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Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

Tag: Film & TV soundtrack LPs

"Gone Dead Train"
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Randy Newman: Once a Rocker

Randy Newman once rocked quite convincingly on “Gone Dead Train,” a song that was included in the soundtrack to 1970’s notorious art film, Performance, and was – oddly enough for the prolific songwriter – one that he himself did not write: “Gone Dead Train“ Randy Newman (1969) – Conceptual train

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"Chained to Your Heart"
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“Chained to Your Heart”: Cycle Soothes the Savage Beast

The soundtrack album to 1969’s notorious biker film, Cycle Savages (starring Bruce Dern) remained out-of-print until reissued on CD in 2012.  This album contains rare cuts by cult psych bands Orphan Egg and The Boston Tea Party – with the latter contributing standout track, “Chained to Your Heart,” a blue-eyed

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"Take a Run at the Sun"
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J Mascis Takes a Run at the Sun

Allison Anders‘ 1996 fictional film, Grace of My Heart – a clever and heartfelt tribute to the great sounds of the 1960s and early 70s – features original songs that take their inspiration from Brill Building and girl group pop, as well as Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound,” British Invasion

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"Fastest Guitar Alive"
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Roy Orbison (is) The Fastest Guitar Alive

For a modest sum, I picked up this Roy Orbison soundtrack for the 1967 motion picture – Fastest Guitar Alive – and was surprised by the quality of songs from start to finish. Cover art by Frank Frazetta All ten songs on the album are Roy Orbison originals – seven

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