Picks and Pans Review: Every Which Way but Loose Soundtrack Album
Country-pop star Eddie Rabbitt sings in the title track, "I've always been the kind of man who doesn't believe in strings." He's singing, of course, of romantic ties, not the kind of sappy Country-pop arrangements that unfortunately dominate this LP. The title may also apply to the singing style on most of these tracks, though Charlie (Behind Closed Doors) Rich, Mel Tillis and Rabbitt are all certified Country stars. Clint Eastwood's screen partner Sondra Locke sounds rustic when she sings "Time don't matter..." but the rest of her solo cut is as country as the Singing Nun. Instrumentally, there are slim—if occasionally tast—pickin's throughout, except on several instrumental tracks like Salty Dog Blues and Under the Double Eagle, in which pedal steel master J. D. Ma ness plumbs his dazzling resources on that quintessentially country ax. But mostly, you had to be there (at the movie) to enjoy this music.
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