The Soundtrack

KILL BILL VOL.1: ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

By • Oct 15th, 2003 •

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Less of a soundtrack, more a complimentary album, this is an ‘as usual’ eclectic mix of music and styles synonymous with, and essential to, all Tarantino’s movies. This one however excels.

I normally shy away from these compilation so called soundtrack albums which usually are full of tracks you may hear two bars of over the closing titles, but with Tarantino as executive album producer you know this one is going to be different, particularly when it features artists like Isaac Hayes, George Zamfir, Quincy Jones, Nancy Sinatra, Charlie Feathers, Santa Esmeralda and Bernard Herrmann.

From the opening and poignant Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) through the heavily Once Upon a Time in the West and Morricone inspired The Grand Duel; Bernard Herrmann’s jolly yet eerie theme from Twisted Nerve; the dazzlingly brilliant trumpet playing of Green Hornet; Esmeralda’s pounding flamenco take on Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood; the mellow pan pipes of Zamfir; a burst of Ironside, plus the original score work by Wu-tang Clan’s ‘The Rza’, and much more, the album is as exciting, and almost as exhausting, to listen to as the film is to watch.

Also featured are a couple of dialogue tracks from the movie, one of which necessitates the Parental Advisory warning, and a collection of tracks at the end of the album, ranging from 5 to 20 seconds in length, representing various ‘Kung Fu stings and SFX’.

The enhanced CD also features the Kill Bill Trailer Trilogy.

Recommended, but skip the first dialogue track if granny comes to visit.

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