Zabriskie Point (8 bonus tracks) [VINYL] Box set, Extra tracks, Soundtrack
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180 grams audiophile vinyl / Gatefold Sleeve / Includes 8 bonus tracks available on vinyl for the first time / Extensive liner notes
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'Zabriskie Point' is a soundtrack album to the Michelangelo Antonioni film of the same name released in January 1970. This re-release includes four bonus tracks each from Jerry Garcia and Pink Floyd that were used in the film, but not on the original soundtrack. The soundtrack is a remarkable melange of abstract sound sculpture, expansive solo-guitar reveries, full-blown psychedelic rock, old-time country ballads and 1950s jukebox. Pink Floyd's contributions to the album were recorded after their release of 'Ummagumma'. The liquid grace of the band's melodic ideas and performances are a revelatory preview of the lush, refined soundscape on the next two Floyd LPs, 'Atom Heart Mother' and 'Meddle'. There is also more than half an hour of previously unheard, solo Jerry Garcia in this collection. In these versions of 'Love Scene' he is heard utterly alone, playing with a serene confidence and luminous purity that is unlike anything else in his canon.
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Please be aware, the recordings have been remastered and although every effort was made to minimise noise and distortion inherent in the original recordings, the music may not be as crisp and clear as you would expect from a cd.
Jerry died in the August of 1995 but his music lives on and always will ..and will not fade away ..
To those in the know, these ad's are either a tribute or a rip off (depending on how cynical you are of the advertising industry) of the dramatic final scenes in Antonioni's "Zabriskie Point"-check it out if you aren't familiar, its on a well known file sharing website-where-by we witness the destruction of a contemporary house in a series of explosions, all beautifully filmed and with a care for detail and artistic flair that the director of the modern ad's clearly admired.
The soundtrack of the ad even imitates the song which is used to accompany the destruction in the film-Pink Floyd's "Careful With That Axe,Eugene", hidden away here with the alias "Come In No.51, Your Time Is Up"-done, I assume, so people didn't just think this was another Pink Floyd album, anyway...
The film itself was a critical and commercial disaster. It has been said that the most impressive performance in the movie came from Death Valley, which features strongly and is the location of the home that is so memorably destroyed in the films closing moments.
This soundtrack, on the other hand, is a little gem throughout. The first CD includes the actual music taken from the film, and is a beautiful mix of the late 60's sound, featuring performances by the afore mentioned Floyd-"Heart Beat, Pig Meat" being so dark, it sould have been a contender for their "Meddle" album; whilst The Grateful Dead and, in particular, Patti Page give it a time and a definition all of its own. It has to be listened to-don't have it on in the background-but, for a full and rather colourful feel of a musical time that is long lost, this soundtrack has it in spades, and thus, is probably as important as the film itself, as, unlike so many soundtracks, each enhances the other-think "Bladerunner" as another example.
The second CD is almost lazily dismissed as "Outtakes" but this does the music on it a great disservice. The improvisations by Jerry Garcia are beautifully constructed and played, each a little masterpiece on its own, they are, I feel, pieces that, were they by a contemporary artist (and they are timeless) would receive much critical acclaim. Listen to them and (in the case of "Love Improvisations version 3" weep at the sheer guitar playing genius of the man.
Equally, the Floyd tracks. They feel almost casually put together, yet the preciseness of their compositions suggest that the band put rather a lot more effort into them than their ultimate fate suggests. All are collaborations of the entire band, so lack either the dark and depressing sounds of the Waters-led era, or the grand pomp and cirumstance of Gilmour. Indeed, you could say they are a band finding themselves again, following the loss, both musically and personnel-wise, of Syd Barret.
I think this is a magnificent album. It has occasional weaknesses on the actual soundtrack, but, more in terms of how the tracks follow one another, something you wouldn't notice so much during a film. However, the atmosphere, the mood, and, again, for these almost casually dismissed "Outtakes", the opportunity to listen to, what will be to many, fresh and new pieces of work, notably the Garcia tracks, is incomparable and well worth immersing yourself into.
Sadly its not included. Love Scene Version 4 is the closest you'll get to any embellishment of the "D" Chord and good that it is, its still not what I wanted to hear and therefore this soundtrack is incomplete.
I suspect that inclusion would duplicate Wright's early Us & Them demo offering from CD6 of the recently released DSOTM Box set with the eighty quid price tag. It would seem that the Floyd have been cute in protecting any compromise of their flagship (money spinner)... sorry freudian slip.... release. Gripe over....the rest of the recorded outputs from the Floyd, Pattie Page, Jerry Garcia, Kaleidescope and John Fahey are excellent and I am placated as to the lack of this most precious jewel of ivory tickling from Wright. It's an important collectible if your a Floyd fan but please mindful of the the aformentioned ommission. Happy Listening.
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