Craig Havighurst
February 27, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

In 1973, Harris lost her mentor and duet partner Gram Parsons, but she drew on his earthy country eclecticism and blossomed. On these early records — remastered and boasting two unreleased tracks each — her famous, fragile alto imbues songs by the Beatles, Buck Owens, Chuck Berry, and others with timeless grace, while her own ”Boulder to Birmingham” on ”Sky” is a smoldering tribute to Parsons. ”Elite Hotel” and ”Quarter Moon” especially transcend distinctions between traditional and pop country music, emphasizing emotive integrity and fidelity to the songs.

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