Various Artists - Kill Bill (Vol.1) Original Motion Soundtrack (Vinyl)
Kill Bill Vol. 1 Original Soundtrack is the soundtrack to the first volume of the two-part Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill. Released on September 23, 2003, it reached #45 on the Billboard 200 album chart and #1 on the soundtracks chart. It was organized, and mostly produced and orchestrated by RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan. Includes songs from Nancy Sinatra, Isaac Hayes and Bernard Herrmann.
In a 2003 Interview, RZA spoke about the soundtrack's creation process:
It was more of a collaboration. He had an idea and a vision when he wrote the script. I think I was more of somebody that kept it in the guidelines of what he wanted. He was like, here go the eggs, the milk, the cake, the sugar, everything, and I’m going to stir it up. Put this in the oven, watch it, take it out in forty-five minutes. Now, am I going to take it out in forty five minutes or am I going to fall asleep? I made sure it got out and if I saw something wrong with it, I fixed it. So when he saw it, he was like, this is cake. There was one situation where you see, "Crane and White Lightning." That’s part of the original score, so it’s not really a song. A lot of that stuff is what I use to keep the vibe going between songs. "Crane and White Lightning" is a piece of music that Quentin wanted on the soundtrack, but was originally set for a Metallica track. There’s only one piece of music that I didn’t feel comfortable with when we were done. We lost a sample, I made one Hip Hop beat. I was like I gotta throw one in there. Quentin loved this beat. We rocked with it and it was one of the first things we did. I could've gotten away with it. It was a sample, but so undetectable. So unnoticeable. I wanted to take a chance, but in the movie business you can’t take those kind of chances. I wouldn’t risk nobody else. If it was my movie, I would have taken a chance. But this is Quentin Tarantino’s movie.
Soundtracks have always been an integral part of Quentin Tarantino's films, sometimes playing as big a role as the actors, and the soundtrack to his kung-fu exploitation flick Kill Bill Vol. 1 is no exception. Who can forget the marvellous ear-splitting use of Stealers Wheel's "Stuck in the Middle with You" in Reservoir Dogs, or Dusty Springfield's sublime "Son of a Preacher Man" in Pulp Fiction?
Tarantino is the executive producer for the Kill Bill Vol. 1 soundtrack and considering his penchant for the wilfully obscure and talent for dusting off old gems, it's not surprising this overtly eclectic collection makes fascinating listening. Along with the jarring--if, thankfully, few--dialogue excerpts, comes delightful gems such as Santa Esmeralda's masterful "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood". There's the slide guitar-fuelled rockabilly cool of Charlie Feathers' "That Certain Female", Spaghetti Western atmospherics from Luis Bacalov, and Wu Tang Clan rapper RZA belting out "Ode to Oren". Not for the faint eared then, but despite breaking every continuity rule in the book, it makes for marvellous listening.
By: Christopher Barrett
A1 –Nancy Sinatra - Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) A2 –Charlie Feathers - That Certain Female A3 –Luis Bacalov - The Grand Duel (Parte Prima) A4 –Bernard Herrmann - Twisted Nerve A5 –Lucy Liu and Julie Dreyfus - Queen Of The Crime Council A6 –The RZA* -Ode To Oren Ishii A7 –Isaac Hayes - Run Fay Run A8 –Al Hirt - Green Hornet A9 –Tomoyasu Hotei - Battle Without Honor Or Humanity
B1a – Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood B1b – Esmeralda Suite B2 –The 188.8.131.52's - Woo Hoo B3a –The RZA* - Crane B3b –Charles Bernstein - White Lightning B4 –Meiko Kaji - The Flower Of Carnage B5 –Zamfir* - The Lonely Shepherd B6 –Uma Thurman, David Carradine and Julie Dreyfus - You're My Wicked Life
Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No Product Dimensions : 31.19 x 31.19 x 0.41 cm; 265.07 Grams Manufacturer : Rhino Manufacturer reference : unknown Original Release Date : 2016 Label : Rhino ASIN : B019GEFHGM Number of discs : 1
Artwork [Key Art Designed By] – Alon Amir, Marcus Almaraz Compiled By, Executive Producer [Album] – Quentin Tarantino Coordinator [Music Coordinator] – Wendi Morris Design [Soundtrack Design] – The Flem* Executive-Producer [Album] – Lawrence Bender Lacquer Cut By – HL* (tracks: B1 to B6), KR (3) (tracks: A1 to A9) Photography By – Andrew Cooper (3) Supervised By [Music] – Mary Ramos, Michelle Kuznetsky