Early Morning Rain
Label: Vanguard Records
Even if the title track were the only winner, Ian and Sylvia's fourth album would still be a folk classic. "Early Morning Rain," written by Gordon Lightfoot, is the duo's ultimate recording. You'll play it five, six times in a row and marvel at the way Sylvia's vibrato gently skips across her husband's deep blue baritone while simple lines such as "I'm a long way from home/ And I miss my darling so/ In the early morning rain/ With no place to go" seep into the heart's most hidden chambers.