The Complete Trio Collection

The Complete Trio Collection

by Emmylou HarrisEmmylou Harris


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Talking about the first time she harmonized with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt in 1975, Dolly Parton said, "We all got to singin' and it was absolutely incredible. It gives me chills, even now." Given Parton's remarkable life and career, one would imagine it would take a lot to prompt that reaction, but there's no false modesty in Dolly's words. Parton, Harris, and Ronstadt were all splendid vocalists on their own, but they'd also shown a talent for collaborating with others throughout their careers. And when the like-minded women decided to make an album together, they created something rare, a collaboration between three major stars that never smacks of ego. Parton, Harris, and Ronstadt brought out the best in one another on their brilliant 1987 album, Trio, with the group harmonies sounding even more glorious than their lead vocals. (Trio also found Parton and Ronstadt working with better and more flattering material than they'd had on their solo albums in quite a while.) Trio was enough of a success that the singers carved out time in their busy schedules to make another album together, 1999's Trio II, with similarly impressive results. Ronstadt's health prevents her from making another Trio album in the 21st century, but Rhino Records have given us the next best thing with The Complete Trio Collection. This three-disc set brings together Trio and Trio II in full with a bonus disc of 20 outtakes and alternate versions recorded during the sessions for the original albums. Both Trio and Trio II have aged quite well, especially the first album with its emphasis on acoustic, bluegrass-influenced arrangements that blend well with three-part harmonies. (As Harris quips in the liner notes, they were playing Americana music before it had a name.) And if disc three often covers material that appears elsewhere in the set, Parton, Harris, and Ronstadt tried enough different approaches to these songs that the variants still sound fresh, and the performances are a knockout throughout. At the end of an unreleased take of "You Don't Knock," Harris quietly says, "That one felt real good," and like Dolly, she speaks the truth. For fans of the original Trio albums, buying The Complete Trio Collection to get the disc of unreleased takes might seem a bit excessive, but for anyone with a taste for great country or folk singing who has never heard Parton, Harris, and Ronstadt's work together, this set is nothing less than essential.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/09/2016
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227954086
catalogNumber: 550159
Rank: 4130


Disc 1

  1. The Pain of Loving You
  2. Making Plans
  3. To Know Him Is to Love Him
  4. Hobo's Meditation
  5. Wildflowers
  6. Telling Me Lies
  7. My Dear Companion
  8. Those Memories of You
  9. I've Had Enough
  10. Rosewood Casket
  11. Farther Along

Disc 2

  1. Lover's Return
  2. High Sierra
  3. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind
  4. After the Gold Rush
  5. The Blue Train
  6. I Feel the Blues Movin' In
  7. You'll Never Be the Sun
  8. He Rode All The Way to Texas
  9. Feels Like Home
  10. When We're Gone, Long Gone

Disc 3

  1. Wildflowers
  2. Waltz Across Texas Tonight
  3. Lover's Return
  4. Softly and Tenderly
  5. Pleasant As May
  6. My Dear Companion
  7. My Blue Tears
  8. Making Plans
  9. I've Had Enough
  10. Grey Funnel Line
  11. You Don't Knock
  12. Where Will the Words Come From
  13. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind [Alternate
  14. Are You Tired of Me
  15. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
  16. Mr. Sandman
  17. Handful of Dust
  18. Calling My Children Home [Version
  19. In a Deep Sleep
  20. Farther Along

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Emmylou Harris   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar
Alison Krauss   Fiddle
John Starling   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Edgar Meyer   Acoustic Bass
Ry Cooder   Guitar
Albert Lee   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Soloist
David Lindley   Mandolin,Autoharp,Harpolek
Marty Krystall   Clarinet
Jim Keltner   Drums
Ben Keith   Steel Guitar
Larry Atamanuik   Drums
Robbie Buchanan   Piano
Jodi Burnett   Cello
David Campbell   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Strings,Conductor
Mark Casstevens   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Viola
Charles Veal   Concert Master
Kenny Edwards   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Steve Fishell   Dobro,Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
David Grisman   Mandolin
Carl Jackson   Acoustic Guitar
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Mark O'Connor   Viola
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bill Payne   Piano,Electric Piano
Herb Pedersen   Banjo
Brice Martin   Flute
Leland Sklar   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Roy Huskey   Bass,Acoustic Bass

Technical Credits

Doyle Lawson   Composer
Del McCoury   Composer
John Starling   Composer
Rodney Crowell   Composer
Emmylou Harris   Composer
Dolly Parton   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Jean Ritchie   Composer
Randy Newman   Composer
Linda Ronstadt   String Arrangements
Neil Young   Composer
Johnny Russell   Composer
Tom Kimmel   Composer
Sonny Curtis   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill   Composer
Roebuck "Pops" Staples   Composer
Kieran Kane   Composer
Cyril Tawney   Composer
Harley Allen   Composer
John Boylan   Liner Notes
David Campbell   Orchestration
A.P. Carter   Composer
Sara Carter   Composer
Betsy Cook   Composer
Jennifer Kimball   Composer
Herb Pedersen   Vocal Arrangements
Linda Thompson   Composer
Porter Wagoner   Composer
Kate McGarrigle   Composer
Tony Arata   Composer
Charles Waller   Composer
Lisa Glines   Art Direction
Donagh Long   Composer
Pat Ballard   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Voni Morrison   Composer
Avie Lee Parton   Arranger
Mike Johnson   Tape Research
Alan Bryant   Composer
Wesley Westbrooks   Composer
James Paul O'Hara   Composer
Maybelle Carter   Composer

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