Pieces of the Sky is the second studio album by American country music artist Emmylou Harris, released in February 1975 through Reprise. Although she had released the obscure folk-styled Gliding Bird five years earlier, Pieces of the Sky became the album that launched Harris's career and is widely considered to be her début. In those intervening years she forged a musical relationship with Gram Parsons that altered the musical direction of her career.
Emmylou Harris' major-label solo debut quickly establishes the pattern that the vast majority of her subsequent work would follow: Pieces of the Sky is bravely eclectic, impeccably performed, and achingly beautiful.
Backing Vocals – Emmylou Harris (tracks: A3, A4, B3), Fayssoux Starling (tracks: A1, A2, A3, A4), Herb Pedersen (tracks: A1 to A4, B1, B4, B5). Bass – Ray Pohlman (tracks: A1 to A4, B3). Drums – Ron Tutt (tracks: A1 to A4, B2 to B4). Engineer – Chris Skene, Fran Tate, Paul Skene, Stuart Taylor (2). Guitar – James Burton (tracks: A1 to A4, B1, B2). Guitar – Ben Keith (tracks: A2, A4, B2, B3). Mastered By – ALLEN.
All lyrics from Pieces Of The Sky album, popular Emmylou Harris songs with tracklist and information about album. Album Pieces Of The Sky (1975). Label Reprise Records. Emmylou Harris, Fayssoux Starling, Herb Pedersen. Brian Ahern, Emmylou Harris, Rick Cunha.
Pieces Of The Sky. By: Emmylou Harris (1975, Folk, World, & Country). More albums from Emmylou Harris: Blue Kentucky Girl by Emmylou Harris. Gliding Bird by Emmylou Harris. The Traveling Kind by Emmylou Harris. Old Yellow Moon by Emmylou Harris. Hard Bargain by Emmylou Harris. Luxury Liner by Emmylou Harris. Quarter Moon In A Ten Cent Town by Emmylou Harris. Elite Hotel by Emmylou Harris. View all albums . Pieces Of The Sky. LP (12" album, 33 rpm). Emmylou Harris Format: Vinyl. When this album came out in 1975, I was an unabashed Dead Head. Still, there was an openness to many types of music, and Emmylou definitely came up on our radar screen, largely due to the very traditional nature of her song selection and the beauty and heartfelt quality of her voice. Last year, I happened to find this remastered CD in the bargain bin at a local book and music store and immediately grabbed it up. After putting it on, it did not take me long to remember why Emmylou's music was so captivating when I first was exposed to it-it's simple, straightforward, honest, rootsy,.
Elite Hotel was Harris' second album to be released in 1975, preceded by the widely acclaimed Pieces of the Sky. Elite Hotel surpassed it on the Billboard charts, becoming Harris' first country album. The album yielded two country singles: "Together Again" and Harris' version of the Patsy Cline hit "Sweet Dreams", and "One of These Days" made it to the spot. Though technically Harris' first album, she subsequently disowned the record and regards 1975's Pieces of the Sky as her first "official" album. However, in 2007 on the Songbird boxed set of rare material from Rhino Records, an alternate, slightly shorter take of the song "Clocks" from the Gliding Bird sessions finally saw the light of day.
Arguably Emmylou Harris' best album featuring some fantastic songs. Pieces of the sky, is a country masterpiece. Boulder to Birmingham, is probably Emmylou's greatest original song, a lovely number. Elsewhere, there's if I could only win your love, too far gone, and an achingly beautiful version of The Beatles, for no one. An excellent country record, and my favourite Emmylou Harris album.
