Various Artists - Quentin Tarrantino's "Inglourious Basterds" OST (Blood-Red Vinyl)

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The Motion Picture Soundtrack for Grammy-Nominated Film. Pressed onto limited-edition blood vinyl. Includes Tracks from Ennio Morricone, David Bowie, Billy Preston, Lalo Schifrin & More.
Long believed to be a remake of the 1977 Italian war movie Quel Maledetto Treno Blindato aka Inglorious Bastards by Enzo Castellari, the project turned out to be 100% Tarantino cinephilia. An exciting story set during WW2, but it is not a movie "about WW2" (Brad Pitt). It is partly a homage to the 1977 film (eg. the title similarity) and various other American and Italian "men on a mission" World War II movies like The Guns of Navarone, Where Eagles Dare, The Dirty Dozen and Five For Hell. It is also heavily influenced by French New Wave cinema, Spaghetti Westerns and pre-war German cinema.
Inglourious Basterds begins in German-occupied France, where Shosanna Dreyfus (Mélanie Laurent) witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz). Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris, where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema.
Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) organizes a group of Jewish soldiers to engage in targeted acts of retribution. Known to their enemy as "The Basterds," Raine's squad joins German actress and undercover agent Bridget Von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger) on a mission to take down the leaders of The Third Reich. Fates converge under a cinema marquee, where Shosanna is poised to carry out a revenge plan of her own.
About The Music:
Since 1960, Ennio Morricone has scored over 400 films working with many Italian and international directors (among whom Sergio Leone, Gillo Pontecorvo, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Roland Joffè). His most famous films include: The Battle Of Algiers; Sacco and Vanzetti; Cinema Paradiso; The Legend Of 1900, Malena; The Untouchables, Once Upon A Time In America; The Mission and U-Turn. His absolute music production includes over 100 pieces composed since 1946 to this day.
In the recording field, Morricone has received 27 Golden Records, 7 Platinum Records, 3 Golden Plates and the Critica discografica award for the music of the film Il Prato. The soundtrack from the film The Good, The Bad and The Ugly has been included in the list of inductees for the Grammy Hall of Fame 2009.
"...[E]very cut here is interesting, sometimes wonderful -- the Morricone is vivid, as are the obscure soundtrack selections from Charles Bernstein and the Film Studio Orchestra -- and once you've dialed into QT's wavelength, this soundtrack does provide plenty of pleasure." - Stephen Thomas Erlewine, allmusic.com


Features:
� Vinyl LP, on limited edition BLOOD-RED vinyl.
� Gatefold Jacket
Musicians:
Ennio Morricone
David Bowie
Billy Preston
Charles Bernstein
Nick Perito
Zarah Leander
Samantha Shelton
Michael Andrew
Lilian Harvey
Willy Fritsch
Jacques Loussier
Lalo Schifrin
The Film Studio Orchestra

 


I love the film and the music. Tarantino is my favorite director, and he always makes great (and unexpected) choices for music in his films. However, there are a number of musical pieces in the film that aren't on the soundtrack, which really irritates me. The soundtrack album is very short, and it couldn't have cost much to get the rights for most of the obscure musical pieces they used in the film, so why not put ALL of the music on the LP? It's inexcusable.

Having said that, I love what IS on the LP. I have two particular favorites:

Cat People - I'm a huge Bowie fan, so I was happy to hear this song in the film. Before seeing this film, I had always preferred Bowie's remake (on his Let's Dance album), but I like this version a lot now.

Un Amico - The music that plays in the final scene between Shosanna and Fredrick. It's a heartbreakingly beautiful piece of music. I find it hard to believe that they couldn't track down the masters for an Ennio Morricone score. What really drives me nuts is that they DID clean up the sound of this music in the film. You don't hear the pops and crackles when they use this music in the film. Of course, that hasn't stopped me from listening to this track a couple dozen times.

This is the first Tarantino soundtrack that doesn't have dialogue tracks, but it makes sense. I'm assuming that they left the dialogue out because so much of the film is in French and German. If they put dialogue on the LP, it would only be English dialogue, and Tarantino might think it would be taken as a slight against the many fine actors who don't speak English dialogue in the film.


Side One:
1. The Green Leaves of Summer - Nick Perito
2. The Verdict (Dopo la Condanna) - Ennio Morricone
3. White Lightning (Main Title) - Charles Bernstein
4. Slaughter - Billy Preston
5. The Surrender (La Resa) - Ennio Morricone
6. One Silver Dollar (Un Dollaro Bucato) - The Film Studio Orchestra
7. Davon Geht Die Welt Nicht Unter - Zarah Leander
Side Two:
1. The Man With The Big Sombrero - Samantha Shelton and Michael Andrew
2. Ich Wollt Ich Waer Ein Huhn - Lilian Harvey and Willy Fritsch
3. Main Theme From Dark Of The Sun - Jacques Loussier
4. Cat People (Putting Out The Fire) - David Bowie
5. Tiger Tank - Lalo Schifrin
6. Un Amico - Ennio Morricone
7. Rabbia e Tarantella - Ennio Morricone



 

Art Direction [Label], Design [Label] – Donny Phillips
Compilation Producer [Soundtrack Producers] – Holly Adams, Lawrence Bender, Pilar Savone
Coordinator [Label Soundtrack Coordinators] – Ivan Brailsford, Nick Haussling
Creative Director [Label Creative Direction] – Frank Maddocks
Executive Producer, Film Director – Quentin Tarantino
Management [Business For], Legal [Legal Affairs For] – Myman Abell Fineman Fox Greenspan Light*
Management [Business], Legal [Legal Affairs] – Eric Greenspan
Management [Label Soundtrack Business Affairs] – Marc Cimino
Mastered By – Pat Kraus
Other [Label Editorial], Production Manager [& Production] – Brigette Boyle, Kathy Malloy, Susan Rose (6)
Supervised By [Music Supervisor] – Mary Ramos
Notes
Vitaphonic High Fidelity.
©℗ 2009 L Driver Productions Inc./Warner Bros. Records Inc.

Gatefold sleeve and thin card printed inner, both in soft sheen, unlike the original LP which were matte.
Transparent red vinyl. Hype stickered shrink-wrap.
Tracklist without duration.