Evangeline (Emmylou Harris album)

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Studio album by Emmylou Harris
Released January 1981
Recorded Enactron Studios
Nashville, 1978–1980
Genre Country
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Brian Ahern
Emmylou Harris chronology
Roses in the Snow
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]

Evangeline is a 1981 album by Emmylou Harris that was composed mostly of leftover material from past recording sessions and which did not fit into any of her other albums. Songs included a remake of "Mister Sandman" (from the much-lauded Trio sessions with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt), "Evangeline" (also featuring vocals by Parton and Ronstadt), which she had previously performed with The Band, Rodney Crowell's "Ashes By Now", and a cover of John Fogerty's "Bad Moon Rising". Though it received mixed reviews upon its release, the album was yet another commercial success for Harris. It was certified Gold in less than a year after its release. A single release of "Mister Sandman" (Top 10 country/Top 40 pop) did well on the charts, though neither Ronstadt's nor Parton's record companies would allow their artists' vocals to be used on the single, so Harris rerecorded the song, singing all three parts for the single release. Rodney Crowell's "I Don't Have to Crawl" was released as the album's second single. (Music videos were produced for both "Mister Sandman" and "I Don't Have to Crawl".)

The album is one of two Harris albums that have never been issued separately on CD (though in 2011 the album's tracks became available for digital download on iTunes). The album is now available as a CD in a collection issued in 2013 entitled Emmylou Harris Original Album Series Vol.2.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Don't Have to Crawl"   Rodney Crowell 3:46
2. "How High the Moon"   Morgan Lewis, Nancy Hamilton 3:21
3. "Spanish Johnny" (with Waylon Jennings) Paul Siebel 3:50
4. "Bad Moon Rising"   John Fogerty 2:40
5. "Evangeline" (harmony by Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt) Robbie Robertson 3:09
6. "Hot Burrito #2"   Gram Parsons, Chris Ethridge 3:04
7. "Millworker"   James Taylor 4:03
8. "Oh Atlanta"   Bill Payne 2:58
9. "Mr. Sandman" (harmony by Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt) Pat Ballard 2:20
10. "Ashes by Now"   Rodney Crowell 4:24


Technical personnel[edit]

  • Brian Ahern: Producer, Engineer
  • Donivan Cowart: Engineer
  • Bradley Hartman: Engineer
  • Stuart Taylor: Engineer

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 5
U.S. Billboard 200 22


  • Emmylou Harris Evangeline liner notes