Trio II

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Trio II
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Studio album by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris
ReleasedFebruary 9, 1999
Recorded1994
GenreCountry
Length41:13
LabelAsylum
ProducerGeorge Massenburg, Linda Ronstadt
Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris chronology
Trio
(1987)
Trio II
(1999)
The Complete Trio Collection
(2016)
Dolly Parton chronology
Hungry Again
(1998)
Trio II
(1999)
Precious Memories
(1999)
Singles from Trio II
  1. "High Sierra"
    Released: February 1999
  2. "After the Gold Rush"
    Released: April 1999
  3. "Feels Like Home"
    Released: April 1999
  4. "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?"
    Released: April 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[2]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[3]
Q4/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau(neither)[5]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars [6]

Trio II is the Grammy Award-winning, Gold-certified second collaborative album of American singer-songwriters Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, and Dolly Parton.

A dozen years after the release of their Platinum, Grammy-winning Trio album, the country music supergroup returned with another in the same vein. Five of the ten tracks on this album first appeared on Linda Ronstadt's 1995 album Feels Like Home: "Lover's Return", "High Sierra", a cover of Neil Young's "After the Gold Rush" (with Valerie Carter and string arrangements by David Campbell), "The Blue Train" (a top-40 solo hit for Ronstadt), and the title song to the Ronstadt album, the Randy Newman-composed "Feels Like Home". The album reached the top five on Billboard's Country Albums chart as well as number 62 on Billboard's main album listing.

The songs were recorded in 1994 by Parton, Ronstadt and Harris, but label disputes and conflicting schedules of the three women prevented their release at the time. Eventually, Ronstadt remixed the five above-mentioned tracks (sans Parton's vocals) to include in Feels Like Home. In 1999 (after Parton and Harris had parted ways with their respective labels), they decided to release the album as originally recorded. Though it yielded no hit singles (mainstream U.S. country radio had long since dropped most artists approaching or over 50 from their playlists by the late 1990s), Trio 2 was certified Gold by the RIAA, signifying U. S. sales of over 500,000 copies[7] and won the trio another Grammy Award in 2000.

Childhood photos of Harris, Parton and Ronstadt were used for the album's cover, when a photo shoot proved impossible (due to the three artists' busy schedules), though they assembled for a short promotional tour in early 1999, and to film a music video for "After the Gold Rush" which was filmed inside a synagogue in New York City that January.

Though scheduling conflicts would not allow for an extended concert tour, the three did a short promotional tour to support the album, including performances on CBS This Morning, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Today Show, and The Late Show with David Letterman.

"Softly & Tenderly" was recorded for the album but was cut. It was included on the 2007 Emmylou Harris boxset Songbird: Rare Tracks and Forgotten Gems.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Lover's Return"A.P. Carter, Maybelle Carter, Sara Carter
  • Ronstadt
4:00
2."High Sierra"Harley Allen
  • Ronstadt
4:21
3."Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?"Dolly Parton
  • Harris
3:16
4."After the Gold Rush"Neil Young
  • Parton
3:31
5."The Blue Train"Jennifer Kimball, Tom Kimmel
  • Ronstadt
4:57
6."I Feel the Blues Movin' In"Del McCoury
  • Parton
4:31
7."You'll Never Be the Sun"Donagh Long
  • Harris
4:43
8."He Rode All the Way to Texas"John Starling
  • Parton
3:07
9."Feels Like Home"Randy Newman
  • Ronstadt
4:47
10."When We're Gone, Long Gone"Kieran Kane, James Paul O'Hara
  • Harris
4:00

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 4
U.S. Billboard 200 62
Canadian RPM Country Albums 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Los Angeles Times review
  4. ^ Album reviews at CD Universe
  5. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  6. ^ Rolling Stone review
  7. ^ "American album certifications – Parton,D.,Ronstadt,L.,Harris,E – Trio II". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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