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3.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware!, 17 Dec 2008
This review is from: Withnail and I (Audio CD)
This CD release of the soundtrack to the film 'Withnail and I' is patchy at best.

If you know the film think about the music in it that you liked the most. The first will probably be the title track - the wonderful live version of 'A Whiter Shade of Pale', played with such extraordinary skill and empathy by King Curtis. The second might be 'Withnail's Theme' by David Dundas which was used right at the end of the film. Perhaps you may remember the music played as Marwood walks out of the cottage on that first cold Penrith morning.

Well those wonderful tracks are here but what about the rest of this often deleted disc? Well, the Hendrix tracks on this CD are certainly not the ones that were used in the film. Both 'All Along The Watchtower' and 'Voodoo Chile' are inferior live versions. The wonderful Al Bowlly track, 'Hang Out The Stars In Indiana' is cut horribly short. There are also another couple of tracks by Dundas but they weren't even used in the film.

This is a CD that's short in duration (36 minutes) and so much of it is irellevant that you will have to ask yourself whether it's worth buying for just three or four moments of utter beauty. Well alright, it does contain the original 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' by George Harrison but I'll bet that if you like 'Withnail & I' you probably have that track somewhere already.

If, however, you are comitted to owning a proper Withnail soundtrack you will need to buy this, a good Hendrix compilation and the 'Al Bowlly - The Dance Band Years' CD (where you can find the original full-length 'Hang Out The Stars In Indiana' in it's proper glory).

And if you're really crazy about the film then you can also find that bit of music playing in the background when Withnail and Marwood visit Monty at his house in Chelsea. It's Piano Sonata No 21 in B flat (D960) 'part III Scherzo Allegro vivace con delicatezza' by Franz Shubert.

There's no doubt that the good tracks are just wonderful. But be informed before you shell out crazy money for this disc.
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