• LP Review: Baby Driver Soundtrack

    Posted Thu Jul 13, 2017 at 02:03 PM PDT by
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    INTRO


    Soundtracks are an integral part of any movie. They add an extra layer of entertainment and can even become a central character to the film, such as with Edgar Wright's Baby Driver. Whether it be John Williams' score to Star Wars or the rock and funk classics of Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, we can all agree that music really takes the visuals of our favorite movies and adds a big emotional tone to every scene. As long as Edgar Wright has been on the scene, his films have been full of amazing music that cover most genres and decades.

    With Shaun of the Dead, he made me look at Queen's Don't Stop Me Now differently, as everyone was beating zombies with pool cues to the rhythm of the song and the pub lights would flash on and off to the beat of the music. In Hot Fuzz, we were delighted with Goody Two Shoes by Adam Ant and Solid Gold Easy Action by T.Rex. Then along came Scott Pilgrim, which gave Beck and Nigel Godrich an outlet to be creative with their impressive indie rock creations such as Garbage Truck.

    Of course, how can you forget The Doors' Alabama Song in The World's End where everyone is pub-crawling the golden mile, drunk off of beer and the past? Needless to say, Edgar Wright knows his music and uses it as an important part in every film, which brings us to Baby Driver, which I believe is Wright's first musical film. 

    THE PACKAGING


    The Baby Driver LP comes with an amazing Gatefold fully illustrated LP cardboard sleeve with artwork by Rory Kurtz. There are two black colored records in the album with illustrated sleeves. The record also includes a digital download of the soundtrack, including Run the Jewels' Chase Me. There are liner notes, track information, and a note from Edgar Wright on the sleeves. 

    THE MUSIC


    (I used the Technics SL-1200MK2 Turntable for listening purposes.)

    There are a whopping 30 tracks included in this soundtrack on vinyl, spanning both records that play perfectly with the film or without it. It all begins with The John Spencer Blues Explosion's Bellbottoms that hits those two rock notes hard and fast, along with a funky guitar medley and a groovy bass line. When listening to this song, you immediately want to hop in the car, roll down the windows, hit the pedal, and row through the gears as it amps you way up.

    Spanning a few decades of music, you can expect to hear Queen's Brighton Rock, Beck's Debra as well as T.Rex's Debora. There's even The Beach Boys singing Let's Go Away For A While, Blur's Intermission, Sam and Dave's When Something Is Wrong With My Baby, and Nowhere to Run by Martha and the Vandellas, which was a big hit on the Good Morning Vietnam soundtrack as well. Lastly, there is a funked up version of Tequila by Button Down Brass that makes you want to dance like John Travolta in Mia Wallace's house in Pulp Fiction.

    With each song, Wright has incorporated the beats, instruments, music, and lyrics in the actual film's story, where the characters do or say something to every aspect of the music. It's a musical opus in a very Edgar Wright sort of way. Being on vinyl, there is no compression here, but rather a full sound of the highs and lows of every bass note and guitar chord. There is no digital sound here like you would find on an MP3, but rather an analog sound on 180g vinyl that just takes your breath away.

    Listen to the way Nowhere to Run sounds on vinyl, with every bass note providing a pounding low end, along with The Commodores' Easy track. Each song is perfectly mixed and provides a full sound as if you were listening to it live in person. 

    THE SETLIST


    DISC 1, SIDE A

    1. Bellbottoms – Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

    2. Harlem Shuffle – Bob & Earl

    3. Egyptian Reggae – Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers

    4. Smokey Joe’s La La – Googie Rene

    5. Let’s Go Away For Awhile – The Beach Boys

    6. B-A-B-Y – Carla Thomas

    7. Kashmere – Kashmere Stage Band

    8. Unsquare Dance – Dave Brubeck

     

    DISC 1, SIDE B

    1. Neat Neat Neat – The Damned

    2. Easy (Single Version) – The Commodores

    3. Debora – T. Rex

    4. Debra – Beck

    5. Bongolia – Incredible Bongo Band

    6. Baby Let Me Take You (in My Arms) – The Detroit Emeralds

    7. Early In The Morning – Alexis Korner

     

