Country Music's most timeless Trio release "The Complete Trio Collection" including unreleased tracks and never-before-heard versions of their original recordings.
Their collaboration wasn't the masterful plan of a studio executive. They didn't have a worldwide tour to support their albums. They were simply three artists who held mutual admiration for one another and formed a sister-like bond that led to what is arguably the most stunningly beautiful music of the 20th century.
Today, 42 years after their first meeting, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris are releasing their final Trio project. Still pulled in different directions both professionally and personally, Dolly, Emmylou and Linda are still fans of one another and consider it a privilege to have been a part of The Trio phenomenon.
"The Complete Trio Collection" is a three-disc set that ties together remastered versions of the 1987 and 1999 albums, but also includes another disc of rarities and unreleased takes on many of the songs that fans have come to know over the past 30 years.
In talking about the new release Dolly said,
"It’s nice to have it all together. I just think we all take such pride in this. I know that for me, this will always stand as one of the greatest musical things that I’ve done in my entire life. I’ve never been prouder of anything else. I love these girls like sisters, but what we did as 'The Trio' will stand up long after we’re all gone."
Hearing the music as a collective unit was a moment that Emmylou said she would treasure.
"When I heard it, I remembered we did that, but I had forgotten how great it was. It was like a Christmas present that you forgot to open, and you finally get to discover."
Disc one is a remastered version of the original Trio album. Released in the spring of 1987, the set went on to sell over four million copies. Produced by the award-winning George Massenburg, Linda says the ladies could not have made a better choice in the role of producer. She said,
"He was just great at listening and at carrying out a whim. The music ideas would come from us, and he would keep us from getting into a muddle and going off in twenty-nine different directions. He has the best way of recording acoustic instruments - where they still sounded natural, but they sounded at their best. He was really an invaluable partner, in that he really didn’t interfere with us. He let things develop, and just kept things organized."
The treasure of "The Complete Trio Collection" is the third disc of the collection. A twenty-cut collection of outtakes and unreleased tracks from the original 1986 and 1994 sessions, the set features never-before-heard versions of songs such as "Farther Along" and "Wildflowers," which is notable for its’ more up-tempo arrangement. The collection also is highlighted by the soaring harmonies of “Grey Funnel Love” and the groove of "You Don’t Knock." There is also a stunning a cappella version of "Calling My Children Home," as well as the historic cuts of "Even Cowgirls Get The Blues" and "Mister Sandman," which are generally regarded as the recordings that began the Trio process.
As The Trio, Dolly, Linda and Emmylou have sold over 5 million albums and won three Grammy Awards. "The Complete Trio Collection" is in stores now.
Continue reading about The Trio's journey in Harmony of Heart & the Sisterhood of Song