Peter Kater

How the West Was Lost

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In 1993, the Discovery Channel aired a six-hour miniseries documenting the experience of the Native Americans during America's westward expansion. Peter Kater created a three-hour score for How the West Was Lost. He captured 65 minutes of his favorites for the CD. His friend R. Carlos Nakai co-wrote many of the pieces and is one of the featured musicians. This is deep, soulful, and mournful music. Kater and Nakai celebrate nothing. They lament the loss of culture and heritage. This is a unique perspective on a topic that is often glamorized. There have been at least two similar documentaries with equally mournful soundtracks. The West and 500 Nations are comparable CDs.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:23 Amazon
2 3:07 Amazon
3 3:14 Amazon
4 3:00 Amazon
5 2:13 Amazon
6 3:13 Amazon
7 4:00 Amazon
8 2:17 Amazon
9 1:36 Amazon
10 3:20 Amazon
11 1:09 Amazon
12 2:35 Amazon
13 2:12 Amazon
14 4:47 Amazon
15 3:40 Amazon
16 2:25 Amazon
17 2:48 Amazon
18 3:48 Amazon
19 1:59 Amazon
20 2:59 Amazon
21 1:56 Amazon
22 4:09
23 1:35 Amazon
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