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A Magnificent Soundtrack
on September 19, 2000
Paint Your Wagon has never gotten the acclaim it deserves, and the soundtrack music is nearly as good as some of the legitimate titans in this genre, like Sound of Music or My Fair Lady. Every song on this record is exceptional (with the exception of the tunes warbled by Clint Eastwood).
I'm on My Way, They Call the Wind Maria and There's a Coach Comin' In hold their own against any song performed on a broadway musical stage or in any movie (yes, I'm serious). Harve Presnel's vocals are amazing. But the pinnacle of this album will forever remain Lee Marvin "singing" Wandrin' Star, the class act song of the entire production. Could Marvin sing? Of course not, but it doesn't matter, you can listen to this version a thousand times and never weary of it.
The soundtrack is leagues ahead of the movie itself, which is not particularly good. But these songs will live forever. The orchestration, back up singers and arrangements are all a class act. If you're a fan of this movie or of musical theatre in general, this is essential for your collection.