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Black Snake Moan Soundtrack


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Audio CD, Soundtrack, January 30, 2007
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  • Audio CD (January 30, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: New West Records
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • ASIN: B000L211NC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,849 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Opening Theme / Scott Bomar
2. Ain't But One Kind Of Blues / Son House
3. Just Like A Bird Without A Feather / Samuel L Jackson
4. When The Lights Go Out / The Black Keys
5. Standing In My Doorway Crying / Jesse Mae Hemphill
6. Chicken Heads / Bobby Rush
7. Black Snake Moan / Samuel L Jackson
8. Morning Train / Precious Bryant
9. The Losing Kind / John Doe
10. Lord Have Mercy On Me / Outragious Cherry
11. Ronnie and Rae's Theme / Scott Bomar
12. The Chain / Scott Bomar
13. Alice Mae / Samuel L Jackson
14. Stack-O-Lee / Samuel L Jackson
15. Old Black Mattie / R.L. Burnside
16. That's Where The Blues Started / Son House
17. Mean Ol' Wind Died Down / North Mississippi Allstars

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

A darkly modern tale of love, betrayal, sex, and salvation set in the Deep South: such is Craig Brewer's Black Snake Moan, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci, Justin Timberlake and E-40. The film is the 2nd feature by Writer-Director Craig Brewer, whose 1st film Hustle & Flow won an Academy Award for Best Song and the 2005 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award. As Hustle & Flow depicted the underground world of Dirty South rap, Black Snake Moan, which was filmed in Memphis, Tennessee and surrounding environs, employs as a setting the contemporary North Mississippi hill country music scene, revealing its sound through purveyors like the North Mississippi Allstars, R.L. Burnside, and Jessie Mae Hemphill. The film and soundtrack also feature artists such as The Black Keys, John Doe, and Samuel L Jackson, making his musical debut singing and playing guitar.

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This soundtrack to the film written and directed by Craig Brewer is as steeped in the Southern blues as his Hustle and Flow was in hip-hop. The biggest surprise here is how well actor Samuel L. Jackson (who seems to have a thing for "Snake" films) holds his own as a blues singer against selections from Son House and R.L. Burnside. He sounds like a throwback to the classic Delta bluesmen on "Just Like a Bird Without a Feather," does a convincing take on the Blind Lemon Jefferson title track, and rocks the juke joint on "Alice Mae" and a down-and-dirty recasting of "Stack-O-Lee." Produced by the Bo-Keys' Scott Bomar (who also scored Brewer's previous movie), the 17-cut soundtrack features a kaleidoscopic array of blues, from the primal throb of the Black Keys' "When the Lights Go Out" and the funk of Bobby Rush's classic "Chicken Heads" to the spiritual lilt of Precious Bryant's "Morning Train" and the North Mississippi Allstars' expansive finale, "Mean Ol' Wind Died Down." --Don McLeese

Customer Reviews

Saw the movie and loved the music, so had to have the soundtrack.
coty
I thought the John Doe cut was excellent, and I also really liked the R&B leanings of the Bobby Rush track, and the Black Keys song is pretty great too.
William Merrill
I do hope Samuel L Jackson does more movies with him singing for the movie.
Jack D. Lowry

