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The Sound of Music

by Collection

Created 07/09/12

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Movies that march to a beat. Feel free to comment on the songs that may constitute your ultimate The Criterion Collection playlist, mix or mixtape.

22 comments

  • By Drew Phillips
    July 26, 2012
    09:11 PM

    You've never seen Spinal Tap???
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    • By Collection
      July 26, 2012
      09:46 PM

      Never a Criterion edition, which makes its coming back into print on Blu-Ray with a DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack crucial (see comment on The Greatest Show on Earth list). One fine day, amigo. Until then, may the Dead Ringers rock on!
  • By Drew Phillips
    July 26, 2012
    09:13 PM

    Life Aquatic - All the Bowie Darjeeling Limited - All the Kinks Tanner 88 - Exercise Your Right to Vote The Third Man Fishing With John - Theme Withnail & I - All along the watchtower - Jimi Hendrix Tenenbaums - Jackies A Punk - Ramones
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  • By Rasa
    August 02, 2012
    10:20 PM

    loved The Last Days of Disco and Dazed and Confused soundtracks.
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    • By Collection
      January 13, 2013
      02:30 PM

      That's wonderful, Rasa, I do too! Both pictures/soundtracks were released in the '90s (Dazed and Confused in two volumes) among others in an attempt to use music to capture the feeling of the same period of the mid to late '70s. Without critiquing the others, I gather from informational interviews and research that the two films in question succeeded in achieving desired outcomes (if not commercially, as was the case with The Last Days of Disco, then at least aesthetically).
  • By ggfanjase
    September 01, 2012
    03:56 PM

    Fish Tank has some perfectly-cast key songs as well -- Nas' "Life's a Bitch" is pretty memorable.
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    • By Collection
      January 27, 2013
      01:30 PM

      Planning to procure the Blu-Ray edition now in order to properly bump this.
  • By Quinn
    October 28, 2012
    05:11 PM

    "California Dreamin'" from Chungking Express, and "Comment le Revoir" from Masculin Feminin!
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  • By Russell Fry
    January 12, 2013
    03:41 PM

    I found an amazing LP one day while record shopping, 'Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus' by the Vince Guaradli Trio. I have no idea if it available on CD, but if you can find it I highly recommend it, it's fantastic. Some other favorites... Bottle Rocket - Love - 7 and 7 is / The Rolling Stones - 2000 Man The Life Aquatic - The Zombies - The Way I Feel Inside Rushmore - The Who - A Quick One While He's Away The Royal Tennebaums - Bob Dylan - Wigwam Monterey Pop Festival - It's impossible to pick just one... The entire Ravi Shankar and Jimi Hendrix performances, The Blues Project - Flute Thing (sampled by the Beastie Boys on Flute Loop) The Animals - Paint it Black Quadrophenia - The Who - The Punk and The Godfather Ok, I'm cutting myself off, I could go on forever. Great list.
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    • By Collection
      January 13, 2013
      02:00 PM

      Thanks for adding a few of your songs of choice, apparently our convergent tastes in film translate into music, as well. I do own and enjoy Vince Guaraldi's covers from the Black Orpheus soundtrack. Allow me to recommend Paul Desmond's Take Ten (an LP of same is seen spinning at the barbershop in Rushmore) which also contains remarkable cuts of "Samba de Orfeu" and "Générique." "7 and 7 Is" by Love was inadvertently overlooked at first, but has since been added to the above list because of your reminder. I'll have to peruse the extras of The Complete Monterey Pop Festival for "Flute Thing," as I was aware of its having been sampled on "Flute Loop" from Ill Communication but do not recall seeing The Blues Project footage. Regarding your comment on The Classic Collection, I too had appreciated the More and La Valée (Obscured by Clouds) soundtracks prior to screening either film. As such, it is a privilege to ascertain how Barbet Schroeder utilized The Pink Floyd's music within the context of the respective pictures and I hope you and others who have not yet have the chance to do so soon.
    • By Collection
      October 28, 2013
      09:43 PM

      Finally got my hands on a copy of that Vince Guaraldi Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus on open reel tape. I know you treasure your copy on vinyl and this one sounds sweet as it is just one step down from the master recording. Now to locate that Paul Desmond for my reel-to-reel deck.
  • By Russell Fry
    January 14, 2013
    07:33 PM

    Alright, I can't stay away. I just had to add a couple more. Today hasn't been the best of days, and this one has been floating around inside my head. Cat Stevens - Trouble - Harold and Maude. I'm surprised nobody else has picked up on that one yet as it has one of the best soundtracks in the whole collection... A few others... The Harder They Come - Desmond Dekker & The Aces - Israelites / It Mek... Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas - The Dead Kennedys - Viva Las Vegas... Sid and Nancy - X-Ray Spex - Oh Bondage Up Yours!... Beastie Boys Anthology - Sabotage / Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun... Withnail & I - King Curtis - A Whiter Shade of Pale... and last but not least... Spinal Tap - Nigel Tufnel - Lick My Love Pump. There I said it, I feel better.
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    • By Collection
      January 15, 2013
      11:57 PM

