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Songcatcher (2001)

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Format: CD
Sku: 60473116
UPC: 015707958622
UPC 14: 00015707958622
Release Date: 5/8/2001
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Fair And Tender Ladies - Rosanne Cash ~ Original Soundtrack
2. Pretty Saro - Iris DeMent ~ Original Soundtrack
3. When Love Is New - Dolly Parton/Emmy Rossum ~ Original Soundtrack
4. Barbara Allen - Emmy Rossum ~ Original Soundtrack
5. Barbara Allen - Emmylou Harris ~ Original Soundtrack
6. Moonshiner - Allison Moorer ~ Original Soundtrack
7. Sounds Of Loneliness - Patty Loveless ~ Original Soundtrack
8. All My Tears - Julie Miller ~ Original Soundtrack
9. Wayfarin' Stranger - Maria McKee ~ Original Soundtrack
10. Mary Of The Wild Moor - Sara Evans ~ Original Soundtrack
11. Wind And Rain - Gillian Welch/David Rawlings/David Steele ~ Original Soundtrack
12. Cuckoo Bird, The - Deana Carter ~ Original Soundtrack
13. Score Suite #1 - David Mansfield ~ Original Soundtrack
14. Conversation With Death - Hazel Dickens/David Patrick Kelly/Bobby McMillon ~ Original Soundtrack
15. Score Suite #2 - David Mansfield ~ Original Soundtrack
16. Single Girl - Pat Carroll ~ Original Soundtrack

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Producers: Steve Buckingham, Chris Farren, Ken Levitan, Christopher Covert.
Muze PNote The soundtrack to a film about a woman music scholar's travels in Appalachia is largely devoted to contemporary versions of traditional folk songs by an impressive roster of female vocalists. Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Maria McKee, Dolly Parton (dueting with Emmy Rossum), Gillian Welch, Iris DeMent, and Patty Loveless are the big names here, though there are a few lesser-known singers like Julie Miller, Deanna Carter, and Sara Evans. While the interpretations are not scintillating and not the best versions of the songs you could possibly find, they're well done and make for a consistent listen, particularly by various-artist soundtrack standards. Occasionally the performers shine, as Rosanne Cash does on her cover of "Fair and Tender Ladies," Maria McKee on "Wayfarin' Stranger," and Emmylou Harris on "Barbara Allen." This isn't, by the way, always trying to re-create Appalachian music as it might have sounded in the early 20th century, as Cash's "Fair and Tender Ladies" and Carter's "The Cuckoo Bird," to use two of the better examples, have fairly full and rhythmic arrangements. For those who want the stark sound, DeMent's "Pretty Saro" is backed only by David Mansfield's fiddle, and Rossum sings a brief "Barbara Allen" unaccompanied (Hazel Dickens also does her snatch of "Conversation With Death" unaccompanied). Two snatches of David Mansfield's orchestrated film score are also included, and are unnecessary distractions. In the time-honored manner of contemporary updates of traditional material, this will serve the purpose of leading some listeners into a world they don't know much about, and as such projects go, it's more credible and successful than most. ~ Richie Unterberger

Associated Artists and Works

California Dreams
Original Soundtrack

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/08/2001
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2001
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 79586
Music Label Name Label : Vanguard
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00015707958622

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly (5/11/01, p.81)
- "...Explores the Appalachian roots of country, bluegrass, and folk with an almost all-female lineup. Goosebump-good performances abound..." - Rating: B

No Depression (5-6/01, p.138)
- "...It's all good. Well-chosen songs, beautifully played..."

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