Tarantino equals Quality
Liam Greenfield | UK Burnley | 09/06/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Tarantino's third film and also a chance for yet another great compilation of music.
This was Tarantino's first time using atmospheric music to set a scene rather than only having music when the characters are listening to it.
All the tracks on this album are worth listening to. The obvious ones that stand out are 'Street Life,' 'Strawberry Letter 23' and 'Across 110th Street' but there are also other more subtle tracks that hit you when listening to them; especially 'Tennessee Stud.'There's even a track by Pam Grier, 'Long Time Woman.'
I have given the album five stars for two reasons -
1) The film is exceptional and uses all of the pieces of music in an innovative manner
2) Even as a seperate entity this is a brilliant compilation of songs that are more than worth listening to.Rock On."
Steamy soul that will remind you of the awesome film
Vincent M. Mastronardi | Michigan | 08/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The soundtrack to "Jackie Brown" is going to blow you away just like the film. Quentin's choices on here are even smarter then the old forgotten retro rock and funk of "Pulp Fiction". The only songs "Fiction" like are the dark yet funky track by The Vampire Sound, Inc and Elliot's Easton Tiki Gods with a slight surfer rock number. In the beginning and through most of the albums, get ready to be moved by some soul.It starts off with an awesome Bobby Womack song "Across 110th Street", with a soul lot of great singing on behalf of Womack not to mention awesome story telling of life on the street. The beautiful R&B tracks is kind of a theme song. Great soul groups flex their vocal power on here. "Strawberry Letter 23" and "Natural High" are great examples of radio soul and romance by the Brother Johnson and Bloodstone respectively. The Delfonics (one of the best vocal groups of the era) shine on the big hit "Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time". It combines that great Motown arrangement just with a sweeter lower sound. You also get R&B divas like Randy Crawford on the upbeat sassy smart groove of "Street Life" while Minnie Riperton sweats sex on the juicy disco moan of "Inside My Love". All the songs are great and unique but it's really the funk and soul that burns brightest here. Don't forget cute rap track by Foxy Brown and a nicely sung Pam "Jackie/Foxy Brown" Grier on "Long Time Woman". Not the best vocals, but you really feel it. And there is also a live Johnny Cash on "Tennessee Stud". I love every track for a different reason. If you want a film that really captures it characters with music, see the film then buy the soundtrack and think about the film. If you don't want to see an intelligent action movie, just buy the soundtrack for a mixed bag of rare goodies. The album is a must for fans of not only R&B, soul, funk, but also a few odditiy rock songs that sound really well. Just an awesome mixed bag of great music."
A great cd to (re)introduce you to forgotten artists.
Torquemada | Atlanta, Georgia USA / Madrid, Spain. | 11/10/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"We all know that soundtracks are often questionnable from a quality point of view, once separated from the film they support. Well, this is a marvellous exception !Classic artists such as Bill withers, Brothers Johnson, the Delfonics or Randy Crawford really are great listening to again. Knowing that all those artists were at their peak in the sixties/seventies, this is indeed a great opportunity to discover them for those who weren't around at that time or just listened to other things then. Consider that most of the artists featured here either aren't in the showbusiness anymore (Brothers Johnson, Minnie Ripperton) or have lost a lot of gas (Randy Crawford). I, for instance, got to listen and like a lot Bloodstone's "Natural high" and Minnie Ripperton's "Inside my love" (I only knew from her the lyrical "Loving you") which made me eventually buy her "best of"...The album also contains humour ("Beaumont's lament", a short dialog between Samuel Jackson and De niro, "Melanie, Simone and Sheronda", and "Just ask Melanie"), a cheesy "The lion and the cucumber" (but, there again, it is part of the joke) and a song from Foxy Brown. Finally, the closing track (sounds like The Shadows...) is very characteristic of any Tarantino film.Overall, this is a non-pretentious and nice compilation of sounds of the late sixties/seventies that you will not regret having if you liked the film and/or the music that was in fashion 30 years ago."