All I Intended to Be
 : All I Intended to Be

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by: Emmylou Harris

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Binding: Audio CD
Brand: CD
EAN: 0075597992854
Format: CD
Item Dimensions: 4905601325
Label: Nonesuch
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Nonesuch
Model: 3979102
MPN: CD79928
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: June 10, 2008
Publisher: Nonesuch
Release Date: June 10, 2008
Studio: Nonesuch

Disc 1:
  1. Shores of White Sand
  2. Hold On
  3. Moon Song
  4. Broken Man's Lament
  5. Gold
  6. How She Could Sing the Wildwood Flower
  7. All That You Have is Your Soul
  8. Take That Ride
  9. Old Five and Dimers Like Me
  10. Kern River
  11. Not Enough
  12. Sailing Round the Room
  13. Beyond the Great Divide
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Editorial Review:

Product Description:
On her third Nonesuch disc, Emmylou Harris assembles an extraordinary cast of veteran musicians and fellow singers, all of them longtime
friends, for a set that indeed showcases this Nashville icon, and 2008 CMA Hall of Fame inductee, as all she has intended to be
a singularly expressive vocalist, a brilliant interpreter of other people's songs, a graceful and confident songwriter. In particular, the
album displays Harris's ability to bring new life to songs that may have been overlooked, forgotten or lost along the way. Some of the
most affecting material here may be the least well-known though not for long: John Wesley Routh's celtic/country Shores Of White Sands
and trucker-poet Michael Germino's heartrending story-song, Broken Man's Lament. Harris has chosen these songs with conceptual care.
Like much of the gently uplifting All I Intended To Be, the stories may be bittersweet, the characters may be downtrodden, but somehow
a sense of redemption always vanquishes regret.
The shared history of all the artists involved deepens the feeling of hard-won wisdom that informs All I Intended To Be. Producer Brian
Ahern was behind the boards for such early Harris classics as Elite Hotel, Pieces of the Sky and Blue Kentucky Girl. The players and
guest stars are not only a veritable who's-who from the worlds of country, bluegrass and folk, but they have each intersected with Harris
throughout her four-decade career as a recording artist. They include Dolly Parton, singers Pam Rose and Maryann Kennedy, dobro player
(and longtime Seldom Scene member) Mike Auldredge, keyboardists Glenn D. Hardin (of Harris s Hot Band and Elvis Presley's legendary
TCB combo) and Bill Payne (of Little Feat). Two songs the June Carter tribute, How She Could Sing The Wildwood Flower and the
breathtakingly beautiful Sailing Round the Room were co-written by and performed with Kate and Anna McGarrigle. Singer-songwriter
Karen Brooks, whose own eighties-era version of Shores of White Sands was the inspiration and thematic jumping-off point for this entire
album, contributes backing vocals throughout; Randy Sharp, Brooks singing partner, did the vocal arranging. (Harris won a 2005 Best
Country Vocal Performance Grammy for her rendition of Sharp s The Connection. )
Harris's own songs, like the heartache ballad Gold and the elegiac Not Enough, blend seamlessly with work by Patty Griffin ( Moon
Song ), Merle Haggard ( Kern River ) and Billy Joe Shaver ( Old Five and Dimers, from which the album title is taken). Harris revives
what is arguably Tracy Chapman s most eloquent song, Fast Car notwithstanding All That You Have Is Your Soul, a cautionary tale
with a simple but profound prayer of a chorus. Displaying the maturity, elegance and ease that distinguished All The Road Running, her
best-selling 2006 collaboration with Mark Knopfler. Harris has created a riveting emotional and spiritual journey. All That I Intended To Be
is everything a listener and fan could hope for.
Emmylou Harris has always had a way with woe. On All I Intended To Be, she seems more maudlin than ever as she sings her way through songs about loss, heartbreak, even the odd funeral. Of course, this is the kind of material Harris has always been comfortable with, but as her career and years advance gracefully, so her gliding soprano seems to breathe ever more refinement and soul into her material. All I Intended To Be has been produced by Brian Ahern, her former husband and the man behind her first 11 albums--another reason the album sounds so comfortable and accomplished. Joined by a virtuoso set of players including keyboardist Glen Hardin and multi-instrumentalist Stuart Duncan, plus vocalists Vince Gill, Buddy Miller, and Dolly Parton, Harris blends a handpicked selection of cover versions with her own material. Tracy Chapman's "All That You Have Is Your Soul" gets a honeyed reworking, as does Merle Haggard's "Kern River" and Mark Germino's "Broken Man's Lament". Billy Joe Shaver's "Old Five" and "Dimers Like Me" both get respectfully and sublimely covered too. But her own songs--in particular "Sailing Round the Room" and "Gold"--stand up well to these evergreens. An eclectic and profound set, All I Intended To Be is also one of Harris’ best in recent years.--Danny McKenna

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