Emmylou Harris – Roses In The Snow – Our Shootout Winner from 2012

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Roses In The Snow

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

AMAZING A+++ SOUND ON BOTH SIDES! The immediacy of the vocals is startling — Emmylou is IN THE ROOM with you, belting out these heartfelt, emotional songs. If that doesn’t give you chills, I don’t know what will! We’ve done several shootouts for this album now, and we’ve completely fallen in love with both the music and the sound. When you hear a copy like this, it’s easy to see why. Even our single plus (A+) sides sound wonderful, but our Super Hot (A++) and White Hot (A+++) sides are OUT OF THIS WORLD. You won’t find too many records from 1980 with sound this good, that’s for sure!

Both sides have wonderful clarity and transparency. Emmylou’s vocals are breathy with lots of texture, the stringed instruments have the proper amount of pluck and twang, and the bass is Right On The Money. Yee-haw! 

I’ll Take This Over Alison Krauss On MoFi Any Day

The sound is INCREDIBLY rich and sweet, with none of the transistory grain so common to WB albums from this era. It blows the doors off of a record like the MFSL Alison Krauss. In fact, this record is the perfect example of what’s wrong with that pressing. Listen to the quality of the voices and acoustic instruments on this album, then compare them to your Krauss MOFI. I am hoping that you will hear that there is a world of difference between the two, because there is.

Amazingly Good Warner Brothers Sound

If you like the sound of the best Warner Brothers recordings from about the same timeframe — think Ry Cooder’s Jazz and Rickie Lee Jones’ debut to name a couple — you’ll find much to like about the sound here. It’s incredibly detailed but not at all phony — just what you need to appreciate the sound of the various stringed instruments, including acoustic guitars, electric guitars, archtop guitars, mandolins, fiddles, autoharp and more.

And The Music Is Wonderful

The song Jordan is superb. How can you go wrong with Johnny Cash on background vocals? Play Wayfaring Stranger and Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn for some of the best sound — talk about three-dimensionality!

The album features an all-star line-up of guests, including Cash, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Ricky Skaggs and more. I’m not qualified to say that this is the one country album that you must own, but it’s a darn good one!

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Roses in the Snow 
Wayfaring Stranger 
Green Pastures 
The Boxer 
Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn

Side Two

I’ll Go Stepping Too 
You’re Learning 
Jordan 
Miss the Mississippi and You
Gold Watch and Chain

AMG  Review

Combining acoustic bluegrass with traditional Appalachian melodies (and tossing one contemporary tune, Paul Simon’s “The Boxer,” into the mix), Roses in the Snow ranks among Emmylou Harris’ riskiest — and most satisfying — gambits.