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Walker [Bonus Tracks] [Us Import]

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 July 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B0009YNSE2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,746 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen10. The Brooding Side of Madness 3:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Tennessee Rain 2:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Smash Everything 3:210.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen14. Tropic of Pico 4:290.99  Buy MP3 
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good, The Very Good and The Very Very Good 12 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD
After contributing to the soundtracks of the two previous Alex Cox films `Sid and Nancy' and `Straight to Hell' (in which he also had a part) Joe Strummer was to not only take a small part in the film `Walker' but also contributed the whole of the score. Recruiting Zander Schloss from the Straight to Hell sessions Strummer built a great acoustic band saying `I thought let's be 1850, nothing plugged in' which are a testament to the talent of a man who was one of Punks' first electric troubadours.

The Album opens strongly and closes strongly with two mixes of `Filmbustero' a fantastic slice of Salsa that no one would have predicted Strummer would have created. Second track `Omotepe' like `Machete', `Viperland' `Nica Libre' and a few other of the tracks here are more predictable Strummer although heavily influenced by world music and definitely give a insight into some of the tracks he would record with the Mescaleros later in his career and with the Latino Rockabilly War the following year. `Sandstorm' is a perfect blend of the Strummer sound with the Spaghetti Western sound of Ennio Morricone which Strummer had been attempting since The Clash's `The Magnificent Seven'.

I bought the album for the Strummer vocal tracks such as `The Unknown Immortal', `Tropic of No Return' and especially `Tennessee Rain' and although they are pretty good they are overshadowed by the brilliance of the instrumental score. A surprisingly great album.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strummer does cowboy chic 19 Oct 2008
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After the Clash disbanded and before the Mescaleros really took off, Joe Strummer was in some kind of wilderness. He had his 'London Calling' radio show on the BBC World Service, but no real outlet for his own musical abilities, then along comes a commission to do a film score. Ignore the fact that the film bombed, the music is stunning. Imagine an edgier version of Ennio Morricone spread over an entire atmospheric album of western sounds and you have some idea of what Walker achieves. Joe Strummer really achieved a lot with this album so it's a shame he never saw a lot of recognition for it back when it might have mattered to him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Walker 29 Oct 2012
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An excellent album of accoustic latin music, the musicianship is spot on. Joe Strummer keeps a gentle hand on the steering wheel, just enough to make sure that there's a bit of grit in there too. I'm happy with it, I got exactly what I thought I was getting...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love it 16 Oct 2012
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Great background music for a Sandanista style dinner party. Don a poncho a pair of 6 shooters a bottle of Taquila and Joe Strummer and the boys are right there with you. America flag burning is optional.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exotic Widescreen Panoramic Music For Lovers And Punks 26 Aug 2005
By Graham C. Rodger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Fans of Joe Strummer and The Clash will already be familiar with some of his more romantic and atmospheric musical explorations. Tracks such as "Rebel Waltz" on Sandanista, "Sean Flynn" on Combat Rock, "Sleepwalk" on Earthquake Weather and "Mondo Bongo" on Global-A-Go-Go all share a common vibe - lyrical and beautiful - which is sadly overlooked whenever people write or talk about Joe's music.

This CD was originally released in 1987 as the soundtrack to Alex Cox's film "Walker". It inhabits similar musical and thematic territory to albums such as "Straight To Hell" and "Earthquake Weather", but in my opinion "Walker" is far superior - an overlooked gem.

The music on this CD is mostly instrumental, with Joe providing the vocal on a few tracks, including the wonderful "Unknown Immortal". "Walker" takes us on an exotic journey through Central and South American music, with Joe's passion and rough edges blending perfectly (just as Alex Cox mixes old and new references in the movie - Zippo Lighters, Cadillacs, Vietnam choppers, revolutionaries...) so we end up with a cocktail that is truly satisfying. Special mention must be given to Zander Schloss, whose guitar playing is exceptional throughout.

