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The Big Lebowski - Soundtrack

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Genre: Soundtrack / Artist: Various Artists / Soundtrack / Audio CD released 1998-03-16 at Mercury Records

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      20.04.2001 09:38
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      This soundtrack I actually brought after buying the film, for once. The film is one of my favourite films of all time (it'd always make at least the top five), so I thought that there's some good songs in it why not buy the soundtrack. Well its quite possibly the one of the most diverse soundtrack in existence, from country to electronic and rock to opera, here's a full run down of the tracks. Bob Dylan – 'The Man In Me' starts the album with a great relaxed vibe. The song is a slow one with Dylan's quiet gruff vocals. Captain Beefheart – 'Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles', one of my two personal favourites on this album. The whole affair is slightly jaunty with falling away guitars quite often. The lyrics are on the highly repetitive side but in this case lyric diversity is not important. Elvis Costello – 'My Mood Swings' different type of vocal tone but not a huge departure from the previous two songs. Swinging bouncing tunes and a lazy vocal line. Yma Sumac – 'Ataypara' is an instrumental track with wailed vocals (proper wailing with no decipherable words). This track portrays darkness and bewilderment before entering the jungle, which adds additional grunted vocals. Piero Piccioni – 'Traffic Boom' is the second instrumental track but this time with no use of the human voice. The dark tune has a doomed jazz motif which is quite on the repetitive side. Like a car trip by night whilst travelling to somewhere you don't want to be. Nina Simone – 'I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good', a classic soul song, and probably the best known track on the album. The vocals are soft edged even in the powerful parts, and it has a good backing tune with subtle use of piano etc. Moondog With Orchestra – 'Stamping Ground', returns to the films background music. Rather orchestral and brooding with a runn
      ing pace backing, before reaching its destination point at which point it becomes monolithic. Kenny Rogers & The First Edition – 'Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)', is my other favourite, as ,for me, it sums up the whole film. The backing track has great amounts of diversity with its crashing low guitars before a strange xylophone piece and the odd bit of hammond organ. The best bit is the powerful vocals with brilliant usage of harmonising high vocals in the chorus. Meredith Monk – 'Walking Song', a strange one this. The whole tune doesn't use instruments but instead consists entirely of tuneful panting. Sound weird? It is, possibly too weird for its own good. "Glück Das Mir Verblieb" from the opera "Die Tote Stadt", not really surprising an operatic track with both a female and a male singer. Lets be honest, I haven't a clue when it comes to opera but its a good gentle extract. Henry Manani – 'Lujon', is a combination of a classic of classic movie love scene backing laid over a brooding underbelly. Gipsy Kings – 'Hotel California', a latino version of the classic with Spanish verses. Upbeat, cheerful, good but I'd of preferred the original (although that wouldn't of fitted the film). Carter Burwell – 'Wie Glauben', a quite pacey Kraftwerk style song with a more organic structure. Kind of reminiscent of early Orbital. Townes Van Zandt – 'Dead Flowers', a sad male vocal country track. Quite good. The first thing I can do is commend this album for actually sticking to tracks that are in the film, almost every song will bring up a scene in my head from the film. This is such a rarity these days with the usual disclaimer on the packaging of "Songs from and inspired by", but here they did not shy away from combining both the bands songs an
      d the instrumental tracks onto a single CD. However with such diverse album it presents a tremendous challenge to the compiler to make it hang together well and here they have rather regrettably failed. Whilst most of the individual tracks are good, with a few true stunners, every so often the flow is broken wrecking your listening pleasure. Whilst I can't outright condemn any of the songs, since they're all in the film were they worked so well, there are a couple I leave off when listening and ideally I feel should have been put at the end of the CD. To the really important question, do I think you should spend your hard earned cash on it? Well I'd have to vote No, whilst you may really like some of the songs it seems unlikely that you'll enjoy them all and who really programs there CD player to skip tracks every time they listen to a CD? If you've seen the film and are thinking about buying this, I'd recommend that you listen out for the instrumental pieces whilst watching and ask yourself if you really want to own them. If not its probably best to pursue the songs you like from some other source. Update for those who've seen the film: I've now rewatched the film and can report which songs have been missed on this album - be aware that this list isn't comprehensive as a) I went and made dinner in the middle of the film and hence missed some small parts and b) I can't read the songs list on the credits. But the main missing tracks are: The tumbleweed song that is used at the very beginning and in the bowling alley. The upbeat country number that the Dude's playing in his car when he thinks he's being followed. The Eagles track which the taxi driver is playing when the Dude is kicked out of Malibu. Viva Las Vegas that is played in Bunny's car. The jazzy number that the private dick has on in his car when the Dude confronts him.

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 The Man In Me - Bob Dylan
      2 Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles - Captain Beefheart
      3 My Mood Swings - Elvis Costello
      4 Ataypura - Yma Sumac
      5 Traffic Boom - Piero Piccioni
      6 I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good - Nina Simone
      7 Stamping Ground - Moondog, Orchestra
      8 Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Is In) - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
      9 Walking Song - Meredith Monk, Katie Geissinger
      10 Gluck Das Mir Verblieb - Llona Steingruber, Anton Dermota, The Austrian State Radio Orchestra
      11 Lujon - Henry Mancini
      12 Hotel California - Gipsy Kings
      13 Wie Glauben - Carter Burwell
      14 Dead Flowers - Townes Van Zandt