The Trio returns
Monday, March 14, 2016
– The Trio - Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris - will have their work see the light of day later this year with previously unreleased material.
The group released two albums together, "Trio" (1987) and "Trio II" (1999), selling more than 5 million copies worldwide and winning 3 Grammys.
Both albums are being remastered for a three-CD collection with rare and unreleased music. Produced by Harris, "The Complete Trio Collection" will be available on Sept. 9 for a list price of $29.98.
On the same date, a single-disc set will also be available, "My Dear Companion: Selections from the Trio," featuring a mix of songs taken from the three-disc set, as will "Farther Along," a double-LP set of all the bonus material from "The Complete Trio Collection." "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 for about a decade. "Trio" topped the country album chart for five consecutive weeks. Among the standout tracks are "To Know Him Is to Love Him," "Wildflowers" and "Farther Along."
A decade later, the group released a follow-up. "Trio II" won a Grammy Award and peaked in the Top Five of the country album chart. It sold more than 1 million copies worldwide with 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 contains 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."
The complete "Trio" collection and track listing is:
Disc 1 - Trio
1. "Lover's Return"
2. "High Sierra"
3. "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind"
4. "After the Gold Rush"
5. "The Blue Train"
6. "I Feel the Blues Movin' In"
7. "You'll Never Be The Sun"
8. "He Rode All The Way To Texas"
9. "Feels Like Home"
10. "When We're Gone, Long Gone"
Disc Two - Trio II
1. "Wildflowers" (Alternate Take unreleased 1986)
2. "Waltz Across Texas Tonight" (Unreleased 1994)
3. "Lover's Return" (Alternate Mix - Unreleased)
4. "Softly and Tenderly" (Unreleased 1994)
5. "Pleasant As May" (Unreleased 1986)
6. "My Dear Companion" (Alternate Take 1986)
7. "My Blue Tears" (Unreleased 1998)
8. "Making Plans" (Alternate Take 1986)
9. "I've Had Enough" (Alternate Mix 1986)
10. "Grey Funnel Line" (Unreleased 1986)
11. "You Don't Knock" (Unreleased 1986)
12. "Where Will The Words Come From" (Unreleased 1985)
13. "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind" (Dolly Lead - Alternate Take 1994)
14. "Are You Tired of Me" (Unreleased 1986)
15. "Even Cowgirls Get The Blues"
16. "Mr. Sandman"
17. "Handful Of Dust" (Unreleased 1993)
18. "Calling My Children Home" (Unreleased Acapella Version 1986)
19. "White Snow" (Unreleased 1986)
20. "Farther Along" (Alternate Mix 1986)
"My Dear Companion: Selections from the Trio":
1. "The Pain Of Loving You"
2. "My Dear Companion"
3. "To Know Him Is To Love Him"
4. "Telling Me Lies"
5. "Farther Along"
6. " Lover's Return"
7. "After The Gold Rush"
8. "The Blue Train"
9. "You'll Never Be The Sun"
10. "When We're Gone, Long Gone"
11. "Waltz Across Texas Tonight" (Unreleased 1994)
12. "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind" (Dolly Lead - Alternate Take 1994)
13. "Wildflowers" (Alternate Take 1986)
14. "Calling My Children Home" (Unreleased Acapella Version 1986)
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