If you're going to name your bands "Latino Rockabilly War" and "Mescaleros" then I guess it must be in your blood. Listen to this CD on a hot and sultry evening... look up at the stars and remember Joe Strummer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quietly Hypnotic 1 Aug 2005
By Kenneth M. Goodman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Joe Strummer lovers may need a few repeated listenings to

get into this CD because it's much more sedate than his other

works...a few tracks could even be characterized as "lounge"

music, but it is definitely worth buying. Once you get over

any pre-conceived notions of what this CD might sound like,

its quiet brilliance shines through-----it's really quite hypnotic

and friendly sounding...and approximately 75% intstrumental...

some of the better instrumentals are reminiscent of that great

track "Shepards Delight" on Sandanista....other tracks sound like

Perez Prado latino style music. A CD that will grow & grow on you.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Share some love with the unknown one" 13 Mar 2006
By Gena Chereck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In his 1987 historical drama Walker, director Alex Cox (Repo Man) told the story of William Walker (Ed Harris), an American renegade who, in the 1850s, took over as president of Nicaragua. The film caught a lot of flak from critics because of its use of deliberate anachronisms (TVs, helicopters, etc.) to draw satirical parallels between Walker's corrupt behavior and the US government's involvement in Nicaragua in the 1980s; it quickly sank into obscurity -- and sadly, so did its soundtrack...

Feeling somewhat lost after the breakup of his celebrated punk band, the Clash, singer Joe Strummer had begun to dabble in film work, contributing some songs to Cox's previous films Sid & Nancy (1986) and Straight To Hell (1987), and even accepting a starring role in the latter. Eager to try his hand at a whole film score -- and inspired a bit by Bob Dylan's work on one of his favorite movies, Sam Peckinpah's Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) -- Strummer offered to compose *all* of the music for Walker (in addition to taking a small role in the film as an ill-fated member of the Immortals, General Walker's "gringo army").

The result was a surprisingly lively and lovely soundtrack album, featuring 11 instrumental pieces and 3 vocal tracks. As the producer of the album, Strummer suggested that the music be performed entirely on acoustic instruments -- his rationale being, "let's be 1850, nothing plugged in." He only appears as a performer on the vocal tracks: the wistful "The Unknown Immortal," sung from the viewpoint of one of Walker's men; the giddy "Tennessee Rain," which apparently runs down a wide-ranging list of things his men would rather be doing and places they'd rather be; and the mournful "Tropic of No Return," which seems to be about how his army was depleted by disease and desertion. Joe acquits himself nicely on these pretty, low-key tunes, though I wish that his vocals were higher in the mix (or that a lyric sheet had been included with this disc). The instrumentals -- blends of traditional folk and Latin sounds, with trace elements of jazz and country -- are just as intriguing; a lot of the tunes here may not be instantly memorable, but I think they're appealing enough to keep you listening and to keep growing on you.

Last year, the label Astralwerks was kind enough to reissue this long out-of-print album with 3 bonus tracks (remixes of the jaunty opener "Filibustero" and the haunting "The Brooding Side Of Madness," as well as the brief "Straight Shooter," originally released as a b-side) shortly after its expanded reissue of Elgin Avenue Breakdown, the album by Strummer's pre-Clash band the 101ers; together, these two discs are bookends of sorts to the most popular phase of Joe's career. Although I admit I was hesitant to buy the mostly-instrumental soundtrack to a movie that I haven't seen and may never get a chance to see, I'm glad I finally did; Walker shows a side of the late Strummer that his last albums with the Mescaleros (not to mention such Clash songs as "Rebel Waltz" and "Corner Soul," from 1980's Sandinista) only hint at, and it's actually a more satisfying effort than Joe's official solo debut, 1989's uneven Earthquake Weather. I'd love to see Astralwerks put together a whole collection of Strummer's post-Clash, pre-Mescaleros soundtrack work and rarities (like the aforementioned Sid & Nancy and Straight To Hell tracks, the songs he did for the 1988 film Permanent Record, his contribution to the 1998 South Park TV series soundtrack, etc.)!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little Strummer memento 31 July 2005
By kc - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
While this isn't a must have title, it certainly is good listening. It shows Joe's diversity as a musician and his knowledge of all sorts of arrangements like brass, strings and percussion. Most of the songs are of latin flavor and all of it is acoustic. This isn't anything like Joe has done before so don't expect anything familiar. My favorite tracks are "Smash Everything," "Tropic of Pico," and "Musket Waltz."
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe said it was his best. 4 Sep 2005
By Nadeshiko Yamato - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It was an interview in his later years, and he was asked to recall his favorite work.

He said it was an album one couldn't even buy anymore.

Kudos to Astralwerks for the re-release.

It would've been nice if they had used the overdubs in the movie to accompanying the end title theme on the elpee.

I have not heard the re-issue and am looking forward to the bonus remixes. I received the vinyl version when it was released, and it was extremely difficult to get back once it was loaned. Yet, it is one of those things one takes pleasure in when loaning.
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