May 23, 2007

Killer of Sheep Soundtrack Mix.

In musical tribute to Charles Burnett's Killer of Sheep, hopefully playing at a theater near you, a soundtrack / mix of sorts, more or less in chronological order:

1. Paul Robeson's "The House I Live In," from Ballad for Americans (kids playing in the ruins near the railroad tracks)

2. Paul Robeson's "Going Home," from Live at Carnegie Hall (herding sheep, and also at the closing credits I think)

3. Elmore James's "I Believe," from Let's Cut It

4. Earth, Wind & Fire's "Reasons," from That's The Way Of The World (Stan's daughter singing to a doll)

5. Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's "Mean Old Frisco Blues," from That's All Right Mama (in the liquor store, I think)

6. Scott Joplin's "Solace," from The Entertainer (after carrying the engine)

7. Dinah Washington's "This Bitter Earth," from The Complete Dinah Washington on Mercury, Vol. 6 (slow dancing)

8. Faye Adams's "Shake A Hand," from The Herald Recordings (jumping from roof to roof)

9. Little Walter's "Mean Old World," from The Essential Little Walter (killing of sheep)

10. Louis Armstrong's "West End Blues," from The Louis Armstrong Collection, Vol. 4 (off to the racetrack)

11. and a bonus, left off the re-release because the rights couldn't be cleared, but was originally playing in the last slaughterhouse scene: Dinah Washington's "Unforgettable," from Compact Jazz

I left off the third movement from William Grant Still's Afro-American Symphony (playing in the first slaughterhouse scene), the section from Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 4 (playing right after "This Bitter Earth"), and Franz von Suppe's Poet and Peasant Overture (also playing in the liquor store scene). God I'm obsessed with this movie.

Posted by the wily filipino at May 23, 2007 12:23 AM

Saw the movie tonight and came home searching for a list of the music that played because that was the best part. The film was quite unusual and very dark. Thanks for the list!

Posted by: e on May 24, 2007 10:47 PM

Thanks, very useful. I found some more.

Robeson sings "My Curly Headed Baby" during the opening credits; it's also sung earlier in the film by what sounded like a group of children.

Other selections, can't specify scenes: Cecil Gant, "I Wonder"; George Gershwin, Lullabye; Lowell Fulson, "It's Your Fault Baby."

Thanks again . . .

Posted by: penalcolony on June 5, 2007 05:01 PM
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