May 15

Next up in the Willie file:the 1979 soundtrack from the Robert Redford/Jane Fonda film, The Electric Horseman:

In case you forgot, here’s the IMDb synopsis by Colin Tinto: “Sonny Steele used to be a rodeo star, but his next appearance is to be on a Las Vegas stage, wearing a suit covered in lights, advertising a breakfast cereal. When he finds out they are going drug the horse in case it’s too frisky, he rides off into the desert…”

Redford on the lamb in the desert showing New Yorkie Fonda the beauty of (ahem) nature seems a little Crocodile Dundee-ish… but that’s for another day.

Willie!

Side one of The Electric Horseman is all Willie. The side starts off with a great cover of the Allman Brothers Midnight Rider, segues into Waylon’s My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys and then into the Ed Bruce classic Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys. So You Think You’re a Cowboy and Hands on the Wheel (original to the Red Headed Stranger album) round out side one.

So You Think You’re a Cowboy made an appearance in next year’s Willie movie Honeysuckle Rose as a duet with Emmylou Harris:

Side two is all Dave Grusin smooth jazz of the day. Titles like Electric Fantasma and Disco Magic are pretty schlocky, but fit the mood of the schlocky hack advertising scenes on the movie beautifully.

All of these Willie songs are available in some version on other albums, but my thrift store edition of the soundtrack is welcome in the Willie section of The Collection.

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