To bridge the gap until Lyle Lovett's next studio album, Curb/MCA has compiled a dozen tracks the Texas-based artist and his Large Band have contributed to soundtracks over the past decade. Several of
To bridge the gap until Lyle Lovett's next studio album, Curb/MCA has compiled a dozen tracks the Texas-based artist and his Large Band have contributed to soundtracks over the past decade. Several of the tracks on "Smile," due Feb. 25, are taken from the great American songbook, such as the title track, written by Charlie Chaplin, and recorded for 1998's "Hope Floats" soundtrack.
Other classics reworked by Lovett are Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies," which he added to the 1994 "With Honors" soundtrack, the Andy Razaf/Don Redman tune "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You" he contributed to this year's "Kissing Jessica Stein" set, and "Summer Wind," which was originally written in Danish by Hans Bradtke in 1965 with music by Henry Mayer. Johnny Mercer contributed the English lyrics to the song.
"Smile" also features a trio of collaborations, one of which finds Lovett and contemporary bluesman Keb' Mo' grooving on "Till It Shines," a song written by Bob Seger for the rocker's 1978 album "Stranger in Town." This version was featured on the 1999 soundtrack to "Mumford."
Also included is Lovett and Randy Newman's version of the latter's "You've Got a Friend in Me" from "Toy Story" (1995) and Lovett and George Duke's reworking of the hymn "Pass Me Not." The latter, which was featured on the 1992 "Leap of Faith" soundtrack, was originally titled "Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior," and was written by Fanny Crosby and Howard Doane in 1870.
Lovett has a handful of tour dates scheduled in February, including multiple night stands in Santa Rosa (Feb. 11, 13) and Redwood City, Calif. (Feb. 14-16). Lovett and his Large Band will also perform several tracks from "Smile" on the season premiere of PBS' "Soundstage" to coincide with the album's release.
Lovett's as-yet-untitled eighth studio album (not counting his largely instrumental score to Robert Altman's 2000 film "Dr. T & the Women"), is due in September.
Here is the "Smile" track list (with soundtrack noted in parentheses):
"Blue Skies" ("With Honors," 1994)
"Straighten Up and Fly Right," ("Dear God," 1996)
"Gee Baby, Ain'tI Good To You" ("Kissing Jessica Stein," 2002)
"Smile" ("Hope Floats," 1998)
"Moritat (Mack the Knife)" ("Quiz Show," 1994)
"Summer Wind" ("For the Love of the Game," 1999)
"What'd I Say" ("Where the Heart Is," 2000)
"Till It Shines," with Keb' Mo' ("Mumford," 1999)
"You've Got a Friend in Me," with Randy Newman ("Toy Story," 1995)
"Walking Tall" ("Stuart Little," 1999)
"Pass Me Not," with George Duke ("Leap of Faith," 1992)
"I'm a Soldier in the Army of the Lord" ("The Apostle," 1997)
Here are Lyle Lovett's upcoming tour dates:
Feb. 11, 13: Santa Rosa, Calif. (Luther Burbank Center)
Feb. 14-16: Redwood City, Calif. (Fox Theatre)
Feb. 17: Santa Cruz, Calif. (Civic Auditorium)
Feb. 18: San Luis Obispo, Calif. (Cal Poly State University)