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Dead Man Soundtrack
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But I have to say that as a lover of Neil Young (I have more of his music in my collection than that of any other artist), a lover of DEAD MAN (I have seen it multiple times), and as a lover of the real poet William Blake, I couldn't be happier with this CD unless, of course, it was longer.
I can hardly imagine anything BETTER than hearing Johnny Depp (one of my favorite actors) read from William Blake!
I keep my music on my computer and also have a collection of audio poetry on my computer (yes, I am a University English Lecturer and poetry really turns me on). Depp's readings from Blake, with Young's haunting music in the background is mind blowing and more than I could ever ask for in my wildest English-Lecturer-dreams.
This CD will take you to a place in the deepest center of yourself where your dreams reside. William Blake believed in the supernatural and in the power of dreams. He also was a rebel. He was one of the most spiritual people ever to have existed. DEAD MAN is also about a spiritual quest, and that's why the marriage of Young's guitar and the dialogue/poetry readings from DEAD MAN really work!
Excellent to listen to in order to jumpstart your own creative life! Highly recommended.
Also, as pointed out elsewhere, that great methodic opening and closing theme is absent. Too bad. Young comes off in regards to this movie like a modern day Ennio Morricone - puncutating key moments in the film with discordant strikings of his guitar. This really is a fantastic soundtrack - but again, as said elsewhere, don't buy it without seeing the movie first.
This album is also a bit different from the movie, it has added sounds throughout. Maybe the sound of a vehicle driving along and stopping, with doors opening and shutting along the way, possibly to symbolize his journey? Or to add a bit of interesting background noise to give it more of a grunge feel? I'm still trying to figure it out...
And there is a lot of dialogue added to the soundtrack, most from the movie, and also some of William Blake's poetry read by Johnny Depp. If you listen closely, you can notice that some of the dialogue has been changed: "I've got some food here that even Nero couldn't command." "I've got some food here that even Goldilocks couldn't command." Which version came first would be interesting to know...
So overall it's one of the best soundtracks I've ever bought, if you're a fan of the movie it's a must have, and if you're not a fan of the movie...why are you reading this review?
I sold the soundtrack a month later, completely frustrated.
Most of the soundtrack isn't here, including the opening theme which gives us the straight-up version of the theme before Young begins tearing it down and messin' with it. I guess no one thought that important. Watch the film and check out all the places where gorgeous scenes are stretched out with minute upon minute of Young's music. Then try to find them on the CD. Not there either!
What we've got instead is half the disc filled with Depp reading William Blake. Wow, what a concept. The idea that instead of wanting to get the actual soundtrack I'd just want Depp reading poetry still blows my mind.
I think that if the REAL soundtrack to Dead Man was ever released it would rank among the best things by Young. Certainly one of his most important works. All the variations he creates upon this one theme. Turning one song into enough to fill up an hour easily. I still can't believe he did it. It's gotta be the best thing he's done since Zuma. Certainly one of his best works ever. Too bad you can't buy it.
Oh, and the DVD doesn't have an isolated soundtrack. So we can't win there either. If you absolutely need PART of the soundtrack on a CD, I guess you have no choice but to purchase the Dead Man soundtrack, but I bet you have better things you could spend your money on.
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I really enjoyed this soundtrack when watching the movie. I was not as impressed with the soundtrack as released. Read morePublished 4 months ago by john
Awesome Neil Young electric guitar and haunting William Blake poetry read by a Native American. What could possibly make this more magnificent? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rob
I feel a bit bad repeating every other review, but the message had to get to someone with the power to correct such a profound wrong: give us the real soundtrack, without the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
great johny depp movie especially if you like the neil young sound track and his cameo appearance. excellent plot and acting by johny depp and gary farmer. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mark W. Miller
One of my favorite Neil albums. Just Neil, guitar, a couple of pedals and an amp. Blissful grinding guitar!Published 12 months ago by Jim Caldwell
Great music here, along with some dialog from an awesome movie. Add to that some poetry read by one of my favorite actors and, for some reason, car noises. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dr. VK
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