Paris, Texas Soundtrack
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UK vinyl LP pressing of this 1984 soundtrack from the guitar legend. Ry Cooder has been performing for over 40 years as a solo artist, soundtrack composer and session musician. He has collaborated with some of the world's elite including Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Neil Young and The Rolling Stones, where he guested on their classic albums Let It Bleed and Sticky Fingers. Ry Cooder's distinctive score to the 1984 Cannes Film Festival winner Paris, Texas is very suggestive of the film's imagery and the desert itself. The title track is Ry Cooder's most recognizable/popular song that sets the tone for a soundtrack filled with evocative and ringing acoustic guitar.
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
One of the best soundtracks ever, to an excellent film. I could listen to this all summer long, especially at sunset.Published on May 21 2013 by Jacob Delaney
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 morePublished on Nov. 12 2001 by Direct73
We all blunder into an ill-informed blind buy now and again. I confess that this was mine for 2001. Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2001 by Garry Gaudet
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 morePublished on Aug. 6 2001
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 morePublished on Sept. 6 2000
this is some of the most beautiful, haunting, and simply flat-on-your-face in the dirt honest music I have ever heard. Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2000 by clayton brown