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nazca on March 10, 2007
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Watching the movie I was overwhelmed by the greatness of its soundtrack, and after purchasing this CD I was pleased to see that everything still seemed as wonderful. I am not a blues afficianado, but I do appreciate good music. I think that most anyone could enjoy this soundtrack.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 24, 2007
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The film fascinated me. Okay, I expected a dynamite soundtrack and I got it. What I didn't expect is that Samuel L. Jackson could actually sing! There's no overdub needed on this man's tracks--and you really do need to see the scene from the film where he plays at a roadhouse. Great job!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is a very good soundtrack heavily influenced by R.L. Burnside. That raunchy, X-rated version of Stack-O-Lee sung by Samuel Jackson is directly from a version that Burnside sings on his MC Records CD "Well, Well, Well..." (that incidentally has blues singer Curtis Salgado laughing wickedly in the background). I believe the Burnside recording is the most unique version of this song ever recorded.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D on September 10, 2007
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And that's the kind between a male and a female." And that's how this remarkable collection of blues begins, courtesy of the great Son House. Going through a nasty break-up or divorce? Me too. Mr. House, we feel you. Here in the Motor City we began a rediscovery of him a few years back when Jack White did a blazing cover of "Death Letter". The soundtrack to Black Snake Moan comes at a time when young music fans ARE discovering Delta Blues via bands like The Black Keys ( well represented here ), R.L. Burnside ( ditto ), and the White Stripes. In Detroit there a dozen bands rediscovering their blues roots, even if with blue eyes. Outrageous Cherry, for one, is well represented on this soundtrack.
The joyous surprise though on this collection is Samuel Jackson. The man becomes what he is performing. He was Jules in "Pulp Fiction", slaughtering Ezekial 25:17 before capping a fool. Here he is an old Southern blues singer and his version of Stack-O-Lee almost rivals Nick Cave. And that says a lot for a full time actor and part time singer! But when Samuel sings, "I put nine of my bullets in his motherf...g chest!" you will find yourself hitting the replay button. Don't worry about the reviews of the movie and whether it was exploitation or not, just get the soundtrack and keep driving til you hit a fork in the road. There may be a man there asking you to make a choice. That's the blues.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Naff on December 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I had heard of this soundtrack from someone who knows the Blues....loves the Blues. Her recommendation was spot on. It owns an attitude that is powerful. There is no fluff with this music. There are no corny lyrics nor is there anything pretty here. Just honest, hard, thought provoking, music which make you open your mind to things you don't usually think of. Samuel Jackson perfoms a few songs here and is great. The title track is the best song because of its emotion, which Jackson deftly delivers. Listening to this soundtrack just takes you away from everything....and quite honestly makes you think that maybe your life is a lot better off than some.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jessica M. Wilson on October 30, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This CD is exactly what I expected. I liked the music in the movie so I bought the soundtrack. It has about 7 songs I really like on the CD, which I don't think is too bad considering sometimes a CD only has one or two songs you really like on it. It's basically a blues album. Overall well worth the money I spent on it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jon Broxton on April 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD
An extremely peculiar film from Craig Brewer, the director of Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan is a deep-South drama covering topics as diverse as promiscuity, religion, redemption, love, and Blues music. Samuel L. Jackson plays farmer and part-time blues musician Lazarus, who wakes up one morning to find a young woman named Rae (Christina Ricci), badly beaten and unconscious, lying half-naked in his yard. A childhood victim of sexual abuse, Rae had developed into the town tramp, using her sex addiction as a replacement for the love she has never felt in her life. Lazarus, however, seeing a chance to redeem both himself and Rae, takes it upon himself to `cure' Rae of her illness - and proceeds to chain her to the radiator of his remote farmhouse, forcing her to endure sexual cold turkey. And so begins a truly unusual friendship between the pair - and, as always happens in these things, they learn more about life from each other than they ever expected. As one might expect, the film's music is heavily rooted in the musical heritage of the deep South, especially that of blues artists such as R.L. Burnside, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Son House and the North Mississippi Allstars. Jackson performs a number of himself, his distinctive deep voice sounding very authentic when performing tracks like the forlorn "Just Like a Bird Without a Feather", the rollicking "Alice Mae", the angry/funny/dirty-sounding "Stack-o-Lee", and the languorous, eponymous "Black Snake Moan". Composer Scott Bomar's score is limited to just three cues and around 5 minutes in length, comprising mainly blues instrumentals, electric guitars, and ambient electronic textures, although his work arranging the blues tracks heard in the movie is important and impressive in context. Not really one for score fans, but recommended for fans of modern blues.
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