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All I Intended to Be

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Track Listing

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1Shores of White Sand (Jack Wesley Routh)4:21
2Hold On (Emmylou Harris)4:35
3Moon Song (Patty Griffin)4:04
4Broken Man's Lament (Mark Germino)5:04
5Gold (Emmylou Harris)3:31
6How She Could Sing the Wildwood Flower (Emmylou Harris, Kate McGarrigle, Anna McGarrigle)3:44
7All That You Have Is Your Soul (Tracy Chapman)4:40
8Take That Ride (Emmylou Harris)3:37
9Old Five and Dimers Like Me (Billy Joe Shaver)4:15
10Kern River (Merle Haggard)4:01
11Not Enough (Emmylou Harris)3:23
12Sailing Round the Room (Emmylou Harris, Kate McGarrigle, Anna McGarrigle)5:32
13Beyond the Great Divide (J.C. Crowley, Jack Wesley Routh)4:26

News & Reviews

  • Emmylou Harris's "Wrecking Ball" Reissue Out Now, Remastered, with Previously Unreleased Material, Behind-the-Scenes DVD

    Today marks the reissue of Emmylou Harris’s groundbreaking album Wrecking Ball, produced by Daniel Lanois. It features the remastered original album, a bonus CD of previously unreleased material, and a DVD of the behind-the-scenes documentary Building the Wrecking Ball. The San Francisco Chronicle calls the album "one of the crowning achievements of both of their careers, one of the finest albums by anyone in the past two decades." The reissue earns five stars from Mojo and Uncut, which calls it "ambitious and audacious ... a masterpiece." Harris and Lanois are on tour now, performing music from the album.

  • Emmylou Harris, Daniel Lanois Kick Off "Wrecking Ball" Tour

    Emmylou Harris’s groundbreaking album Wrecking Ball will be reissued on Tuesday, April 8. In celebration, Harris and producer Daniel Lanois, along with Jim Wilson on guitar and Steven Nistor on drums, kick off an international tour at The Wiltern in LA tonight. The Los Angeles Times says: "Wrecking Ball provided an ambitious and richly textured template for the coalescing Americana music movement before it took on that name." The tour continues with stops in San Francisco, Detroit, Chicago, DC, Brooklyn, Boston, and Toronto, followed by European shows in the Netherlands, Belgium, and UK.

About this Album

All I Intended to Be is Emmylou Harris’s third release on Nonesuch and her first solo effort since 2003’s Stumble into Grace. Of the selected material, Harris explains, “I’ve always seen myself as a relentless song-finder, a singer of other people’s work whom I admire greatly, and an occasional songwriter.”

Recorded over a four-year span primarily at producer Brian Ahern’s Easter Island Surround in Nashville, for the first time in 25 years, this album returns Harris to the producer she worked with for her first 11 albums. Taking its title from a line in the featured Harris / John Starling duet “Old Five and Dimers Like Me” (Billy Joe Shaver), the record includes both original material as well as some of Harris’s favorite songs. As Fader magazine notes, “Harris’s records are distinguished by an almost curatorial respect for the artifacts.” Longtime friends Kate and Anna McGarrigle co-wrote and sing on two tracks, “How She Could Sing the Wildwood Flower” and “Sailing Round the Room,” while Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, and Buddy Miller also contribute vocals on the album.

A 12-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient, Emmylou Harris’s contribution as a singer and songwriter spans 40 years. She has recorded more than 25 albums and has lent her talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. In recognition of her remarkable career, Harris was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on April 27, 2008. Of Harris, Tammy Genovese, CMA Chief Executive Officer says, “[Emmylou] possesses the voice of an angel. She is one of the most revered song interpreters on the planet, and has been instrumental in preserving country music’s past while expanding country music’s horizons throughout her career.” New York’s WFUV also honored Harris this year, recognizing the singer with the Sound and Vision Award at its annual spring gala held at Sotheby’s.

The LP version of the album was pressed on 180-gram audiophile-quality vinyl and includes the complete album on CD and MP3.


Emmylou Harris, vocals (1-13), acoustic guitar (1-13), harmonies (2-4, 6-13)
Brian Ahern, 12-string guitars (1, 6), baritone electric guitar (4, 7, 12), Tac-Tac bass (5), Afuche (5), Earthwood bass (6, 11), banjo (6)
Tim Goodman, acoustic guitar (1)
Emory Gordy, bass (1)
Jim Horn, recorders (1)
Keith Knudsen, drums (1)
John McPhee, Cordovox and electric guitars (1)
Bill Payne, keyboards (1)
Lynn Langham, Jack Routh, Randy Sharp, backing vocals (1)
Glen D. Hardin, keyboards (2, 4, 5, 7, 8)
Greg Leisz, slide electric guitar (2), steel (5, 8, 10, 13), Weisenborn (8, 11), mandocello (11)
Buddy Miller, backing vocals (1), harmony vocals (2), vocals (8)
Harry Stinson, drums (2, 4-8, 12)
Kenny Vaughn, electric guitar (2, 4, 5, 7 8)
Glen Worf, bass (2, 4, 5, 7, 8)
Steve Fishell, steel (3, 7, 12)
Mary Ann Kennedy, harmony vocals, mandolin (3, 11)
Phil Madeira, accordion (3, 9, 10, 12, 13)
David Pomeroy, bass (3, 12)
Pam Rose, harmony vocals, acoustic guitar (3, 11)
Patrick Warren, keyboards (3, 6, 11, 12)
Karen Brooks, backing vocals (1), harmony vocals (4, 7)
Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, harmony vocals (5)
Kate McGarrigle, vocals (6, 12), gut-string guitar (6, 12), banjo solo (6)
Anna McGarrigle, vocals (6, 12)
Mike Auldridge, vocals, Dobro (9, 10, 13)
John Starling, vocals, acoustic guitar (9, 10, 13)
Stuart Duncan, mandolin (9, 10, 13)
Fats Kaplan, mandolin (9)

Produced by Brian Ahern
Recorded October 16, 2005, to March 17, 2008, at Easter Island Surround, Nashville, TN
Engineer: Donivan Cowart
Second Engineer: Noland O’Boyle
Track 1 recorded at Magnolia Studios, North Hollywood, CA, by Donivan Cowart, Stuart Taylor, and Brian Ahern
Tracks 2, 4, 5, 7, 8 basics recorded on 16-track analogue at Sound Emporium Studio, Nashville, TN; Second Engineer: Kyle Ford
Track 6, 12 McGarrigles’ vocals recorded at Mayke Studios, Montreal, by Borza Ghomeshi and Mark Bel
Overdubs at Village Studio D, Santa Monica, CA
Second Engineers: Ghian Wright and Gene Nash

Design by Barbara deWilde
Photography by Rocky Schenck

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