by k.d. lang and the Reclines


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On her first two albums, k.d. lang took a witty and playful approach to the sounds and traditions of classic country music, and while it was obvious she truly loved the music, she also seemed to be having a bit of fun at its expense at the same time. But in 1988, lang proved beyond a doubt that she was serious about country (as well as her own talent) with Shadowland, an homage to the polished countrypolitan sounds of the 1950s and '60s that was produced by Owen Bradley, the iconic Nashville producer who was behind the controls for many of Patsy Cline's most memorable recordings. lang herself sought out Bradley to work on the album, and luring him out of retirement proved to be a masterstroke; rather than try to re-create the lush textures and deep atmosphere of Bradley's sides for Cline or Brenda Lee herself, lang went to the source, and Bradley gave her studio settings that referenced his work during Nashville's golden era while adding an ever-so-slight contemporary sheen. Bradley also brought aboard an all-star crew of legendary Nashville studio hands and invited Loretta Lynn, Brenda Lee, and Kitty Wells to sing with lang on the closing "Honky Tonk Angels' Medley." In the hands of many artists, this sort of project might have been an exercise in misplaced, nostalgic fandom, but on Shadowland, lang taps into the sound and style of her most vital musical influences while at the same time putting her stamp on the music -- this isn't k.d. lang trying to be Patsy Cline, but rather lang demonstrating what she learned from Cline and where those lessons took her. lang's lush, expressive voice has rarely sounded better or more emotionally powerful than it does on Shadowland, and it presents her meeting the cream of Nashville's greatest era not as a wide-eyed acolyte, but as a gifted artist collaborating on equal terms. It's a magnificent achievement.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Sire / London/Rhino
UPC: 0075992572422
catalogNumber: 25724
Rank: 1452

Album Credits

Performance Credits

k.d. lang and the Reclines   Primary Artist
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
Loretta Lynn   Vocals
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Kitty Wells   Vocals
Jordanaires   Vocals
David Angell   Violin
George Binkley   Violin
John Borg   Viola
Harold Bradley   Banjo,Bass Guitar,Ukulele,Gut String Guitar
Jimmy Capps   Rhythm Guitar
Roy Christensen   Cello
Doug Clements   Vocals,Voices
Connie Ellisor   Violin
James Ferguson   Voices
Carl Gorodetzky   Violin
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Buddy Harman   Drums
Jim Horn   Saxophone
Anthony LaMarchina   Cello
k.d. lang   Vocals
Lee Larrison   Violin
Brenda Lee   Vocals
Ted Madsen   Violin
Bob Mason   Cello
Neal Matthews   Vocals,Voices
Dennis Molchan   Violin
Roger Morris   Piano
Louis Dean Nunley   Vocals,Voices
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Harold Rugg   Steel Guitar
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Gordon Stoker   Vocals,Voices
Henry Strzelecki   Bass,Bass Guitar
Gary VanOsdale   Viola
Pete Wade   Electric Guitar
Duane West   Vocals,Voices
Jim Ferguson   Vocals
Hal Rugg   Steel Guitar
Tony Migliore   Piano,Accordion

Technical Credits

Bobby Bradley   Engineer
Owen Bradley   Producer
Bill McElhiney   Arranger

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Shadowland 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
K.D. Lang Has beauitful voice to bad she didn't hit the big time in the first song when she was standing in the wheat fields singing that was a real work of art.