ELITE HOTEL - EMMYLOU HARRIS
TRACK LISTING: Amarillo, Together Again, Feelin' Single Seein' Double, Sin City, One of These Days, Till I Gain Control Again, Here There and Everywhere, Ooh Las Vegas, Sweet Dreams, Jambalaya (On the Bayou), Satan's Jewel Crown, Wheels
IMPRESSIONS: Solid, solid, really solid album! I'm trying to remember -- I think it was Rama who clued me into this one after I asked him yet again for a really good album recommendation. I've always considered this album a really good choice if you've got a drive ahead of you; putting this album on in the car as you go your merry way will get you there kindly. Emmylou combines the heart-tugging ballads with the shit-kickers and it's a nice combination. Dynamite covers of Patsy Cline, Buck Owens, the Beatles, Gram Parsons, the Louvin Brothers, Hank Williams, Rodney Crowell . . . how can you go wrong? All this and a voice like wine.
MY FAVOURITE TRACKS: Amarillo, Together Again, Feelin' Single Seein' Double, One of These Days, Till I Gain Control Again, Here There and Everywhere, Sweet Dreams, Jambalaya (On the Bayou), Satan's Jewel Crown, Wheels
GUEST ARTISTS: Jonathan Edwards (backing vocals, vocals on "Wheels"), Rodney Crowell (electric guitar, backing vocals), James Burton (electric guitar), Linda Ronstadt (backing vocals)
FACT SHEET: ELITE HOTEL is Emmylou Harris' third album and her first #1 country album. Both "Together Again" and "Sweet Dreams" went to #1 on Billboard's country singles charts and "One of These Days" went to #3; "Here There & Everywhere" went to #65 on the pop charts. Rodney Crowell wrote "Till I Gain Control Again" and co-wrote "Amarillo" with Emmylou Harris. "Together Again" was written by Buck Owens. Gram Parsons co-wrote "Sin City" and "Wheels" with Chris Hillman and "Ooh Las Vegas" with Ric Grech. "Here, There and Everywhere" is a Beatles cover written by John Lennon & Paul McCartney. "Sweet Dreams" is a Patsy Cline cover (written by Don Gibson). "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" is a Hank Williams cover and "Satan's Jewel Crown" is a Louvin Brothers cover. "Wheels" is a duet with Jonathan Edwards.