Emmylou Harris – Elite Hotel – Our Shootout Winner from 2014

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TWO EXCELLENT SIDES, including an AMAZING A+++ SIDE ONE! It is TOUGH to find great sound for this album, but this copy really nailed it. Emmylou’s voice, obviously the key element, is just killer here. Most copies we play have their fair share of problems, but when you get one like this the sonic issues fade into the background, letting you focus on one thing — the MUSIC.  

Side One

A+++, absolutely as good as it gets! Huge and open, spacious and transparent, with full, breathy vocals, this is exactly the way this music should sound.

Side Two

A++, truly excellent in its own right with great transparency and clarity.

The biggest problems with the typical copy of this album are grit, grain, and break-up on the voices. Every single copy we played had these unfortunate qualities to at least some degree, but the few Hot Stampers we managed to find did enough things right to let the music work well for us. The third track on side one is a good example of this — on just about any copy out there, Emmylou’s voice is going to break-up a bit when she gets loud. We’re used to this when dealing with especially dynamic vocalists such as Emmylou, Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell and Aretha Franklin. When these ladies start really beltin’ it out, it’s hard to get it on a record cleanly, particularly in the inner grooves.

This copy was cut much cleaner than most of them we played — less grit, less grain, and not too much break-up. As mentioned above, the third track on side one and the inner grooves are always going to be a little rough, but other than that the vocals sound lovely — breathy, sweet and present. The overall sound is clean and clear with good transparency and lots of energy.

The music here is wonderful, one of Emmylou’s finest. She knocks out a wonderful cover of the Beatles’ Here There And Everywhere on side two, and there are also great versions of songs from Gram Parsons, The Flying Burrito Brothers and the great Hank Williams. If you’re a fan of this music, it should be a real treat to hear a copy like this one!

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Amarillo 
Together Again
Feelin’ Single Seein’ Double
Sin City
One Of These Days
Till I Gain Control Again

Side Two

Here There And Everywhere
Ooh Las Vegas
Sweet Dreams
Jambalaya
Satan’s Jeweled Crown
Wheels

AMG  Review

While Emmylou Harris spent much of her career carrying on the legacy of Gram Parsons, Elite Hotel…… ranks among her most overt tributes to his genius, thanks to its covers of the Flying Burrito Brothers’ “Sin City” and “Wheels,” along with “Ooh Las Vegas” from the Grievous Angel album. In addition to the usual eclectic mix of covers — which includes the Beatles’ “Here, There and Everywhere” and Hank Williams’ “Jambalaya” this time out — Elite Hotel offers renditions of the country perennials “Together Again” and “Sweet Dreams,” which were, respectively, Harris’ first two number one chart hits.