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Acoustic Guitar – Brian Ahern, Rick CunhaBacking Vocals – Fayssoux Starling, Herb PedersenBanjo – Bernie LeadonBass – Ray PohlmanDrums – Ron TuttElectric Guitar – James BurtonFiddle – Richard GreenePiano – Glen D. Hardin*Written-By – Rodney Crowell
|A2||Too Far Gone
Acoustic Guitar – Rick CunhaArranged By [Strings] – Glen D. Hardin*Backing Vocals – Fayssoux Starling, Herb PedersenBass – Ray PohlmanDrums – Ron TuttElectric Guitar – James BurtonPiano – Bill PayneSteel Guitar – Ben KeithWritten-By – Billy Sherill*
|A3||If I Could Only Win Your Love
Acoustic Guitar – Brian Ahern, Emmylou HarrisBanjo – Herb PedersenBass – Ray PohlmanDrums – Ron TuttElectric Guitar – James BurtonHarmony Vocals – Emmylou Harris, Herb PedersenPiano – Glen D. Hardin*Written By – Charlie & Ira LouvinWritten-By – Charlie Louvin, Ira Louvin
|A4||Boulder To Birmingham
Acoustic Guitar – Emmylou Harris, Rick CunhaArranged By [Strings] – Nick deCaroBacking Vocals – Emmylou Harris, Herb PedersenBass – Ray PohlmanDrums – Ron TuttElectric Piano – Glen D. Hardin*Piano – Bill PayneSteel Guitar – Ben KeithTwelve-String Guitar – Herb PedersenWritten-By – Bill Danoff, Emmylou Harris
Acoustic Guitar – Bruce Archer, Emmylou HarrisBass – Tom GuideraFiddle, Viola – Ricky SkaggsSteel Guitar – Danny PendletonWritten-By – Danny Flowers
|B1||Bottle Let Me Down
Acoustic Guitar – Bernie Leadon, Brian AhernBacking Vocals – Bernie Leadon, Herb PedersenBass – Duke BardwellDobro – Bernie LeadonElectric Guitar – James BurtonGuitar [High-strung] – Rick CunhaPiano – Glen D. Hardin*Written-By – Merle Haggard
Acoustic Guitar [Gut-string], Electric Guitar – James BurtonAcoustic Guitar, Bass – Bernie LeadonDrums – Ron TuttGuitar [High-strung] – Rick CunhaPiano – Glen D. Hardin*Steel Guitar – Ben KeithWritten-By – Boudeleaux Bryant/Felix Bryant*
|B3||Coat Of Many Colors
Acoustic Guitar – Emmylou Harris, Rick CunhaAcoustic Guitar [Gut-string], Dobro – James BurtonBacking Vocals – Emmylou Harris, Fayssoux StarlingBass – Ray PohlmanDrums – Ron TuttElectric Piano – Glen D. Hardin*Fiddle – Byron BerlineSteel Guitar – Ben KeithWritten-By – Dolly Parton
|B4||For No One
Acoustic Guitar – Herb PedersenArranged By [Strings] – Nick deCaroBacking Vocals – Fayssoux Starling, Herb PedersenBass – Brian AhernElectric Guitar – Amos GarrettMandolin – Byron BerlinePiano – Bill PayneWritten-By – John Lennon/Paul McCartney*
|B5||Queen Of The Silver Dollar
Acoustic Guitar – Bruce Archer, Emmylou HarrisBacking Vocals – Herb Pedersen, Linda RonstadtBass – Tom GuideraDobro – James BurtonDrums – Mark CuffFiddle – Ricky SkaggsPiano – Glen D. Hardin*Steel Guitar – Danny PendletonWritten-By – Shel Silverstein
- Manufactured By – WEA Records Pty. Limited
- Distributed By – WEA Records Pty. Limited
- Design [Album Design], Photography By – Tom Wilkes Prod., Inc.*
- Engineer – Brian Ahern, Chris Skene, Fran Tate, Paul Skene, Stuart Taylor
- Illustration [Angel Drawings] – Lisa Phillips
- Producer – Brian Ahern
Manufactured & Distributed by WEA Records Pty. Limited.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Matrix / Runout (Label A): MX175588
- Matrix / Runout (Label B): MX175589
- Matrix / Runout (Runout A, stamped): MX175588 MS2213-1
- Matrix / Runout (Runout B, stamped): MX175589 MS2213-2
|MS 2213||Emmylou Harris||Pieces Of The Sky (LP, Album, San)||Reprise Records||MS 2213||US||1975|
|8122-78108-2||Emmylou Harris||Pieces Of The Sky (CD, Album, RE, RM)||Warner Bros. Records, Reprise Records, Rhino Records||8122-78108-2||Europe||2004|
|HRES 291-78||Emmylou Harris||Pieces Of The Sky (LP, Album)||Reprise Records||HRES 291-78||Spain||1976|
|MS 2213||Emmylou Harris||Pieces Of The Sky (LP, Album, Pit)||Reprise Records||MS 2213||US||1975|
|REP 54 037, MS 2213||Emmylou Harris||Pieces Of The Sky (LP, Album, RE)||Reprise Records, Reprise Records||REP 54 037, MS 2213||Germany||Unknown|