This album was released during the peak of Emmylou’s ‘Hot Band’ era. They were Hank DeVito (pedal steel), James Burton (electric guitar), Rodney Crowell (acoustic + electric guitar), Emory Gordy, Jr. (bass), John Ware (drums) and one of the greatest guitarists of all time, Albert Lee (electric guitar).
All of those musicians went on to marvelous careers. I’ve made it a project to find some videos from this era to attach below. Be sure to give them some play.
The highest charting hit here was Emmylou’s rendition of Chuck Berry’s ‘You Never Can Tell (C’est la Vie).’ She also covered two songs either written or co-written by her old partner Gram Parsons. Those would be ‘She’ and the title cut, ‘Luxury Liner’.
Other highlights included the country classic, ‘Pancho and Lefty’ and two Rodney Crowell numbers, ‘You’re Supposed to Be Feeling Good’ and ‘Tulsa Queen’.
Luxury Liner, 1977, was produced by Brian Ahern. It peaked at #1 on The Billboard Country Album chart and #21 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart.
You Never Can Tell (C’est la Vie) peaked at #6 on the Billboard Country Singles chart.
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- “Luxury Liner” (Gram Parsons) – 3:41
- “Pancho and Lefty” (Townes Van Zandt) – 4:50
- “Making Believe” (Jimmy Work) – 3:37
- “You’re Supposed to Be Feeling Good” (Rodney Crowell) – 4:01
- “I’ll Be Your San Antone Rose” (Susanna Clark) – 3:43
- “(You Never Can Tell) C’est la Vie” (Chuck Berry) – 3:27
- “When I Stop Dreaming” (Ira Louvin/Charlie Louvin) – 3:15
- “Hello Stranger” [with Nicolette Larson] (A.P. Carter) – 3:59
- “She” (Gram Parsons/Chris Ethridge) – 3:15
- “Tulsa Queen” (Emmylou Harris/Rodney Crowell) – 4:47
- Brian Ahern: Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Finger-Style Acoustic Guitar
- Mike Auldridge: Dobro
- Dianne Brooks: Backing Vocals
- James Burton: Electric Guitar
- Rodney Crowell: Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, High-Strung Guitar, Backing Vocals
- Rick Cunha: Acoustic Guitar
- Hank DeVito: Pedal Steel
- Emory Gordy, Jr.: Bass
- Glen D. Hardin: Piano, Electric Piano, String Arrangements
- Emmylou Harris: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
- Nicolette Larson: Duet Vocals
- Albert Lee: Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mandolin, Backing Vocals
- Dolly Parton: Backing Vocals
- Herb Pedersen: Backing Vocals
- Mickey Raphael: Harmonica, Bass Harmonica
- Ricky Skaggs: Fiddle, Mandolin
- Fayssoux Starling: Backing Vocals
- John Ware: Drums
BONUS VIDEO: Elvis Costello joins Emmylou on her classic, ‘Love Hurts.’