The Horse Whisperer: Songs From and Inspired by the Motion Picture Soundtrack
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Genre: Soundtracks & Scores
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 7-APR-1998
Top Customer Reviews
The album is book-ended by two cowboy classics - Dwight Yoakam singing Cattle call and George Strait singing Red river valley. Both of these men are well suited to these songs and their covers are among the best I've heard. There are new recordings of three other oldies here - Big Ball's in Cowtown (Don Walser), Cowboy love song (Don Edwards) and Whispering pines (Iris DeMent). All of these are brilliant, especially Whispering pines. It is a pity that Iris only seems to record songs for multi-artist projects these days - a new album of her own would be much appreciated.
The other songs were all new at the time. Of these, the standout is A soft place to fall, by Allison Moorer. Allison is the sister of Shelby Lynne and her contribution to the soundtrack marked her recording debut. It gave her vital exposure. The song appeared on her first full-length album. Allison, like Shelby, has her own ideas about what sort of material she wants to record, so while her first three albums have been of an extremely high quality, she has not emerged as the major star that record company executives were hoping she would become.
Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, The Flatlanders and The Mavericks all put in great performances on their songs, some of which are not available on any of their own albums.
This is an excellent album which helped to re-awaken interest in western music, deservedly so.
The album kicks off with the Eddy Arnold classic "Cattle Call." [The song had most recently been covered by Leann Rimes on Blue.] Here Dwight Yoakam adds a Tex-Mex flavor to the song with the accordian of Skip Edwards featured prominently in the mix.
Newcomer Allison Moorer offers the break-up song "A Soft Place to Fall." [Note: Do you think she's ever heard Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" when she wrote the line "Looking out your window at the dawn/Baby, when you wake up I'll be Gone"?] That notwithstanding, Moorer has since released her debut album Alabama Song, which features "A Soft Place to Fall."
The most famous alumni of the Flatlanders (Joe Ely, Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore) team up for the melancholy "South Wind of Summer."
Emmylou Harris offers her rendition of Chris Smithers "Slow Surprise" (from the singer-songwriter's 1997 album Small Revelations). Harris' aching vocal takes the rough edges off Smithers' original in presenting her lovely version here.
"Big Balls in Cowtown," a song most identified with Bob Wills, is served up here in lively fashion by Don Walser with Ray Benson on guitar (who included his own version with George Strait on Tribute to Music of Bob Wills).
George Strait in turn offers up a traditional reading of "Red River River Valley" with lap steel accents to set the sorrowful tone of the song.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a bit disappointed in the musical selection on the CD...I purchased it and played it once... :(Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Where is all the wonderful INSTRAMENTAL music that was in this movie? None of it here! "Looking For A Soft Place To Fall" from the movie is excellent but I was very... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sherry Reese
The movie was okay, but several songs on the soundtrack were great. Excellent CD.Published 16 months ago by RonB