South Of Heaven, West Of Hell: Songs And Score From And Inspired By The Motion Picture

July 21, 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 2, 2001
  • Release Date: October 2, 2001
  • Label: Reprise
  • Copyright: 2001 Reprise Records
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  • Total Length: 48:57
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  • ASIN: B002IVLVAW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,564 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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This album is so very different and most interesting.
Janet Pamenter
Anyone who loves Dwight Yoakam, his music, and his band will love the divergence and quality of this CD and will want to have it in their collection.
Judi Fryer
The truth is that this has some of the best work Dwight has done in his long and most illustrious career.
B. A. Hill

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 2001
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Just when you think have Dwight Yoakam pegged, he goes and throws you a curve ball. Well, as long as the curve ball is as good as his newest CD is, long-time fans have nothing to complain about. This CD is labeled as a soundtrack and bears the same name as his recent Western film, although only two of the tracks on the CD are actually on the film's soundtrack. These are the first and last tracks, both entitled Words, with the second a jazzy instrumental version of the first, a gentle, elegaic tune. The remaining songs are, as the CD's cover note states, "inspired by" the film's themes of life, death, and redemption. These themes represent new ground for Yoakam, whose music tends to focus on the tribulations of love. The CD also includes Yoakam's stunning interpretations of gospel-inspired country, demonstrating that, some fifteen years into his recording career, Yoakam maintains the capacity to expand his musical horizons and surprise -- and yes, delight -- his fans.
The harder-rocking country tracks on the CD are excellent and allow a certain Guitar God by the name of Pete Anderson several glorious moments. This is exactly what any fan of Yoakam would expect, especially when his co-writers include Mick Jagger (that old honky-tonk guy) and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. Especially delightful are Somewhere and First Thing Smokin' -- listen for Yoakam to momentarily verve off into an early Beatles hit in the middle of this track. But what really makes this album stand out are the spirituals, both traditional tunes and those written by Yoakam himself. One of them is The Darkest Hour (Is Just Before the Dawn). Yoakam is performing this song on his current tour, and the song's lyrics have gained great timeliness in light of the great national tragedy of September 11th.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 28, 2001
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It's very difficult to come up with new words for "excellence" when it comes to discussing the works of Dwight Yoakam.
In the "companion soundtrack" to his movie "South of Heaven, West of Hell," Mr. Yoakam once again raises the bar of superior craftsmanship that has characterized his work since the beginning of his career.
This album is not truly a "soundtrack" as that word is defined, and certainly not as most soundtracks are. The songs presented on this disc are, for the most part, not in the movie at all. Instead, as Mr. Yoakam has claimed, they are merely meant to capture the feel of the film-he has presented here a study of his main character's thoughts, feelings, and actions.
But quite aside from the film, the "companion soundtrack" is Dwight Yoakam's brilliance displayed on yet another level, and stands alone exceptionally well.
The disc begins with "Words," which actually is the theme song of the movie. Here, Dwight Yoakam has presented the actual lyrics to this song (which do not appear in the movie): "Words are not my friend ... they'll watch as you stumble, then laugh when you fall." Lyrically, it is cynical; musically it is soaring, inspirational, and sets the tone for the disc to come.
Each song is a nod to Mr. Yoakam's own spirituality, his sense of the otherworldly, and his reverence for the topic. There are 10 songs, of which Dwight himself wrote (or co-wrote) six. The other four are traditional gospel hymns, bluegrass/Appalachian-style old time music which, here presented, demonstrate that Mr. Yoakam is indeed a Kentucky hillbilly, Hollywood trappings aside.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 2001
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that most of the "country music lovers" out there won't hear a single note of this gem. This is country at it's absolute best. A crossroads of traditional country, Americana, old-time gospel, southern-fried rock, blues, inspirational and good old honky- tonkin'......this album has all of those. It will soothe your soul and take your breath away.

Yes, it is a companion album to the movie, but it's not necessary to see the film to get a real, honest feel of the music on this record; which is kind of unusual in this day of CMT/MTV and completely ironic, it being a movie soundtrack and all..... You don't need visuals to "get" this stuff.
If you are a country music fan, you know this music. You know it in your bones. It's from the country radio stations of the 1960's, the rock music of the 1970's, the torch songs of the 50's, the simple tunes from the mountain tops of the Smokies to those rowdy, cayenne-flavored bar stages of Texas and out west to the OK Corral, with a healthy dose of gathering at the river baptism thrown in.....like I said, it's a crying shame that country music listeners will never hear this beauty. Not without a television or magazine or celebrity to tell them they need to be listening to it.... I've tried harassing my local dj's, only to be told "It's not marketing responsive"! whatever that means.......
I suggest you buy a copy for yourself, then..... well, it's going out to as many of my fellow music lovers as I can afford to give it to, this Christmas. My part in spreading the gospel.....
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