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Moving Soundtracks Review

by Ned Raggett

The tangled history of this compilation, as explained briefly in the liner notes to the 2008 reissue, lies in a plan by the Crepescule label in the early '80s to have a collection of tracks by its artists and kindred spirits covering a variety of songs written for and/or made famous through their movie appearances, with Blaine Reininger serving as overall producer. The result would have been a cross between a tribute album and something like This Mortal Coil, perhaps, but the version that finally surfaced in 1991 was a mix of tracks from a variety of sessions and artists. The 2008 reissue readjusts this slightly, with the original contributions (minus cuts by Cabaret Voltaire and Ennio Morricone) complemented by other contemporaneous covers, resulting in a enjoyable, often breezily sweet listen that both celebrates and in other ways completely undercuts or reworks the original takes. One example of the latter comes from the Pale Fountains, who turn the John Barry-written Louis Armstrong James Bond theme "We Have All the Time in the World" from a slow-burn romantic drama into a peppy, slightly goofily sung confection; other similar standouts include a murky, percussive heavy version of "Moon River" by Thick Pigeon and Cosy Corners' minimal, drone-backed take on another John Barry/James Bond standout, "You Only Live Twice." A variety of the covers, unsurprisingly, are mostly faithful takes with a few amusing fillips, such as Quando Quango's demi-psychedelic "Low Rider," while a couple of wholly original tributes round out the collection. Some ringers surface among later tracks -- one of the more forceful, if slightly out of place sonically, is a take on Henry Mancini's "Experiment in Terror" by La Muerte, an odd inclusion on the face of it except for the fact that, as the liner notes point out, ex-members of Marine helped make up the group.

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