Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions

Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions

by Linda RonstadtLinda Ronstadt


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One of the deepest, richest musical journeys of recent years, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt's WESTERN WALL: THE TUCSON SESSIONS stakes out turf quite distinct from their Trio incarnation with Dolly Parton. Separately and together, the pair delve deeply into the material, coming up with performances nothing short of astounding in their delicacy and nuance. This is vocal artistry of the highest caliber. The songs are by the likes of Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash (her eerie "Western Wall" gives the album its title), Leonard Cohen, and Bruce Springsteen -- and Harris has three songwriter credits here, as well. Each narrative examines lives in the balance and decisions made that will alter personal histories. Newcomer Patty Griffin and the underappreciated veteran David Olney steal the show with, respectively, "Falling Down," a powerful account of a soul reduced to utter chaos, and "1917," an exquisite recounting of a woman's tragic night of love with a doomed soldier. And there's some humor, too, notably on the suggestive "Sweet Spot," co-written by Harris and Luscious Jackson's Jill Cuniff, with Harris and Ronstadt cooing in unison, "Baby, when you take a shower / I'll be your sweet spot." A rich, multifaceted recording by two of American music's lodestones, WESTERN WALL: THE TUCSON SESSIONS is one for the ages. The more you listen, the more you hear.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/24/1999
Label: Asylum Records
UPC: 0075596240826
catalogNumber: 62408


  1. Loving the Highway Man
  2. Raise the Dead
  3. For a Dancer
  4. Western Wall
  5. 1917
  6. He Was Mine
  7. Sweet Spot
  8. Sisters of Mercy
  9. Falling Down
  10. Valerie
  11. This Is to Mother You
  12. All I Left Behind
  13. Across the Border

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Linda Ronstadt   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Emmylou Harris   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Neil Young   Harmonica,Background Vocals
Andy Fairweather Low   Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Ethan Johns   Dulcimer,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar,Mandocello,spanish guitar,Synthesizer Bass,Optigan
Paul Kennerley   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Bernie Leadon   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitarron,Mandocello,6-string bass,Synthesizer Bass,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Greg Leisz   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Mandola,Mandocello,Weissenborn
Anna McGarrigle   Background Vocals
Helen Watson   Background Vocals
Kate McGarrigle   Background Vocals
Michel Pepin   Cymbals,Bass Guitar
Samantha Rowe   Cello
Wix   Accordion

Technical Credits

David Olney   Songwriter
Glyn Johns   Producer,Engineer
George Massenburg   Engineer
John Nowland   Engineer
Michel Pepin   Engineer
Alli   Art Direction
Elizabeth Cutler   Composer

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