Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Nige mentioned that, while away, I glimpsed the blinding light of Emmylou Harris's All I Intended To Be. This is a great, great album, justifying, once again, Nige's judgment that she is the best female singer since Ella Fitzgerald. One track makes my hair stand on end every time I hear it - Going' Back to Harlan. The lyrics are wonderful, mysterious - what an opening line! - and the performance is spine-tingling. You'll be buying the album of course, so here is another performance by Emmylou with the McGarrigles. I spoil you.
PS In a moment of madness brought on by intense heat and the iPod interface, I posted as if Goin' Back to Harlan was on All I Intended. In fact, it's on Wrecking Ball.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 9:01 am