Sunday, December 20, 2015

127 from the motion picture..featuring original music by A.R.Rahman

Original soundtrack to the 2010 film from director Danny Boyle includes a collaboration with composer A.R. Rahman and Dido as well as other instrumental score themes by Rahman, plus classics by Esther Phillips, Plastic Bertrand, and Bill Withers, plus new music from Sigur Rós and Free Blood. The featured new song "If I Rise," is the first collaboration between internationally renowned Grammy, Golden Globe and Oscar winner A.R. Rahman and Dido, the mega platinum two time Grammy Award nominated and 4 time BRIT Award winning British singer and songwriter. The atmospheric and transcendent music score of Academy Award winning composer A.R. Rahman is at the heart and soul of the inspiring new 127 Hours, the true story of Aron Ralston, a trapped mountain climber and his ordeal in the Utah wilderness.

• 1. Never Hear Surf Music Again - performed by Free Blood (5:51)
• 2. The Canyon (3:01)
• 3. Liberation Begins (2:14)
• 4. Touch of the Sun (4:38)
• 5. Lovely Day - performed by Bill Withers (4:16)
• 6. Nocturne No. 2 in E flat, Op. 9 No. 2 - written by Frederic Chopin (4:00)
• 7. Ca Plane Pour Moi - performed by Plastic Bertrand (2:59)
• 8. Liberation in a Dream (4:05)
• 9. If You Love Me (Really Love Me) - performed by Esther Phillips (3:26)
• 10. Acid Darbari (4:20)
• 11. R.I.P. (5:10)
• 12. Liberation (3:11)
• 13. Festival - performed by Sigur Ros (9:24)
• 14. If I Rise - performed by Dido Armstrong and A.R. Rahman (4:37)

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Les Miserables..1998 Film Version Original by Basil Poledouris

Basil Poledouris' musical rendition for Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables" is, quite simply, epic. From the prison quarries to Paris, from the struggle between mercy and justice (Val Jean and Javert), to tenderness and battle (Cosette and the ABC Club), Poledouris has captured it all. The main theme evokes images not only the policeman on the hunt, but the students on the barricade - in one spectacular brass arrangement. A particular favourite is the beginning of track three, where the simplicity of Val Jean and Cosette's relationship (in a delicate flute) is suddenly contrasted with the bustle of the Parisian streets (in bubbling woodwinds and strings).

Poledouris has outdone himself with this composition. His music evokes the crystal style of Ennio Morricone and the cinematic majesty of John Williams. It reflects a conversion from light to dark and completes the painting that is the film. In his composition we hear the brooding of Javert's soul, the love and compassion of Valjean. True to the literary work, both the score and the film focus their attention on the conflict between the redeemed Valjean and the obsessed Javert. The score is insightful on a personal level, allowing the listener the realization that darkness exists in all of us, but that darkness is merely the absense of light, the light of human compassion and love. Superb on a technical level, creatively beautiful, this score makes a fine addition to any personal music library, classical or otherwise.

1. Suite 1, Valjean's Journey: Theme From Les Miserables/The Bishop/Javert/The Quarry
2. Suite 2, Vigau: Javert Suspects/Caring For Fantine/Valjean's Confession/The Death Of Fantine...
3. Suite 3, Paris: Valjean & Cosette/The Wall/Outside/Marius & Cosette/Valjean Remembers
4. Suite 4, The Barricades: Funeral Attack/Valjean Saves Marius/Farewell/Javert's Suicide

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Fahrenheit 9/11 Original by Jeff Gibbs and Various Artists

Michael Moore's indictment of the Bush administration's post-9/11 fear-mongering and rush to war in Iraq was the most unlikely blockbuster of its crucial election year, a human-scaled, deeply patriotic American reflection that became the most successful documentary in history within days of its release. Its soundtrack is arguably the most understated, if shrewdly effective, component of Moore's potent agitprop. 

