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The Horse Whisperer: Songs From and Inspired by the Motion Picture Soundtrack

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Genre: Soundtracks & Scores
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Release Date: 7-APR-1998

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Soundtracks can sometimes be disjointed affairs, lacking the cohesion necessary to create a mood when collecting songs from various artists. This is a pitfall the soundtrack from the forthcoming film The Horse Whisperer melodically and artfully avoids. From the first honest, unsentimental notes of Dwight Yoakam's "Cattle Call" you are taken wholeheartedly onto this wide-open prairie of soulful, plaintive music. The Horse Whisperer soundtrack is a fluid, coherent gathering of the most literate and distinctive voices in country music today, including Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, The Mavericks, Iris DeMent, and The Hill Country Flatlanders (featuring original Flatlanders Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock, and Joe Ely). This spare, haunting ensemble of wistful twangs and hopeful hearts is a must-have for any country collection. --Dominique D'Anna

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Cattle Call - Dwight Yoakam
  2. A Soft Place To Fall - Allison Moorer
  3. South Wind Of Summer - Hill Country Flatlanders
  4. Still I Long For Your Kiss - Lucinda Williams
  5. Dream River - Mavericks
  6. Slow Surprise - Emmylou Harris
  7. Big Ball's In Cowtown - Don Walser
  8. Leaving Train - Gillian Welch
  9. Cowboy Love Song - Don Edwards
  10. Me & The Eagle - Steve Earle
  11. Whispering Pines - Iris DeMent
  12. Red River Valley - George Strait


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 7, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: April 7, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: MCA Nashville
  • Run Time: 170 minutes
  • ASIN: B000006EJH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,396 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 8, 2003
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This stunning collection of songs is not a soundtrack score (that is available separately) but it does include songs that were used in the movie, together with other songs of a similar type.
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.
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I generally don't bother with soundtracks, but there were too many of my favorite artists on this collection with songs that weren't available anywhere else.
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.
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Enjoyed this mix of "Cowboy" music. Although I believe only 2 tracks are heard in the movie. The album travels through time in a pleasing journey of 12 tracks from Dwight Yoakam to the current statesmen of country music - George Stait doing an interesting rendition of the "Red River Valley" Several of the tracks are by powerful female artists, It is grand to hear Emmylou Harris singing again. If you enjoy C/W music do not hesitate to purchase this CD
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Since the album is of the "songs-inspired-by" genre, I am not sure which cuts on the CD actually were featured in the film as released. But it is as slpendid a gathering of voices and songs as one could want to catch what must have been a bittersweet movie. The bookends for the collection are Dwight Yoakum's cover of the Eddie Arnold hit "Cattle Call" and George Strait's lovely "Red River Valley." I knew the voices of Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, and Iris Dement, and I was not disappointed, but Allison Moorer ("Looking for a Soft Place to Fall"was a delightful surprise.
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I have to be honest, I usually do not purchase Soundtrack albums as the music seems not true to the picture. But I purchased this album just because Iris Dement was offering up her version of Whispering Pines. But after playing it a few times I was able to place moments in the film to the actual songs on this album. I was very pleased with my purchase as it turned out much better than I expected, there are some good old cowboy songs sung by new artist and it very refreshing. I think anyone would enjoy this album very much.
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By A Customer on July 17, 1999
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I'm not a fan of country music, so when I received this CD, I thought, hmm. But I listened to it and I loved it! Especially Allison Moorer's "A Soft Place To Fall." It's my new favourite song. It almost makes me want to cry.
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