      You tha man, Russell! That was a clutch suggestion of "Trouble." Listened to it during my commute this morning, and yup, it checks out. Keep your head up, mate.
  • By Russell Fry
    January 16, 2013
    10:28 PM

    Just when I thought it was safe to stop commenting on this list, they had to go and release REPO REPO REPO MAN!!! A phenomenal punk rock soundtrack filled with the likes of Iggy Pop, Suicidal Tendencies, Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Fear and more, how do I pick just one?!? Well, if I must I'll have to go with The Circle Jerks - Coup D'etat. Burning Sensation's cover of Pablo Picasso is good, but I still prefer the original by The Modern Lovers. Oh man, this is going to be a great year for The Collection. I haven't been this excited about a release since the announced Harold and Maude. Thank you Criterion for making dreams come true. Now let's go do some crimes!!
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    • By Collection
      January 17, 2013
      12:15 AM

      You may recall that Repo Man was on my "Most Wanted on the Collection," as on yours, until at which time its addition to the Collection was announced. I, too, am most excited for this release, albeit somewhat disappointed with the lack of surround sound. Nevertheless, thanks for the reminder that the 16th of April, 2013 is just around the corner and Criterion does make dreams come true! Personally, I am partial to The Plugz' "El Clavo y la Cruz," because Tito Larriva, formerly of The Plugz, is an O.G. The Circle Jerks track you note, which if I remember correctly follows The Plugz one in question on the original soundtrack, is bad (in the '80s sense of the word), as well. Glad to see you included the "now let's go do some crimes" quote on your Criterion on MST3K list!
  • By Russell Fry
    March 09, 2013
    01:18 AM

    Did you just recently add Devo to your list? I don't remember it being on there before. I was going to mention it in one of my previous posts (Oh, how I love Devo!) but hesitated because it's technically not part of the film's soundtrack, so I wasn't sure if it really counted... Two big thumbs up for including it! Those versions of "Secret Agent Man" and "Jocko Homo" are fantastic. Are they live recordings, or maybe demos...? Either way they kick serious ass. D-E-V-O!!!
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    • By Collection
      March 10, 2013
      04:00 PM

      Quite the keen eye, Mr. Fry. Yes, I would say that I added Devo around late January 2013, probably around the same time Island of Lost Souls was added to Criterion on MST3K. Sure, Devo had a legit cameo on Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic soundtrack, not to mention all of Mothersbaugh's and Mutato's other contributions to Anderson's other Criterion release soundtracks which I might list. Nevertheless, since I had overlooked the extras on until recently, hopefully the mention will let others know it is out there.
  • By Alexander Miller
    November 01, 2013
    07:30 AM

    What a fun list. Wong Kar-Wai turned me on to The Mama's and the Papa's with Chungking Express.
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    • By Collection
      November 03, 2013
      09:18 AM

      Thanks and I'm happy to hear that. Which other soundtracks from Criterion's film catalog do you enjoy?
  • By Tjaden S.
    January 10, 2014
    03:09 PM

    "Smile" (Charles Chaplin) - Modern Times "Love Reign O'er Me" (The Who) - Quadrophenia "Love in Vain" (Rolling Stones) - Gimme Shelter "Stonehenge" (Spinal Tap) - This is Spinal Tap "If You Want to Sing Out" (Cat Stevens) - Harold & Maude "Who Are You" (The Who) - Bad Timing "Johnny Too Bad" (The Slickers) - The Harder They Come "Queen of the Night" (Mozart) - The Magic Flute "Those Were the Days" (Leningrad Cowboys & Red Army Choir) - Total Balalaika Show "Wild Thing" (Jimi Hendrix) - Monterey Pop Festival "Theme from Black Orpheus" - Black Orpheus "Oo La La" (The Faces) - Rushmore "She Smiled Sweetly" (Rolling Stones) - Royal Tenenbaums "Life on Mars?" (Seu Jorge, Bowie cover) - Life Aquatic "This Time Tomorrow" (The Kinks) - Darjeeling Limited "Let Her Dance" (Bobby Fuller Four) - Fantastic Mr. Fox
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    • By Collection
      January 10, 2014
      03:53 PM

      Now that you mention it, Jimi's rendition of "Wild Thing" and use of the word "shucks" at the Monterey Pop Festival was memorable. You enlightened me as to The Who's "Who Are You" being in "Bad Timing," and I'll have to rescreen that one to see in what context Roeg uses it. Thanks for the comment and nice playlist.
  • By Tjaden S.
    January 10, 2014
    08:18 PM

    Thanks! And thanks for creating such a fun list and topic!
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