Soundtracks

Bolden [OST] (CD)

Bolden, the new biopic about New Orleans jazz king Charles “Buddy” Bolden, was not only produced by current icon Wynton Marsalis, but he also performed the music that takes center stage in the film. The soundtrack is a feast of that pioneering Big Easy brass sound, reviving many ragtime numbers that Bolden made famous. Delivered here by Marsalis with a wellspring of talent that includes Catherine Russell, Brianna Thomas, Victor Goines, Wycliffe Gordon and more, the music vividly captures the sound of a turbulent era from which a brand new genre exploded – forever changing American popular music.

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Dumbo [OST] (CD)

The Danny Elfman/Tim Burton combo once again knocks it out of the park with Elfman’s score for Dumbo. Evocative and appealing, the score balances lighthearted moments with the more ominous set pieces — we can feel the joy of Dumbo’s flight, we can feel the technicolor hilarity of the circus. Elfman’s new works sometimes reference the classic, instantly recognizable songs from the original film, with elements from “Elephants on Parade” and “Casey Junior” winding their way into the new score. In addition to Elfman’s orchestral score, this album also features two versions of the song “Baby Mine: an acoustic ukulele version with vocals by Sharon Rooney (as heard in the film) and a cover by Arcade Fire.

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The Dirt [OST] (CD)

After their contentious non-touring agreement, Motley Crue reunited to the delight of their fans to record four new songs for the soundtrack to their Netflix biopic The Dirt - the highlight of which might just be their excellently sludge-y version of Madonna's “Like A Virgin.” The chorus benefits from Vince Neil's nasal vocals, adding emphasis that's both humorous and fitting. New track “The Dirt (Est. 1981)” sounds appropriately epic, referencing the excess depicted in the film, while “Ride With The Devil” and “Crash and Burn” have a bit more of a throwback feel. The rest of the album is rounded out with the quintessential hits like “Girls, Girls, Girls” and “Home Sweet Home.”

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Dead Man [OST] (CD)

When Neil Young improvised the score to Jim Jarmusch's hallucinatory, revisionist-western did he know it would become the revered cult classic it is now? One can hardly bring up the '90s indie film without mentioning its introspective, sparse, sometimes violent guitar and lonely organ rumblings, which create textures both tense and serene. Finally, after over twenty years, Neil Young's Dead Man soundtrack is being reissued on vinyl and CD. Though the score is purely instrumental, interspersed throughout the record are short bits of dialogue from the film's stars, Johnny Depp and Gary Farmer. Let yourself drift off with this moody, pure, one of a kind recording, and keep your ears open for a cameo of Iggy Pop's scene from the film.

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