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Mighty Wind: The Album
     

A Mighty Wind: The Album

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Leave it to Christopher Guest, director of the now-classic parodies Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show, to bring us A Mighty Wind, a dead-on take on the '60 folk scene. The soundtrack features gems from the three musical “artists”: “The Folksmen,” “Mitch & Mickey,” and “The New Main Street Singers.” Guest’s ace in the hole is to let the often

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Leave it to Christopher Guest, director of the now-classic parodies Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show, to bring us A Mighty Wind, a dead-on take on the '60 folk scene. The soundtrack features gems from the three musical “artists”: “The Folksmen,” “Mitch & Mickey,” and “The New Main Street Singers.” Guest’s ace in the hole is to let the often hilarious songs speak for themselves, thus hanging their makers in the process. The jokes are embedded in the pieties, forced enthusiasm, faux authenticity, and self-righteousness of the lyrics and the performers' deadly serious delivery. As a key player in the success of This Is Spinal Tap, Guest also makes sure to get all the musical details right, thus ensuring that the subtext will be all the more ironic. It’s all great fun, for those who lived through the era and those who are glad they didn’t.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Fans of This Is Spinal Tap certainly were satisfied by Christopher Guest's Waiting For Guffman and Best In Show, since they often achieved a similar level of deliriously inspired improvised genius. Even so, one thing key ingredient was missing: the music, which is as brilliant as the spontaneous jokes and set pieces in the movie itself. For his third mockumentary (a term Guest hates, but has become shorthand for his unique comedy), Guest returned to music, creating a tribute to the folk scene of the early '60s with A Mighty Wind, where three of the biggest folk acts of the era reunite for a tribute concert to a recently deceased folk producer. Since this is a fictional comedy, not a documentary, it does take some liberties with the truth, particularly because it deliberately chooses not to address political or protest folk. Some may gripe about this, but it hardly hurts the film and its accompanying soundtrack because the movie is bathed in the warm, fond glow of nostalgia and prefers to focus on the spirit of the times, not the details. So, there is no no equivalent of Bob Dylan or Phil Ochs in A Mighty Wind, but the three main acts have clear counterparts: the trio of the Folksmen (featuring Spinal Tap's Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer) are the Kingston Trio; Mitch & Mickey (Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara) are the film's romantically entwined duo, akin to Ian & Sylvia or Richard & Mimi Farina; finally, the New Main Street Singers (featuring John Michael Higgins, Jane Lynch and Parker Posey, among others) are the equivalent of the Limeliters and the New Christy Minstrels. What's remarkable about the music is that it's all written by the cast and it perfectly captures the sound and feel of the folk crossover acts of the time. Each group has a different sound befitting their counterpart, and within that, the songs are bright and varied, tuneful and memorable. Apart from the Folksmen's cover of the Rolling Stones' "Start Me Up," which is not heard in the film, and perhaps the heavy-handed (but very funny) "The Good Book Song" by the New Main Street Singers, there are no obvious jokes, which is what makes the music work as music. And while some of the songs may function almost too well as neo-period pieces - witness the somberness of the Folksmen's Spanish/American war "Skeletons of Quinto" - most of these are infectiously enjoyable as individual songs. They're as good as the songs in Spinal Tap and, in some ways, more impressive, since they're more intricate and cover more styles. The greatest testament to its success is that it works as a folk-pop album regardless of the film. It is funnier if you're in the joke, but that's not necessary to know if you just want to enjoy the music here on this splendid album.
Billboard
Illustrates just how seriously this troupe takes its humor.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/04/2009
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886974872825
catalogNumber:
748728
Rank:
69220

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Godfrey   Acoustic Bass
Gregg Bissonette   Percussion,Snare Drums
Bruce Gaitsch   Guitar
Christopher Guest   Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
David Nichtern   Guitar (Nylon String)
Marston Smith   Cello
Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston   Percussion,Accordion,Keyboards,Melodica
Harry Shearer   Vocals,Acoustic Bass
Michael McKean   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Eugene Levy   Guitar,Vocals
Parker Posey   Vocals
New Main Street Singers   Track Performer
Mitch & Mickey   Track Performer
Don Shelton   Vocals
Catherine O'Hara   Autoharp,Vocals
Jane Lynch   Vocals

Technical Credits

Mick Jagger   Composer
Rainer Ptacek   Composer
T Bone Burnett   Executive Producer
Ed Cherney   Engineer
David Cole   Engineer
Christopher Guest   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
C.J. Vancston   Producer
Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Harry Shearer   Composer
Charlie Bouis   Engineer
Michael McKean   Composer
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
Robert Devery   Guitar Techician
Eugene Levy   Composer
Annette O'Toole   Composer
Thom Lowry   Guitar Techician
Catherine O'Hara   Composer

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4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hysterical spoof of the old folk groups that Mom raised me on. The movie is clever and so fun that the album was a must.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Especially if you are a fan of these improv movies, this is a must buy! We play this CD over and over, even our 2 year old sings along! The lyrics get more clever each time you listen. It's intelligent humor wrapped into great music! And some more seriously written music, too, which proves the writers' versatility and genius!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When i saw this movie, i was amazed. Not only at the humorous jokes, but the wonderful music. The music was so beautiful the movie almost loses its point. Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Catherine O' Hara and all the others are back and still tremendous as ever in this beautiful and unique Christopher Guest (the master of mockumentary) film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
from start to finish, you realize just how talented Guest and Levy and all the others truly are. buy the album and watch the movie at least 4 times or so and still laugh like 'ell!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After witnessing the utter hilarity of Guest's "Best In Show," "A Mighty Wind" was a must. After seeing it, I was not disappointed. Guest and Levy's superb writing shine in the mockumentary and the well-portrayed roles of O'Hara, McKean and others make for a fun movie that keeps the laughs coming.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Why is A Mighty Wind such a great movie? Well, it's the music. Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara are awesome as Mitch and Mickey. Not only are they great actors, but, suprisingly, they are great singers as well. Not in the sense that they make one shed a tear at the mere sound of one note, but in that they capture the innocence of the great folk singers from the past, such as Peter, Paul, and Mary. The songs in the movie were so clever, that I almost thought they were real! And they are! You can get them on this awesome soundtrack! Get it now.