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Performance (1970 Film) [Soundtrack]

Ry Cooder, Randy Newman, Mick Jagger, Jack NitzscheAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002LN5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,743 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Gone Dead Train
2. Performance
3. Get Away
4. Powis Square
5. Rolls Royce And Acid
6. Dyed, Dead, Red
7. Harry Flowers
8. Memo From Turner
9. The Hashishin
10. Wake Up, Niggers
11. Poor White Hound Dog
12. Natural Magic
13. Turner's Murder

Editorial Reviews

Most will be drawn to this for the throw-away solo track by Mick Jagger, "Memo from Turner." It's a troubling collection, which tends to be a fair representation of the movie, except for the always rock-solid Ry Cooder, who has since developed into an excellent film score artist. Here he offers three tracks, though none approach his best work. Randy Newman is always a pleasure, especially when not throwing himself at gimmickry, and Buffy Sainte- Marie's "Died, Dead, Red" is worth a spin. --Scott Wilson

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Halloween! October 31, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is one of my three favorite soundtrack albums (along with Midnight Cowboy and Harder They Come) and it's one of the scariest sounding albums I know. The music on it is very eclectic, but it all contributes to an atmosphere of menace and dread. I assume Ry Cooder's participation led to him playing on Let It Bleed (ditto for Merry Clayton), and Memo From Turner would certainly fit on that album. Randy Newman's singing on Gone Dead Train is as energetic as I've ever hear him. (A bump 'n' grind version of this song is also on that first great Crazy Horse album.) I wouldn't be surprised if Tangerine Dream learned a thing or two from Nitzche's great orchestrated atmospherics.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite of mine for over 30 years March 5, 2002
By Yogi Mi
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Several years ago at a Yoga class, I asked Ry Cooder about the Performance soundtrack, and he merely said "Oh, that Jack Nitzche thing?" Perhaps to many it was just a soundtrack. In contrast, I think it was a watershed piece of work. There is Ry playing his guitar in counterpoint to intense tablas more than 20 years before "A Meeting by the River" and The Last Poets heralding the birth of Rap more than a decade before the word Rap was invented. Some may not be familiar with Buffy Saite-Marrie. I was wild about Buffy when I was in high school and remember seeing her in concert when I was about 15. Unfortunately, she doesn't do much in the way of her affected tremolo vocals on this album, but her mouth bow performance has never been more creative. Randy Newman and Mick Jagger obviously need no introduction, but I have never been able to find out who is playing bass with Mick on this version of "Memo from Turner". Merry Clayton, now known mostly for her work on "Dirty Dancing" was around in 1963 with the Capitol single "It's in his kiss". Jack really gets her to belt it out - although only too briefly - in "Poor White Hound Dog".
Five Stars!! Highly recommended!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
If you were lucky enough to live during this period you will appreciate the versatility of the artists on this album. Personaly, I am constantly looking for off the beaten track type songs like these.It may take a couple of times to pick up the the true mastery of these proven songsters and writers, but it always does with new Stones releases and controversial pieces. The Last Poets, of that period are especially discriptive of their work, which would probably never have been produced by todays standards. This track alone or Memo from Turner is enough to buy the album. Those who know Mary Clayton will like her range and eerie rendition of Performance. 5 stars in my book but I'm a die hard Rolling Stones fan who appreciates underground music of that time. Sincerely,
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great "Performance". September 20, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album is a true classic. As is the movie "Performance". An audio & visual feast.

1970's London underworld melds with a London guru, (Mr. Jagger) & a man on the run from the "Firm", (James Fox).

This seemingly conventional scenario is influenced by drugs, gender-bending & mind games. The plot is diverse as is the film score.

The London setting is amazingly & unobtrusively enhanced by the American score.

Merry Clayton - a hellish & heavenly sound.

Ry Cooder - at his best.

Buffy Sainte Marie - magic.

And The Lost Poets - maybe the original rappers !!!!

Randy Newman at his early, raunchiest best.

And a few songs from Sir Michael!

All pulled together by Jack Nitzshce.

