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Desperado: The Soundtrack

Desperado: The Soundtrack

May 6, 2008

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 6, 2008
  • Release Date: May 6, 2008
  • Label: Epic Soundtrax
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  • Total Length: 59:11
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  • ASIN: B0018PZ8GW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,806 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Sound quality is good.
leo134
Los Lobos wrote just an Incredible score for this movie, and it's all perfectly captured on this soundtrack.
Maverick41
This is a cd you want to buy to have a physical copy!
Mark Garcia

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Sideburns on October 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I've lost track of how many times I've had to re-purchase this soundtrack -I think I'm on my fourth copy- because invariably I'll let someone borrow it and because it is SO GOOD I never see it again.

I was one of the two people I knew (my ex-wife being the other) who really enjoyed "Desperado" when it came out. The success of "Once Upon A Time In Mexico" is bringing other people back to it and under the pen of the revisionist critics it will hopefully be given better treatment as a video rental/cult favorite (a la "Scarface").

The soundtrack basically followed Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" model, using dialogue snippets along with a cutting edge soundtrack utilizing music from multiple genres creating what is essentially a mix tape from within the mind of the movie's director.

The music from "Pulp Fiction" tended to reflect traditional American forms of music (surf rock, '70's soul), but "Desperado" definitely utilizes music that seems to fit the border town in which the film takes place; there is definitely an American influence ("Strange Face Of Love" is probably the best Stevie Ray Vaughan song that Stevie Ray somehow never managed to write), but the overall flavor is distinctly Latin, with members of Los Lobos (as The Latin Playboys) carrying the bulk of the load. Not to be outdone, Tito Larriva (formerly of the Cruzados, now recording as Tito & Tarantula) provide stand-out tracks with a distinctly more contemporary "classic rock" sound, with Carlos Santana making a contribution in his pre-Grammy warm-up run. The stars of the film also contribute vocal tracks, Antonio Banderas particularly effectively in the main theme "Cancion del Mariachi" (backed by Los Lobos in an absolutely slashing performance), while Salma Hayek is...
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Maverick41 on August 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
While sitting around, watching Desperado for the first time, an being amazed by it's incredible action sequences, the thought popped into my mind that not only was this an incredible action flick, it had some great music! And so began my quest for the Soundtrack, and when I found it and popped it into my player, I couldent beleive it.
This is one of the rare CD's where I can just leave this playing all day and not worry about running into a bad track that i'd normally skip. I have yet to find a fault with any track on this CD. Cancion Del Mariachi, Six Blade Knife, Jack the Ripper, Strange Face of Love, Navajas Attacks and Let Love Reign are the main highlights for me, though just..every track on here is great. The inclusion of lines from the movie at the opening of some of the tracks is great as well.
Los Lobos wrote just an Incredible score for this movie, and it's all perfectly captured on this soundtrack. You could not spend your money any better way, I guarantee you.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By avdr on October 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
one of the best soundtracks i own.most of the songs here are from los lobos,and on one song even antonio banderas sings.the other songs are "six blade knife" by dire straits,"jack the ripper" by link wray and his men. two of the best songs in any music category.most of the songs jamming and the rest are worth listening to.you also get dialogue from the movie from banderas,cheech marin,quentin tarantino,and steve buscemi.great soundtrack.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Robert Rodriguez's sequel to his films debut, "El Mariachi" may not have been as acclaimed by the critics but I liked it just as much. He enhanced his indie film with a big cast, great action sequences, witty dialogue, and a very cool soundtrack.
This CD compliments the movie in a perfect way. Even better than the "Pulp Fiction" soundtrack. The songs all have a tex-mex flavor and the dialogue included is of great choice. It is great to listen to at any time but it is exceptionally good for an afternoon drive.
The mix of songs is fabulous. "Six Blade Knife" by Dire Straits is a very welcome song. "Bella" from Carlos Santana has some of his smoothest guitar solos I have ever heard out of him. The score from Los Lobos is really good too.
If you haven't seen this film you really do not know what your missing. The soundtrack is equally as good too. Do not miss either of them.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ace Jones on September 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
A fitting companion to a great action film - the highlight of the CD is undoubtedly Tito and Tarantula's "Strange Face of Love" - whoever picked the tracks and produced this album (Rodriguez?) did an excellent job. Too many soundtrack albums sound like random selections of songs. This one feels like a great experience from start to end.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jadepearl VINE VOICE on March 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I've had this album for years and it has survived several cleaning sweeps through my CD collection. It has stood the test of time by having a coherence and energy that many soundtracks do not have. The songs are quite a melange with Link Wray, Dire Straits and then Los Lobos and their incarnation, the Latin Playboys in addition to Tito and Tarantula (come one, how can you say no to an album with Tito and Tarantula?)
There are movie dialogue snippets that maybe annoying for some but do add an additional layer for those who are fans of the film Desperado (so many explosions, salma hayek naked.) If the dialogue drives you that crazy you can always modify it with software since the dialogue does not overlap into the music itself.
To get a good introduction to Los Lobos this is a great energetic album and for the Los Lobos fan you have to get this album in conjunction with their multi-disc sets.
Higly recommended and years of enjoyment.
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