Ted Grimsrud

69. Cowboy Junkies—THE TRINITY SESSION

This is one of those rare records that served as a pioneer in capturing an emerging sound in its early stages—yet still retains its freshness and ability to astonish many years later even after inspiring a generation of similar music. Vocalist Margo Timmins renders a variety of covers (such as Lou Reed’s “Sweet Jane,” Hank Williams’s “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” and Patsy Cline’s “Walking After Midnight”) into a coherent whole that is joined by some excellent original tracks (“Misguided Angel” and “I Don’t Get It,” for example). This is slow, slow rock and roll that is surprisingly intense and emotionally evocative.

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RCA, 1988 [All-Music Guide review]

Here’s #68.

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