Speaks his mind on music & movies!
Just the opening cut takes CB back into the film. The first soundtrack album and first Bob Dylan album for CB at the same time. Could listen to the ‘Main Title Theme (Billy)’ for as long as they wanted to play it. Beautiful. The second cut just continues in the same vein. A little more sparse but the same feel. ‘Billy 1’ has the more familiar Dylan sound with the harmonica but it stays with vibe of the film. Dylan adds his voice which is perfect and tells a tale. Great lyrics, great tune. Every time he hears this song he wants to watch the film again.
Nothing over- powering here just subtle good music that is easy to listen to. ‘Turkey Chase’ opens side two with Byron Berlin taking the lead on the fiddle with solid support from the other players. Old timey, country , bluegrass feel. ‘Knockin’ On Heavens Door’ is next and what a next it is. A CB fave. It’s beautiful. (Enhances one of CB’s favorite scenes. Tear up just thinking about Katy Jurado and Slim Pickens) Dylan’s lyrics make it even better. Goose bumps. Maybe the reason CB wanted to hear more of Bob. Flute and recorder take the lead on the next tune and it works nicely. This is just real good music on it’s own. No flash and dash , stripped down and played with lots of soul. Another version of ‘Billy’ and it is real good. It’s followed by the last cut on the album, another version of ‘Billy’. I guess Bob was trying to get it right. Hey, all versions work.
CB heard good soundtrack music before and good Dylan music too. This album for what- ever reason grabbed him and moved him. Sam Peckinpah knew what he was doing when he got Bob to supply the music for his film. Bob even had a role. The Billy song could be Sam’s song. Probably was.
This album and film were a coming together of two of CB’s favorite things. Music and movies. This soundtrack got it right. He still pulls this one out and listens to it on a regular basis. It’s good. Real good.
This was the lead into more Dylan and more soundtracks ( Lots of both). Great start on both counts. This album will always have a special place. I think I’ll close my eyes slap on the record, listen and watch the movie in my mind. Can’t separate the two.
(Oh yeah, the back cover on the album has a fantastic still from the movie)
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