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Trio

Dolly Parton

Linda Ronstadt

Emmylou Harris

1987

Trio

Album Summary

Trio is a collaborative album by American singers Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris. It was released on March 2, 1987, by Warner Bros. Records. The album has platinum certification in the US for sales of one million copies, and has total worldwide sales of approximately four million. Longtime friends and admirers of one another, Parton, Harris, and Ronstadt first attempted to record an album together in the mid-1970s, but scheduling conflicts and other difficulties (including the fact that the three women all recorded for different record labels) prevented its release. Some of the fruits of those aborted 1970s recording sessions did make it onto the women's respective solo albums. Finally, a collaboration effort came to fruition, being produced by George Massenburg. When Trio was released in March 1987, it spawned four hit singles–including a remake of Phil Spector's 1958 hit by the Teddy Bears, "To Know Him Is to Love Him".

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Rating

3.15

Votes

750

Genres

  • Country
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5

Country harmonies at their best

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4

Could be subtitled "Men Are Bastards" (except JC, he's cool). This is a beautiful joining of three amazing voices, a trio of country/pop perfection

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1

too much country.. struggled to listen to all of this!

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5

Good apart from telling me lies (extremely 80s)

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5

Before The Avengers, before the A-Team, before Charlie's Angels, there was The Trio. I'm a simple man, I see a Dolly I give her 5 stars.

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5

To know him is to love him é bem gostosinha

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5

LOVE THIS ALBUM

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5

Una belleza de álbum en todos los niveles. Sin duda es El Trío. La unión de sus voces es un regalo.

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5

Three of the greatest!

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5

Entrancing voice of a good-souled woman.

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4

This is the country that I like

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4

enjoyed

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4

Country in its sunday finest, with quite a few choice performances. it's really good but it didn't linger in my mind for too long

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4

Turns out I like dolly and country. Prefer the jingle jangles to the ballads but I got played a lot extra so not sure what's on album

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4

4.2 - Really, what’s not to like? Three songstresses still at their vocal primes come together to sing plaintive country gospel songs of love and loss. Yes, it’s earnest, sometimes excessively so as on “I’ve Had Enough”, but the power of the arrangements and performances backs up all that emotion to make this record authentic and compelling.

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4

Such a great collaboration

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4

Nothing to complain about here, 3 peak performers in their genre and they sing very well together. I don’t want these kinds of songs all day everyday but this was a well composed selection.

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4

okay so, I honestly REALLY love Dolly Parton she’s a gem and a half, just an incredible person in general, I really do love her but her music just isn’t really for me I love the more western side of music like Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson but I’m having a harder time with country stuff I can still appreciate the effort that went into it, and hey, some of it actually sounded pretty great in my ears, this album sounds like an 8/10 but Dolly Parton herself is far greater than such ratings :)

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3

Some good ol country but didn't love all of them.

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3

Nous avons déjà à de multiples reprises exprimé notre mécontentement à l'égard de la musique country, ce n'est certainement pas en triplant la dose de pétasses américaines que nous allons changer notre fusil d'épaule.

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La country est un genre de musique totalement inefficace et sans effet dans les oreilles de n'importe quel ressortissant européen, et ce n'est pas ces trois greluches pleines de bonne volonté qui y changera quelque chose.

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3

I like the idea of this style of country existing into in the late 80s - from my limited knowledge I feel like it may have been a throwback, and that's cool - but the three harmonies started to get a bit sickly sweet towards the end. It relied too heavily on them and at 40min without any real variety that was a bit much. Still an easy 3/5 though - nice concept and pleasant enough tunes.

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3

Sweet and catchy 80s country. I enjoyed it but I wouldn't listen again.

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3

Trying hard to like Dolly Parton, I dk if this is the intro album though

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3

The trio has strong voices and a good sense of harmony, but a lot of the tracks blend together. I'm also not huge on country, even if I respect the craft and absolutely adore Dolly Parton as a person. I probably won't be coming back to this one.

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3

Okay first off it’s Dolly so i’m excited

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3

Good country, good stories Hobo's meditation was good

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3

Very cowgirl jams/western lady vibes. It’s not normally my thing, but I didn’t hate it.

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3

A bit unfair to list this as a Dolly Parton record - by name alone it's a Trio of Dolly, Linda Ronstadt and Emmy Lou Harris. The sound is a perfect blend of all three voices and only the occasional track is Dolly-heavy.

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3

A fan of Dolly and a few of her songs, but this album was just okay. Great harmonies, but overstays its welcome.

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3

It's all trash, but this list somehow pulls the most tolerable country albums out there. Damn. Hard to hate such calming folk music, with some pieces appealing to 80s adult contemporary audiences. 3 singers in under 40 minutes so you don't get too tired of it by the time its over. Enjoyed the harmonious vocals. Doesn't try to be loud or obnoxious. I wouldn't consider any of these tracks to be essential or even interesting, but it's coherent pleasurable. I had actually heard "Wildflowers" before. Favorites: To Know Him is to Love Him, Hobo's Meditation

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3

Ok, just to know

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3

This was all a bit samey, didn't really do much for me. I saw another reviewer label this as "country gospel" and that rings kinda true - most of the songs have the rhythm and feel of church hymns, and as I'm a product of Church of England, that means plodding slowness and not enough variation to be interesting... Fave track - "Making Plans", maybe, or "Those Memories of You". It's all much of a muchness though...

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3

At last, a country music supergroup album. Y'know, there are times when the beautiful harmonies and simple guitar chord progressions of old-school country songs really hit the spot. These times usually only last 15-20 minutes though and then I get a bit bored.

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3

Listened Before? N Well, this is some 80's country if I've ever heard any! But, this album is exploding with talent. These three were all big names of their day, and their collaboration comes off extremely well! Dolly, of course, is the standout here, but the other two lend their voices to the album beautifully. I loved this, especially the more upbeat songs. That said: that's what the album is missing. More upbeat numbers. The Pistol Annies did the three-female collaboration better, years later. Added to Library? N Songs added to playlist: Those Memories of You

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3

Only really liked the songs where Dolly was the lead singer. What can I say, I love Dolly, I don’t like county.

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3

Solid country classics. Not my jam, but very listenable.

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The Pain of Loving You - kicsit country ABBA vibeja van, nem minden esetben hallgatnám de tényleg egész jó 10/8 Making Plans - ez is country Összességében nem olyan rossz most biztos végig nem hallgatom az egészet Egy fokkal jobb mint az előző de nem az én vibeom még mindig

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3

3 titans of their respective genres. What a mix. Maybe too slow for my taste at times but great nonetheless

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The pain of loving you - sounds like she needs to drop this man Making plans - nice emotions in voice👍 To know him is to love him - this song doesn't do much for me Hobo's meditation- asking the important logistical questions about living arrangements in heaven Wildflowers - couldn't be me but a bop. This is a great song👍 Telling me lies- bars, men are trash👍 My dear companion and the memories of you - both reiterations of making plans but in the future I've had enough - finally She's leaving him. This is a well written song but too slow for me Rosewood casket - meh Farther along - this doesn't work it you don't believe in God Very nice harmonies, pleasant album 3/5

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A bit bland so far. The harmonies are, without doubt, beautiful, but it is just the songs themselves just don't do it for me. An uninspiring cover of To Know Him and I've Had Enough is just dull and passionless. Honourable exceptions - Those Memories of You, Farther Along

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Twangy country gals. Nah bro.

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2.5. It's good, but not really my thing

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Meh

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Way too Country for me. And I quite like tge genre

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væmið as fokk

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Not a 1001 Cover art: Is there a worse cover. 0/5

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