Friday, February 3, 2012

My Amazon Reviews: James Lee Stanley "Even Cowgirls Get The Blues"

Soundtrack to a Novel
4 Out Of 5 Stars

James Lee Stanley was so enamored of Tom Robbins' novel "Even Cowgirls Get The Blues" that he created an album based on the individual characters. However, the man was hampered by the fact that a big screen adaptation, starring Uma Thurman, was being released to theaters with a major label soundtrack featuring the music of KD Lang. Stanley had a secret weapon in his pocket, and that was Robbins himself. Robbins co-wrote the title track to the lonesome, harmonica driven title song. While Lang's movie soundtrack moved from the rodeo to the electric disco, Stanley's felt like a trek across the prairie.

James' CD also sounds like it should accompany the book. Where the movie soundtrack played like an accompaniment to the visuals, songs like "Racing The Moon" or "Open Your Eyes" made more a theater of the mind as you recall the book. Even the cover of "I Only Have Eyes For You" feels properly placed. James Lee Stanley may not have been the the music on the silver screen, but it ultimately is his version/vision of "Even Cowgirls Get The Blues" that has the musical staying power.


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