Posted tagged ‘Neil Young’

Uncharted territory

June 28, 2008

For the first time in the short history of The Midnight Tracker, we have the other side of an album for you.

Last month, we fulfilled the Hose’s somewhat inexplicable request for the soundtrack to “Where the Buffalo Roam,” the 1980 film with Bill Murray as gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. We offered Side 1.

Tonight, for the Hose, for all you Neil Young completists and for all you fans of bad cinema, we have Side 2.

As noted last time, Young contributed seven cuts to the soundtrack, all riffs and variations on “Home on the Range.” Young and David Blumberg also did the orchestral arrangements. The rest of the soundtrack consists of what even then were classic rock tunes.

“Straight Answers,” “Highway 61,” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),” “Ode to Wild Bill #3 With Dialogue,” “Keep On Chooglin’,” “Ode to Wild Bill #4,” “Purple Haze” and “Buffalo Stomp Reprise,” various artists, from “Where the Buffalo Roam” soundtrack. It runs 19:38.

The soundtrack is out of print. Also, apparently only the VHS release of the film has the original soundtrack. Later DVD releases substitute sound-alike tracks for all artists but Neil Young.

By request … really

May 26, 2008

We do requests here at The Midnight Tracker, and we finally are getting around to this one.

Our old pal, The Hose, has for no apparent reason been wanting to hear again the soundtrack from “Where the Buffalo Roam.” That’s the 1980 film starring Bill Murray as gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

The soundtrack is noteworthy primarily for Neil Young’s involvement. He contributed seven cuts to the soundtrack, all riffs and variations on “Home on the Range.” Young and David Blumberg also did the orchestral arrangements.

Whether that’s a good thing, you be the judge.

Aside from Young, the soundtrack consists of what even then were classic rock tunes from Jimi Hendrix, the Temptations, Bob Dylan, the Four Tops and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

As you listen to Side 1, that’s Murray and fellow actor Rene Auberjonois, in character, singing “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.” Really.

“Buffalo Stomp,” “Ode to Wild Bill #1,” “All Along the Watchtower,” “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” “Ode to Wild Bill #2,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and “Home, Home on the Range,” various artists, from “Where The Buffalo Roam” soundtrack, 1980. It runs 19:02.

The soundtrack is out of print. Also, apparently only the VHS release of the film has the original soundtrack. Later DVD releases substitute sound-alike tracks for all artists but Neil Young.