Nashville

Nashville

     
 

Folks, let's get one thing straight. The at-times charmingly bad, humorous, or excellent soundtrack to Robert Altman's groundbreaking and influential Nashville isn't to be taken at face value throughout. There's a blizzard's chance in Tullahoma County that you'll get a proper grip of it without the context of the film itself. The film is a vivid look at theSee more details below

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Folks, let's get one thing straight. The at-times charmingly bad, humorous, or excellent soundtrack to Robert Altman's groundbreaking and influential Nashville isn't to be taken at face value throughout. There's a blizzard's chance in Tullahoma County that you'll get a proper grip of it without the context of the film itself. The film is a vivid look at the cult of celebrity and power, tracing the actions of a couple dozen characters throughout five days in the country music capital. With numerous performances by these figures that go hand in hand with the environs, the film is just as much a musical as it is a realistic slice of the American South, circa 1974. As much of the performances captured in the film are by local amateurs, the material isn't always top level. That's why it succeeds -- it's realistic. As the director himself assesses in the liner notes to the MCA Nashville reissue from 2000, "We weren't trying to write 'great' songs. We aimed to meet the spectrum of songs coming out of the Nashville scene." Spectrum is the key word here -- the quality of the material and the range of emotions within are extremely broad. Lonesome lives on the road, extramarital affairs that need to be severed, romantic longings, national pride, self-assurance -- just about any topic tackled within a typical country song is covered. Most of the songs were written by the actors with their characters in mind, which adds more of that necessary realism. The musicianship is excellent and fitting, including the work of legendary session hands like Vassar Clements, David Briggs, and Weldon Myrick. Convincing performances come from Henry Gibson, in the role of star Haven Hamilton. (Gibson is also well known as a gravity-defying Illinois Nazi in The Blues Brothers.) He cuts his lover loose in "For the Sake of the Children," giving her three reasons: Jimmy, Kathy, and sweet Lorelei ("Cause Jimmy's been wishin' that I take him fishin'/His Little League pitchin' is somethin' to see"). His "Keep A-Goin'" is a sure-fire mood lifter ("Ain't no use to sit and whine 'cause the fish ain't on your line/Bait your hook and keep a-tryin' -- keep a-goin'!"). Other excellent performances are turned in by Karen Black and Keith Carradine, whose "I'm Easy" won an Academy Award for Best Song. Nashville is a fine elixir in an age of soundtrack-before-plot movies and a hoot to boot.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/02/2000
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0008817013329
catalogNumber:
170133
Rank:
56243

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Gimble   Violin
Doug Jernigan   Pedal Steel Guitar
Buddy Spicher   Violin
Lloyd Green   Pedal Steel Guitar
Ronee Blakley   Track Performer
Troy Seals   Guitar
Art Johnson   Guitar
Richard Baskin   Piano
Stuart Basore   Pedal Steel Guitar
Hayword Bishop   Drums
Grant Boatwright   Guitar
Harold Bradley   Guitar
Lee Callet   Flute
Jimmy Capps   Guitar
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Vassar Clements   Violin
Carolee Cooper   Vocals
Joe Edwards   Violin
Gene Garfin   Drums
Henry Gibson   Track Performer
Herman Harper   Vocals
Bill Humble   Bass
Jim Isbell   Drums
Mike Leech   Bass
Billy Linneman   Bass
Marc McClure   Bass,Guitar
Richard Morris   Drums
Weldon Myrick   Pedal Steel Guitar
Lance Wakely   Harmonica
Jerry Whitehurst   Piano
Harold Weakley   Drums
Ralph Davis   Guitar
Sonny Burnette   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jeffrey Newman   Banjo
Wayne Hillion   Vocals
Diane Hines   Vocals
John Rains   Drums
David Briggs   Piano
Steve Chapman   Guitar

Technical Credits

Lily Tomlin   Contributor
Chuck Berry   Composer
Keith Carradine   Composer
Shelley Duvall   Contributor
Richard Baskin   Arranger
Gene Eichelberger   Engineer
Bernie Grundman   Mastering
Henry Lewy   Engineer
Steve Mitchell   Engineer
Allan Nicholls   Contributor
Danny Perri   Art Direction
Cristina Raines   Contributor
Johnny Rosen   Engineer
David Arkin   Contributor
Barbara Baxley   Contributor
Barbara Harris   Contributor
Keenan Wynn   Contributor
Michael Murphy   Contributor
Jim Phillips   Remastering
Jerry Weintraub   Executive Producer
Karen Black   Contributor
Martin Starger   Executive Producer
Allen Garfield   Contributor
David Hayward   Contributor
Robert Altman   Director,Producer,Liner Notes
Dave Peel   Contributor
Ned Beatty   Contributor
Timothy Brown   Contributor

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