Emmylou Harris / Luxury Liner – What the Shootout Winners Get Right

More of the Music of Emmylou Harris

As is usually the case with Harris’ albums, the sound they’re going for here is clean and clear with plenty of detail.

Only a handful of copies really nail that sound, with most being either dull and recessed or pinched and edgy.

When you get one that manages to have a punchy low end, full mids AND the open, extended top end, the sound gets out of the way and you can really enjoy the MUSIC.

After all, isn’t that what this crazy hobby is about?

Side One

A+++, big, open and FULL. The vocals have plenty of space and texture, the bottom end is punchy and clear, and you can hear all the way to the back of the soundfield. The vocals are the real star of this album, and when they’re upfront and present without getting edgy or hard, you know you have a real winner. As Good As It Gets, White Hot Stamper material all the way.

Side Two

A+++, and every bit as good as side one! Again, it really nails that clear, transparent sound, with wonderful separation of parts. Emmylou is a master of country harmonies, and when all the voices stand apart clearly it’s much easier to appreciate her skill. Combine that clarity with a fuller, more natural tonality than anything hinted at on the typical pressing and you have another shootout-winning side.


Side One

Luxury Liner
Pancho & Lefty
Making Believe
You’re Supposed to Be Feeling Good
I’ll Be Your San Antonio Rose

Side Two

(You Never Can Tell) C’est La Vie
When I Stop Dreaming
Hello Stranger
Tulsa Queen

AMG 4 1/2 Star Rave Review

Luxury Liner ranks as Emmylou Harris’ best-selling solo record to date, and it’s one of her most engaging efforts…… as well; her Hot Band is in peak form, and the songs are even more far afield than usual, including Chuck Berry’s “(You Never Can Tell) C’est la Vie” and Townes Van Zandt’s painterly tale of aging outlaws, “Pancho & Lefty.

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