Composer Jeff Gibbs' brooding synth washes give the score an appropriate center of gravitas, lending an even more ironic tone to the almost obscenely bright pop and rock chestnuts (The Go Go's "Vacation," Joey Scarbury's "Theme From Greatest American Hero," REM's "Shiny Happy People," Elmer Bernstein's timeless theme from The Magnificent Seven) Moore uses to skewer his targets. Perhaps most notable is the chilling use of Arvo Part's Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten to underscore the film's stark, restrained evocation of the horrors of 9/11. Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" closes matters out with a blast of bracing, if ever cynical, hope. --Jerry McCulley (Amazon)

1. The Un-President -- Jeff Gibbs
2. Vacation -- The Go-Gos
3. Bush Waits...And Waits- -- Jeff Gibbs
4. Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, for String Orchestra and Bell -- Paavo Jarvi/Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
5. We Gotta Get Out of this Place -- Eric Burdon
6. Weapons of Deceit -- Jeff Gibbs
7. Deserter -- Jeff Gibbs
8. Cocaine -- J.J. Cale
9. Shiny Happy People -- R.E.M.
10. Magnificent Sevent Theme -- Elmer Bernstein
11. Afghan Victory Dance -- Jeff Gibbs
12. Fire Water Burn -- Bloodhound Gang
13. Theme from "Greatest American Hero" -- Joey Scarbury
14. Aqualung -- Jetthro Tull
15. All They Ask -- Jeff Gibbs
16. Rockin' In the Free World -- Neil Young


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Kristin Royal Soundtrack Remixes in Cinematic Style

Kristin Royal is a composer/musician whose unique talent is taking top 40 songs and remixing them in her own special style by using elements and themes from soundtracks in what she calls "cinematic remixes".  She lists her hometown as "America".

Using Lindsey Sterling and Piano Guys as inspiration, Kristin has created several mixes "with an adventurous soundtrack spin, bridging the gap between today's hits and yesterday's orchestra." Each is done in a different soundtrack style (typical western, jazzy Gershwin, etc.) She has also remixed with an artist in Utah, Robyn Cage, keeping her vocals while composing a middle-eastern "Hidalgo" style soundtrack to accompany. This is included on Robyn's new album "Born in the Desert" (CD released Oct. 2nd, 2015).

As an avid soundtrack collector and aficionado, I was very impressed listening to these remixes as they convey a sense of space and time, and conjure up images of beautiful places and people I have met to create a "widescreen" vision in my head. Each subsequent listen then adds to this by forming a new "scene" as if a continuation of a story. Composers like Lisa Gerrard, James Horner and Ennio Morricone come to mind when hearing these. Not being all that familiar with top 40 songs myself, these mixes sound refreshing and work as individual pieces in their own right.

Below are YouTube videos of 4 of Kristin's creations and her notes on the thought process and inspiration behind each one.

Burning Now: I recently fell in love with Robyn Cage's powerful song, "Burning Now." Her music video was especially great and the beautiful scenes of the Utah desert inspired my exotic desert style remix of her song. I contacted her to see if she'd be interested in letting me remix her song. When I took it in the James Newton Howard "Hidalgo" desert direction, she loved it (probably because it starts off with a Duduk) and told me her upcoming album was actually called "Born in the Desert." 

Rather Be: This was the first cinematic remix I wrote. I wanted to capture the excitement of love that "Rather Be" expresses with the full spectrum of the orchestra, using the contrast of a love peaceful and simple, to love's fullest complex passionate splendor. I did not have a specific composer that I drew inspiration from, but I drew upon the expressive music from spectacle events such as the Olympics, Theme Parks, and Cirque du Soleil shows. Like these events, love can be spectacular!

Shake It Off: Originally known for her country, I thought it would be fun to turn Taylor Swift's recent pop hit "Shake It Off" back in the opposite direction and make it extremely country. So I made it the Wild West! After drawing on the inspiration of James Horner's "An American Tail: Fievel Goes West," I tried to include some typical soundtrack elements that show up in westerns such as: cowboys, outlaws, the calvary, railroad expansion, handcarts, big wagons, wild horses, native americans, the fiddle, pioneers, big wide landscapes (like the iconic Utah/New Mexico desert lands,)etc. I hope you have fun picking out everything!
*There is also a special audio Easter Egg hidden in the song. (This sound is a staple used in westerns films and video games of all kinds, so I had to use it.) 

Uptown Funk: At first I was nervous to take on "Uptown Funk" because it's such a lively, funky song, and I am a classically trained French Horn player. (Not saying we can't get funky every now and then, it's just not our natural state.) Mixing my classical tastes with Bruno Mars was challenging, but exciting! I drew upon Michael Giacchino and his great use of brass and jazz in "The Incredibles." 

