Songcatcher

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Like its counterpart soundtrack O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the splendid traditional fare on Songcatcher doesn't need visuals to be profound and deeply soul stirring. An independent film set in 1907, Songcatcher tells the story of Dr. Lily Penleric, a prim and proper musicologist who discovers the all-male review board has denied her tenure, whereupon she embarks on an eye-opening -- and ear-opening -- visit to her sister in the Western Mountains of North Carolina. The stellar female voices giving life to an ages-old repertoire "Barbara Allen," "Wayfarin' Stranger," "Moonshiner," et al. include those of Rosanne Cash, Julie Miller, Allison Moorer, Emmylou Harris, Iris ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Like its counterpart soundtrack O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the splendid traditional fare on Songcatcher doesn't need visuals to be profound and deeply soul stirring. An independent film set in 1907, Songcatcher tells the story of Dr. Lily Penleric, a prim and proper musicologist who discovers the all-male review board has denied her tenure, whereupon she embarks on an eye-opening -- and ear-opening -- visit to her sister in the Western Mountains of North Carolina. The stellar female voices giving life to an ages-old repertoire "Barbara Allen," "Wayfarin' Stranger," "Moonshiner," et al. include those of Rosanne Cash, Julie Miller, Allison Moorer, Emmylou Harris, Iris DeMent, Deana Carter, Gillian Welch, and Maria McKee. Newly written songs in the Appalachian style are contributed by Patty Loveless "Sounds of Loneliness", Julie Miller "All My Tears", and, notably, Dolly Parton, whose "When Love Is New" sung with actress Emmy Rossum is of a piece with the powerful original songs she penned for her The Grass Is Blue and The Little Sparrow bluegrass albums. To say that Songcatcher will stand the test of time is to state the obvious -- it already has.
All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The soundtrack to a film about a woman music scholar's travels in Appalachia is largely devoted to contemporary versions of traditional folk songs by an impressive roster of female vocalists. Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Maria McKee, Dolly Parton dueting with Emmy Rossum, Gillian Welch, Iris DeMent, and Patty Loveless are the big names here, though there are a few lesser-known singers like Julie Miller, Deanna Carter, and Sara Evans. While the interpretations are not scintillating and not the best versions of the songs you could possibly find, they're well done and make for a consistent listen, particularly by various-artist soundtrack standards. Occasionally the performers shine, as Rosanne Cash does on her cover of "Fair and Tender Ladies," Maria McKee on "Wayfarin' Stranger," and Emmylou Harris on "Barbara Allen." This isn't, by the way, always trying to re-create Appalachian music as it might have sounded in the early 20th century, as Cash's "Fair and Tender Ladies" and Carter's "The Cuckoo Bird," to use two of the better examples, have fairly full and rhythmic arrangements. For those who want the stark sound, DeMent's "Pretty Saro" is backed only by David Mansfield's fiddle, and Rossum sings a brief "Barbara Allen" unaccompanied Hazel Dickens also does her snatch of "Conversation With Death" unaccompanied. Two snatches of David Mansfield's orchestrated film score are also included, and are unnecessary distractions. In the time-honored manner of contemporary updates of traditional material, this will serve the purpose of leading some listeners into a world they don't know much about, and as such projects go, it's more credible and successful than most.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2001
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707958622
  • Catalog Number: 79586
  • Sales rank: 8,949

