wheels (The Seldom Scene)
  • Beyond The Blue (Emmylou Harris & Patty Griffin)
  • First In Line (Emmylou Harris & John Starling)
  • Highway of Heartache
  • ALone And Forsaken (Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler)
  • Child of Mine
  • Heaven Ain't Ready For You Yet
  • Wish We Were Back In Missouri
  • Mama's Hungry Eyes with Rodney Crowell
  • Here We Are (George Jones & Emmylou Harris)
  • Waltz Across Texas Tonight
  • Snowin' On Raton
  • Gone
  • Don't Let Our Love Die
  • The Pearl (Live)
  • Wildwood Flower (Randy Scruggs with Emmylou Harris & Iris DeMent)
  • Love And Happiness (Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris)
  • When We're Gone, Long Gone (Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton)
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Super. Songs by Harris that you will not find anywhere else. Even several remastered for old vinyl albums.

Ken R

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