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How the West Was Lost
     

How the West Was Lost

by Peter Kater
 
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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/1993
Label:
Silver Wave
UPC:
0021585080126
catalogNumber:
801

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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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