Anthology: The Warner/Reprise Years

Retrospectives like this two-disc, 44-song anthology usually culminate a celebrated artist's career, but 1999 Billboard Century Award honoree Emmylou Harris' tenure is going stronger than ever with he

Retrospectives like this two-disc, 44-song anthology usually culminate a celebrated artist's career, but 1999 Billboard Century Award honoree Emmylou Harris' tenure is going stronger than ever with her recent Nonesuch album, Red Dirt Girl. And that only makes this Rhino set more timely. While not as complete as the 1996 three-disc boxed set Portraits, it effectively traces the angelic country singer's output from when she was the "Blue Kentucky Girl," to use the title of her 1979 country hit. All the other ethereally beautiful hits are here—including the prized duets with Roy Orbison ("That Lovin' You Feelin' Again") and Don Williams ("If I Needed You"), as well as the Harris/Dolly Parton/Linda Ronstadt Trio version of "To Know Him Is to Love Him." Collectors will also appreciate the inclusion of tracks that heretofore haven't been available domestically on CD, such as B-sides "Fools Thin Air" and "Precious Love." Since the set's contents are from Harris' own recordings, her important contributions to mentor Gram Parsons' discs are missing. But this early Harris career gap is bridged in the aforementioned contemporaneous Parsons anthology from Rhino.—JB

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