Yes it's very good, particularly on double vinyl with CD inside. Emmylou emerged from the crysalis of her country roots with Wrecking Ball (1995)-- containing excellent covers of Dylan, Young, Hendrix, & McGarrigles wrapped in Daniel Lanois's typically evocative ambient production. From there she began writing her own material-- Red Dirt Girl(2000) & Stumble into Grace(2003). The latter is IMO her mature & best work.
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I'd completely agree with all of Dgarretson's picks with a special fondness for Wrecking Ball. You might also enjoy "Written in Chalk" the new release from Buddy and Julie Miller, as well most of Patty Griffin's albums (the exception might be "Flaming Red" which has a harder sound than her others), who does a few accompaniments on "All I Intended to Be" (which I enjoy very much as well).
Man, I was checking out her site and found out that Emmylou will be touring with Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin and Buddy Miller ("Three Girls and their Buddy Tour") That's a show I'd not miss. Tickets are currently on sale for at least one venue. Also I was mistaken: Patty Griffin does not sing on "..Intnded..", but her song, "Moon Song", is covered by Harris.
Emmylou is one of my favorite artists. I generally prefer her pre Wrecking Ball albums. She's been making them since the 70s.
For best sound, she put out a 4cd 1 dvd set not too long ago titled Songbird. It's a collection of some of her favorite tracks from throughout her career along with quite a bit of unreleased material. The sound is quite a bit better than the cds released prior to it. The dvd is not anything special and probably should have been left out.
A few of my favorite albums are:
Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town,
The Ballad of Sally Rose,
At The Ryman (really good live set with the Nash Ramblers, an acoustic/electric band including Sam Bush),
IMHO you can't go too far wrong with any of her earlier albums. Her voice started to go around Wrecking Ball and she moved away from her country/country rock roots. All I Intended To Be is a bit of a return to her earlier style.
In any case, you're on to a great artist and have a lot of really great music to discover. Enjoy!
Don't forget her recent collaboration with Mark Knopfler, "All the Road Running."
She's the Godmother of Alt Country. She makes other country female stars look silly. I don't know what her secret is but she is one of the most well preserved women I have ever seen.
I love music of this ilk, but I have never been able to appreciate Grievous Angel.
Big fan. Saw her live 4/5 times-(can't rem.exactly how many x's) Saw her at the Palomino 2 or 3--Saw here at the Roxy on Sunset (had great seats) Saw her at the Greek or Hol.Bowl,can't remember which. Dolly came out of the audience and sang a couple of songs with her.
My favs are all the first--'cept Gliding Bird which are actually bad.
I never liked it when she would try to have a hard edge. That hard edge just ain't her forte.
Her first big debut: Bolder to Birmingham --My fav. not a mediocre song on either side.
I actually think her "here there and everywhere" is better than fab4's also her Pancho & Lefty is more to my liking than Cash and I think Kris K's version.---Love that voice.
I like most everything that she does but my favorite is her duet album with Linda Ronstadt called Western Wall: The Tuscon Sessions. There are a few moments on it that are truly sublime. Two girls that really know how to sing and are experts at complimenting each other's styles as they move from lead to backup and to straight duet.
Yep, Emmylou is right up there with the best of the best! Spyboy,Red Dirt Girl,& Wrecking Ball are amoung favs. Saw her live at the Thomas Wolf in Asheville NC with Bruce Cockburn,Tift Merrit,and Patty Griffin. One of the best shows I've ever seen. It was just those four and their guitars singing each's songs. Tift Merrit was a last minute substitute for Mary Chapin Carpenter who couldn't make the show for some reason. It was good because Tift Merrit was just starting out and very hungry and to be playing with such a line up was a good kick in her career.