Picks and Pans Review: Maverick—the Soundtrack

updated 06/27/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/27/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Various Artists

Maverick—The Soundtrack is as chock-full of country-star cameos as the movie it comes from. The best of the crop: Vince Gill's saloon-ready version of the Band's "Ophelia," Waylon Jennings' grizzled "You Don't Mess Around with Me," and Patty Loveless and Radney Foster's affecting "The Rainbow Down the Road," reminiscent of a Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris duet. Also featured is a star-studded (and rather ho-hum) version of "Amazing Grace," including Reba McEntire, Tammy Wynette and Clint Black. Despite all that country muscle, the most inspired moment—"Ride Gambler Ride"—ends up coming from city-slicker Randy Newman, who composed the film's score. Panoramic, wistful and more than a touch irreverent, it is the most Maverick-like track on the album. (Atlantic/Icon)

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