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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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: 5/2/2000
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008817013329
  • Catalog Number: 170133
  • Sales rank: 42,080

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It Don't Worry Me - Keith Carradine (2:47)
  2. 2 Bluebird - Timothy Brown (3:35)
  3. 3 For the Sake of the Children - Henry Gibson (3:18)
  4. 4 Keep A-Goin' - Henry Gibson (2:49)
  5. 5 Memphis - Karen Black (2:07)
  6. 6 Rolling Stone - Karen Black (3:57)
  7. 7 200 Years - Henry Gibson (3:04)
  8. 8 Tapedeck in His Tractor - Ronee Blakley (2:20)
  9. 9 Dues - Ronee Blakley (3:40)
  10. 10 I'm Easy - Keith Carradine (3:02)
  11. 11 One, I Love You - Henry Gibson (2:37)
  12. 12 My Idaho Home - Ronee Blakley (3:06)
  13. 13 It Don't Worry Me - Keith Carradine & Barbara Harris (3:55)
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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
Steve Stills 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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