Thursday, June 6, 2013

Election and Traveller soundtracks

    I admit I've got a pretty bad track record of predicting which artists are going to make it.  In retrospect, I understand why some of the artists I thought would hit big didn't do so.  The one, however, that still  puzzles me is Mandy Barnett. Given her voice, the enduring popularity of Patsy Cline (whom Barnett sounds a lot like), her magnificent 1999 sophomore album I've Got a Right to Cry, and Sire's, her record label at the time, commitment to her.  She's only released a few albums since then, though I think she still plays Patsy Cline sometimes in Alway, the play about Patsy Cline's life.  She does, however, as I just discovered, have a track on the new Eddy Arnold tribute album - You Don't Know Me that just came out on Tuesday (so I haven't heard it yet.)  Back in the late 1990s, she also appeared on two soundtracks - Election and Traveller.  The soundtracks are a little hit or miss, but Mandy's contributions are definite highlights.   Since they're out of print, I thought I would post them tonight.  

Election soundtrack

Get Set Taxiride
Jennifer Juniper Donovan
Rising Sign Hurricane #1
If You'll Be The Teacher Mandy Barnett
Three Times A Lady The Commodores
This Road I'm Travelling Mojave 3
Born To Be With You Damnations TX
Drown In Small Cowgirl Boots Jolene
Find A Way To Win Tim Carroll
Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now Patience & Prudence
Right In The Back Of Your Mind Spacehog
La Piscine Couverte April March
Only God Knows Martin's Dam
Weird Sebadoh
El Tostado Joey Altruda and the Cocktail Crew
Election [selections from the original score] Rolfe Kent

Traveller soundtrack


Young Love Kevin Sharp
Dark Moon Mandy Barnett
Don't Rob Another Man's Castle Royal Wade Kimes
Sweeter Than The Flowers The Cox Family
Te-Ni-Nee-Ni-Nu Lou Ann Barton
Love And Happiness Al Green
I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes The Cox Family
Gonna Find Me A Bluebird Royal Wade Kimes
Searching (For Someone Like You) Mandy Barnett
I Love You A Thousand Ways Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Sweet Nothin's Tina & The B-Side Movement
Blues Stay Away From Me Thrasher & Shiver
Please Help Me I'm Falling (In Love With You) Lila McCann
Rockin' Robin Bryan White
Seven Lonely Days K.D. Lang And The Reclines With Take 6
If You've Got The Money I've Got The Time Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Dream Lover Mandy Barnett
King Of The Road Randy Travis

1 comment:

Andy D said...

I haven't heard Mandy Barnett yet, but I think the public just interested in that kind of sound. I was enthusiastic about two similar artists - kd lang and Madeleine Peyroux. Each got some initial press and then faded away.

Audiences don't require their favorites to be able to sing, or we wouldn't have so many obvious auto-tuned performers. It seems that if you have a decent voice then you're required to do all sorts of arpeggios and gimmicky vocal tricks like Whitney Houston and Celine Dion.

We all have our unheralded favorites and if you wait long enough, one of them will get some deserved attentipon. All you can hope for is that they don't sell out everything you like about them in order to get some visibility.