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The Hi-Lo Country
(1998)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Sonny Kompanek
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TVT Soundtrax
(January 19th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are a sucker for uniquely attractive Western movie themes that take traditional instrumentation and arrange them in a refreshing new rhythmic way.

Avoid it... if only five minutes of that theme, and relatively nothing else to get excited about in the score or album, is simply not worth the fuss.
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WRITTEN 7/1/03, REVISED 9/28/08
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The Hi-Lo Country: (Carter Burwell) Legendary director Sam Peckinpah wanted to shoot a film based on Max Evans' 1961 novel for decades, but circumstances never allowed him to do so. Eventually, in 1998, Stephen Frears took The Hi-Lo Country and made it into his first career adventure in the genre of the wild West. The film's story is that of a spaghetti western with a classical romantic twist, placing one woman as the subject of the affections of two cowboys in the waning days of the traditional West. The formula isn't new, with the simple plot of the love triangle playing out against the vast scenery of 1940's New Mexico. The film, while it is a character-driven tale, does reveal several large vistas and a wide palate of yellow and orange colors. The unheralded project was the first Western for niche composer Carter Burwell, who was best known (and still is) for his collaboration with the Coen brothers on films like Fargo and Raising Arizona, as well as several dissonant scores for other dark thrillers. The musical requirements of the New Mexican location presented a new avenue on which Burwell could express his musical talents, and, to some degree, he took advantage of the opportunity. Even with the new genre at his side, Burwell continued his trend towards the composition of complicated and understated music rather than a more prominent thematic role for his contribution. His instrumentation for The Hi-Lo Country is perfect for the genre, including the usual trumpet, harmonica, accordion, and acoustic guitars that are expected for the region. The film is also rich with Hispanic flavor provided by several uses of songs, including a few Spanish language entries. The songs are typically of an older generation of Country-Western, and have little in common with Burwell's original score. That original score is short on the integration of Hispanic elements, but stays true to a more generalized, predictable, and Americanized Western style.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 53:35
• 1. Drivin' Nails in My Coffin - performed by Willie Nelson/Beck (2:46)
• 2. I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms) - performed by Don Walser (3:23)
• 3. San Antonio Rose - performed by Leon Rausch (4:15)
• 4. Why Don't You Love Me - performed by Hank Williams (2:25)
• 5. Smoke, Smoke, Smoke (That Cigarette) - performed by Marty Stuart (3:22)
• 6. A Maiden's Prayer - performed by Leon Rausch (4:40)
• 7. Que Chulos Ojos - performed by Hermanas Ayala (2:37)
• 8. O Madre Mia - performed by Johnny Degollado y Su Conjunto (2:21)
• 9. Racing with the Moon - performed by Vaughn Monroe (3:15)
• 10. To Kill a Man (2:36)
• 11. The Cattle Drive (2:16)
• 12. Josepha's Cabin (2:17)
• 13. Meesa the Witch (1:49)
• 14. Silver Springs (3:30)
• 15. Big Boy's Death (7:38)
• 16. On to California (4:18)
(score length: 24:27)

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