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El Topo

El Topo

12" LP

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Championed by everybody from John Lennon to Peter Gabriel and decried by "Establishment" critics ranging from Vincent Canby to Gene Siskel El Topo remains one of the controversial movies ever made. Director Alejandro Jodorowsky's bizarre, blood-soaked blend of spaghetti Western, druggy surrealism, Christian allegory, Zen Buddhist themes and avant-garde sensibilities gave rise to the entire "Midnight Movie" counterculture phenomenon of the early '70s and forever changed the way adventurous audiences viewed film. Or, for that matter, heard film; for no soundtrack, before or since, has embraced so many styles in its pursuit of spiritual and artistic goals. Atonal, Tibetan Buddhist thighbone trumpets clash with beautiful, even sentimental, chamber orchestra pieces alongside pan flute rhapsodies, brass bands and parlor jazz; that Jodorowsky himself composed the score after, no doubt, intently studying the work of Morricone--is almost as impressive an artistic achievement as the film itself.

Now, Real Gone Music, in partnership with ABKCO Music & Records, is issuing this one-of-a-kind soundtrack album as a stand-alone compact disc for the first time since the original release produced by Allan Steckler for Apple Records back in 1971. What s more, the design elements of the original packaging, including the four-page booklet boasting some of the film s hallucinogenic imagery and the gatefold album art, will be incorporated into the design of the CD booklet, which will also include liner notes by Jodorowsky expert Klaus Biesenbach, current Director of MoMA PS 1 in Queens, NYC. Mastered by Joe Yannece at Classic Sound in New York, and produced for reissue by ABKCO's in-house Engineer Teri Landi and Mick Gochanour, with tape transfers by Landi, Real Gone/ABKCO's release of El Topo on CD fully captures Jodorowsky's singular sonic vision.

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Very few motion pictures have caused more stoned individuals to murmur "Oh, wow" than Alexandro Jodorowsky's visionary metaphysical western El Topo, which became an art house sensation in 1971 after the film received the enthusiastic endorsements of John Lennon (who persuaded his then-manager Allen Klein to buy the U.S. distribution rights) and Dennis Hopper (who was said to have been powerfully influenced by El Topo as he edited his own expressive anti-Western, The Last Movie). Filled with bizarre, violent imagery, portentous philosophizing, and enough symbolism to choke the spirit animal of your choice, El Topo became the film to see in an altered state at midnight during the early '70s, though Jodorowsky himself said "When one creates a psychedelic film, he need not create a film that shows the visions of a person who has taken a pill; rather, he needs to manufacture the pill." Jodorowsky, whose vision was as singular as anyone who has ever worked in film, not only wrote, produced, directed, and starred in El Topo, but also composed the score, and while his film could fairly be called "psychedelic," the music most decidedly is not. Jodorowsky's melodic sense is mildly eccentric, but most of the score is very much in the mold of traditional film music. "Bajo Tierra (Under the Earth)" could be the theme to any number of spaghetti westerns; "Los Mendigios Sangrados (The Holy Beggars)" and "Curios Mexicano (Mexican Curios)" sound like standard-issue "comic relief" music; a pair of "dance" tunes playfully evoke vintage jazz; several pieces use wooden flutes to give the score a rustic and evocative feel, and the few moments featuring an electric guitar appear in the deliberately disquieting openings to "La Catedral de Los Puercos (The Pigs' Monastery)" and "La Primera Flor Despues del Diluvio (The First Flower After the Flood)." Very little in Jodorowsky's music is as willfully bizarre or challenging as the movie it was designed to accompany, but there are more than a few moments of genuine beauty and mystery in the El Topo soundtrack, and the main theme, "Entierro del Primer Juguete (Burial of the First Toy)" is surprisingly gentle and moving. This soundtrack album isn't going to alter anyone's consciousness the way El Topo did in its initial release, but it's a bold and effective score, and might generate some interesting flashbacks for those who saw the movie back in the day.

Additional Information

Artist El Topo
Track Listing 1. Entierro Del Primer Juguete (Burial of the First Toy) 2. Bajo Tierra (Under the Earth) 3. La Catedral De Los Puercos (The Pigs Monastery) 4. Los Mendigos Sangrados (The Holy Beggars) 5. La Muerte Es Un Nacimiento (Death Is Birth) 6. Curios Mexicano (Mexican Curios) 7. El Agua Viva (Living Water) 8. Vals Fantasma 9. El Alma Nace en la Sangre (The Soul Born in the Blood) 10. Topo Triste 11. Los Dioses De Azucar (The Sugar Gods) 12. Las Flores Nacen En El Barro (Flowers Born in the Mud) 13. El Infierno De Los Angeles Prostitutos (The Hell of the Prostituted Angels) 14. Marcha De Los Ojos En El Triangulos (March of the Eyes in the Triangles) 15. La Miel Del Dolor (The Pain of the Honey) 16. 300 Conejos (300 Rabbits) 17. Conocimiento A Traves De La Musica (Knowledge Through Music) 18. La Primera Flor Despues Del Diluvio (The First Flower after the Flood)

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