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Film Works II: Music For An Untitled Film By Walter Hill
John Zorn
Film Works II: Music For An Untitled Film By Walter Hill
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Soundtracks, Classical
 
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Originally composed for an untitled film by director Walter Hill (Last Man Standing, The Warriors), the second installment in Zorn's Film Works series marches listeners across a surrealist desert filled with ghostly, yawni...  more »

      

CD Details

All Artists: John Zorn
Title: Film Works II: Music For An Untitled Film By Walter Hill
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Tzadik
Original Release Date: 4/30/1996
Re-Release Date: 5/7/1996
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Soundtracks, Classical
Style: Avant Garde & Free Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 702397730620

Synopsis

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Originally composed for an untitled film by director Walter Hill (Last Man Standing, The Warriors), the second installment in Zorn's Film Works series marches listeners across a surrealist desert filled with ghostly, yawning caves; entrail-eating vultures; and bleached skeletons hanging by their necks, gently stirring in the waves of heat radiating off the sand. While it is easy to pick up on the Morricone influences that sift through the tracks, the attentive ear can also discern the ghost of Toru Takemitsu in "Heroin Fix" and even elements of John Williams's Star Wars score in the "Two Interiors" cue. The perfect atmosphere in which to read a Cormac McCarthy novel. --Michael Woodring

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CD Reviews

A bit dark...
Allan MacInnis | Vancouver | 10/29/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There is LOTS of material on this disc; much of it is dark and brooding, and some of it is quite violent and disturbing. It's the moodiest of the filmworks discs and the most cohesive, since all fifty or so cuts on it were recorded for one film. There are some absolutely brilliant cuts on it, the didjeridu and the jaw harp and other favorite odd instruments are well-used, and, as always, the musicianship is top-notch. If you prefer the cartoonier aspects of Zorn, then I'd pass on this one, but if you're a fan -- this is well worth owning. By the way, I heard a rumor on the wind that this was intended as a soundtrack for Hill's film TRESPASS, but was rejected, in favor of the usual Ry Cooder stuff. That could be hooey, tho'."
A Blank CD
Inspector Gadget | On the trail of Doctor Claw | 10/17/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Walter Hill rejected Elmer Bernstein's original score for his movie Last Man Standing. It was a great score with wonderful themes. He also rejected 3 different scores by James Horner for his movie Streets of Fire. Both these films were eventually scored by Ry Cooder. And in 1992 he kicked out John Zorn's score for his movie Trespass in favor for Cooder again.

A wise choice if there ever was one as Zorn's score is virtually non-existent. This CD is basically 5 minutes of silence with the slightest of sound calling itself a 'score'. Come on! I thought Zorn was a heavy Jazz musician. What's the deal with this score of nothingness?

And why oh why does he think a didgeridoo is appropriate for a film set in an abandoned East St. Louis factory? It's not set in the Austrailian outback! I did appreciate the banjos during the treasure map cue but the next track and every after that is an average of 50 seconds of silence.

Cooder's new score emulates Zorn's (a couple of his beats remain in the film) but gave it a bit more life despite being rather themeless and grungy. His 'King of the Street' theme was brilliance however. And without Walter Hill firing John Zorn it would never have happened.

An absolutely rotten piece of 'music' if there ever was one. And I don't know what the Amazon staff member was listening to, but the Two Interiors cue sounds NOTHING like John Williams' score to Star Wars.

Never, ever, ever buy for any reason, morbid curiousity or not. It's a complete waste of money."