Gliding Bird

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Gliding Bird
Studio album by Emmylou Harris
Released1969
Genrefolk
LabelJubilee
ProducerRay Ellis
Emmylou Harris chronology
Gliding Bird
(1969)
Pieces of the Sky
(1975)
 
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Gliding Bird
Studio album by Emmylou Harris
Released1969
Genrefolk
LabelJubilee
ProducerRay Ellis
Emmylou Harris chronology
Gliding Bird
(1969)
Pieces of the Sky
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2/5 stars [1]

Gliding Bird is the debut studio album by American country music singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris, released in 1969 on Jubilee Records (JGS-8031.) Her first name was shown as two words ("Emmy Lou") on the jacket.

Before she met mentor Gram Parsons and became a famous country singer, Harris began singing folk music; yet Gliding Bird displays an eclecticism that is found in her later work. The album contains five folky Harris originals (with influences from Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell) plus the country-rock of Bob Dylan and Fred Neil, classic country of Hank Williams and a folk-pop rendition of a Dionne Warwick/Bacharach/David hit. Not until 1985's The Ballad of Sally Rose would another Harris album contain more than two of her own compositions.

Jubilee Records folded shortly after the release of this album, thus ceasing any distribution or promotion; its catalogue was purchased by Roulette Records. Neither of the singles released from the album made any of the Billboard Music Charts. The title song "Gliding Bird," was written by her then-husband Tom Slocum. The album was later released on the Emus label as ES-12052, with a different cover.

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.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" (Bob Dylan) – 2:45
  2. "Fugue for the Ox" (Emmylou Harris) – 2:23
  3. "I Saw the Light" (Hank Williams) – 2:40
  4. "Clocks" (Emmylou Harris) – 3:00
  5. "Black Gypsy" (Emmylou Harris) – 5:50
  6. "Gliding Bird" (Tom Slocum) – 2:50
  7. "Everybody's Talkin'" (Fred Neil) – 2:03
  8. "Bobbie's Gone" (Emmylou Harris) – 4:05
  9. "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 2:22
  10. "Waltz of the Magic Man" (Emmylou Harris) – 4:15

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. Gliding Bird at AllMusic