Death Wish 2 - O.S.T. Import
Worldwide CD debut for Jimmy Page's soundtrack to director Michael Winner's 1982 action film starring Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland and Vincent Gardenia. Contains all 12 original tracks & the original artwork. A Swan Song release. Standard jewel case.
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Oddly, Page's score to III has never been available, at least on CD. This is nowhere as good as the Herbock disc for the original Death Wish, which is a lot different than the music in the film.
This disc isn't available, and I'm still amazing it was ever available. Death Wish II is easily one of Cannon Films' low points, a downright nasty movie, dripping with cynicism, courtesy of super-hack director Michael Winner. Recommended for Bronson addicts, incidentally, as well as Page fans, Zeppelin fans, and fans of the tremendous artwork (like the blueprints).
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So, in this fragile frame of mind, Jimmy accepted film director Michael Winner's invitation to come up with music for his movie, starring Charles Bronson as a vigilante who tries to find five street punks who murdered his daughter and housekeeper on the dark streets of Los Angeles. Of course, he succeeds with a vengeance all too predictable and dated. The soundtrack though is another matter.
By using a few ideas he had since the days of Lucifer Rising and playing synthesised guitar along with his usual army of instruments, and counting with Fairport Convention's Dave Mattacks on drums and Alan Parsons Project's David Paton on bass as a core band, the music on Death Wish II speaks for itself. Mostly instrumental, only three short songs out of twelve are sung, Jimmy's riffs such as on the bombastic opener Who's To Blame, The Chase and the heavy funk of Jam Sandwich are all very strong and creative, delivered with that raw intensity Jimmy knows so well - actually, that riff on The Chase is absolutely brilliant! And that symphonic middle section is of a stunning dark beauty. It would've been interesting to see how Zeppelin would react to it had Jimmy showed it to them before it was too late.
Chris Farlowe - who would also come to sing three songs on side B of Outrider in 1988 - provides vocals on Who's To Blame and Hypnotizing Ways, while Gordon Edwards, formerly of Pretty Things, sings and shares writing credits on City Sirens, the only song which isn't credited to Page alone.
There are also things like Hot Rats And Photostats and Shadow In The City which are superbly moody and dark with bowed guitars, theramin and everything.
While I wouldn't call this an undisputed masterpiece, it does generate a mood that was both fit for the film as well as Jimmy's darker leanings. All in all, this might as well be his boldest, best work post-Zeppelin. Therefore, it's a shame it has never been released on compact disc outside Japan or given a proper remastered edition showing its full impact.