Entertainment Weekly - 2/27/04, p.99
"[Transcends] distinctions between traditional and pop country music..." - Rating: B+
Uncut - 4/04, p.1124 stars out of 5
- "[A]rguably the closest assimilation of Gram's country/soul idyll..."
Includes two previously unreleased bonus tracks.
Emmylou Harris & The Hot Band: Emmylou Harris (vocals, acoustic guitar); Rodney Crowell (acoustic guitar); Albert Lee (electric guitar); Hank DeVito (pedal steel guitar); Glen D. Hardin (piano); Emory Gordy (bass); John Ware (drums).
Additional personnel: Willie Nelson (vocals); Brian Ahern, James Burton (guitar); Mickey Raphael (harmonica); Ricky Skaggs (fiddle, viola); Rick Danko (fiddle); Garth Hudson (baritone saxophone, accordion); Fayssoux Starling, Nicolette Larson, Diane Brooks (background vocals).
Recorded at the Enactron Truck, Beverly Hills, California. Originally released on Warner Bros. (3141).
Personnel: Emmylou Harris (acoustic guitar); Albert Lee (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, piano); Rodney Crowell (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Brian Ahern (acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar, gut-string guitar, percussion); James Burton, Frank Reckard (electric guitar); Steve Fishell (steel guitar); Ricky Skaggs (fiddle, viola); Rick Danko (fiddle, background vocals); Wayne Goodwin (fiddle); Mickey Raphael (harmonica); Garth Hudson (accordion, baritone saxophone); Barry Tashian (accordion, background vocals); Glen D. Hardin (piano, electric piano); John Ware (drums, percussion); Dianne Brooks, Nicolette Larson (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Doug Beal; Brian Ahern.
Recording information: Enactron Truck, Beverly Hills, CA (1978).
Photographers: Ed Thrasher; Alan Messer.
Arranger: Brian Ahern.
All of Emmylou Harris' albums from the '70s and early '80s are flawless gems. But if there is one that rises above the others, then QUARTER MOON IN A TEN CENT TOWN is that album. From song selection to performance and production, MOON is the perfect distillation of Harris' remarkable work during this period. A wonderful duet with Willie Nelson ("One Paper Kid") and guest appearances from Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, and harmonica wizard Mickey Raphael are what puts this album over the top.
At the time of MOON's release, Harris sat atop the country world. She was the genre's most widely respected artist and one of its most popular personalities. Not surprisingly, MOON yielded three hits: Delbert McClinton's rocking "Two More Bottles of Wine," Carlene Carter's "Easy from Now On," and "To Daddy," Dolly Parton's chilling evocation of a loveless marriage. Other standout tracks include "Defying Gravity," "Green Rolling Hills," and the Cajun-inflected "Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight." But every track on this 1978 classic is a hands-down winner.