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Paris, Texas [Soundtrack]

Ry Cooder Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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1. Paris, Texas
2. Brothers
3. Nothing Out There
4. Cancion Mixteca - Harry Dean Stanton
5. No Safety Zone
6. Houston In Two Seconds
7. She`s Leaving The Bank
8. On The Couch
9. I Knew These People - Harry Dean Stanton And Nastassja Kinski
10. Dark Was The Night

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Ry Cooder has done some of the best soundtracks in the last 20 years or so (I wouldn't live without The Long Riders or the two-disc Music By Ry Cooder compilation, either)--most of them superior to the movies. (Sorry about that, Walter Hill--but it's true.) His lonesome, steel-guitar music for Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas is one of those cases where the movie and its music are equally great. I can't imagine one without the other. Every time I hear Cooder's opening theme, I see those wide western spaces and Travis (Harry Dean Stanton) wandering through them; and every time I see a still from the movie, I can hear Cooder's music playing in my head. --Jim Emerson

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Driving Music Jan. 8 2001
Format:Audio CD
I remember when I first saw this movie my pop-tuned ears heard some of the strangest musical notes that ever caught my ear. Ry Cooder paints a somber mood with his slide guitar, giving the movie another dimension for us to view the tormented soul. Excellent guitar work on this CD. The music has a quiet simplicity to it but is laden with ghostly emotions. He plays that one riff that just echos throughout the CD. The melancholy songs are interrupted by a very different, but beautiful sound of Cancion Mixteca, a traditional Mexican piece about longing for home. Morphing the country blues sounds of Blind Willie Johnson and traditional Mexican guitar he creates a interesting texture of music. The best tracks are Dark was the Night and Cancion Mixteca. Johnson's Dark was the Night ( I went out to buy that CD also) was the muse for creating Paris, Texas.
So the down side of this soundtrack is that it is only 34 minutes and 7 seconds and 26% of that time is filled with I Know These People (track 9) a monologue that goes on for to long...and he ran again... It's a good for the first few listens but if one listens to this CD a lot it becomes quite tiresome. It becomes more palatable when the guitar kicks in halfway through the track. Ry Cooder probable recorded the best soundtrack for a movie that I ever seen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric masterpiece May 13 2000
Format:Audio CD
One of the immortal scenes: Harry Dean Stanton in the desert, scrambling out of nowhere, a tortured Everyman in search of solace. And then Ry Cooder`s slide guitar notes, modeled on Blind Willie Johnson`s " Dark was the night" - when have so few notes said so much? The music and the film images fit like hand and glove. I do not know whether "Paris, Texas" is a great movie, but I do know that it, for me and a host of others, is one of the most unforgettable movies ever, with images and feelings that refuse to let go, creeping under the skin and staying there. The music underlines this feeling, with not a surplus note, every little vibrato inuitively perfectly suited to the atmosphere conveyed in the movie - love and loss, union and aloneness, and, above all, compassion . If the music doesn`t reach these feelings, the experience may be that of the 1-star reviewer quoted. But to me, this music is one of the most durable selections I have in my 1000-piece collection, one of the few that always brings rewards and new nuances when listened to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack for a sparse summer April 10 2002
Format:Audio CD
I listened to this album (LP, at the time) ceaselessly during the summer of 1987. I lived in a sparsely furnished apartment, painted stark white, with my first and only platonic male roommate.
When I woke up, the album went on. The sun shone brightly through our south and east windows. The ominous, pensive sounds generated by Ry Cooder were the perfect accompaniment to my barely post-adolescent A.M. ponderings.
This album makes an unforgettable background to a life. The movie was good, if melodramatic. The monologue on the soundtrack that people are complaining about is the explanation of the whole movie. It is important. We have CD players so we can program the tracks we don't want to hear out of our listening experience. But I recommend letting the monologue track stay. Let it meander through your head. Imagine the scenes and the logic Stanton describes. Then apply the music to the words and you will see why they are equally deserving of space on the disc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Winning music for a loser's tale July 9 2001
Format:Audio CD
I am interested to read these reviews because they are all correct. The track of dialog IS a waste. Indeed, it's a RIP-OFF. The folks who turn this CD out are sort of cheap with the music. Generally, Ry Cooder for me is more engaging on stage or in a movie than he is on a CD, but here he shines like Van Gogh with brilliant bluesy colors spilling off his guitar/palette to evoke a starkly glowing desert. You can see the lizards in the shade of the cactus, the rattlesnake coiling, the hovering vulture over a parched and lonely expanse of sagebrush.
All movie music is basically BGM, but this is not the slick sort of garbage we associate with that genre. No selection is in itself conspicuously memorable, but as a single cohesive body of work this soundtrack is highly successful.
A soundtrack classic even with the stupid idea of throwing in movie dialog.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the movie Nov. 10 2000
Format:Audio CD
Despite the excellent screenplay by Sam Shepherd and the solid acting by Harry Dean Stanton, I found "Paris, Texas" a rather unimpressive film, and the only thing that kept it together for me was Cooder's astounding soundtrack. The music here is simple, yet very moving and even haunting. His guitar stylings really captured the mood and feel that the film was otherwise supposed to convey. It seems to seep right out of the desolate landscape of the Southwest. Every time I listen to this CD it reminds me of driving along some deserted highway in Nevada, SE California, etc. Also, it's really nice that the soundtrack contains the story ("I Knew These People") told by Stanton's character, since to me that was the best part of the movie. Even so, seeing "Paris, Texas" is not a prerequisite for enjoying this CD, the music is phenomenal in its own right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorites Feb. 14 2000
Format:Audio CD
this is some of the most beautiful, haunting, and simply flat-on-your-face in the dirt honest music I have ever heard. I am an amateur low-budget filmmaker, and I stole a couple of tracks to put behind my little film because it is so rich and effluvient. It makes me cry to listen to parts of this album. I'm not sure what the reviewer above missed in the album, but perhaps she was expecting something else. It is very loose, very sparse, quiet, tinged with desert slide guitar and mexican border breeziness. And Harry Dean Stanton sings - how can you resist that?. It is a very personal musical experience for me, but some just may not get into it. I hate soundtracks, but this one is essential listening for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
One of the best soundtracks ever, to an excellent film. I could listen to this all summer long, especially at sunset.
Published 17 months ago by Jacob Delaney
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
Ry Cooder drop-tunes his guitar and creates an incredible piece of film music. The title theme, Dark Was The Night are haunting and beautiful. Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2001 by Direct73
2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
We all blunder into an ill-informed blind buy now and again. I confess that this was mine for 2001. Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2001 by Garry Gaudet
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect.
This is a beautiful accompaniment to Wim Wenders's fine film. The soundtrack would be perfect if it had music in place of a rather long dialogue between the two main characters. Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2001 by "galexy3"
1.0 out of 5 stars over-rated
I'm a big fan of acoustic guitar work, and bought this disk based upon the other reviews. I'm pretty disappointed - after the 1st couple of tracks, this is uninventive and... Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2000 by "bostonmusicfan"
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorites
this is some of the most beautiful, haunting, and simply flat-on-your-face in the dirt honest music I have ever heard. Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2000 by clayton brown
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY GREAT!
Ry Cooder's use of the slide guitar and dobro (one of he finest instruments in the solar system) captures the mood of the film like no other soundtrack I have heard! Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2000 by "grinlv"
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