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on 21 February 2005
If you're reading this review and thinking about buying this album stop reading this review and get your charge card out.
This is, bar none, the best compilation album I've ever come across. I'm shamed to admit I was unfamiliar with many of the tracks and artists until I saw the film. In hindsight I now understand the magnitude of the gaping whole this was in the development of my muscial appreciation. A vista of 70's soul-funk really opened up for me post-Jackie-Brown.
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VINE VOICEon 16 December 2009
A few years ago, I went to an Edinburgh Festival version of Sexual Perversity in Chicago. It was a mediocre version, but what was interesting about it was that the director had clearly heard this soundtrack & liberally used it throughout the play to add atmosphere & a sense of style to an otherwise limited performance.

And that's the brilliant thing about this soundtrack - it is the best thing about the film to the point where the film seems like a music video for it! The songs are rich in ethos & varied, so that there are always new angles to discover on each of the tracks. Furthermore, you can use the songs to add texture to any endeavour & end up with a masterpiece!

For instance, there is the song Across 110th Street, which is a rags-to-riches soul song. Then there is Street Life, which is loud, brash Motown & finally there is 'The Lion & the Cucumber', which defies description! All the songs are the 1 in 10,000 variety that are good on their original albums, but utterly amazing put together on one album.

As for dialogue, it has been said that it is not as plentiful on this soundtrack as on Pulp Fiction &Reservoir Dogs. That is true, but what is on here is intriguing enough.
Track 2 is recognizable for anyone who's heard the song off Human Traffic (as it contains the sample used for "It ain't Gonna be me").
Track 4 is a bit I missed on the film, but is about Samuel L. Jackson's collection of 'Beach Bunnies' that he keeps in L.A. Rather like the 'Royale with Cheese' scene in Pulp Fiction, it is a classic example of Tarantino using screen-time on dialogue, rather than just moving the plot along with it.
Finally, Track 15 is the pick of the bunch, with the classic Tarantino line "Smoking weed will rob you of your ambition..." "Not if your ambition is to get high and watch TV!"

This all said, there are weaknesses with this compilation. Songs like Natural High & 'Inside Your Love' are brilliant, but not profound songs & become nauseating after a few listens. Equally some of the songs lack grit (e.g. 'Strawberry Letter 22') & though they are intriguing, they are also a bit wet behind the ears.

However, get most soundtracks from films and they are 90% lame, with only a very occasional good track. On this compilation, you will find NO duds & an immense variety of surprises. Truly, it is an soundtrack that is the equal of Pulp Fiction & even Trainspotting.

So, to sum up: if you're looking for the spirit & soul of Tarantino, you could do a lot worse than buying a copy of this album.
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VINE VOICEon 15 October 2013
I really love this soundtrack...it is full of cool sounds from the 70's and is really indicative of the time......I think its probably his best soundtrack even though I don't think that this is his best film....I highly recommend this set of songs and its set me off on a period of discovery regarding the different artists included on it.....SUPERCOOL!!!!
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on 8 December 2013
You get a real feel for the film when you listen to this soundtrack. Tarantino puts a lot of effort into compiling his soundtracks and you can tell. The tracks really string together and this is one of my favourite film soundtracks.

A must have for your collection!
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on 19 June 2004
Much like the film, the soundtrack to Jackie Brown is criminally underrated. Possibly due to the fact that Pulp Fiction is almost perfect, possibly because people expect more surf music and uber quotable dialogue on the CD. This is QT's Blaxploitation film and that's reflected in the music in a big way. If you're into that kind of thing, it's a good collection of 70's funk, soul and a few oddities like Johnny Cash's "Tennesee Stud" and "Detroit 9000". The only real flaw is Pam Grier's "Long time woman" which sounds very much like an actress singing.
Give the dialogue a chance and it's very cool, laid back and you might even find yourself murmering "if you know Beumont..."and so on. The same goes for the music, it's a grower, trust me.
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on 10 October 2013
another of the best movie soundtracks around, being a bit of a tarantino buff im very self indulgent in my love for his movies and movie scores!
certainly one for the collection!
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on 8 October 2013
Good oldies in this compilation that takes you back to the scene in the film, would recommend to anyone with a bit of an eclectic taste!
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on 18 January 2014
Superb tunes with a few nice soundbites from the film chucked in too. I was delighted to rediscover this one.
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on 18 April 2013
This is a typical Quentin Tarantino film, a great film although not his best. Some would agree with that statement and some would disagree but opinions will always be just that, opinions and we all know what Clint Eastwoods' character Dirty Harry says about opinions.
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on 11 April 2013
A Great sound by tarentino dryed by explicit lyrics extract from movie sequences.
His movies where based on mythics tracks including every simple sense you could understant in each scene he want you believe in.
The others half were made by actors.
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