Emmylou Harris, Gliding Bird (1969)
I love Emmylou Harris. Have done for many years. I first knew about her as a name and voice – a backing singer to the stars; there she was on albums by Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson and many others and though I knew about her, the legend, the Gram Parsons association and so on the album I first heard, the one that made me a fan, was her duets record with Linda Ronstadt – Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions. Magic record, which sent me back through her catalogue – to the Trio album with Linda and Dolly Parton and to those earlier Emmylou solo records. This was also around the time I got to see her live – a great show. I pretty much own everything by her, but only just recently I found this – her debut. She’s all but disowned it. Not sure why. Sure, it’s naïve in places, more folk than country, but the covers are lovely and her own writing is strong. There’s a fragility to the voice here that is fascinating. She’s not quite in full control of it. She’s vulnerable. I love this record. A really great starting point. Obviously all of the real magic was to follow but this is fascinating first steps.
Sample Track: Black Gypsy
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