Easy Rider (2-Disc Deluxe Edition) (Bonus Tracks) CD (2004)

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Essential '60s soundtrack receives a full release

by redtunictroll@hotmail.com on 4/7/2004

In some ways it's fitting that the soundtrack to this landmark film has suffered a series of legal hassles from The Man. In its original 1969 vinyl release, it was denied the film's use of The Band's "The Weight" (by the band's then-label Capitol), and a sound-alike cover by Smith was issued in its place. More recently, the soundtrack was withheld from domestic CD reissue, squeaking out a European version many years before MCA's 2000 digital issue. The latter reunited The Band with their film-mates, at the expense of altering the original Smith-bred artifact. Hip-O's deluxe two-disc reissue provides the best of both worlds – including both versions of "The Weight" – and filling out a second disc of contemporaneous radio hits. The original soundtrack is a five-star release on its own, brilliantly capturing the flavor of the film and its times with a carefully selected set of music, and augmented with snippets of sound and dialogue. Many of these songs were, or became, period classics, burned into everyone's consciousness by endless radio play; but what really makes the album great are the non-hit tracks. Beyond the collection of well-worn hits are more unusual inclusions: The Holy Modal Rounders' lunatic old-timey "If You Want to be a Bird (Bird Song)," Fraternity of Man's stoner country "Don't Bogart That Joint" and The Electric Prunes' reverb-drenched psychedelic mass "Kyrie Ellison." Roger McGuinn's cover of Dylan's "It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" and his original "Ballad of Easy Rider" close out the original track lineup with a helping of paranoia, dissolution and salvation. Disc two adds 19 period selections that flesh out the country's growing acid-paranoia, from the independence-minded garage punk of The Seeds and psychedelic trippings of the Electric Prunes and Jefferson Airplane, to the reactionary folk of Richie Havens and The Youngbloods, and heavy-metal acid freak-out of Blue Cheer. Nearly all of this will be very familiar to those weaned on the era's radio, as well as those who've bought other late-60s anthologies. The Band's original version of "The Weight," omitted from the original soundtrack, is a bonus; the rest of the disc, which, unsurprisingly, plays more like an anthology than a film soundtrack, is superfluous in contrast to the original soundtrack. Read More

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 60628816
UPC 602498163597
UPC 14 00602498163597
Format CD
Release Date 3/23/2004
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Author Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work California Dreams
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Technical Info
CatalogID 000211502
Lable Name Hip-O
Released 03/25/2004
Original Release 1969
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 104m : 54s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602498163597
Album Notes and Credits
Producers: Stephen Blauner, Joel Sill, Steve Barri.
Compilation producer: Mike Ragogna.
Includes liner notes by Mike Ragogna.
Includes liner notes by Bud Scoppa.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Liner Note Author: Bud Scoppa.
Photographers: Christian Spindler; Michael Wilson ; Tom Gundelfinger.
The definitive 1960s soundtrack to a definitive 1960s film, this album can be seen as the soundtrack not only to the film, but to the era itself. Ranging in style from proto-metal (Steppenwolf) and dope rock (Fraternity of Man) to folk balladry (Roger McGuinn), EASY RIDER conjures up the wild and surreal images and associations for which the decade has been celebrated.
The crunching blues-rock of Jimi Hendrix's "If Six Was Nine" espouses a lo-fi, greasy, axe-wielding ethic that contrasts nicely with the more gentle, reflective melodies interspersed with increasing frequency towards the end. The soundtrack closes with McGuinn crooning the elegiac "Ballad of Easy Rider."
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (10/12/01, p.34) - Ranked #31 in EW's "100 Best Movie Soundtracks" - "...An embarrassment of riches..."
Mojo (Publisher) (6/02, p.66) - Included in Mojo's "100 Coolest Movie Soundtracks" - "...Hippy heaven..."
Disc 1
1 Pusher, The,Pushin' Too Hard
2 Born to Be Wild,I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night
3 Weight, The,We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet
4 Wasn't Born to Follow,San Franciscan Nights
5 If You Want to Be a Bird,White Rabbit
6 Don't Bogart Me,I Can See For Miles
7 If 6 Was 9,Whiter Shade of Pale, A
8 Kyrie Eleison/Mardi Gras,Groovin'
9 It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding),High Flyin' Bird
10 Ballad of Easy Rider, The,Weight, The
11 You Ain't Going Nowhere
12 Time Has Come Today, The
13 With a Little Help From My Friends
14 Summertime Blues
15 Nights in White Satin
16 Mendocino
17 Get Together
18 My Uncle
19 Something in the Air
Disc 2
1 Pusher, The,Pushin' Too Hard
2 Born to Be Wild,I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night
3 Weight, The,We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet
4 Wasn't Born to Follow,San Franciscan Nights
5 If You Want to Be a Bird,White Rabbit
6 Don't Bogart Me,I Can See For Miles
7 If 6 Was 9,Whiter Shade of Pale, A
8 Kyrie Eleison/Mardi Gras,Groovin'
9 It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding),High Flyin' Bird
10 Ballad of Easy Rider, The,Weight, The
11 You Ain't Going Nowhere
12 Time Has Come Today, The
13 With a Little Help From My Friends
14 Summertime Blues
15 Nights in White Satin
16 Mendocino
17 Get Together
18 My Uncle
19 Something in the Air

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