Picks and Pans Review: Thirteen

updated 02/24/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/24/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

Emmylou Harris

Country music fans—any music fans for that matter—may well want to put this lovely combination of the classic and contemporary on the list of what they want to take in case they run off to a desert island. True, Harris never makes bad records, but even by her standards this, her 13th album, is something special. She sings, for instance, a heartbreaker version of Bruce Springsteen's My Father's House, a spirited Cajun tune, Iry LeJeune's Lacassine Special (with Barry Tashian on accordion) and the touching Just Someone I Used To Know by Johnny Cash's old pal Jack Clement. Harris' own When I Was Yours, written with co-producer Paul Kennerley, will rouse a tear or two and her three-and-a-half-minute rendition of the Merle Haggard-Bonnie Owens standby Today I Started Loving You Again is unaffectedly stunning. (What wouldn't you give to hear Harris and Haggard sing a duet on that song?) If it sounds as if this is an album that keeps topping itself, it sounds just about right. (Warner Bros.)

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