Monday, March 14, 2016

Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris' 'Trio' albums to be reissued

Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris released two albums together, Trio (1987) and Trio II (1999), which combined to sell more than five million copies worldwide and won three Grammy Awards.

Both albums have been newly remastered for a three-CD collection with rare and unreleased music. Produced by Harris, The Complete Trio Collection will be available on Sept. 9.

On the same date, a single-disc set will also be available. My Dear Companion: Selections from the Trio Collection features songs taken from the three-disc set, as will Farther Along, a double LP set of all the bonus material. Trio II will also be released on vinyl for the first time.

Even though Parton, Ronstadt, and Harris began recording together in the 1970s, a full album proved elusive. When they were finally able to record a full album, they merged country and Americana. Trio arrived in 1987; sold more than four million copies; won two Grammy Awards; and topped the country album chart for five weeks. It included a cover of "To Know Him Is to Love Him," "Wildflowers," and "Farther Along." 

More than a decade later, Trio II arrived in 1999. The album won a Grammy Award and peaked in the Top Five of the country album chart. It sold more than one million copies worldwide on the strength of tracks like "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?" the Carter family's "Lover's Return" and a cover of Neil Young's "After The Gold Rush."
The bonus disc has 20 songs, including alternate takes of album tracks like "I've Had Enough," "Making Plans" and "My Dear Companion." Also featured are 11 completely unreleased recordings from the trio spanning both album sessions including "Waltz Across Texas Tonight," "Pleasant As May," "Are You Tired of Me," and the gospel standard "Softly And Tenderly."

Among the unreleased material is also an alternate version of "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?" featuring Parton on lead vocals and an a capella version of "Calling All My Children Home."

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