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Travelling Birds...original by Bruno Coulais...rare release

This now rare soundtrack from the acclaimed 2001 documentary by Jacques Perrin "Travelling Birds" (also known as "Winged Migration" or "Le Peuple Migrateur") is a treat for soundtrack enthusiasts or music aficionados in general.

French composer Bruno Coulais has created beautiful, soul-stirring music that not only perfectly accompanies the images on the screen but stands alone as a musical creation that improves on repeated listens . Some of the tracks make you feel like you're one of the birds flying across the world and taking flight with them as they make their journey. Also includes tracks by Nick Cave, Robert Wyatt, A Filetta and Gabriel Yacoub.

1. To Be By Your Side - Nick Cave
2. Masters Of The Field - Robert Wyatt
3. Northern Bound
4. The Crossing
5. The Highest Gander - Robert Wyatt
6. Beating Drums
7. The Return Of The Cranes
8. The Blue Thread
9. The Red Forest - Robert Wyatt
10. Like A Breath Of Air - A Filetta
11. The Takeoff
12. Amidst The Factory Smoke
13. The Glider
14. After The Hunt
15. The Paper Parrot
16. The Swans Flight
17. Feathers And Stripes
18. The Wounded Dove - Gabriel Yacoub
19. Off Camera

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Eddie and The Cruisers...original by John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band

Eddie and the Cruisers was a movie about the disappearance of a (fictional) leader of a rock band, with an awesome soundtrack to boot. The soundtrack has now become a must have for any avid music collector and proves that 80's music was not all commercialized-synthesized shlock. Retro in sound to the 50's and 60's, with a contemporary edge, it has stood the test of time exceptionally well !

Many have compared the Eddie and The Cruisers/John Cafferty soundtrack to Springsteen's and the E Band's work (hopefully as a compliment and not as a rip off).Let's just say the Boss is the Boss and John Cafferty is John Cafferty. John Cafferty and his band were/are anything but a rip off. He has this very distinct knack for writing original and performing his material with plenty of hooks and upbeat melodies. His vocals are also easily recognized.They seem to have the tough rebellious rockin' edge to them when called for and yet that controllable warm vocal range that allows him to do a great ballad like Tender Years!. The Beaver Brown Band can do no wrong---the sheer artistry and musical synergy between JC & BBB is a great musical force unto itself.

1. On The Dark Side
2. Tender Years
3. Runaround Sue
4. Down On My Knees
5. Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes
6. Wild Summer Nights
7. Boardwalk Angel
8. Betty Lou's Got A New Pair Of Shoes
9. Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me Of You)

10. Season In Hell (Fire Suite)

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Bullets Over Broadway...Music from the Motion Picture

Bullets Over Broadway: Music From The Motion Picture 
1994 Soundtrack by Dick Hyman and the Three Deuces Musicians

1. Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Good-Bye) - Al Jolson And The Vitaphone Orchestra
2. That Jungle Jamboree - Duke Ellington
3. Singin' The Blues Till My Daddy Comes Home - Bix Beiderbecke
4. Poor Butterfly - Red Nichols And His Five Red Pennies
5. Crazy Rhythm - Roger Wolfe Kahn And His Orchestra
6. At The Jazz Band Ball - Bix Beiderbecke
7. Lazy River - New Leviathan Oriental Fox Trot Orchestra
8. Who - George Olson And His Music
9. Let's Misbehave - Irving Aaronson And His Commanders
10. You've Got To See Mama Ev'ry Night (Or You Cant\'t See Mama At All) -             Dick Hyman And The Three Deuses Musicians
11. You Took Advantage Of Me - Dick Hyman And The Three Deuses Musicians
12. Nagasaki - Dick Hyman And The Three Deuses Musicians
13. When The Red, Red Robin Comes, Bob, Bob Bobbin' Al - Dick Hyman And           The Three Deuses Musicians
14. That Certain Feeling - Dick Hyman And Derek Smith
15. Make Believe - Dick Hyman And The Three Deuses Musicians
16. Thou Swell - Dick Hyman

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

21 Grams...original by Gustavo Santaolalla

It's said all humans mysteriously lose 21 grams upon their death, a notion that inspires much hard-boiled philosophizing in Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's structurally ambitious follow-up to Amores Perros. As in that film, several characters’ lives become intertwined via a tragic accident, but here told via a chronologically disjointed structure that's a masterfully wrought puzzle of editing and plot construction. 


