You're Supposed to Be Feeling Good - Emmylou Harris, Crowell, Rodney
I'll Be Your San Antone Rose - Emmylou Harris, Clark, Susanna
(You Can Never Tell) C'Est la Vie - Emmylou Harris, Berry, Chuck
When I Stop Dreaming - Emmylou Harris, Louvin Brothers
Hello Stranger - Emmylou Harris, Carter, A.P.
She - Emmylou Harris, Ethridge, Chris
Tulsa Queen - Emmylou Harris, Crowell, Rodney
By 1977, Emmylou Harris's Hot Band had truly hit its stride, adding electric-guitar wizard Albert Lee to an already powerful core of Ricky Skaggs, Glen D. Hardin, Rodney Crowell, and Hank DeVito. Harris's mix of material r... more »emained eclectic, but surefire, with room for everybody from the Carter Family and the Louvin Brothers to Chuck Berry and Townes Van Zandt, who contributes his masterful "Pancho & Lefty." In addition to the requisite Gram Parsons tunes, Harris also gently tackles the country standard "Making Believe." --Marc Greilsamer« less
By 1977, Emmylou Harris's Hot Band had truly hit its stride, adding electric-guitar wizard Albert Lee to an already powerful core of Ricky Skaggs, Glen D. Hardin, Rodney Crowell, and Hank DeVito. Harris's mix of material remained eclectic, but surefire, with room for everybody from the Carter Family and the Louvin Brothers to Chuck Berry and Townes Van Zandt, who contributes his masterful "Pancho & Lefty." In addition to the requisite Gram Parsons tunes, Harris also gently tackles the country standard "Making Believe." --Marc Greilsamer
Her voice at its best! The vinyl album was one of the best productions any studio could possibly create. The CD is helping us keep the music in our hearts.
A High Quality Reissue
K. Giorlando | Eastpointe, Michigan United States | 04/24/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Finally! An audiophile's dream! Every note played on Emmy's Gibson J-200 is as clear and pristine as if the listener were in the studio itself. Listen to her vocals - crisp and clean.
Now, check out the songs. Luxury Liner is what I consider to be the first in Ms. Harris's peak period releases, going through her Ballad of Sally Rose (OK! OK! I know about White Shoes, but that was just a blip. Even so, that album is so much better than what she's been releasing lately!).
My favorite tune on Luxury Liner is Hello Stranger. Giving that classic the Cajun feel was a stroke of genius. And the way the vocalists play off each other throughout the song (especially when she's sung it in concert) is mesmerising. She literally brought an almost forgotten song from the 1930's back to life!
You're Supposed To Be Feeling Good is Emmylou at her prime, with a sort of ethereal sound quality to it. I'll Be Your San Antone Rose is pure country, which Ms. Harris has all but forgotten about in this 21st century.
Every song on this disc is a gem. Listen to Albert Lee's blistering guitar solo in the title tune! And, with loads of help from Ricky Skaggs fiddle playing, she blows away the original Chuck Berry version of (You Never Can Tell) C'est La Vie - no easy task.
At a time when current country music is abysmal at best, thank God these albums are available for us to remember what once was. Yes, I realize she's gained new fans from her more current releases, but her new direction in music leaves me empty. I long for the music that blew away all competition - THIS kind of music!
C'mon, Emmy! Ricky Skaggs (who, for those who don't know, was new to Emmy's group on Luxury Liner), Patty Loveless, Dolly, and numerous others have rediscovered their country roots and have had great success in doing so. This current crop of country cr*p (like Shania, Dixie Chicks, Garth, and a host of others) have done great harm to country music. With albums like Luxury Liner, (and Quarter Moon, Roses, Blue Kentucky Girl) you revitalized it almost single handedly back in the 1980's. Why don't you take up that challenge again?"
"Ooh, but she sure could sing, Yeah, she sure could sing..."
