Trio II

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Trio II
PartonRonstadtHarrisTrioII.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 9, 1999
Recorded1994
StudioThe Site (Marin County)
GenreCountry
Length41:13
LabelAsylum
ProducerGeorge Massenburg
Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt 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: January 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

Trio II is the second collaborative studio album by Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. It was released on February 9, 1999, by Asylum Records.[1]

Background[edit]

A dozen years after the release of their Platinum, Grammy-winning Trio album, the country music supergroup returned with another in the same vein. The songs were recorded in 1994 by Parton, Harris and Ronstadt, but label disputes and conflicting schedules prevented their release at the time. Eventually, Ronstadt remixed five of the album's ten tracks (sans Parton's vocals) to include on her 1995 album, Feels Like Home; "Lover's Return", "High Sierra", "After the Gold Rush", "The Blue Train", and "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. Childhood photos of Parton, Harris and Ronstadt were used for the album's cover when a photo shoot proved impossible due to their busy schedules.

Release and promotion[edit]

The album was released in February 1999, and though scheduling conflicts would not allow for an extended concert tour, Parton, Harris and Ronstadt 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.[2]

Initially, there were no plans to release a single to country radio. "High Sierra" was issued to adult contemporary stations in January 1999 prior to the albums release and was also sent to country stations by mistake[3][4] where it received some airplay. In April 1999, following strong sales of the album, three singles were released to country radio simultaneously; "After the Gold Rush", "Feels Like Home" and "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind".[5][6] A music video was filmed for "After the Gold Rush" at a synagogue in New York City on March 25 and premiered April 13 on Great American Country.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[7]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[8]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[9]
Robert Christgau(neither)[10]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[11]

The album received positive reviews from music critics.

Billboard reviewed the album in the February 6, 1999 issue and said, "Trio II reprises the 1987 joint effort by these three stellar voices. The eternal appeal of such ethereal singing is best epitomized in the Carter Family's "Lover's Return", with its silvery guitar chimes wining around the Trio's sweet harmony singing. As the cliché goes, these three could make the Burbank phone book sing. The material is mostly up to such high standards, and George Massenburg's production is crystal clear and on target. Dolly Parton's pop-ish "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind" is rendered forever country by Emmylou Harris' trilling lead vocal. Neil Young's "After The Gold Rush" takes on a genuine fairy-tale quality in this shimmering version. Harris' lead vocal gives Donagh Long's "You'll Never Be the Sun" an anthemic quality, as does Linda Ronstadt's lead on Randy Newman's "Feels Like Home". Album closer is the O'Kanes' lovely "When We're Gone, Long Gone"."[12]

Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B+ and said that it "comes about 75 percent of the way" and is "very fine nonetheless."[8] The Los Angeles Times gave the album 3.5 out of 4 stars, saying that the "inspired reading of the Neil Young stalwart "After the Gold Rush" brings harmonies of celestial loveliness to Young's elegy to a passing era. Harris' signature vocal purity is a perfect match for Donagh Long's stunningly pretty love song "You'll Never Be the Sun." And Ronstadt taps her formidable country-rock heritage in Jennifer Kimball and Tom Kimmel's "Blue Train" and Randy Newman's "Feels Like Home"."[9] Writing for AllMusic, Becky Byrkit gave the album 3 out of 5 stars, calling the album "a gem along the beautiful lines of cubic zirconium, from the most well-intended and loving of real-deal songbird girlfriends."[7] Patrick Carr of Rolling Stone gave the album 3 out of 5 stars and said that "at its best, this mutual-admiration society works with a vengeance approaching the heavenly."[11]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album peaked at No. 4 on the US Billboard Top Country Albums chart and No. 62 on the US Billboard 200. The album also peaked at No. 4 in Canada on the RPM Country Albums chart.

