After 1997's Rebirth of the Budd and 2001's Buddism, it doesn't seem like there would be much of film composer Roy Budd's brief career left to revisit for 2004's Vigilante!. However, Rebirth's arc spanned Budd's whole career, including his light '60s jazz sessions, and Buddism, other than having a terrible title, seemed too interested in presenting him as an eccentric left-field oddball. Vigilante! brings Budd's career in film scores further into focus by concentrating on the most suspenseful moments from the action film scores he is best known for. Get Carter, Black Windmill, Diamonds, and Stone Killer, among others, all get nods on Vigilante! and with only a few exceptions the tracks here have been compiled before. The difference is that here it's for the benefit of the DJ and producer. There are three remixes ("Main Theme," "Diamond Fortress," and "Jazz it Up") and three edits ("Hallucinations," "Jazz Source," and "Beauty & the Bass") tailored for the dancefloor, as well as a few choice vocal snippets included that are ripe for sampling or mixtape segues. The attempt to dress up Budd for DJs or electronica trainspotters seems unnecessary though and leaves Vigilante! an interesting, if less than essential, collection.
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AllMusic Review by Wade Kergan