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All the Pretty Horses
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Co-Composed and Produced by:
Marty Stuart

Co-Composed and Co-Orchestrated by:
Kristin Wilkinson

Co-Composed by:
Larry Paxton

Conducted by:
Suzie Katayama

Co-Orchestrated by:
Chris McDonald
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Sony Classical
(January 9th, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release.
Nominated for a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if you seek the best that the modern country genre of music has to offer the traditions of Western movie music.

Avoid it... if twangy guitars and stereotypical genre progressions and rhythms don't meet the standard of excellence in Western scores that was established with fuller orchestral ensembles of decades prior.
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WRITTEN 1/14/01, REVISED 1/31/09
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All the Pretty Horses: (Marty Stuart/Kristin Wilkinson/Larry Paxton) In an attempt to resurrect the Western genre for the 2000's, Billy Bob Thornton directed what was intended to be a much longer film than Miramax would allow. After trimming no less than two hours of footage from All the Pretty Horses, Thornton's finished product was extremely light on character development and continuity. Set in the 1940's and 50's, the story (based upon Cormac McCarthy's novel) follows a group of American horse thieves and their encounters with love and the law on both sides of the Mexican border. The film's success was tied only to the duration of Miramax's promotional campaign for it, and after tepid audience responses, the thin romanticism of All the Pretty Horses failed to hold its weight. That didn't stop the film's soundtrack from making a few popular waves, including a "best score" nomination for a Golden Globe award. After a relatively uneventful year for film scores (aside from Gladiator, of course), All the Pretty Horses stood out with obvious distinction. It had been a while since the film score community had been hit with a full-blooded Western, and it had been a very long time since a group of country music artists were the ones to accomplish that feat. Given the name recognition of the composers for this score in their native country western genre, it's no wonder that some as novel as this could drum up a Globe nomination. Heading the effort to bring the sensibilities of Western film music into the 20th Century was Marty Stuart, the Grammy-winning songwriter, performer, and theatrical composer best known for his album Hillbilly Rock in 1989. No less capable are the other artists who co-composed All the Pretty Horses; both Kristin Wilkinson and Larry Paxton had already established themselves as experienced songwriters and performers with famous orchestral and country performing groups. All three had arranged and composed melodies and incidental accompaniment for many of the country scene's top recording artists.

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Exellent score, Excellent album! *NM*
Kevin Smith - March 14, 2010, at 10:02 a.m.
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All the pretty horses
Eli - September 7, 2005, at 1:37 p.m.
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zach - June 8, 2004, at 3:34 p.m.
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lyrics Red River   Expand >>
Craig Morris - January 11, 2004, at 11:09 a.m.
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I am also looking for the mexican singing guy in prison
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Total Time: 48:56
• 1. Cowboy's Dream (1:17)
• 2. Canyon Sonata (1:16)
• 3. All the Pretty Horses (1:10)
• 4. Purty Dad-Gum Good (1:16)
• 5. After the Rain (1:07)
• 6. Mild Cello Blues (1:24)
• 7. Malarki Opus in D Major (1:31)
• 8. John Grady's Angel (1:29)
• 9. Edge of the World (1:32)
• 10. Get my Boots (1:09)
• 11. Strawberry Tango (Parts 1 & 2) (4:16)
• 12. The King of Horses (1:29)
• 13. Far Away (Alejandra's Phone Call) (1:54)
• 14. Porque - performed by Raul Malo (3:04)
• 15. Waltz for Hope (3:10)
• 16. Ain't That a Drag (2:41)
• 17. My Last Days on Earth/What's it Like to be Dead? (1:53)
• 18. Long Journey Home (1:59)
• 19. Candles and Lies (0:53)
• 20. Rainy Room (1:59)
• 21. Far Away - performed by Marty Stuart (3:59)
• 22. Far Away (Reprise) (1:34)
• 23. Cowboy's Dream/All the Pretty Horses (Medley) (6:45)

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