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Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris Debut Lyric Video For Alternative Version “Wildflowers”


Trio… The Complete Collection

Country music fans all over the world will be excited to know that Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt,  and Emmylou Harris is about to release a new musical collaboration. This is an additional disc with some songs having alternate endings. The previous albums were released in 1987 and 1999. While some fans may have the Trio and Trio 2 in their collection of oldies there will be new music on the companion cd. The first and second albums were named Trio and rightfully so.

TRIOThese three amazingly talented, award winning artists were nothing less than  a trio of country musical geniuses. Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris have premiered a new unreleased alternate version of “Wildflowers.” It was released in 1987, penned by Dolly Parton, and a collaboration with Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris. It will be featured on the upcoming 3-CD set, The Complete Trio Collection.

These three ladies careers are unparalleled in music history.  Parton, Ronstadt, and Harris have sold over 200 million albums together, and performed for decades in front of countless fans worldwide. When the three of them came together to release their debut collaboration the musical world should  have not expected anything less than extraordinary.

The three of them released two albums together… Trio in 1987 and it sold more than 4 million copies, won 2 Grammy Awards, and topped the country charts for 5 consecutive weeks. The following tracks stood out the most; “To Know Him Is To Love Him”, “Wildflowers”, and “Farther Along”.  Although the three ladies began recording in 70’s, a full album had proven elusive; however, when  fate stepped in, and these three women, friends, musical geniuses finally recorded their album… it was a prestigious sound of Country, Americana, with hints of pop. The album far surpassed all expectations with fans and the musical community.

It wasn’t until an entire decade later they released a follow up album. Arriving in 1999 Trio 2 hit the country charts with a bang. The album won a Grammy Award, peaked in the top 5 on Country Album Charts, and it sold more than 1 million copies worldwide. Fans of all ages may remember some of the more memorable tunes such as; “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind”?, The Carter Family’s  “Lovers Return”, and a cover of Neil Young’s famous “ After The Gold Rush”.

Now more than a decade since Trio 2, these amazing musical icons are releasing a 3rd collection. I’m calling it a companion CD because it has songs from the first two albums as well as new unreleased music produced by Emmylou Harris. These classic albums have been newly re-mastered for a 3-CD collection.

The Complete Trio Collection will be available on September 9th, 2016 at a list price of $29.98 also a single disc set will be available and it’s titled “ My Dear Companion”. There will be a selection of songs taken from the Trio Collection featuring, a mix of songs taken from the 3 Disc set, as will “Farther Along”, and there will be a double LP set of all the bonus material. Trio 2 will also be released on vinyl for the first time. Music always sound better on vinyl so that will be a treat for all those collectors out there.

The bonus disc is loaded with 20 songs including alternate versions of “I’ve Had Enough”, “Making Plans”, and “My Dear Companion” as well as 11 completely unreleased recordings. Such songs as “Waltz Across Texas Tonight”, “Pleasant As May”, “Are You Tired Of Me”, and a old gospel favorite “Softly and Tenderly” these songs were recorded during the making of both albums. This will include an alternate version of “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?” featuring  Dolly Parton singing  lead vocals and a stunning version of  “Calling All My Children Home”.

So mark it in your date book and go buy those albums….

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Written by Jennifer Shaw for Country Music Pride

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