Montana: A Love Story

Montana: A Love Story

by George WinstonGeorge Winston


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Following his surprising departure on Night Divides the Day, an album of Doors covers, George Winston returns to the "piano-folk" style that made him a new-age legend on Montana: A Love Story. But don't expect a carbon copy of Autumn or December. Spreading his wings, the pianist takes in a variety of music on the solo album, from Winston originals and arrangements of traditional tunes to an assortment of pieces by Mark Isham, Frank Zappa, Sam Cooke, and others. Still, the whole is unified by its largely reflective, even trancelike mood -- Winston remains the undisputed master of piano chill-out. Ostensibly an album about Montana, where Winston was born, a few pieces bear clear connections to the Treasure State, as garnered from Winston's liner notes. Montanan Philip Aaberg supplies the wistful "Nevertheless, Hello," and his style inspired Winston's own "Sweet Soul (Gobajie)." (Gobajie is the name of Winston's cat, which explains the piece's downward-leaping, pet-on-a-keyboard passages.) Other Montana ties are more tenuous. Winston says Frank Zappa's "The House I Used to Live In" uncannily reminded him of his boyhood home even before he knew the piece's title. It's certainly the most far-out music on the album, reminiscent of the plink-plank of some dense modern-classical composition, and one can see how it might provoke memories of a quirky old house. Still harder to glean are Montana links for many of the remaining numbers, and Winston provides very little explanation in the booklet. Yet the sense of personal reminiscence and quiet rumination runs strong throughout, and the listener's job is predictably easy. Just lie back and think of Montana.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/2004
Label: Rca Victor
UPC: 0828766204223
catalogNumber: 62042
Rank: 20793


  1. Thumbelina
  2. Billy in the Low Land
  3. Valse Frontenac
  4. The Little House I Used to Live In
  5. Montana Glide
  6. Nevertheless, Hello
  7. The Twisting of the Hay Rope (Casadh an Tsúgáin)
  8. Joy, Hope, And Peace
  9. You Send Me
  10. High Plains Lullaby
  11. The Mountain Winds Call Your Name
  12. Music Box (Kojo No Tsuki)
  13. Raining in Her (The Muse)
  14. (Variations On) Bamboo
  15. Goodnight Irene
  16. Sweet Soul (Gôbajie)
  17. Sky (Goobajie)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Winston   Primary Artist,Piano

Technical Credits

Mark Isham   Composer
Sam Cooke   Composer
Paul Anastasio   Composer
Philip Aaberg   Composer
Frank Zappa   Composer
Howard Johnston   Producer,Engineer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Scott Smith   Cover Photo
George Winston   Composer,Producer
Cathy Econom   Producer
Rentaro Taki   Composer
Justin Lieberman   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Richard Thomas Jennings   Art Direction
Colin Gradek   Engineer
Alby Potts   Composer

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