Dallas: The Music Story

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
You may have heard plenty of strange records in your lifetime, but you've never heard anything quite as odd as Dallas: The Music Story, a quasi-soundtrack/concept album orchestrated by legendary music biz hustler Artie Ripp. The idea of Dallas: The Music Story is to have songs written -- and sometimes sung -- from the perspective of the show's characters, to dig just a little bit deeper into the psyches of the people who populated the greatest prime-time soap of the '80s. Given its Texas setting, it is no surprise that country is the chosen musical style for Dallas: The Music Story but nothing here sounds like it would be welcome in a honky tonk or even ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
You may have heard plenty of strange records in your lifetime, but you've never heard anything quite as odd as Dallas: The Music Story, a quasi-soundtrack/concept album orchestrated by legendary music biz hustler Artie Ripp. The idea of Dallas: The Music Story is to have songs written -- and sometimes sung -- from the perspective of the show's characters, to dig just a little bit deeper into the psyches of the people who populated the greatest prime-time soap of the '80s. Given its Texas setting, it is no surprise that country is the chosen musical style for Dallas: The Music Story but nothing here sounds like it would be welcome in a honky tonk or even Gilley's. This is all Urban Cowboy country-pop created with an eye on the charts, so it's slathered in synthesizers and set to a precise click track, evoking not the country-pop of the early '80s but rather the warm, shimmering surfaces of soft rock. Frankly, that's the magical thing about the album: it's a transmission from a lost world, evoking every forgotten scrap of bad taste from the Reagan years. Each song is catchy in a purely professional way, lodging in the subconscious through pure persistence, the production anonymous yet keenly commercial, a product of an era where a cheap cash-ins like this still needed to be performed by actual musicians in an expensive recording studio. So, as pure sonics, Dallas: The Music Story is a deliriously appealing pop culture artifact, but just as you're enjoying the sound it sinks in that all of these songs are about Dallas. Sometimes, this fact hits you in the face, such as when Steve Kanaly chants "Who Killed Jack Ewing?" or when Howard Keel bellows "J.R.! Who Do You Think You Are" -- both choruses set to a bit of belligerent country-disco -- but the gentler numbers are just as odd. Johnny Lee -- who, along with Crystal Gayle is the only country star here -- has to sing the unwieldy "The Loneliness in Lucy's Eyes The Life Sue Ellen Is Living," but that's slightly less preposterous than the contrived melancholy of "If I Knew Then What I Know No J.R.'s Lament," where Gary Morris is given the impossible task of finding the heart within J.R. Ewing. On every level, it is ridiculous, but that's why Dallas: The Music Story is worthwhile: not only do they no longer make records like this, they rarely ever did make records like this. And the strangest thing of all? This was released in 1986, not 1981.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2012
  • Label: Rockbeat Records
  • UPC: 089353309121
  • Catalog Number: 3091
  • Sales rank: 84,836

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerry Wallace Electric Guitar
Steve Gibson Electric Guitar
Wendy Waldman Background Vocals
Judy Rodman Background Vocals
Joe Chemay Bass
Eddie Bayers Drums
Barry Beckett Synthesizer, Keyboards
Ken Bell Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Dennis Burnside Synthesizer, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Mark Casstevens Acoustic Guitar
Doug Clements Background Vocals
Bruce Dees Background Vocals
Sonny Garrish Dobro
Owen Hale Drums
John Hobbs Piano
Jim Horn Saxophone
Mitch Humphries Piano, Electric Piano
Mike Lawler Synthesizer
Paul Leim Drums
Bruce Miller Conductor
Steve Nathan Keyboards
Michael Rhodes Bass
Brent Rowan Electric Guitar
Lisa Silver Background Vocals
Wendy Suits Background Vocals
Fred Tackett Guitar
Diane Tidwell Background Vocals
Dennis Wilson Background Vocals
Paul Worley Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Curtis Young Background Vocals
Billy Joe Walker Guitar
Dean Huff Guitar
Steve Croson Background Vocals
Pal Finest Background Vocals
Lonnie Ledford Bass
Technical Credits
Bob Jenkins String Arrangements
Barry Beckett Producer
Sean Boyd Engineer
Dennis Burnside String Arrangements
David Franco Executive Producer
Joel Goldsmith Sound Effects
Peter Granet Engineer
Scott Hendricks Engineer
Steve Melton Engineer
Bruce Miller Arranger
Jim Ed Norman Producer
Artie Ripp Director, Producer, Executive Producer, Concept
Rick Ruggieri Engineer
Dan Wallin Engineer
Cliff Zellman Sound Effects, Engineer
Bobby Roberts Executive Producer
J.L. Wallace Producer
James Fitzgerald Producer
Terry Skinner Producer
Alan Schulman Engineer
David Jacobs Creation
Rob Budges Engineer
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