Given that unusual structure, the musical soundtrack by Gustavo Santolalla by necessity carries much of the film's mood and emotional undercurrents in its spare, brooding cues and occasional songs. The composer's primary instruments here are a heavy-vibrato electric guitar (its tone reminiscent of the great Ry Cooder) and an equally altered accordion, set against a ambient wash of electronics and percussion that's so murky as to often seem impenetrable. The Kronos Quartet admirably matches the mood with their closing rendition of the haunting "When Our Wings Are Cut, Can We Still Fly." The hip-hop swing of Ozomati's "Cut Chemist Suite" and R&B of Ann Sexton help anchor it in a more familiar frame of reference, while Benicio del Toro's spooky, spoken-word take on "Shake, Rattle and Roll" (a performance recorded in Memphis' legendary Sun Studios, no less) effectively channels Tom Waits by way of David Lynch. Another fine example of the evocative, genre-free possibilities of modern film music. --Jerry McCulley (Amazon)

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Apocalypto....soundtrack...original score by James Horner

Apocalypto is not your usual film soundtrack. It's only 'themes' are the ethereal and tribal vocals, and the pounding percussion - these two elements are in most of the tracks, yet never get repetitive. Instead, James Horner is able to change and mix them to create any mood necessary: A sense of foreboding and dread, an intense action/chase scene or even a quieter, reflective piece.

All the tracks are very original and quite powerful. Beautiful, unique instrumentals with occasional gentle background vocals without words. It works as quiet background music or you can turn it up and appreciate the extreme quality. Few soundtracks on their own can carry the emotion one felt while watching a film; however, this soundtrack does that and more.


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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Almost from the motion picture...various artists

Writer-director Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Say Anything, Singles) was a teenager when Rolling Stone magazine sent him out to write cover stories in the 1970's. Nearly 30 years later, Crowe tells the tale in satisfying fashion and extensive detail with Almost Famous, accompanied by a soundtrack that accurately reflects the time of his trial by fire. 

Led Zeppelin have never before licensed a performance to a soundtrack, so "That's the Way" earns the distinction. A live version of Lou Reed's "Waiting for the Man" performed by David Bowie in 1972 typifies the emerging underground glam movement. Classic rock from Simon and Garfunkel, Rod Stewart, Elton John, and Yes fill things out. Cat Stevens's "The Wind" is rescued from the Timberland commercial. Nancy Wilson of Heart contributes the original score (one track, "Lucky Trumble," featured here) and a track by the fictitious hard-rock band Stillwater, whose "Fever Dog" sounds like a lost track from the hard-rock-guitar wars of the 1970's. Add in tracks by garage-rock faves the Seeds, soul strutter Clarence Carter, and Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers Band and you've got an expansive collection of tunes to sift through. More than 50 songs are featured in the film.

1. America - Simon and Garfunkel
2. Sparks - The Who
3. It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference - Todd Rundgren
4. I've Seen All Good People: Your Move - Yes
5. Feel Flows - The Beach Boys
6. Fever Dog - Stillwater
7. Every Picture Tells A Story - Rod Stewart
8. Mr. Farmer - The Seeds
9. One Way Out - The Allman Brothers Band
10. Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd
11. That's The Way - Led Zeppelin
12. Tiny Dancer - Elton John
13. Lucky Trumble - Nancy Wilson
14. I'm Waiting For The Man - David Bowie
15. The Wind - Cat Stevens
16. Slip Away - Clarence Carter
17. Something In The Air - Thunderclap Newman


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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Moonrise Kingdom...original by Mark Mothersbaugh, Alexandre Desplat and Various Artists

Following the much acclaimed-animated feature FANTASTIC MR. FOX, Wes Anderson returns to live-action film making with MOONRISE KINGDOM. Set amongst the widow's walks and Yankee traditions of 1965 New England, Anderson and co-screenwriter Roman Coppola create an incomparable tale of romance between rogue Khaki Scout Sam and the beautiful and troubled Suzy.

Grounded in the elegiac compositions of classical composer Benjamin Britten, whose majestic choral NOYES FLUDDE ignites the film's young lovers, MOONRISE KINGDOM features masterworks performed by Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic as well as popular gems performed by French chanteuse Françoise Hardy and the legendary country troubadour Hank Williams.

As in all of Anderson's previous films, music is an essential element and once again it is used to masterful effect. MOONRISE KINGDOM includes an original suite by renowned film composer Alexandre Desplat as well as percussion compositions by longtime Anderson collaborator and Devo co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh. One of the most interesting and compelling releases of recent times.

