The CD of a movie soundtrack is a tricky proposition. Divorced from the visual element of the film, the music has to stand on its own merit, something that too often fails miserably. I'm happy to report that this soundtrack is a monumental success.
As my Amazon review of the LONESOME DOVE video indicates, this 1989 TV mini-series is certainly the best western I've ever seen. And, it's arguably the best mini-series ever produced. The visual experience, mated to the epic score by Basil Poledouris, results in a sumptuous entertainment achievement.
Listeniing to the soundtrack, it all comes back in a rush: the bond between Gus and Captain Call, the drama and perils of the cattle drive, the tragic deaths of friends and companions along adventure's way, the poignant father-son relationship between Call and Newt, the bittersweet relationships of Gus with Clara and Lorrie, the sorrow of partings from people and places likely never to be seen again, the ever present danger from desperados and marauding Indians on the frontier's edge, and the strength of a promise from a man to whom promises meant something.
The impact of LONESOME DOVE, the movie, is its ability, like life, to inspire the full gamut of emotions from laughter to love to outrage to horror to weeping. As I plug this CD into my car's sound system and listen on the way to work, I am reminded how much of this soundtrack could appropriately serve as theme music to life itself. As corny as it sounds, it has that power.