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Artist: JODOROWSKY, ALEXANDRO
Title: El Topo: Soundtrack Album
Format: LP
Label: Real Gone
Country: USA
Price: $31.00
"Championed by everybody from John Lennon to Peter Gabriel to Marilyn Manson - and decried by establishment critics ranging from Vincent Canby to Gene Siskel - El Topo remains one of the most controversial movies ever made. Director Alejandro Jodorowskys bizarre, blood-soaked blend of spaghetti Western, druggy surrealism, Christian allegory, Zen Buddhist themes and avant-garde sensibilities gave rise to the entire midnight movie counterculture phenomenon of the early 70s and forever changed the way adventurous audiences viewed film. Or, for that matter, heard film; for no soundtrack, before or since, has embraced so many styles in its pursuit of spiritual and artistic goals. Atonal, Tibetan Buddhist thighbone trumpets clash with beautiful, even sentimental, chamber orchestra pieces alongside pan flute rhapsodies, brass bands and parlor jazz; that Jodorowsky himself composed the score - after, no doubt, intently studying the work of Morricone - is almost as impressive an artistic achievement as the film itself. Now, Real Gone Music, in partnership with ABKCO Music & Records, is issuing this one-of-a-kind soundtrack album on LP for the first time since the original release produced by Allan Steckler for Apple Records back in 1971. Whats more, the four-page booklet boasting some of the films hallucinogenic imagery that came with the original release will be included in the gatefold LP reissue. Mastered by Joe Yannece at Classic Sound in New York, and produced for reissue by ABKCOs in-house Engineer Teri Landi and Mick Gochanour, with tape transfers by Landi, lacquer cutting by Carl Rowatti at TruTone Mastering and a 180-gram vinyl pressing, Real Gone/ABKCOs release of El Topo on LP fully captures Jodorowskys singular sonic vision." - Real Gone.

Artist: JODOROWSKY, ALEXANDRO
Title: The Holy Mountain: Original Soundtrack (Blue Vinyl)
Format: Double LP
Label: Real Gone Music
Country: USA
Price: $39.00
Blue LP version; limited edition of 500. "One of the ironies of the career of Chilean-born filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky is that while he is best known as a visual stylist, his most avid and loyal champions have often been musicians. When Jodorowsky arrived in New York from Mexico City in 1970 carrying a copy of the then-unreleased El Topo, it was the jazz producer Alan Douglas who bought the distribution rights to the film. When Jodorowsky and Douglas were looking for a venue in which to screen El Topo, it was John Lennon and Yoko Ono who asked for it to run at midnight following their short-film festival at New Yorks Elgin Cinema. After six months of sold-out midnight screenings at the Elgin, it was Lennons manager, Allen Klein (ABKCOs founder), who bought the rights to El Topo and agreed to produce its follow-up, The Holy Mountain. And when Jodorowsky wanted, in his words, another kind of music -- something that wasnt entertainment, something that wasnt a show, something that went to the soul, something profound, for the soundtrack to The Holy Mountain, forward came jazz legend Don Cherry and crack studio musician (and one-time Archie) Ron Frangipane to share composing and (along with Jodorowsky) conducting duties. And, boy, did they deliver -- the score to The Holy Mountain is every bit as hallucinatory as the fantastic visual imagery in the film itself. The deep, primordial chants that begin the movie, Trance Mutation, give way to an almost jaunty percussion-and-plucked-strings melody, Pissed and Passed Out. On the next track, Violence of the Lambs, a single flute is slowly joined by a set of mournful strings while, onscreen, Gestapo-like soldiers in gas masks parade with bloody lamb carcasses on sticks. Drink It, an upbeat sitar folk melody, follows, briefly accompanying the main protagonist The Thiefs ill-considered decision to guzzle tequila (or sleeping potion). Then there is Christs 4 Sale, a blaring orchestral riff that sounds like it was ripped from a 1950s swords-and-sandals epic. The next track, Cast Out and Pissed, begins with a beelike buzz, then is overwhelmed by a cacophony of drums, horns, and, finally, screaming. Eye of the Beholder which follows, changes moods entirely once again -- a string section swells with overwrought romanticism. (Onscreen, a group of young prostitutes prays in a church. One of them later walks arm and arm with a chimpanzee.) And then there is Communion, a brooding, trumpet-led number that would be at home on the noir-steeped Chinatown soundtrack. (As Communion plays, the Thief is not driving through Los Angeles at night but eating the face off a statue of Christ.) This veritable cornucopia of musical styles would be more than enough to fill an entire movie. It would be more than enough to fill three movies. But in fact, the eight musical compositions described above play entirely in The Holy Mountains first 24 minutes. Still ahead lie the hard rock of Psychedelic Weapons, the pomp and circumstance of the waltz Miniature Plastic Bomb Shop, the gospel-inflected sax of Isla (The Sapphic Sleep), and so on. Every one of the 24 tracks on the films soundtrack presents another vertiginous twist in the philosophical and spiritual journey that is The Holy Mountain. The double-LP edition features liner notes by New York Times contributor Eric Benson that include exclusive quotes from Jodorowsky himself, festooned with copious production stills. Produced for release by Grammy-winning producer Teri Landi and Mick Gochanour, and mastered from the original tapes by Joe Yannece (with lacquer cutting on the LP by Carl Rowatti at Trutone Mastering), this long-awaited release of Alejandro Jodorowskys The Holy Mountain: Original Soundtrack offers a major addition to the soundtrack canon and a completely unique listening experience." - Real Gone Music.

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