1. The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra, Op. 34: Themes A-F - Leonard Bernstein & The New York Philharmonic
2. Camp Ivanhoe Cadence Medley - Peter Jarvis and His Drum Corps
3. Playful Pizzicato from Simple Symphony, Op. 4 - English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten
4. Kaw-Liga - Hank Williams
5. Noye's Fludde, Op. 59: Noye, Noye, Take Thou Thy Company - Trevor Anthony, Owen Brannigan, David Pinto, Darian Angadi, Stephen Alexander, Caroline Clack, Marie-Therese Pinto, Eileen O'Donovan, Chorus Of Animals, English Opera Group Orchestra, Merlin Channon, Norman Del Mar
6. The Heroic Weather-Conditions of the Universe, Part 1: A Veiled Mist - Alexandre Desplat
7. The Heroic Weather-Conditions of the Universe, Part 2: Smoke/Fire - Alexandre Desplat
8. The Heroic Weather-Conditions of the Universe, Part 3: The Salt Air - Alexandre Desplat
9. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act 2: On The Ground, Sleep Sound - Choir Of Downside School, Purley, Emanuel School Wandsworth, Boys' Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten
10. Long Gone Lonesome Blues - Hank Williams
11. Le Carnaval des Animaux: Volière - Leonard Bernstein & The New York Philharmonic
12. Le Temps de l'Amour - Françoise Hardy
13. An die Musik - Vocalist: Alexandra Rubner Pianist: Christopher Manien
14. Ramblin' Man - Hank Williams
15. Songs From Friday Afternoons, Op. 7: Old Abram Brown - Choir Of Downside School, Purley, Viola Tunnard, Benjamin Britten
16. The Heroic Weather-Conditions of the Universe Parts 4-6: Thunder, Lightning, and Rain - Alexandre Desplat
17. Noye's Fludde, Op. 59: The Spacious Firmament On High - David Pinto, Darian Angadi, Stephen Alexander, Owen Brannigan, Sheila Rex, Caroline Clack, Marie-Therese Pinto, Eileen O'Donovan, Patricia Garrod, Margaret Hawes, Kathleen Petch, Gillian Saunders, Trevor Anthony, Chorus Of Animals, English Opera Group Orchestra, Merlin Channon, Norman Del Mar
18. Noye's Fludde, Op. 59: Noye, Take Thy Wife Anone - Trevor Anthony, Chorus Of Animals, Sheila Rex, David Pinto, Darian Angadi, Stephen Alexander, English Opera Group Orchestra, Merlin Channon, Norman Del Mar
19. The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra, Op. 34 Fugue: Allegro Motto - Leonard Bernstein & The New York Philharmonic
20. Songs From Friday Afternoons, Op. 7: Cuckoo! - Choir Of Downside School, Purley, Viola Tunnard, Benjamin Britten
21. The Heroic Weather-Conditions of the Universe, Part 7: After The Storm - Alexandre Desplat

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada...score by Marco Beltrami

Set in the borderlands between Texas and Mexico, Three Burials follows the story of rancher Pete Perkins (Tommy Lee Jones) and his deceased friend Melquiades Estrada. This powerful drama is Tommy Lee Jones directorial debut and won Best Actor and Best Screenplay at Cannes in 2005. Not only did Tommy Lee Jones direct and star in the film, he was also the music supervisor, personally selecting the composer and tracks. 

The soundtrack combines the rich score of Marco Beltrami (Scream, I Robot, XXX) with classics by Dwight Yoakam, Merle Haggard, and Flaco Jimenez, and a new exclusive track from Lila Downs.

1. Three Burials Of Melquiades - Marco Beltrami
2. Cinco Años- Marco Beltrami
3. Fair to Midland - Dwight Yoakam
4. Leaving Town - Marco Beltrami
5. Mike Runs Off - Marco Beltrami
6. I Wonder Who‘ll Turn Out The Light - Bobby Flores
7. Gift Horse - Marco Bletrami
8. Can’t Keep It Up - Marco Beltrami
9. The Cheatin’ Hotel - Hank Williams Jr.
10. Entering Town - Marco Beltrami
11. Fleeing Illegals - Marco Beltrami
12. This Could Be the One - Flaco Jimenez
13. Horse Of Death - Marco Beltrami
14. Pete Confronts Sheriff - Marco Beltrami
15. Stalking Mike - Marco Beltrami
16. Workin’ Man Blues - Merle Haggard
17. Shoot Me - Marco Beltrami
18. House Building - Marco Beltrami
19. Before The Next Teardrop Falls - Freddie Fender
20. No Jimenez - Marco Beltrami
21. Forgiveness - Marco Beltrami
22. Goodbye - Marco Beltrami
23. You Can‘t Rollerskate In A Buffalo Herd - Roger Miller
24. Donde Estas Papa - Lila Downs

