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  • Audio CD (May 5 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002LE9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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1. Western Stars
2. Lock, Stock And Teardrops
3. Sugar Moon
4. I Wish I Didn't Love You So
5. (Waltz Me) Once Again Around The Dance Floor
6. Black Coffee
7. Shadowland
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...

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Shadowland, k.d. lang's noted collaboration with Patsy Cline producer Owen Bradley, suggests that the Albertan singer's blather about being Cline reincarnated might be true after all. Backed by a small army of musicians-- from saxophonists to steel guitarists and string players--lang soars through these covers, her silken voice the undisputed star of the show. She's versatile, too. Witness her switch from a smoky torch in the title track to a bluesy croon in "Black Coffee" before playfully tearing through the snappy, upbeat "Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes." One-stop shopping for lang at the peak of her powers. --Adem Tepedelen

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13 1998
Format: Audio CD
First, I love k. d. lang (sic). I've loved her since her "big-boned gal" days when she was barely known outside Canada. And then I heard she was changing her style, expanding, trying new types of songs. "OH NO!" I thought, "k. d. can't leave her roots." It'll be like Linda Rondstadt's style-of-the-month phase after she tired of pop. But how wrong I was! In "Shadowland" k. d. brings her powerful pitch-perfect voice of an angel to truly beautiful torch songs. The result is musical ecstasy. k. d. can do anything, and she proves it in this extraordinary transitional CD. It is a magnificent vocal experience. I thank k. d. for bringing her wonderful voice, and this rich new style, into my repertoire.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George O'Leary on Feb. 12 2004
Format: Audio CD
What a magnificent voice. One which alternates between taking a pure Country song to new heights, delivering pop like no other [who can forget her duets with Tony Bennett and Roy Orbison], and even taking charge of hard-core Soul and R&B. You simply cannot pigeon-hole k.d. lang.
The other reviewers have more than adequately covered the selections presented in this album, produced by the legendary Own Bradley who passed away ten years after its release at age 82. But I would just like to add that the last track, featuring k.d., Loretta Lynn, Kitty Wells, and Brenda Lee as The Honky Tonk Angels, pulls together in one of the most memorable performances three classic songs from the past.
The opening bars present In The Evening (When The Sun Goes Down) which was a 1949 R&B hit for both Jimmy Witherspoon and The Charles Brown Trio. From there they break into the Ernest Tubb 1948 classic, You Nearly Lose Your Mind, and then smoothly transfer to Blues Stay Away From Me, first done by Eddie Crosby in 1949, and then a year later by The Delmore Brothers and, for my money anyway, the best version of them all by The Owen Bradley Quintet with vocals by Jack Shook and Dottie Dillard.
In the insert you get a full page written by Mr. Bradley, a number of photographs, including one with him and the Hockey Tonk Angels, and a track-by-track listing of the musicians involved on each cut.
An album that will one day rival Carole King's Tapestry in the legends of recorded music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Antonio M Vazquezpausa on April 12 2004
Format: Audio CD
Kd Lang is ,in my opinion,the best North American female voice of her time.But not all of her Cds are as satisfying as this one.This one shows the Nashville influenced side of Kathryn Dawn Lang as arranged by Owen Bradley who also produced Patsy Cline.In songs like BLACK COFFEE,the title track and I WISH I DIDN'T LOVE YOU SO she passionately and contemporarily delivers tunes written way before her time.She sings DON'T LEt THE STARS...a 50's hit with
unique vigor and belts out the CHris ISaak penned WESTERN STARS so appropriately as the disk opener.It was the first Kd Cd I ever bought and what an introduction it was!
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You don't have to like country music to appreciate k.d. lang's extraordinary talent. Produced by country veteran Owen Bradley, this was arguably the recording that put her on the map, with Bradley's super-polished array of songs highlighting her crystal-clear instrument and winning her millions of new fans. Since this CD, she has ventured far and wide, but to many, this will be remembered as the project where it all began.
The title track sets the tone, tapping into country music's wells of melancholy, although Lang's demeanor, persona and voice can't really be put squarely in the country camp. Her influences are much broader, including contemporaries like Chris Isaak, whose suave "Western Stars" opens the disc. Throughout, lang mixes hardcore country -- check out the opening chorus in the lovely "I Wish I Didn't Love You So" -- with what might be characterized as "1940's lounge," and sounds glorious. She could be equally at home in a smoky night club or at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry.
By the time the stunning "Busy Being Blue" arrives, you may think you've never heard a voice like this. After a quiet introduction, the song builds until lang is completely engulfed in a rapturous, torchy wail. This is simply great singing, whatever genre. The final track, "Honky Tonk Angels," features Loretta Lynn and Kitty Wells, whose winsome, plaintive harmonies end the set on a sentimental high note.
The recorded sound is beautifully clear, fully capturing lang's huge cries as well as her quieter moments of lazy sensuality. From an artist who has done many fine recordings, this is one of her best, with influences new and old, and also one of the great recordings of the 1980's.
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I'm writing this because of how often we (I) hear music on the radio, like the band or artist, decide to buy an album, look them up, and discover there are 30 records. I flip through the reviews, mostly written by ardent fans, until I'm exhausted of the task. I buy one and maybe I don't like it; I buy another and maybe I don't like it either. Then I give up.
So... if you've heard a little k.d. lang, think you might like her and want to buy an album I'm writing to say that Shadowland and Drag are the two, of hers, that I like most. Not "Ingenue" which seems to be others' favorite (too boring) and not "Absolute Torch and Twang," in which, frankly I don't hear *absolute* torch nor twang the way I do in "Shadowland."
"Shadowland" has country music in its blood. Not bluegrass or Hank Williams country, and not recent-pop country. Lang has a style all her own. "Waltz Me Once Again Around The Dance Floor" makes me want to, and "Tears Don't Care Who Cries Them," beautifully sweeping, makes me want k.d. not to be the one crying.
This album has some faster (not extremely fast) songs--in a country, guitar, groove way--and it has slower, sweet, and smart songs of love and love lost. My husband commented to me that it sounds a bit 1940's to him; I'd go along with that.
I wouldn't hesitate to start with "Shadowland" as an introduction. I give 4 stars rather than 5 because, to me, 5 is perfection. 4 stars is the highest without eligibility for the Nobel Prize. Try out "Shadowland" if you're looking for some country-based music with a very female and surprisingly beautiful voice that is lush and interesting. k.d. lang has personality and her voice is truly quite lovely.
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