Watch, listen, get real.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars rarity alert: a GREAT soundtrack! July 6, 2001
Format:Audio CD
nowadays, soundtracks are tossed together collections of current artists outtakes with some moldy oldies tossed in or covered by tattooed radio boys. soundtrack music was created to support and enhance the movie for which it was created, not just sell records. this is a soundtrack that is totally evocative of the film, which i highly recommend in and of itself. listening to the album will bring back the dark gaudy atmosphere of the movie yet be entertaining on its own. i'll get micks track out of the way first-its a decent tune that mick really throws himself into and his energy makes it a winner. if you're a stones freak, thats enough for you, BUT WAIT THERES MORE!!! ry cooders acoustic bluesy slide, merry claytons wail, the last poets hypnotic rhymes, buffy sainte marie's...well, buffy sainte marie! and a fantastic kickoff track by randy newman. i love this record, and so will you if you have taste.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spooky, freaky, wildly diverse. November 6, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
One of the few soundtracks that stands on its own as an album, you get a wide swath of tunes here, under the keen supervision of Jack Nitzsche. A few slide workouts from Ry Cooder, rap before it was rap by the awesome Last Poets, tripped-out orchestral pieces from Nitzsche himself, some beyond-strange Buffy Sainte-Marie, the incredible voice of Merry Clayton (Poor White Hound Dog, the nightmarish Turner's Murder and Performance) a rocker from Randy Newman, and the centerpiece, Mick Jagger flying solo on Memo From Turner. Buy the album and then buy the movie, they both are worth the purchase price, definitely not one-time listening or viewing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MYSTR Treefrog salutes You RY June 28, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Short and sweet...This is a great Collection. Ry Cooder plays great slide(as Always) The (Main? ) reviewers comment about this album being "troubling" is odd.Eclectic maybe...troubling NOT.
There are several stand out tracks here..." GET AWAY" is a chopped up funky blues with Tabla on which one can hear Ry's work with Captain Beefheart...especially the flavor of the song " SHO NUFF I DO" off the Safe As Milk album..the second half is something the North Mississippi Alstars might have appropriated(haven't we all?) into their sound.
The track by the LAST POETS- " WAKE UP NIGGERS" is an amazing spoken w/ conga piece that is well before it's time(is that even possible?) and may be the most dramatic performance on trhe album. It precedes and completely eclipses the current rhyming dictionary inanity of most Gangsta/Hip Hop being offered to the world for the past few years. The LAST POETS blow my mind.I'm buying all their albums after hearing this.
Jack Nitzsche was a prolific producer of sountracks. Check out the Miles Davis and John Lee Hooker Jam on " THE HOT SPOT" and his production on C.C. Adcocks LAFAYETTE MARQUIS Album.
I do, however, doubt he actually WROTE these pieces. Directed-maybe- but wrote? Hmmm. sounds like a Production-Contractual agreement clause. He did have a rarely surpassed ability to bring musical elements together ordinarily not heard.He had a rare ear and imagination. He was a master of the art of Musical collage.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 days ago by mikiej
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collaboration album
I never saw its parent movie, but the variety of artists and the performance of the Stones was top notch. It represents an expansion of creativity on the part of Mr. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Neal Hoesing
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence
Great movie, even better soundtrack. An interesting variety of music including a track of the original rappers the Last Poets. Pity rap lost its political and social focus.
Published 22 months ago by Bad Brad
5.0 out of 5 stars Prescient
Perhaps the best film ever made (so far) with a soundtrack album that features the relatively early Randy Newman, the Last Poets and Ry Cooder as a young but impressive slide... Read more
Published 22 months ago by kpivanov
3.0 out of 5 stars Good and a half
When the Performance soundtrack is on, its REALLY on. A lot of this 1970 film music features Ry Cooder's slide guitar, mining the rootsy sound Jagger's Stones personified so well... Read more
Published on March 21, 2011 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost awesome
Memo from Turner is one the best Stones song ever. Mots of the other songs are great, but some are just weird synthesizer-type sounds. The best parts, though, are second to none
Published on January 26, 2010 by Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars 2 GREAT SONGS
i got this album for just 2 songs....Well really just one...
I have Jaggers 1st solo track, Memo from Turner on other cds...GREAT SONG, Jaggers very best solo track.. Read more
Published on November 13, 2009 by john Devlin
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT STUFF!!!
Published on October 16, 2008 by Stephen Bigler
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Merger Of Music To Cinema
The movie's in-your-face depiction of the drugs-and-thugs decadence in the London underworld is encapsulated in this soundtrack, which was arranged by Jack Nitzsche and conducted... Read more
Published on March 25, 2008 by Best Of All
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best film of the 60s
This together with Gimmie Shelter The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter (Region Free Import) serves as the final statement on the 60s decade. Read more
Published on September 16, 2007 by S. Hirsch
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