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fair and Tender Ladies (2:56)
  2. 2 Pretty Saro (2:54)
  3. 3 When Love Is New (5:16)
  4. 4 Barbara Allen - Emmy Rossum (0:43)
  5. 5 Barbara Allen - Emmylou Harris (4:35)
  6. 6 Moonshiner (3:34)
  7. 7 Sounds of Loneliness (3:44)
  8. 8 All My Tears - Julie Miller (3:11)
  9. 9 Mary of the Wild Moor - Sara Evans (3:51)
  10. 10 Wayfairing Stranger (3:24)
  11. 11 Wind and Rain - David Rawlings (3:25)
  12. 12 The Cuckoo Bird (3:33)
  13. 13 Score Suite # 1 (5:01)
  14. 14 Conversation With Death - Bobby McMillon (3:01)
  15. 15 Score Suite # 2 - David Mansfield (4:58)
  16. 16 Single Girl (1:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerry Douglas Guitar (Resonator)
Sam Bush Mandolin
Patty Loveless Track Performer
Dolly Parton Track Performer
Iris DeMent Track Performer
Hazel Dickens Track Performer
Julie Miller Track Performer
Steve Buckingham Dulcimer
Dennis Crouch Bass
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Larry Franklin Fiddle
Emory Gordy Acoustic Guitar
Tony Harrell Harmonium
David Mansfield Fiddle, Conductor
Dean Parks Guitar
Carmella Ramsey Fiddle, Background Vocals
Deanie Richardson Fiddle, Mandolin
Tammy Rogers Fiddle
Darrell Scott Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin
Jeff White Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Glenn Worf Upright Bass
Chris Farren Percussion, Background Vocals
Deana Carter Background Vocals
Gillian Welch Banjo
Sara Evans Track Performer
Bryan Sutton Guitar
Allison Moorer Track Performer
Tracy Hackney Dulcimer
Technical Credits
Rosanne Cash Arranger
Steve Buckingham Producer
Neal Cappellino Engineer, Digital Editing
Emory Gordy Producer
John Leventhal Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
David Mansfield Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Adaptation, Instrumentation
Steve Marcantonio Engineer
Gary Paczosa Engineer
Dennis Ritchie Engineer
David Thoener Engineer
Chris Farren Arranger, Producer
Gillian Welch Arranger, Producer
David Rawlings Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Georgette Cartwright Creative Services Coordinator
Glen Neibaur Engineer
Chris Covert Producer
Ken Levitan Producer
John Saylor Engineer
Kimberly Levitan Art Direction
Traditional Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    original soundtrack

    I don't think that what you are showing available is the ORIGINAL soundtrack from the movie that I have watched , with pure delight,numerous times on TV. Was there an original soundtrack made available and if so where might I purchase it. Thank You

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Songs from the Mother Country

    Most of the singers sounded authentic, not trained voices,but telling the stories with feeling. If Emmy Rossum does not have a CD out with "Barbara Allen" and others, she should. The character, Earl, was a surprise when he awoke from being knocked out and sang the first verse of "A Conversation With Death". Some of the accents were authentic, but the young man who worked for the school, and who ultimately burned the school, used a non-mountain accent, especially noticed when he said, "Where'd you get that fancy thing?" To earn her Oscar in "CoalMiner's Daughter", Sissy Spacek spent a lot of time with Loretta Lynn and learned the accent. She only made one blunder, which surprised me that it was allowed to pass, when she said, "They just die. They all die." These characters would have sounded more realistic if they learned the southern mountain way of pronouncing vowels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Truth from the roots to the hearts

    Having just seen the movie, I quickly started to look for the music of my own youth. The truth from the folks who were born to it with melodies washing over them constantly from cradle to grave. Tears of truth and roots of real love and wonderment of their hearts live forever in their songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Takes you back = WOW!

    What a piece of history. Music gets your hands clappin' and feet moving. The movie and sound track are fantastic. Not being a ''blue grass'' listener, the music moves you into a different time; a relaxed, not rushed time; a simpler time. Pure enjoyment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Didn't like it

    Maybe I misheard. But this was not the movie's soundtrack. The treatment was modernized and was tolerable. But the changes took some of the guts and heart out of many of the songs. A few, however, still shine through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Well worth the money

    This CD sends the listener back to the days of pure, simple, expressive music. It's a joy to listen to and a great relaxation tool.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    O Sister!!

    The emergence of ''O Brother Where Art Thou'' made me fall in love with that which I always considered ''country music for hayseeds and hillbillies''. I completed fell in love with bluegrass. The soundtrack to ''Songcatcher'' has the same appeal as ''O Brother'', with mainly female artists. It hasn't left my CD player since I purchased it. Although the version of ''O Death'' doesn't hold a candle to the version on the OBWAT soundtrack, I highly recommend ''Songcatcher''. I especially adore track # 6, ''Wayfarin' Stranger'' by Maria McKee. What a voice!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    For City Slickers and Hillbilles, both!

    City slickers and hillbillies alike will love these songs sung in the Appalachian style ;-) Many of them are old English folk songs that came to America with the settlers and the narratives differ so much from lyrics penned today it's just plain fun to hear them, plus the female vocals will blow you away. So real, so powerful, so good - these women don't need a studio filled with sound engineers to make up for starved anorexic voices.

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    Posted April 17, 2010

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