For his latest offering Django Unchained, Tarantino has raided his vinyl vaults to pull tracks from the Spaghetti Westerns of his youth. Rocky Roberts and Luis Bacalov's brilliant 'Django' heads up the soundtrack, while cuts of dialogue from Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio et al are spliced between twanging tracks.
There are also original compositions (a first for Tarantino) from Rick Ross, John Legend, Anthony Hamilton and the filmmaker's musical idol Ennio Morricone. It's the contributions from the legendary Italian composer - among them 'The Braying Mule', 'Sister Sara's Theme' and the new 'Ancora Qui' - that lend Django a classic Western feel, but the originals give the soundtrack its distinct Tarantinian vibe. The stand-out tune is perhaps Hamilton and Elayna Boynton's soulful ballad 'Freedom', a poignant anthem for Foxx's Django and his enslaved bride Broomhilda.
Tarantino's soundtrack cuts reflect his moviemaking ethos: he consumes, processes and re-creates a new experience for the viewer/listener - his influences become his identity, old transforms into new. This holds true for the excellent Django Unchained album, but with the added bonus of four original pieces bound uniquely to this film.
Tracks to download: 'Django', 'Freedom', 'Ancora Qui'
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