Remembers the Alamo

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Is this really a concept album by Asleep at the Wheel? Sho' nuff, and yes it is. And why not? Ray Benson and company have already done a tribute to Bob Wills, so what could be more Texan than to do one of songs about and related to the Alamo? In his tribute to one of America's greatest mythological battles and a cornerstone of the modern Texas consciousness, Benson's research has paid off bigtime, in a wonderfully wrought, engaging, enlightening, and thoroughly delightful listening experience. Using traditional melodies "Remember the Alamo", old fiddle tunes "Soldier's Joy", and a mournful bugle call "Deguello", as well as nationalistic anthems "Davy Crockett", classic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Is this really a concept album by Asleep at the Wheel? Sho' nuff, and yes it is. And why not? Ray Benson and company have already done a tribute to Bob Wills, so what could be more Texan than to do one of songs about and related to the Alamo? In his tribute to one of America's greatest mythological battles and a cornerstone of the modern Texas consciousness, Benson's research has paid off bigtime, in a wonderfully wrought, engaging, enlightening, and thoroughly delightful listening experience. Using traditional melodies "Remember the Alamo", old fiddle tunes "Soldier's Joy", and a mournful bugle call "Deguello", as well as nationalistic anthems "Davy Crockett", classic cowboy tunes "Yellow Rose of Texas", modernist hits Bob Wills' "New San Antonio Rose" -- you didn't think he was gonna leave Western swing completely out of the mix did you?, movie songs by Dimitri Tiomkin "Green Leaves of Summer" and "Remember the Alamo" from the 1960 John Wayne flick of the same name, and tunes written for the project itself such as Monte Warden's "Stout and High", Benson has woven his own fabulist universe. In it, he humanizes the Alamo for the listener, gives it faces, feelings, context, and a new kind of endurance that is certainly romantic, but is also far more realistic than most historic accounts. Benson's sound world is one that crisscrosses time and space and employs many textures -- one is the Tosca String Quartet's embellishment on three tunes -- as well as his ready corny sense of humor check the tune about Ozzy Osbourne's wacko trip to the relic and pissing on it. It's a fine recording and one that will wear exceedingly well in the band's catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2003
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663113327
  • Catalog Number: 31133
  • Sales rank: 12,456

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Remember the Alamo/Letter from Col. Travis (5:22)
  2. 2 Green Leaves of Summer - Tosca String Quartet (3:46)
  3. 3 Billy in the Low Ground (1:33)
  4. 4 Ballad of the Alamo - Tosca String Quartet (4:16)
  5. 5 Deguello (2:16)
  6. 6 Ballad of Davy Crockett (3:37)
  7. 7 Yellow Rose of Texas (3:23)
  8. 8 New San Antonio Rose (4:18)
  9. 9 Eighth of January (1:21)
  10. 10 Across the Alley from the Alamo (3:39)
  11. 11 Stout and High (4:57)
  12. 12 Don't Go There (3:16)
  13. 13 Soldier's Joy (1:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Asleep at the Wheel Primary Artist
Ray Benson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Jason Roberts Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Background Vocals, Group Member
David Sanger Drums, Group Member
George Sanger Trumpet
David Earl Miller Bass, Background Vocals, Group Member
Tracy Seeger Violin
Jim "Miracle" Murphy Dobro, Steel Guitar, Group Member
Alice Spencer Background Vocals
Sara Nelson Cello
Gary Slechta Trumpet
Leigh Mahoney Violin
James Rabitoy Electric Guitar
Elizabeth McQueen Background Vocals
John Michael Whitby Piano, Group Member
Stephanie Ames Asbell Viola
Haydn Vitera Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Dimitri Tiomkin Composer
Doc Watson Composer
Monte Warden Composer
Ray Benson Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes
Jason Roberts Arranger
David Sanger Composer
George Sanger Sound Effects
Larry Seyer Engineer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Bob Wills Composer
George Bruns Composer
Tom Blackburn Composer
Jane Bowers Composer
John H.R. Mills String Arrangements
J. Michael Greene Composer
Jeff Smith Art Direction
Traditional Composer
Joe Greene Composer
Al Quattrocchi Art Direction
James Rabitoy Engineer
Chris Burns Engineer
Traci Swartz Artwork
Craig R. Covner Illustrations
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