Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions

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Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 24, 1999
Recorded1999, Tucson, Arizona
GenreCountry, folk
Length52:47
LabelAsylum Nashville
ProducerGlyn Johns
Linda Ronstadt chronology
We Ran
(1998)
Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions
(1999)
A Merry Little Christmas
(2000)
Emmylou Harris chronology
Spyboy
(1998)
Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions
(1999)
Red Dirt Girl
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars [1]
The A.V. Club(favorable) [2]
Entertainment WeeklyA− [3]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars [4]
People(favorable) [5]
Q4/5 stars [6]
Robert Christgau(1-star Honorable Mention) [7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars [8]

Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions is a 1999 duet album by American singer, songwriter, and producer Linda Ronstadt and singer, songwriter, and guitarist Emmylou Harris.

The album was well received critically, and it made several year-end Top Ten lists. The disc was recorded at the Arizona Inn near Tucson, Arizona.

This album hit #6 on Billboard's Country albums chart and #73 on Billboard's main album chart. The two artists teamed for a concert tour in support of the disc in late 1999. It was nominated for several Grammy Awards and had sold 223,255 copies in the United States as of December 2016.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Loving the Highway Man"Andy Prieboy3:30
2."Raise the Dead"Emmylou Harris3:18
3."For a Dancer"Jackson Browne4:43
4."Western Wall"Rosanne Cash4:43
5."1917"David Olney5:24
6."He Was Mine"Paul Kennerley3:19
7."Sweet Spot"Emmylou Harris, Jill Cunniff3:34
8."Sisters of Mercy"Leonard Cohen3:58
9."Falling Down"Patty Griffin3:15
10."Valerie"Patti Scialfa4:04
11."This Is to Mother You"Sinéad O'Connor3:16
12."All I Left Behind"Emmylou Harris, Kate McGarrigle, Anna McGarrigle3:23
13."Across the Border"Bruce Springsteen6:20

Personnel[edit]

  • Linda Ronstadt – Vocals, Background Vocals
  • Emmylou Harris – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
  • Neil Young – Harmonica, Background Vocals
  • Andy Fairweather Low – Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
  • Ethan Johns – Dulcimer, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Mandocello, Spanish guitar, Synthesizer Bass, Optigan
  • Paul "Wix" Wickens – Accordion
  • Paul Kennerley – Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
  • Bernie Leadon – Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guitarron, Mandocello, 6-string bass, Synthesizer Bass, Guitar (12 String Electric)
  • Greg Leisz – Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Mandola, Mandocello, Weissenborn
  • Anna McGarrigle – Background Vocals
  • Helen Watson – Background Vocals
  • Kate McGarrigle – Background Vocals
  • Michel Pepin – Cymbals, Bass Guitar
  • Samantha Rowe – Cello

Production[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 6
U.S. Billboard 200 73

References[edit]

  1. ^ LaVeck, Theresa E.. Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions at AllMusic
  2. ^ The A.V. Club review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ Los Angeles Times review
  5. ^ People review
  6. ^ Album reviews at CD Universe
  7. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  8. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 701. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.