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Northern Exposure
(MCA, 1992)

This soundtrack for Northern Exposure begins with the extended version of the Northern Exposure theme by David Schwartz. As it begins playing, you envision a moose strolling downtown and the Alaskan scenery. The sound effects are fabulous. Synthesizer work just does not get any better than this. It is outstanding!

The selections on this CD vary extremely. "Jolie Louise" by Daniel Lanois is a folk song performed by a man who sounds distinctly French. It is followed by a piece with a wicked synthesizer kicking out some jazz work that is perfect for putting your fingers against the back of your head and getting your hips rolling -- all the way to the floor. Then you get the blues, the orchestral, the Caribbean, the jazz, the opera, the big band swing and the Southern rock.

It would be impossible to pick a favorite piece out of this collection. My favorites were "Don Quichote" by Magazine 60, "Hip Hug-Her" by Booker T. & the MGs and the David Schwartz medley "A Funeral in My Brain/Woody the Indian/The Tellahutans." "A Funeral in My Mind" is gypsy music that will get your body and feet moving in high gear. It is a wonderfully delightful piece. Of course, we all know Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Gimme Three Steps" is like the national anthem for Southerners and I must declare that one as my overall favorite. It is one of my all-time favorite dance songs.

No matter what your musical interests lean toward, this CD has at least one selection that will appeal to you. It is a collection for the mass public and can be enjoyed by all ages.

by Alicia Karen Elkins

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