Tom B | Westport, CT USA | 11/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"...So go the apt lyrics of a song ("She") on this gorgeous collection of artistic fabulousness. For anyone who hasn't heard the phenomenon that is Emmylou Harris' clear-blue bell-like young voice, this disc will tilt you back like a mountain breeze on a June day. Such wonderfulness! My exultation falls far short of the clarity, purity and sheer musical beauty of the brilliant music recorded here, that you can purchase, amazingly, for a few dollars. What a wonderful world! I have, I think, all of Emmylou's albums, and I will say that this one stands near the top. That's saying a lot for an all-time world-class musician of Emmylou's stature. Whether or not you agree about the superlatives, you can't help but enjoy the soaring lyrical tracks on this disc. It's impossible to dislike this music, and very possibly it will become one of the most-played favorites in your collection, as it is in mine. Enjoy."
I'll tell ya how much I like this recording:
Tim Withee | Los Angeles, CA | 07/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've had a copy of Luxury Liner in one form or another since 1978. It still gets as much play as any recording in my collection because it simply is a timeless set of American music by an ensemble of rising young stars who were on fire with creativity. Luxury Liner was the vehicle that allowed Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band to show the world the amazing complexity -- and greatness of their musical soul. Harris, Lee, Skaggs, Crowell, DeVito, et. al. -- Man, what a crew!The album itself doesn't have a weak track. But obviously I like some tunes more than others. Here are my personal favorites: Track one, side one, the title track -- and immediately you get hit upside the head with Harris' vocals and Albert Lee's incredible Telecaster licks. I remember reading where Joe Walsh called Lee's playing on this tune "incomprehensible." As in really, really hard to try and duplicate. Try James Burton on speed, playing flawlessly and maybe you might come close to Albert Lee's work on Luxury Liner. The next tune, "Pancho and Lefty," features Emmy's haunting vocals, that give this great song just the right treatment. No other recorded version even comes close to this performance. It's one of the all time great country tunes and it very well might make you cry. When I Stop Dreaming, You're Supposed to be Feeling Good (another highlight tune), and I'll be Your San Antonio Rose round out the first side.Side two starts out with the Chuck Berry opus, C'est la Vie (You Never Can Tell). It's a rollicking, fun tune that is probably better than Berry's original. Harris vocals are sassy and strong, and the band rocks the tune just right. The next tunes are Making Believe and Hello Stranger, followed by Rodney Crowell's, She, that just might be the sleeper tune on the entire album. It's a ballad, and simply a great performance by Ms. Harris, who paints beautiful word pictures with Crowell's lyrics. The Hot Band provides a spare, tastefully beautiful backing. In point of fact, one of the real strong points on the album is Emmylou Harris credibility with a song. She makes you believe the tunes are autobiographical -- the hallmark of a great vocalist. The album closes with Tulsa Queen -- another haunting tune that for some reason or other always brings to mind hot summer nights at lonely train stations somwhere out on the High Plains. I usually listen to this tune several times because of that lonesome quality that this tune brings out. More great work here from the Hot Band. But what can I say? This was one great group of musicians!This CD should be owned by any serious collector of American music. It was great when it came out -- it featured some outstanding young musicians who all went on to become stars in their own right -- and it really moved Emmylou Harris into the forefront of country/rock artists. The album came out in the late/mid-seventies -- a period that I call the "cosmic cowboy" era that had alot of movement in country music toward a more rootsy, hip sound. There were alot of young artists, Like Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman and the Flying Burrito Brothers -- combined with the older rebels, like Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker,and Waylon Jennings that were putting out music that was the antithesis of the more lush Nashville "countrypolitan" sound that was dominating country music top-40 in the 70s. Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band were kind of at the vanguard of this movement, and Luxury Liner stands out as one of the great pieces of work of this period.I think that when people look back on Harris' career, they'll look to Luxury Liner as her breakout album that demonstrated most emphatically that Emmylou Harris was/is an important artist of great depth."
