Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - "Venus: The Bringer Of Peace"
John Phillips - "Boys From The South"
Stomu Yamashta - "33 1/3"
John Phillips - "Rhumba Boogie"
The Kingston Trio - "Try To Remember"
Stomu Yamashta - "Mandala"
John Phillips - "America"
Stomu Yamashta - "Wind Words"
John Phillips - "Jazz"
Stomu Yamashta - "One Way"
John Phillips - "Space Capsule"
John Phillips - "Bluegrass Breakdown"
John Phillips - "Desert Shack"
Stomu Yamashta - "Memory Of Hiroshima"
John Phillips - "Window"
John Phillips - "Alberto"
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - "Mars: The Bringer Of War (Excerpt)"
John Phillips - "Liar, Liar"
John Phillips - "Hello Mary Lou"
Robert Farnon - "Silent Night"
Genevieve Waite - "Love Is Coming Back"
John Phillips - "The Man Who Fell To Earth"
Review: Due to legal wrangles, RCA Records declined to release a soundtrack album when The Man Who Fell To Earth hit cinemas in 1976. The decision may have had something to do with the lack of material from the movie's undoubted star attraction, David Bowie. Following the legendary musician's passing, Universal has decided to make the music - a mixture of original compositions by John Phillips, and Japanese percussionist-composer Stomu Yamash'ta, plus featured songs and instrumentals - available for the first time. Yamash'ta's contributions, which tend towards the atmospheric, alien and otherworldly, are particularly impressive, while Phillips' unique riffs on American rock, funk and soul have their moments.
Review: Given his innate ability to craft intensely atmospheric and often fundamentally unsettling music, it seems apt that Thom Yorke has finally got around to producing a film soundtrack. It's fitting, too, that said soundtrack is for Luca Guadagnino's weirdo remake of 1977 Italian horror flick "Suspiria". Yorke nails the brief, delivering a string of chilling, otherworldly instrumentals that not only draw on his well-established love of dark ambient and gruesome electronica, but also foreboding neo-classical movements and sparse, wide-eyed arrangements. There are a smattering of superb vocal moments, too, with recent single "Suspirio" - described by one broadsheet reviewer as "the saddest waltz you'll ever here" - standing out.