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How the West Was Lost

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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
This album is one of two soundtrack recordings from the six-part Discovery Channel series about the westward expansion from the native American point of view. The moving and dramatic score was composed by pianist Peter Kater, who involved longtime musical collaborators R. Carlos Nakai native American flute, eagle whistle, rattles, and chanting, vocalist Chris White, cellist David Darling, and sax player Mark Miller. The White Oak Singers, native singing group, add powerful moments; and additional percussion, including military drums, give the album urgency and action. For the most part, however, the music expresses a sense of tragedy: of last stands, of surrender, of ...
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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
This album is one of two soundtrack recordings from the six-part Discovery Channel series about the westward expansion from the native American point of view. The moving and dramatic score was composed by pianist Peter Kater, who involved longtime musical collaborators R. Carlos Nakai native American flute, eagle whistle, rattles, and chanting, vocalist Chris White, cellist David Darling, and sax player Mark Miller. The White Oak Singers, native singing group, add powerful moments; and additional percussion, including military drums, give the album urgency and action. For the most part, however, the music expresses a sense of tragedy: of last stands, of surrender, of death, of flight. Standout cuts include Nakai's skittering double flute on "Sand Creek Memories," the noble "Nez Perce Flight Song" by Chris White and oboeist Kathy Golden, Kater's moving piano tribute on "Geronimo's Surrender," and Nakai's ghostly vocals on "He Came from the Black Hills." The most moving moment comes when Nakai sings "I Will Fight No More"; he sings with such strength and conviction that one can't tell if it's a song of triumph or defeat. This popular soundtrack remained on Billboard's New Age chart for seven months.
All Music Guide - Jim Brenholts
In 1993, the Discovery Channel aired a six-hour miniseries documenting the experience of the Native Americans during America's westward expansion. Peter Kater created a three-hour score for How the West Was Lost. He captured 65 minutes of his favorites for the CD. His friend R. Carlos Nakai co-wrote many of the pieces and is one of the featured musicians. This is deep, soulful, and mournful music. Kater and Nakai celebrate nothing. They lament the loss of culture and heritage. This is a unique perspective on a topic that is often glamorized. There have been at least two similar documentaries with equally mournful soundtracks. The West and 500 Nations are comparable CDs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/25/1993
  • Label: Silver Wave
  • UPC: 021585080126
  • Catalog Number: 801
  • Sales rank: 97,301

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter Kater Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
David Darling Cello
R. Carlos Nakai Flute, Percussion, Voices, Human Whistle, Whistle (Instrument), Chant, Track Performer, Rattles, Native American Flute
Debbie Reynolds Track Performer
Jonathan Edwards Percussion
John Edwards Percussion
Tim Butler Cello
Kathy Golding Oboe
Dave Guard Track Performer
Cecil Hooker Violin
Cheryl Hurwitz Vocals, Background Vocals
Robert Jospé Percussion
Marcus Miller Soprano Saxophone
David Palmer Percussion
Martha Sandefer Vocals, Background Vocals
Andreas Schell Background Vocals
White Oak Singers Vocals
Christine White Vocals, Background Vocals
Bobby Read Soprano Saxophone
Andy Schell Vocals
Mark Miller Soprano Saxophone
Chris White Vocals
Technical Credits
Peter Kater Producer, Liner Notes
R. Carlos Nakai Contributor
Bob Dwason Engineer
Heidi Gerber Engineer
David Glasser Engineer
Bill McElroy Engineer
Jim Robeson Engineer
White Oak Singers Contributor
Bobby Read Engineer
Dani Burke Art Direction
Chris Murphy Engineer
Bob Dawson Engineer
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