Light of the Stable [Bonus Tracks]

Light of the Stable [Bonus Tracks]

by Emmylou HarrisEmmylou Harris

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Emmylou Harris culls something old and something new on this 2004 reissue of her essential 1980 Christmas album, which adds three newly recorded tracks. The acoustic outing is marked by Harris's distinctive and delicious vocals, which color this set of mostly traditional carols with the warmth and spirit of the season. Assisting her is a fine lineup of backup players, notably former Hot Band member Ricky Skaggs, whose fine picking gives familiar tunes such as the buoyant and beckoning "Christmas Time's A-Coming" and the sweet and somber "O Little Town of Bethlehem" a cozy, homespun feel. Adding to the disc's stark beauty are harmonies throughout from bluegrass gospel sirens (and sisters) Sharon and Cheryl White, who cushion Harris's a cappella reading of "The First Noel" to spine-tingling effect. Speaking of gorgeous harmonies, the willowy tenor of Harris's voice is ably matched by duet partner Nancy Ahern on a pair of tunes, including the spare Irish lullaby "Golden Cradle," which captures the holiday's meditative side. And where could Harris find a finer backing trio than Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Neil Young, who add resonant "Hallelujahs" to the title song, a twangy interpretation that's both stirring and soothing. Rodney Crowell's lovely "Angel Eyes" pairs Harris with Skaggs and Willie Nelson, and together they make this spiritual ballad one for the ages. On the new additions, Kate & Anna McGarrigle bring their feathery harmonies to bear on their arrangement of the traditional "Cherry Tree Carol," on Beth Nielsen Chapman's solemn "There's a Light," and on the sisters' own contemplative ballad, "Man Is an Island." Suffused with the beauty and grace of the Christmas season, Light of the Stable burns steady and bright.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/09/2004
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227611026
catalogNumber: 76110
Rank: 4413

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Emmylou Harris   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Ricky Skaggs   Banjo,Fiddle,Mandolin,Violin,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Rodney Crowell   Acoustic Guitar
Willie Nelson   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Dolly Parton   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Albert Lee   Mandolin
Linda Ronstadt   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Neil Young   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Brian Ahern   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Percussion,Autoharp,Gut String Guitar,6-string bass
Tony Brown   Clavinet
Glen D. Hardin   Piano,Keyboards
Hank DeVito   Pedal Steel Guitar
Emory Gordy   Bass
Anna McGarrigle   Accordion,Keyboards,Vocal Harmony
Frank Reckard   Electric Guitar
John Ware   Drums
Cheryl White   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Sharon White   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Kate McGarrigle   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Vocal Harmony
Brian Bowers   Autoharp
Nancy Ahern   Vocals
Mike Bowden   Bass

Technical Credits

Beth Nielsen Chapman   Composer
Rodney Crowell   Composer
Harry Simeone   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Brian Ahern   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Rick Clark   Liner Notes
Katherine K. Davis   Composer
Tex Logan   Composer
Janie McGarrigle   Composer
Anna McGarrigle   Arranger,Composer
Henry Onorati   Composer
Steven Rhymer   Composer
Kate McGarrigle   Arranger,Composer
A.L. Phipps   Composer
Jean Krikorian   Art Direction
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Elizabeth Rhymer   Composer
Phillips Brooks   Composer
Nancy Ahern   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
James R. Murray   Composer
Doug Beal   Engineer
Jonathan E. Spillman   Arranger
Lewis Redner   Composer
Henry Onerati   Composer

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