Audio Remixer: Gabe Veltri.
Liner Note Author: Jim Lochner.
Recording information: Studio 55, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Director: Robert Markowitz.
Jimmy Webb may have been one of the most successful and celebrated songwriter of the '60s and '70s, but his efforts to expand his career into film scoring took some tenacity. Webb was commissioned to create music for the films Love Story and Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here, but in both cases the producers opted to use the work of other composers, and after finally getting his music on screen in the revisionist western Doc (1971) and the curious semi-documentary The Naked Ape (1973), it wasn't until 1979 that Webb took another stab at writing for the movies. Voices was a romantic drama about a struggling singer and songwriter looking for his big break as he falls in love with a beautiful schoolteacher who is also a gifted dancer. However, the fact she's hearing impaired puts an obstacle between them, as well as holding her back from her dreams. Webb wrote the background score of the film, along with several songs performed by the characters on screen, and this album presents bits of both, as well as previously released tracks by Tom Petty and Willie Nelson that were source music in the movie. Burton Cummings, best known for his work with the Guess Who, provides the vocals for four numbers, while Andy & David Williams lend their ethereal voices to "The Children's Song," which is the strongest of Webb's songs here. ~ Mark Deming
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