CD Shadowland [k.d. lang] (CD 425913),
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Shadowland [k.d. lang]
1. Western Stars
2. Lock, Stock and Teardrops
3. Sugar Moon
4. I Wish I Didn't Love You So
5. Once Again Around the Dance Floor, (Waltz Me)
6. Black Coffee
8. Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes
9. Tears Don't Care Who Cries Them
10. I'm Down to My Last Cigarette
11. Busy Being Blue
12. Honky Tonk Angels' Medley: In The Evening (When The Sun Goes Down) / You Nearly Lose Your Mind / Blues Stay Away From Me
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 25724
Personnel: K.D. Lang, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Kitty Wells (vocals); Jimmy Capps (acoustic guitar); Pete Wade (electric guitar); Buddy Emmons, Hal Rugg (steel guitar); Harold Bradley (gut string guitar, banjo, ukulele, bass); Rob Hajacos, Buddy Spicher (fiddle); Tony Migliore (accordion, piano); Jim Horn (saxophone); Hargus "Pig" Robbins, Rodger Morris (piano); Henry Strzelecki (acoustic bass); Buddy Harman (drums).
The Jordanaires: Neal Matthews, Louis Nunley, Gordon Stoker, Duane West (vocals).
Tennessee: Doug Clements, Jim Ferguson, Louis Nunley, Hurshel Wiginton (vocals).
The Nashville String Machine: Bill McElhiney (arrangements); George Binkley, Conni Ellisor, Carl Gorodetzky, Lee Larrison, Ted Madsen, Dennis Molchan, Pamela Sixfin (violin); John Borg, Gary Vanosdale (viola); Roy Christensen, Bob Mason (cello).
Recorded at Bradley's Barn, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. Includes liner notes by Owen Bradley.
On her second album, SHADOWLAND, k.d. Lang matched up with legendary producer Owen Bradley on a record that simultaneously channeled the essence of Patsy Cline and helped Bradley recover from a recent illness. Switching up after her more uptempo debut ANGEL WITH A LARIAT, Lang left her back-up band The Reclines at home for SHADOWLAND, and instead went into the studio with session vets that included the Jordanaires, Buddy Emmons and Hargus "Pig" Robbins. Her use of the Nashville String Machine put a new spin on songs such as "Black Coffee" and the title track.
Lang's rich timbre of voice is coupled with extraordinary range. She turns Chris Isaak's "Western Stars" and Ray Price's "Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes" into cowboy ballads worthy of Marty Robbins, puts a Minnie Pearlish spin on "(Waltz Me) Once Again Around The Dance Floor" and makes Roger Miller's "Lock, Stock And Teardrops" ooze with pathos. By far the crown jewel of this record is the "Honky Tonk Angels' Medley" of "In The Evening," "You Nearly Lose Your Mind" and "Blues Stay Away From Me" wherein Lang matches up well with legendary honky-tonk angels Kitty Wells, Brenda Lee and Loretta Lynn.
Rolling Stone (10/31/02, p.140) - Ranked # 49 in Rolling Stone's "Women in Rock: The 50 Essential Albums"
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