Easy Rider (soundtrack)

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Easy Rider Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released August 1969
Genre Soundtrack, psychedelic rock, folk rock, hard rock
Length 37:38
Label Dunhill, Reprise
Producer Steve Barri, Steve Blauner

Easy Rider is the soundtrack to the cult classic 1969 film Easy Rider. The songs that make up the soundtrack were carefully selected to form a "musical commentary" within the film.[1] The album of the soundtrack was released by ABC-Dunhill Records in August 1969 (catalog no. DSX 50063).[2] It peaked at #6 on the Billboard album charts in September of that year,[citation needed] and was certified gold in January 1970.[1]

Description[edit]

The songs on the soundtrack album are sequenced in the same order as they appear in the film, with the following differences:[citation needed]

  • "The Weight", as originally recorded by The Band for their 1968 debut album Music From Big Pink, was used in the film but could not be licensed for the soundtrack. To deal with this, ABC-Dunhill commissioned Smith, who recorded for the label at the time, to record a cover version of the song for the soundtrack album.[3][4]
  • Two songs used in the film, Little Eva's "Let's Turkey Trot" and The Electric Flag's "Flash, Bam, Pow", were omitted from the soundtrack album.

Distribution of the album transferred from the ABC-Dunhill label to Warner Bros. Records' Reprise Records subsidiary (catalog no. MS 2026) in 1970, and Reprise published the album through much of the 1970s.[citation needed] The album is currently published by the Universal Music Group, of which ABC-Dunhill is a legacy imprint.[citation needed]

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Track listing[edit]

Track listing:

  1. "The Pusher" (Hoyt Axton) – 5:49
  2. "Born to Be Wild" (Mars Bonfire) – 3:37
    • Steppenwolf - Steppenwolf (1968)
  3. "The Weight" (Jaime Robbie Robertson) – 4:29
  4. "Wasn't Born to Follow" (Carole King/Gerry Goffin) – 2:03
  5. "If You Want to Be a Bird (Bird Song)" (Antonia Duren) – 2:35
  6. "Don't Bogart Me" (Elliot Ingber/Larry Wagner) – 3:05
  7. "If 6 Was 9" (Jimi Hendrix) – 5:35
  8. "Kyrie Eleison/Mardi Gras (When the Saints)" (Traditional, arranged by David Axelrod) – 4:00
  9. "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" (Bob Dylan) – 3:39
  10. "Ballad of Easy Rider" (Roger McGuinn/Bob Dylan) – 2:14
    • Roger McGuinn (1969)

2004 deluxe edition[edit]

Disc one[edit]

Remastered re-release of the original 1969 soundtrack.

Disc two - Something in the Air: 1967 - 1969[edit]

  1. "Pushin' Too Hard"
  2. "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)"
  3. "(We Ain't Got) Nothing Yet"
  4. "San Franciscan Nights"
  5. "White Rabbit"
  6. "I Can See for Miles"
  7. "A Whiter Shade of Pale"
  8. "Groovin'"
  9. "High Flyin' Bird"
  10. "The Weight"[5]
  11. "You Ain't Going Nowhere"
  12. "Time Has Come Today"
  13. "With a Little Help from My Friends"
  14. "Summertime Blues"
  15. "Nights in White Satin"
  16. "Mendocino"
  17. "Get Together"
  18. "My Uncle"
  19. "Something in the Air"

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b , Denisoff & Romanowski 1991, p. 169.
  2. ^ Osborne 2002, p. 162.
  3. ^ Kubernik 2006, p. 105.
  4. ^ Rovi staff 2012.
  5. ^ Kubernik, p. 105.

References[edit]

  • Denisoff, R. Serge; Romanowski, William D. (1991), Risky Business: Rock in Film (illustrated ed.), Transaction Publishers, p. 169, ISBN 9780887388439 
  • Kubernik, Harvey (2006), Hollywood Shack Job: Rock Music in Films And on Your Screen, CounterCulture Series (illustrated ed.), UNM Press, p. 105, ISBN 9780826335425 
  • Osborne, Jerry (2002), Movie/TV Soundtracks & Original Cast Albums Reference Book & Price Guide (4 ed.), Jerry Osborne Enterprises, p. 162, ISBN 9780932117373 [self-published source]
  • Rovi staff (September 6, 2012), Easy Rider Soundtrack, AllMusicpage a Rovi Corporation website, retrieved September 6, 2012 

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