Remembers the Alamo

Remembers the Alamo

by Asleep at the Wheel


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Remembers the Alamo

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2003
Label: Shout Factory
UPC: 0826663113327
catalogNumber: 31133

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 and His Texas Playboys   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
Quattrocchi   Art Direction
James Rabitoy   Engineer
Chris Burns   Engineer
Traci Swartz   Artwork
Craig R. Covner   Illustrations

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