The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Score #3

Bob Dylan's score for Sam Peckinpah's troubled 1973 masterpiece Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid was regarded by many at the time of its release as yet another lesser work from a titan who'd been treading water for the last 5 years (this obviously doesn't count the hard-core Dylan fanatics -- believe me, I know the type -- for whom Orpheus can do no wrong). Peckinpah reportedly veered between loving the Romantic Outlaw lyric posturings of its main title theme, Billy (undoubtedly its weakest dimension), and hating the very idea of the thing; imagining it a ham-handed attempt by those merciless fucks at MGM to sacrifice the integrity of his film on the altar of a marketable soundtrack LP. Peckinpah was of course a notoriously volatile individual, and God knows MGM had alrealy done more than enough to sabotage the picture, so he can be excused his both loving and hating, for all the wrong reasons, one of the loveliest scores a Western would ever be accorded.

Sure, Dylan's performance as Alias is a big, gaping, sucking hole in the screen, but this music - here represented by the 1996 CD Lucky Luke - is sublime; and more than fills in the blanks Peckinpah was shooting.

01. Billy #1
02. Billy #2
03. Turkey
04. Tom Turkey
05. Billy Surrenders
06. And He's Killed Me, Too
07. Good-bye, Holly
08. Pecos Blues #1
09. Pecos Blues #2
10. Billy #3
11. Knockin' On Heaven's Door #1
12. Sweet Amarillo
13. Knockin' On Heaven's Door #2
14. Knockin' On Heaven's Door #3
15. Final Theme #1
16. Final Theme #2
17. Rock Me, Mama #1
18. Rock Me, Mama #2
19. Billy-7 #1
20. Billy-7 #2
21. Instrumental #1
22. Instrumental #2
23. Final Theme #3
24. Final Theme #4
25. Wild Track

1 comment :

Dillan said...

Thanks for posting this music! I've got the official soundtrack, and it's a big part of my memories as a child (I'm a youngin', I suppose, at 32). My dad is a huge Dylan fan, and so am I. Lucky Luke is one CD that I haven't come across yet.