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Good from the motion picture..score by Marc Streitenfeld and tracks by various artists

In a distinct break from their muscular triumph Gladiator, Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott teamed up again to bring Peter Mayle's sunny Provençal romance to the screen, a change of milieu that's spawned an equally warm, often sentimentally tinged soundtrack and score. Using a trio of pop songs by the great Harry Nilsson (including the joyous demo of Nilsson Schmilsson's "Gotta Get Up") as an axis that's as effusive as it is unlikely, this is a collection that romps through Franco-pop nuggets variously contemporary (Makali's elegant "Il Faut du Temps..."), vintage (Charles Trenet's "Je Chante," Jean Sablon's "J'Attendrai," Tino Rossi's "Le Chant du Guardian"), and downright loopy (Richard Anthony's French redux of "Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini"), making room for Patti Page, Josephine Baker, and Delaney & Bonnie along its merry way. 

Also included are three cues from newcomer Marc Streitenfeld's underscore, a nimble exercise in instrumental post-modernism whose electronica/folk/neoclassical mélange is as eclectic as the song choices, yet characterized by subtlety and grace. --Jerry McCulley..Amazon

Friday, February 13, 2015

Latcho Drom: Bande Originale Du Film by Tony Gatlif original soundtrack

This soundtrack from the stunning film by writer/director Tony Gatlif, Latcho Drom, is a first-class introduction to the story of Gypsy music and culture. Tracing a chronological 1,000-year-old path of Gypsy migration from Rajasthan to Spain, these 18 tracks contain a myriad of different styles from the Indian subcontinent, Egypt, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, France, and the flamenco Gypsies of Barcelona. Many well-respected acts like Taraf de Haidouks and Hasam Yarim are featured as well as many unknown but extremely talented Gypsy artists. 

Whereas the film paints a picture of a struggling society, the collected music illustrates the resilience of these outcasts, with the majority of tracks being effervescent dance music echoing many cultures. There are reflections of tragedy and sadness, notably from Romania, but these are more than balanced by rocking Balkan block parties, Turkish cabaret, and French guitarists swinging as hard as Django Reinhardt. --Derek Rath

1. Sat Bhayan Ki Ek Behanadli I
2. Oh Kesario Hazari Gul Ro Phool
3. Kaman Garo Kanhaji
4. Sat Bhayan Ki Ek Behanadli II
5. Bambi Saidi
6. Ya Dorah Shami
7. Istanbul Drom
8. Hicaz Dolap Rom
9. Balada Conducatorolui
10. Rind De Hore
11. Cigany Himnusz
12. Gili (Bega Sitya)
13. Auschwitz
14. Kali Sara
15. Tchavolo Swing
16. Ramona
17. El Pajaro Negro
18. Latcho Drom

Friday, January 9, 2015

American Splendor...original motion picture soundtrack

The track list from this soundtrack just speaks for itself. An amazing collection of classic and vintage jazz that will keep you entertained for many hours.

1. Paniots Nine - Joe Maneri
2. Blue Devil Jump - Jay McShann
3. Chasin' Rainbows - R. Crumb & His Cheap Suit Serenaders
4. On The Sunny Side Of The Street - Lester Young/Oscar Peterson Trio
5. Oh, Lady Be Good - Dizzy Gillespie
6. Ain't That Peculiar - Marvin Gaye
7. Looking Suite: Shortest Weekend, The / After Alice (So Sweet, So Sad)
8. Stardust - Dizzy Gillespie
9. Hula Medley - R. Crumb & His Cheap Suit Serenaders
10. T'aint Nobody's Bizness If I Do - Jay McShann
11. My Favorite Things - John Coltrane
12. Time Passes Strangely: Cancer Treatment / Retirement Party
13. Ain't That Peculiar - Chocolate Genius