"Wrecking Ball" - Harris, Emmylou


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<h1>Full Track Listing:</h1>

  • Where Will I Be? (4:15)
  • Goodbye (4:52)
  • All My Tears (3:42)
  • Wrecking Ball (4:49)
  • Goin’ Back to Harlan (4:51)
  • Deeper Well (4:17)
  • Every Grain of Sand (3:56)
  • Sweet Old World (5:06)
  • May This Be Love (4:45)
  • Orphan Girl (3:15)
  • Blackhawk (4:28)
  • Waltz Across Texas Tonight (4:46)

Background Information

During 1994, after the long Zoo TV tour, Larry Mullen took some time off and moved to New York. During that time he worked on his drumming skills, as well as participating in some recording sessions with Emmylou Harris helmed by Daniel Lanois. Those sessions became an album entitled “Wrecking Ball” that Harris released in the fall of 1995. It was Daniel Lanois’ involvement in the recording which brought Larry Mullen’s participation in the project. Sam O’Sullivan, Larry’s drum tech, is also credited on a song, “Wrecking Ball”.Mullen features on 9 of the 12 tracks featured on the album.

Harris started her career in 1969, and has recorded mainly in the areas of folk and country and bluegrass to this point. This album not only featured Lanois and Mullen as guests, but also featured Steve Earle, Neil Young, and Kate and Anna McGarrigle. The album features many songs written by other artists, including Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix.

The album was an experimental one for Harris, and perhaps a little less country than earlier albums had been. You can definitely hear the Lanois involvement throughout, and if you are a fan of his music, than this is an album not to be missed. The album received almost universally positive reviews, and was listed on many critics “Best of” lists. “Wrecking Ball” won the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Recording. “Wrecking Ball” was issued as a single to radio. The song “Sweet Old World” featured here would also be released on the collection “Songbird: Rare Tracks and Forgotten Gems”. Also several of the tracks featuring Mullen would feature on the promotional release “Building the Wrecking Ball”.

Liner Notes

Written by Steve Earle. Daniel Lanois: Mandolin, electric guitar, acoustic guitar. Malcom Burn: Piano. Larry Mullen, Jr.: Hand drum, drum kit. Tony Hall: Shaker, bass. Steve Earle: Finger picking, acoustic guitar.

All My Tears:
Written by Julie Miller. Emmylous Harris: Acoustic guitar. Daniel Lanois: Bass, electric guitar, mandolin, chant vocal. Malcolm Burn: Piano. Larry Mullen Jr.: Drums. Daryl Johnson: Keyboard bass, harmony vocal, chant vocal.

Wrecking Ball:
Written by Neil Young. Daniel Lanois: Electric guitar, percussion. Malcolm Burn: Piano, tambourine, vibes. Larry Mullen Jr.: Drums, cymbal. Sam O’Sullivan: Roto wheel. Tony Hall: Bass. Neil Young: Harmony vocal.

Deeper Well:
Written by Dave Olney, Daniel Lanois, Emmylou Harris. Daniel Lanois: Electric guitar. Malcolm Burn: Keyboards. Larry Mullen Jr: Drums. Tony Hall: Bass. Daryl Johnson: Harmonic bass.

Every Grain of Sand:
Written by Bob Dylan. Daniel Lanois: Acoustic guitar. Malcolm Burn: Organ. Larry Mullen Jr.: Drums. Tony Hall: Bass. Emmylou Harris: Acoustic guitar. Steve Earle: Acoustic guitar.

Sweet Old World:
Written by Lucinda Williams. Daniel Lanois: Guitar, mandolin, bass pedals. Malcolm Burn: Slide guitar, piano. Larry Mullen Jr: Drums. Lucinda Williams: Acoustic guitar. Steve Earle: Acoustic guitar. Richard Bennett: Tremolo guitar. Neil Young: Harmony vocal, harmonica.

May This Be Love:
Written by Jimi Hendrix. Daniel Lanois: Electric guitar, duet vocal. Larry Mullen Jr.: Drums.

Orphan Girl:
Written by Gillian Welch. Daniel Lanois: Mandolin, dulcimer. Emmylou Harris: Acoustic guitar, harmony vocal. Malcolm Burn: Tambourine. Larry Mullen Jr.: Hand drum. Tony Hall: Stick drum. Daryl Johnson: Harmony vocal.

Waltz Across Texas Tonight:
Written by Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris. Daniel Lanois: Mandolin, electric guitar. Malcolm Burn: Piano, slide guitar. Emmylou Harris: Acoustic guitar. Larry Mullen Jr: Drums. Tony Hall: Bass. Kate McGarrigle: Harmony vocal. Anna McGarrigle: Harmony vocal.

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