The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 20, 1998 · Page 28
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4 WEDNESDAY, MAY 20. 1998 APPLAUSE THE SALINA JOURNAL Sound Bites: Audio Reviews "The Horse Whisperer" (MCA) —Various This outstanding album of country songs from and inspired by the Robert Redford movie is that rare soundtrack album that not only holds together, but has no filler. It's tough to pick a standout on ah album that includes .contributions from Don Walser, Dwight Yoakam, Iris DeMent and George Strait, as well as a reunion of the Flatlanders — Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock and Joe Ely. Still, four songs in particular merit mention: Allison Moorer shows star potential on the aching ballad "A Soft Place to Fall"; Lucinda Williams resurfaces with the plaintive "Still I Long for Your Kiss"; Steve Earle's "Me and the Eagle" is a finely etched portrait of high-country loneliness; and Emmylou Harris gives an absolutely stellar performance on the dark and moving Chris Smither song, "Slow Surprise." Without knowing which songs are actually in the movie, it's hard to say what effect the film will have on the careers of some of these artists. It would be nice, though, if it caused people to discover some of these musicians, who atiftjjtmong the finest in country music today. • By Eric Fidler, AP Writer., "The Philospher's Stone," .(Pplydor) — Van Morrison For whatever reason, a couple . of greatest hit CDs are the closest thing available to a Van Morrison box set. The release of the new double disc set "The Philosopher's Stone" is at least a step in the right direction for the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer whose soulful voice and lyrics have influenced countless artists. Included are 30 rarities and unreleased tracks from 1971-88, a wonderfully rich period for Morrison that shows there's more to the legendary Irish mystic than "Moon- dance" and "Saint Dominic's Preview." Among the highlights is a new" version of the 1973 "Wonderful Remark," which had only been available on the soundtrack to the Martin Scorsese film "King of Comedy." - There also is the previously unreleased "Joyous Sound" and "The Street Only Knew Your Name," as well as a new version of "Bright Side of the Road" from Into the Music. But the standout is "Not Supposed to Break Down," a beautiful piano ballad that ranks with Morrison's best. • By David Kligman, AP Writer. "Two Kinds of Laughter" (Shanachie) — Sara Hickman In a more perfect world, Sara Hickman would be a star. Her lovely voice would be heard on the ra- i dio, in music stores and in concert halls. In the meantime, those in the know will seek out her albums and club shows for her melodic sense, excellent guitar playing, rich voice and mix of sunny optimism with heartache. Capturing Hickman's magic on compact disc must be about as hard as catching moonbeams hi a jar, but producer Adrian Belew comes closer than anyone has on i "Two Kinds of Laughter," her ex) cellent new album. . Hickman's propulsive guitar strumming fuels several songs that are downright funky, including the infectious title track and "Take Whatever I Can Get." The ballads are marked by delicate guitar playing and Hickman's voice, as clear and beautiful as any in popular music. Lyrically, Hickman is as clever and insightful as a roomful of ordinary singer-songwriters. . • By Eric Fidler, AP Writer. . "Bottleneck Dreams" (Sig- nature Sounds) — Salamander Crossing "Bottleneck Dreams," Salamander Crossing's third CD for Signature Sounds, is the sort of assured, confident album a band makes when it's hitting its stride. Nominally a bluegrass band, Salamander Crossing approaches the genre from a contemporary folk standpoint, sounding more like singer-songwriters playing bluegrass than, say, the Foggy Mountain Boys. Further, the band throws in decidedly non-bluegrass instruments at times, such as organ and drums. Fiddler Rani Arbo handles more of the vocals on "Bottleneck Dreams" than she did on earlier albums, which was a wise move, as her voice is irresistible. The highlight is an evocative cover of Blue Rodeo's "Five Days in May," but there are no weak cuts on this album. • By Eric Fidler, AP Writer. "The Complete Wailers 1967-1972 Part 1" (JAD/Koch International) — Bob Marley Bob Marley and his band the Wailers spent years trying unsuccessfully for a hit record in the United States. The Complete Wailers" documents their struggle, and it's fascinating because the trio — Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer — went on to popularize a new musical genre: reggae. The three-CD set contains 47 cuts, 28 of them previously unreleased and many others extremely rare. When the lovely 1968 single "Selassie Is the Chapel" was released only 26 copies were printed. If The Complete Wailers" is a treasure trove for Marley fans, it's good listening for anyone. The skip button occasionally comes in handy because of alternative takes and dub versions, but these discs will nonetheless make for great summertime fare at the beach or in the car with the windows down. Marley and the Wailers recorded more than 220 songs for JAD, and the label plans to release three more box sets. The music on Part 1 was recorded from 1967 to 1972, " when Marley was largely unknown beyond Jamaica and wanted to be another Otis Redding. The Wailers covered such American hits as "Mr. Chatterbox," The Letter" and even "Sugar," but they also forged a unique style with three-minute meditations on love, liberation and spirituality. The group blended Motown pop, Memphis soul, funk, doo-wop and even country while still producing a distinctly Caribbean sound. It started with a mellow groove and often included horns and sweet backing vocals to support impassioned lead singing by Marley or Tosh, a reggae giant himself. "The Complete Wailers" makes history fun. • By Steven Wine, AP Writer. "Samuel Wesley: Selected Choral Music" (ASV) — The For Hay-Hogs-Machinery 24', 30', 36' or 42' wide by any length 15 Year Warranty on 10 oz. Cover NORTH CENTRAL STEEL - MINNEAPOLIS, KS Call I-800-382-0106-Anytime Birdhouses & Claire Burke Home Fragrances E U H 211 Wmt Iron Tueg.-Sal 1M. Son. 1-6 Now Available... Glucosamine Sulfate The supplemental glucosamine your joints need. Glucosamine Sulfate from PhytoPharmica is the ultimate glucosamine supplement. It's 98 percent absorbable, so more glucosamine gets to your joint structures. B&K PRESCRIPTION SHOP 601 E. 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As a composer, Wesley fell into such obscurity that 13 of the 18 items on the new disc from Gonville and Caius College are listed as premiere recordings. .Among the discoveries are "Ave Reguia Caelorum," a quiet, engaging piece that surely will work its way back into the choral repertory. Wesley's "Might I in Thy Sight Appear" is one of the. more polished compositions on "Vital Spark of Heav'nry Flame," a survey of English parish church music between 1760 and 1840. It illustrates that not only was Britain a land with quite a bit of music, but that it flourished in outposts such as Edg- baston, Chester, Doncaster and Bolton. The title tune, written by a Lancashire weaver named Edward Harwood and using a text by Alexander Pope, was one of the most popular funeral songs of the time. It's rough and ready music, doing its word-painting with a trowel, but it has its own charm. 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