Saturday, February 25, 2006

Table for 5 with JJ, JD, NY & WB

There's no way to know, I suppose, how a dinner conversation with Jim Jarmusch, Johnny Depp, Neil Young, and William Blake would've actually gone, had it been possible. However, the soundtrack to DEAD MAN (1996) is an interesting listen [haahnster note: the movie itself is listed as being from 1995; the soundtrack had a release date of Feb. '96].

Having never seen this movie, my comments about it will be very limited. Apparently, Jim Jarmusch edited some footage from the film with some of Neil's songs as a make-shift musical score. Then, he showed it to Neil to help convince him to do the project. At least, that's what I read in the CD booklet.

The soundtrack CD contains 13 tracks. My CD has no indication of any song titles, per se. However, the allmusic site lists them as follows (those not labeled as a "solo" are pulled from the spoken words included):

1. Guitar Solo, No. 1 (5:17)
2. The Round Stones Beneath The Earth... (3:31)
3. Guitar Solo, No. 2 (2:03)
4. Why Does Thou Hide Thyself, Clouds… (2:24)
5. Organ Solo (1:33)
6. Do You Know How To Use This Weapon? (4:24)
7. Guitar Solo, No. 3 (4:31)
8. Nobody's Story (6:35)
9. Guitar Solo, No. 4 (4:22)
10. Stupid White Men... (8:45)
11. Guitar Solo, No. 5 (14:40)
12. Time For You To Leave, William Blake... (0:51)
13. Guitar Solo, No. 6 (3:22)

I don't really have much else to say, other than Neil's guitar sounds absolutely gargantuan. It's really quite cool, in my opinion. Billy Bob Thornton fans will recognize his voice on track 10. Some of his dialog is strikingly similar to that of his character during an argument with Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell) in the movie Tombstone (lots of "God damn", "by God" and "is that a fact?").

Bottom line: Far from essential, but it's pretty cool for big fans of Neil's more distorted guitar sounds. [I suppose big fans of the movie, Jim Jarmusch, or maybe even William Blake might want it too.]


Blogger Rob said...

Dead Man the movie is muy bueno, the Neil Young score is excellent. It sort of sets the pace of the movie.

11:38 PM, February 26, 2006  

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