LANGHORNE, BRUCE - THE HIRED HAND (MCD)


2007 repress, with new cover art. "Predating the high plains melancholy of Ry Cooder's Paris, Texas soundtrack by more than a decade, Bruce Langhorne's gorgeous, spectral soundtrack for Peter Fonda's cult 1971 Western The Hired Hand was recorded in the garage of his Laurel Canyon home in 1969 on a two-track Revox tape machine, with his girlfriend mixing while he played live overdubs on a panoply of original instruments from the wild West. Bruce Langhorne was one of the most significant session guitarists to emerge in the early years of folk rock at the start of the '60s. He is best known for playing on some of Bob Dylan's most ground breaking records, notably 1965's Bringing It All Back Home, Dylan's transitional excursion from folk into folk rock. Langhorne did, however, play with countless other musicians during the '60s, including Richie Havens, Gordon Lightfoot, on Richard and Mimi Farina's two Vanguard LPs, Eric Anderson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, on Joan Baez's Farewell Angelina and, most memorably in conveying Langhorne's own exquisite style, on Tom Rush's The Circle Game. He produced fellow traveller Ramblin' Jack Elliot's Young Brigham in 1968 and has since done considerable soundtrack work. In all that time, Langhorne had never released an LP under his own name but, finally, his mesmerizing score for Peter Fonda's revisionist Western and directorial debut The Hired Hand has been released on Blast First [petite]. Langhorne's distinctive style evolved through his use of an acoustic guitar with a pick up, fed through a Fender Twin Reverb amp that he originally borrowed from another renowned guitarist, Sandy Bull. Langhorne's sound is a blend of the acoustic and electric, using a tremolo effect in time with the song, a technique influenced by Roebuck Staples of The Staple Singers. His unique minimalist picking style is also shaped by him having a foreshortened finger on one hand (strangely a theme that is obliquely echoed in the script of The Hired Hand)." Total length: 24 minutes. (label info)
in stock | DE| 2007| BLAST FIRST PETITE | 13.90


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