    DISC 2, SIDE A

    1. The Edge – David McCallum

    2. Nowhere To Run – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

    3. Tequila – The Button Down Brass

    4. When Something Is Wrong With My Baby – Sam & Dave

    5. Every Little Bit Hurts – Brenda Holloway

    6. Intermission – Blur

    7. Hocus Pocus (Original Single Version) – Focus

    8. Radar Love (1973 Single Edit) – Golden Earring

     

    DISC 2, SIDE B

    1. Never, Never Gone Give Ya Up – Barry White

    2. Know How – Young MC

    3. Brighton Rock – Queen

    4. Easy – Sky Ferreira

    5. Baby Driver – Simon & Garfunkel

    6. Was He Slow (Credit Roll Version) – Kid Koala

     

    FINAL THOUGHTS


    This Baby Driver soundtrack -- executive produced by Edgar Wright and distributed by 30th Century Records (an imprint of Columbia Records) -- just hits every perfect note that you'd want to hear in a soundtrack of this caliber. There are 30 tracks, giving you plenty to listen to over and over again, along with some great liner notes and an amazing cover art that pops on the big 12 inch LP case. You won't hear a better soundtrack this year. MUST-OWN!

     

     

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  • High-Def Digest Asks Arnold Schwarzenegger, Adrianne Palicki, Edgar Wright, Nick Frost, and Simon Pegg to Share their Favorite Film Scenes

    Posted Tue Feb 10, 2015 at 07:45 AM PST by
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    In our third round of interviews, we ask our favorite actors, writers, and filmmakers to share their favorite film scenes with us. It's one of our favorite questions to ask people, as each professional has different tastes. In the past, we asked Kevin Smith, John Turturro, Jim Rash, Nat Faxon, Will Forte, Keanu Reeves, Michael Pitt,  and Mike Cahill what their favorite scenes were, along with tons of other questions. You can check our previous rounds of questions by CLICKING HERE and CLICK HERE. Below are the next three interviews for your enjoyment.

     

    Arnold Schwarzenegger ('The Terminator', 'Predator', 'Commando')

    Like most of us, I grew up watching Arnold Schwarzenegger films, which I loved.  I would see every new Schwarzenegger film with my dad the day it came out.  It was a tradition.  From the 'Terminator' films to 'Predator', 'Twins', and all the way up to 'The 6th Day'.  Needless to say, Arnold and his characters have always been a part of my life.

    Well I had the distinct pleasure of talking with him for a very small amount of time, due to his busy schedule.  That’s right. It was one on one between me and the Terminator.  I had so many questions prepared to ask him, but I asked him only one, before he was taken away to sign autographs for the masses and to take his next flight to the next city.  Being a complete lover of all aspects of film, and being a fan of pretty much every genre of film, I always like knowing people’s opinions about movies and the people who make movies. I especially like reading about directors, writers, and actors opinons on films they grew up with , which led me to ask Arnold, “What are some of your favorite films?”  His answer stunned me as he smiled and listed off his favorite films as well as some of his influences.

    Start from the beginning for his favorite scenes, which are from 'Gone With The Wind', 'E.T.', all of the 'Rambo' films (ironically), and the John Wayne films.

     

    Adrianne Palicki ('John Wick' and 'Friday Night Lights')

    We had the distinct honor of talking with the amazing and beautiful actress Adrianne Palicki in Austin, TX at Fantastic Fest 2014. Palicki is most known for her role on the tv show 'Friday Night Lights' and starring in the film 'GI Joe'.  We discuss her fight scenes with Keanu Reeves, 'The Princess Bride', and her favorite scenes in film, which might surprise some of you. It was a pleasure to talk with her. Enjoy!

    Skip to the 1:00 mark for her favorite scenes, which was basically 'The Princess Bride'.

     

    Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost ('Shaun of the Dead', 'Hot Fuzz', 'The World's End')

    I had a great time sitting down with Edgar Wright, Nick Frost, and Simon Pegg a while back about the film. We geeked out on movies, wrestling, and all sorts of other cool things. They are so much fun to talk with and are huge movie fans. Enjoy the interview.

    Skip to the 3:00 mark for their favorite scenes, which included 'Poltergeist', 'Raising Arizona', and 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'.

    Part 4 is coming soon with Josh Gad, Derek Cianfrance, and Morgan Spurlock.

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