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Performance (1970 Film) Soundtrack

4.8 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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


Product Details

  • 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: #62,523 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on October 31, 2002
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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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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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, Klife1@aol.com
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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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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 by Randy Newman.

Mick Jagger is in full swagger in Memo From Turner, but there are numerous fantastic performances - Lost Poets, Buffy Sainte-Marie - with blistering bottleneck guitar solos from Ry Cooder and Newman delivering a gem with Gone Dead Train.

This is a perfect merging of music to cinema, as viciously brilliant as it is disturbing.
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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.

Barbara.
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