Normally, I stay away from "Best of" albums, but every now and again there's a good one, and rarer still an outstanding one.
One such, and I'm listening to it right now, skin and senses all a-tingle, is "Heartaches and Highways". Go see. You can listen to it. Guest artists include Gram Parsons, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton*, and Linda Ronstadt.
This album gets a thumbs-and-everything-else-that'll-point up from this Olde Farte. If you only own one Emmylou Harris album, (o you poor thing!) make it this one.
Just an aside, but Ms. Harris' album "Quarter Moon in a Ten-Cent Town" is the only album (well, OK, 8-track!) that I could leave on all night in a camp of a coupla hunnert drunk, stoned, partying, rock fan desert riders without having my battery cable cut. A true testimonial to the lady's talent to create music with the power to soothe savage beasts.
Bonus Emmylou Alert:
PBS Soundstage is airing Real Live Roadrunning March 1, 2007 at 10:00 PM ET (check local listings). (Emmylou and Mark Knopfler live in concert, from LA's Gibson Amphitheater, performing favorites from their album All the Roadrunning, such as "This is Us," "Right Now" and "All The Roadrunning," as well as favorites from each of their respective solo catalogs, like "Red Dirt Girl" from Emmylou and "Romeo and Juliet" from Mark)
Looking up all these links for you while listening to sweet, sweet music has been very therapeutic. I feel lots better now. Thanks.