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Neil Young – Dead Man (1996)

Neil Young – Dead Man (1996)

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  • Guitar Solo 1
  • The Round Stones Beneath the Earth...
  • Guitar Solo 2
  • Why Art Thou Silent and Invisible...
  • Organ Solo
  • Do You Know How to Use This Weapon?...
  • Guitar Solo 3
  • Nobody's Story
  • Guitar Solo 4
  • Stupid White Men...
  • Guitar Solo 5
  • Time for You to Leave, William Blake...
  • Guitar Solo 6

Dead Man is the soundtrack to the 1995 Jim Jarmusch western-themed film of the same name starring Gary Farmer, and Johnny Depp as William Blake. Neil Young recorded the soundtrack by improvising (mostly on Old Black, his famously customized electric guitar, with some acoustic guitar, piano and organ) as he watched the newly edited film alone in a recording studio. The soundtrack album consists of seven instrumental tracks by Young, with dialog excerpts from the film and Johnny Depp reading the poetry of William Blake interspersed between the music. The version of the main theme used over the film’s beginning and end credits is not included, but was released as a promo single. The soundtrack differs from the film in that it uses background noises of a driving car while the whole plot is set in the 19th century (before automobiles were invented).

Pitchfork ranked the soundtrack at 15 on their 50 Best Movie Scores of All Time list, saying that “Old Black is featured in its purest form on the soundtrack for Jim Jarmusch’s hallucinatory western Dead Man. Young’s low, ominous notes are inseparable from Robby Müller’s striking black-and-white cinematography, lending an elemental pull to the increasingly strange odyssey of William Blake (Johnny Depp) and Nobody (Gary Farmer), Blake’s sardonic Native American guide.”

Neil Percival Young, (born November 12, 1945), is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, producer, director and screenwriter. After embarking on a music career in the 1960s, he moved to Los Angeles, where he formed Buffalo Springfield with Stephen more...

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