Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Six-String Samurai: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Enhanced CD]
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Soundtracks
How can you go wrong with Russian rockabilly surfers? The Red Elvises formed in Santa Monica, California, in 1996 when three Russians from Siberia decided to put together a surf-rock group. (And you thought Yakov Smirnoff ... more »
How can you go wrong with Russian rockabilly surfers? The Red Elvises formed in Santa Monica, California, in 1996 when three Russians from Siberia decided to put together a surf-rock group. (And you thought Yakov Smirnoff was funny?) The tunes are good but nothing spectacular; as long as you keep in mind these are Russians, you'll at least have a smile on your face. The Brian Tyler score is interspersed (along with dialogue) throughout the disc. It's a nice blend of L.A. cool, not so much in the vein of Pulp Fiction but of Destiny Turns on the Radio (pleasant yet desperate-sounding). Standouts include the warm "Relentless Sun" and the pseudo-Russian-traditional "Sahara Burn." --Aaron Tassano
Escushion | Monticello, NY USA | 02/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Starting off with a blast (literally) of the apacolypse, the track "The United States of Russia" plays a slow chorus with a perfect guitar note, a combination that peforms what can only be called Badass Doom. It's a very short, unmelodic track that is wonderful for beginning.
But it's not a song. The Red Elvises make that their prelude as they rip right into the soundtrack with surfer guitar tracks. There are drums and the occasional vocal in the background, but the guitars deservedly steal the show. "Love Pipe" almost seems empty, but it's too much fun not to enjoy.
The Red Elvises aren't alone on the soundtrack though. Brain Tyler scores sections as well, not very prominently at first, but he is there. "Mother's Hand/Buddy" gives a musicbox melody for The Kid, and then a gritty guitar theme for Buddy before handing things over to the Red Elvises again.
Dividing the score between the two is unfair, but appropriate, because unlike some movies where the score and soundtrack don't fit, with one dropping the load and the other stealing the show (such as for "Spider-man 2", where Danny Elfman's score outshines the lackluster songs), the songs and score for "Six-String Samurai" work together wonderfully, even though they each have their own halves (the Red Elvises dominate the first half, while the second half is mostly Brian Tyler score cues.)
Don't look for anything of granduer though. This album is set right to the film, even including dialogue snippets from time to time. The Red Elvises specialize in surf tunes, with the occasional jazzy bit here and there, while Brian Tyler takes their surfer style and matches it to the guitars used in most post-Morricone western tunes, but never does it turn into an orchestral bit. Not that orchestral bits are bad; I love them. But they wouldn't fit.
I'm tempted to call this soundtrack an aquired taste, because not everyone will enjoy this. However, most people love to have fun, and as the Red Elvises' song "Jerry's Got the Squeeze Box" evidences, that's what this soundtrack wants to promote: Have fun."
Fun movie, fun sound track
Txiab | salt lake city, utah United States | 04/05/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"the RED ELVISES are a great band. the only way to capture their music is to imagine being in a vegas style 1950's/60's lounge in modern day russia that features a band playing surfer rock.... they are great. i can't think of another band that is as much fun while being as entertaining as the RED ELVISES. the sound bytes from the movie are fun, especially if you have seen the film. if you haven't seen the film go see the movie and then buy the sound track. if you have seen the film buy this sound track and then go see the film again."
The coolest of the cool...
pilferer | 06/06/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this soundtrack is a must -it's so damn cool, it's close to freezin' -the ultimate surf collection - quite brilliant,if you ask me :-)"