Bluebird (Emmylou Harris album)

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Bluebird
Emmylou Harris - Bluebird.png
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 10, 1989
RecordedNashville, 1988
GenreCountry
Length39:12
LabelWarner Bros. Nashville
ProducerRichard Bennett, Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris chronology
Angel Band
(1987)
Bluebird
(1989)
Brand New Dance
(1990)
Singles from Bluebird
  1. "Heartbreak Hill"
    Released: December 17, 1988
  2. "Heaven Only Knows"
    Released: April 1989

Bluebird is the fifteenth studio album by American country artist Emmylou Harris, released on January 10, 1989 by Warner Records. Featuring mostly interpretations of work by artists such as the McGarrigle Sisters, Tom Rush, and Rodney Crowell, it included her most recent top-ten country-charting single, "Heartbreak Hill". The album enjoyed renewed interest in 2004 when "Heaven Only Knows" was used in the first episode of the fifth season of The Sopranos.[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic [2]
Chicago Tribune [3]
Los Angeles Times [4]

Bonnie Raitt provided guest vocals on the track "Icy Blue Heart". Billboard said in their review of the album that, "Like most of Emmylou Harris' albums, Bluebird is an expertly performed album, featuring some truly startling and affecting tour de forces" (sic).[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Heaven Only Knows"Paul Kennerley3:36
2."You've Been on My Mind"Rodney Crowell2:54
3."Icy Blue Heart" (background vocals by Bonnie Raitt)John Hiatt4:08
4."Love Is"Kate McGarrigle, Anna McGarrigle, Jane McGarrigle3:53
5."No Regrets"Tom Rush5:38
6."Lonely Street"Carl Belew, W.S. Stevenson, Kenny Sowder3:14
7."Heartbreak Hill"Emmylou Harris, Kennerley3:12
8."I Still Miss Someone"Johnny Cash, Roy Cash, Jr.2:51
9."A River for Him"Harris5:02
10."If You Were a Bluebird"Butch Hancock4:44

Personnel[edit]

  • Richard Bennett - acoustic guitar, bass, guitar, mandolin, percussion, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, producer
  • Ashley Cleveland - background vocals
  • Donivan Cowart - background vocals, engineer
  • Paul Dieter - mixing assistant
  • Glen Duncan - mandolin
  • Steve Fishell - acoustic guitar, dobro, pedal steel, electric bass, electric guitar
  • Emory Gordy, Jr. - conductor, string arrangements
  • Caroline Greyshock - photography
  • Glen Hardin - synthesizer, piano
  • Emmylou Harris - acoustic guitar, guitar, percussion, vocals, producer
  • Mike Henderson - slide guitar
  • Kieran Kane - mandolin
  • Mary Ann Kennedy - background vocals
  • Paul Kennerley - acoustic guitar
  • Janet Levinson - art direction, design
  • Kenny Malone - percussion
  • Carl Marsh - synthesizer, Hammond organ
  • George Massenburg - mixing
  • Anna McGarrigle - background vocals
  • Kate McGarrigle - accordion, background vocals
  • Glenn Meadows - mastering
  • Mark O'Connor - mandolin
  • Eric Paul - assistant engineer
  • Dave Pomeroy - electric bass, acoustic bass, bass violin
  • Bonnie Raitt - background vocals, slide guitar
  • Sharon Rice - mixing assistant
  • Mark Richardson - engineer
  • Pamela Rose - background vocals
  • Harry Stinson - background vocals
  • Marty Stuart - mandolin
  • Barry Tashian - acoustic guitar, background vocals
  • Billy Thomas - percussion, drums, vocals

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Music from The Sopranos S5E01". Tunefind. Retrieved March 19, 2021.
  2. ^ Bluebird at AllMusic
  3. ^ Chicago Tribune Review
  4. ^ Los Angeles Times Review
  5. ^ "Emmylou Harris Chart History (Top Country Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 18, 2021.
  6. ^ "Top Country Albums – Year-End 1989". Billboard. Retrieved May 18, 2021.