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  • Audio CD (4 Aug. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B00009NJ8V
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,427 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Wilderness Theme 2:47£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Winter Driving 1:04£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Vincente's Theme 2:47£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Flora's Theme0:37£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Charlie's Theme 3:02£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Everybody Is a Star 2:58£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Flora Again0:54£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Dark Vincente 3:02£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Wilderness End Theme 3:35£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Picked a Flower 3:34£0.69  Buy MP3 

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THE PASTELS The Last Great Wilderness (2003 UK 10-track CD album the original soundtrack from the Sigma Films production The Last Great Wilderness directed by David Mackenzie featuring collaborations with Gerard Love Bill Wells & Jarvis Cocker presented in a sealed digipak sleeve)


As the clear forerunners of Belle and Sebastian, it's easy to recall Glasgow's The Pastels as an indie band captured forever in some eternal adolescence, but The Last Great Wilderness--a set of music written as the soundtrack to director David Mackenzie's 2003 directorial debut, a supernatural thriller set in the Scottish highlands--demonstrates that this band are about far more than naive indie jangle. Loosely inspired by the scores of Paul Giovanni, composer of The Wicker Man's score, these intimate, rustic sounding song sketches bear the sure signs of improvisational techniques, as well as a keen interest in folk and traditional music from some of the more far-flung corners of the British Isles.

Notes for the album suggest that Stephen Pastel is directing here, while Tortoise's John McEntire--the set's producer--operates "camera". In fact, McEntire's contribution stretches further than mere production: any Tortoise fan will recognise those infinitesimal electronic tics burrowing deep under the Pastels' warm brass washes and lonely acoustic arpeggios. There's two stand-out tracks: a cover of Sly and the Family Stone's "Everybody Is a Star", which features Stephen Pastel and Katrina Mitchell in a loveably lazy duet; and the closing "I Picked a Flower', an electro-pop number featuring vocals from an on-form Jarvis Cocker, who sleazes about "planting your seed inside her flowerbed" with characteristically lascivious charm. --Louis Pattison

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Fletcher on 15 Sept. 2006
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A wonderful album of haunting themes and beautiful motifs, mainly instrumental tracks as you'd expect from a film soundtrack with two 'songs' proper on the album. I've not seen the film this was recorded for (The Last Great Wilderness by David Mackenzie 2003)but I believe it was a bit of a ghostly thriller and the tracks on here go well to evoke that mood. It conjures up images of autumn heather, browning leaves and solitary figures in breathtaking landscapes. The cover of Sly & The Family Stone's 'Everybody is a star' is understated and works really well and comes across as a dream-like refrain, I love it. However I find Mr Cockers contribution 'I picked a flower' to be the low point of the album hence the 4 stars, it really doesn't fit with the feel of the rest of the album and in this case less really would have been more.

I bought this because I liked the Pastels and really didn't know what I'd be getting. What I found was a real gem that continues to sparkle on every listen. If you want something you can put on and unwind to then this is it. Pour yourself a glass of red wine and enjoy and remember so as not to kill the mood kill the CD before the last track.
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