The album's first single, "High Sierra", was sent to adult contemporary stations in January 1999 and peaked at No. 90 on the RPM Country 100 chart. Following the album's strong sales, three singles were issued simultaneously to country stations in April 1999; "After the Gold Rush", "Feels Like Home" and "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind"; none of which received enough airplay to chart.

Accolades[edit]

The album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Country Album. "After the Gold Rush" won the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.[13]

42nd Annual Grammy Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2000 Trio II Album of the Year Nominated
"After the Gold Rush" Best Country Collaboration with Vocals Won

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Lover's Return"4:00
2."High Sierra"Harley Allen4:21
3."Do I Ever Cross Your Mind"Dolly Parton3:16
4."After the Gold Rush"Neil Young3:31
5."The Blue Train"
  • Jennifer Kimball
  • Tom Kimmel
4:57
6."I Feel the Blues Movin' In"Del McCoury4:31
7."You'll Never Be the Sun"Donagh Long4:43
8."He Rode All the Way to Texas"John Starling3:07
9."Feels Like Home"Randy Newman4:47
10."When We're Gone, Long Gone"4:00
Total length:41:13

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from the album liner notes.[1]

  • Larry Atamanuik – drums
  • John Brenes – production archivist
  • Kosh Bradley – art direction, design
  • Lyn Bradley – art direction, design
  • Robby Buchanan – acoustic piano, Helen voices, rhodes, synthesizer, B-3 synthesizers
  • David Campbell – strings
  • Mark Casstevens – acoustic guitar
  • David Grisman – mandolin
  • Michael Hagegood – art administration
  • Emmylou Harris – lead vocals, harmony vocals
  • Roy Huskey, Jr. – bass, acoustic bass
  • Carl Jackson – acoustic guitar
  • Dennis James – glass harmonica
  • Ben Keith – steel guitar
  • Nathaniel Kunkel – recording
  • Jim Keltner – road case, drums
  • Alison Krauss – fiddle
  • David Lindley – autoharp
  • George Massenburg – producer, recording, mixing
  • Edgar Meyer – acoustic bass
  • Dean Parks – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin
  • Dolly Parton – lead vocals, harmony vocals
  • Linda Ronstadt – lead vocals, harmony vocals, strings, string arrangement, mixing
  • Gail Rosman – production assistant
  • Doug Sax – mastering
  • Kevin Scott – recording assistant
  • Leland Sklar – bass
  • Janet Stark – production assistant
  • John Starling – acoustic guitar

Charts[edit]

Album

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Canada Top Country Albums (RPM) 4
US Billboard 200[14] 62
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[15] 4

Singles

Title Year Peak
position
CAN
Country

[16]
"High Sierra" 1999 90

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[17] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton - Trio II". Discogs. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Dollymania: The Online Dolly Parton Newsmagazine. Your premier resource for Dolly Parton news and information". www.dollymania.net. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton - High Sierra". Discogs. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Billboard - February 27, 1999" (PDF). American Radio History. Billboard. p. 36. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton - A Trio From The Trio: One Angelic Sound". Discogs. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Dollymania: The Online Dolly Parton Newsmagazine. Your premier resource for Dolly Parton news and information". www.dollymania.net. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  7. ^ a b Trio II at AllMusic
  8. ^ a b "Trio II". EW.com. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Harris, Ronstadt, Parton Get Atmospheric on 'II'". Los Angeles Times. 15 February 1999. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: Dolly Parton%2C Linda Ronstadt%2C Emmylou Harris". www.robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Album Review / Trio II - Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton". www.ronstadt-linda.com. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Billboard - February 6, 1999" (PDF). American Radio History. Billboard. p. 24. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Dolly Parton". GRAMMY.com. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  14. ^ "Dolly Parton Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  15. ^ "Dolly Parton Chart History (Top Country Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  16. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (17 July 2013). "Results: RPM Weekly". www.bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  17. ^ "American album certifications – D. PARTON, L. RONSTADT, E. HARRIS – TRIO II". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 22, 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.