Early classic with a wealth of beautiful songs
Pieter | Johannesburg | 03/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
Whatever she does, it is impossible for Emmylou Harris to disappoint. Nothing beats her beautiful voice or her exquisite taste in songs. This album, first released in 1976, has been enhanced by the addition of Me And Willie and Night Flyer.
She does a stunning cover of the Towns van Zandt song Pancho And Lefty plus stirring versions of the old country classics Making Believe and When I Stop Dreaming. The title track and She are Gram Parsons compositions, lovingly interpreted by Harris.
My other favorites include the moving country ballad I'll Be Your San Antone Rose, her cover of Chuck Berry's (You Never Can Tell) C'est La Vie, Hello Stranger, the duet with Nicolette Larson, and the lilting Tulsa Queen, a song about a train which equals Arlo Guthrie's City Of New Orleans any day.
Both the previously unissued tracks are great. Me And Willie is a melancholy song about life in a travelling country band, whilst Night Flyer with Delia Bell is a powerful ballad with breathtaking harmony vocals, and moody mandolin.
The CD booklet contains 2 full colour and 5 black & white pics of the graceful songbird, plus extensive liner notes on her career and background on all the songs up to Tulsa Queen. All the lyrics are included, including the two new songs.
Although I like Pieces Of the Sky, Roses In The Snow, Cowgirl's Prayer, Wrecking Ball and Red Dirt Girl a little bit more, this album still deserves five stars! Emmylou's music enriches the mind and emotions in many ways and is always spiritually uplifting. "
LUXURY LINER Belongs In Every CD Collection
Matt Coker | Davis, CA, USA | 06/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Just like Linda Ronstadt's HEART LIKE A WHEEL is a requirement to be a Linda Ronstadt or 1970s music fan; Emmylou Harris' LUXURY LINER is a prerequisite to be any Emmylou Harris fan or music fan period. This is Emmylou Harris' greatest interpretive album, and one of my all-time favorites. LUXURY LINER is also the best-selling Emmylou Harris solo record. It isn't difficult to understand why. First the incomparable Hot Band, is in its peak form. There's extraordinary song selection ranging from Chuck Berry to the Louvin Brothers. Harris' singing is, as always, sensational. Harris brought Gram Parsons' earliest masterpiece "Luxury Liner" to public view. Obviously the title track to her third release, but the song has an explosive vocal track with rearranged structure making it one of the album's best. A new mood is created on "Pancho & Lefty" written by Townes Van Zandt. The sparse but gorgeous arrangements, make it one of the many highlights on this great CD. "Making Believe" is a Country classic, Harris' version, which charted at #6, is the best. Rodney Crowell's "You're Supposed To Be Feeling Good" is a terrific song. Harris transports the listener to the West on Susanna Clark's "I'll Be Your San Antone Rose". Instead of a Beatles cover, Harris makes Chuck Berry's "C'est La Vie" a crowing moment on the album. The song, which reached #8, is the ultimate listen, proving Harris could cover Rock classics with the same ease as she did Country classics. Speaking of Country classics "When I Stop Dreaming" is performed marvelously in harmony with Fayssoux Starling and Dolly Parton. "Hello Strangers" another remarkable song on this outstanding collection. Parsons' "She" is performed with a passion. The Harris/Crowell collaboration "Tulsa Queen" is an awesome closing to this majestic CD. I wore my cassette copy to the point of disintergration. When I decided it was time to move my Emmylou Harris collection from cassette to CD, this was the album I started with. If you're new to the enchanting music of Emmylou Harris, LUXURY LINER is the best place to start (also highly recommended BLUE KENTUCKY GIRL and THE BALLAD OF SALLY ROSE). Words can't describe how stunning LUXURY LINER is nor how incredible Emmylou Harris' artistry is. Don't miss this one, its without a doubt one of the most innovative, fantastic, and satisfying albums in the exceptional Emmylou Harris catalog."