Zabriskie Point: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
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CD 1 (11 tracks, 36 min.) contains music by a variety of artists, including 3 tracks from "The Pink Floyd" (sic). It shows the band in pre-Atom Heart Mother/Meddle mode (all Floyd music for the soundtrack was recorded in Nov/Dec 1969). "Heart Beat, Big Meat" is a great mood piece along the lines of "Speak to Me"; "Crumbling Land" could have fitted nice along Meddle's "Fearless"; "Come in Number 51" is a retooled "Careful With That Axe Eugene". Jerry Garcia contributes the "Love Scene" accoustic guitar solo. Strangely there is also a 2 min. excerpt from the Dead's "Dark Star" that starts and ends with no rhyme or reason and begs the question: why? (Deadheads know what I mean).
CD 2 (8 tracks, 55 min.) is completely new. It is divided up between 4 Jerry Garcia tracks (more accoustic "noodling"), and 4 Pink Floyd tracks. The latter are fascinating, and what makes this reissue so good. "Country Song" is another one of those classic early-Floyd ballads; "Unknown Song" (a/k/a "Rain in the Country" on bootlegs) is a great instrumental with many undertones. "Love Scene Version 6" is Pink Floyd doing the blues. "Love Scene Version 4" is Rick Wright in piano solo (even if credited to the entire band).
In addition to the new music, the reissue comes with a fascinating 40 page booklet, with great liner notes and quotes (Roger Waters on the recording sessions for director Antonioni: "It was hell, sheer hell", haha!). For any Pink Floyd fan, or anyone interested in a slice of 1969/70 psychedelia, this is very much recommended, even if (like me) you've never seen the movie.
1. Should I buy this?
2. I already have the original, should I now buy this.
The answer to both questions is yes. There is enough new material here to make this worthwhile for any Pink Floyd (or Jerry Garcia) fan. If you already bought the original for the 3 Pink Floyd tunes, it means that you are a big enough fan that you have to have this one too.
This was originally released as single album that contained the material on the first CD. It later came out as a single CD. Being a soundtrack, it was always a little more expensive than a standard album. It could be difficult to find at times. It contained 3 Pink Floyd tracks, a spacey track, a typical Pink Floyd movie soundtrack song, and a truncated version of Careful With That Axe Eugene (called Come In Number 51) which is very good and different from the original. The Jerry Garcia tune is a nice 7 minute solo acoustic instrumental. The Grateful Dead track is just a 2 minute expert of Dark Star. There are also some other interesting things here and somethings that may seem out of place (Tennesee Waltz). Even with the strange mix material, the flow of the CD is effective in creating the mood of the sixties. But in the end, you had to be a Pink Floyd fanatic to shell out the bucks for this one.
This new release adds the second CD with 30 minutes of Jerry Garcia and 25 minutes of Pink Floyd. I kind of wonder if the Jerry Garcia material is mislabelled. Tracks 1, 2 and 4 sound like instrumental variations of Pink Floyd's Granchester Meadows, complete with birds chirping at the end of track 4. Maybe it is where Roger Waters got the idea. Track 3 is the only one that really sounds like Jerry Garcia.Read more ›
This will probably be of most interest to Pink Floyd fans, as it contains great numbers such as the Stones-y blues rag "Love Scene Version 6″ (sounds exhausting), which is full of light drumming, some funky piano, and some searing guitar (and quite different from Jerry Garcia's "Love Scene" piece, which made it into the movie). "Heart Beat, Pig Meat" is a found sound experiment with some strange, acid dream atmospherics, "Crumbling Land" has a bit of CSNY harmonics as it barrels through some soft hippy grooviness, albeit accentuated by some pretty cool organ at parts. "Come In Number 51, Your Time Is Up" is the well-known original version of "Careful With That Axe, Eugene", the version with the least gruesome scream. "Country Song" is a simple, folky little song that electrifies for a loud-ish bridge. "Unknown Song" is a spare, simple acoustic groove-along with a bit of blues soloing. Nice.
There are plenty of one-offs. The Kaleidoscope sings "Mother Mary", a CCR-ish ukelele rocker. There's a two-minute excerpt of The Grateful Dead's "Dark Star", a section of jazzy guitar noodling, The Youngbloods offer "Sugar Babe", a groovy little piece of hippy fluff. Roscoe Holcomb's cheeky "I Wish I Was A Single Girl Again" is pretty hilarious, and a nice dixie rag. "Mickey's Tune" by The Kaleidoscope is some acoustic fiddlin' madness (why?), while "Dance Of Death" by John Fahey is sweet guitar pickings and strummings.
The set also offers some solo Jerry Garcia music, mainly the "Love Scene" acoustic guitar piece, as well as four versions of the "Love Scene Improvisation".Read more ›
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Pretty good; an interesting combination of PF and Garcia. The movie its based on must be interesting.Published 4 months ago by William T. Masonis
Heard some Pink Floyd music I was unfamiliar with, which is great!Published 10 months ago by Bryan J. Smith
Old Floyd fan? You need this. Ignore the other artists on it unless you're into a Dead excerpt. Which if you're into the Dead you already have and don't need.Published 13 months ago by Music Expert
we have not forgotten , on this night , this very christmas nightPublished 13 months ago by robert wisowaty