Easy Rider [Expanded]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This two-CD expanded version of the Easy Rider soundtrack actually is more like the original soundtrack joined by a second CD of similar music than a solid two CDs of music actually heard in, or even related to, the classic 1969 film. The first CD does indeed present the original soundtrack -- nothing more, nothing less -- which has an assortment of good late-'60s rock appropriate to the themes and moods of the movie. The second CD, with 19 cuts and 67 minutes of music, is actually a good half-hour longer than the soundtrack, offering more classic countercultural but pretty popular rock from the same era. The concept might be a little tenuous, to say the least -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This two-CD expanded version of the Easy Rider soundtrack actually is more like the original soundtrack joined by a second CD of similar music than a solid two CDs of music actually heard in, or even related to, the classic 1969 film. The first CD does indeed present the original soundtrack -- nothing more, nothing less -- which has an assortment of good late-'60s rock appropriate to the themes and moods of the movie. The second CD, with 19 cuts and 67 minutes of music, is actually a good half-hour longer than the soundtrack, offering more classic countercultural but pretty popular rock from the same era. The concept might be a little tenuous, to say the least -- it's basically an excuse to build a two-CD oldies compilation around. For a marketing ploy, though, it must be admitted that the music's pretty bitchin'. The actual soundtrack material on disc one balances well-known performers Steppenwolf, the Byrds, Jimi Hendrix with relatively little-heard items by lesser-known psychedelic acts the Holy Modal Rounders' "If You Want to Be a Bird," Fraternity of Man's "Don't Bogart Me," and the Electric Prunes' "Kyrie Eleison", even if only one cut Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild" was an actual hit. Too, the original soundtrack benefits from two fine Roger McGuinn performances, a cover of Bob Dylan's "It's Alright Ma I'm Only Bleeding" and "Ballad of Easy Rider." Disc two is a more conventional assortment of classic rock from the psychedelic era, including its share of massive hits -- the Electric Prunes' "I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night," Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit," the Who's "I Can See for Miles," the Rascals' "Groovin'," Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale," the Chambers Brothers' "The Time Has Come Today," the Youngbloods' "Get Together," and Thunderclap Newman's "Something in the Air." It also has the Band's version of "The Weight," which though used in the film could not be included on the original soundtrack LP for contractual reasons a cover of the song by Smith was used in its place. Nothing on disc two's actually obscure, but there are a few cuts you won't hear often or ever on commercial classic rock or oldies radio, including the Flying Burrito Brothers' "My Uncle" and Richie Havens' "High Flyin' Bird." It all makes for a very good package of some of the more adventurous but popular music of the psychedelic era, though there's not much here to tempt specialized collectors.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2004
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 602498163597
  • Catalog Number: 000211502
  • Sales rank: 38,198

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Pusher - Steppenwolf (5:51)
  2. 2 Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf (3:39)
  3. 3 The Weight - Smith (4:36)
  4. 4 Wasn't Born to Follow - The Byrds (2:05)
  5. 5 If You Want to Be a Bird - The Holy Modal Rounders (2:40)
  6. 6 Don't Bogart Me - Fraternity of Man (3:08)
  7. 7 If 6 Was 9 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience (5:35)
  8. 8 Kyrie Eleison/Mardi Gras - The Electric Prunes (4:01)
  9. 9 It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) - Roger McGuinn (3:41)
  10. 10 The Ballad of Easy Rider - Roger McGuinn (2:14)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Pushin' Too Hard - The Seeds (2:36)
  2. 2 I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night - The Electric Prunes (2:59)
  3. 3 We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet - Blues Magoos (2:17)
  4. 4 San Franciscan Nights - Eric Burdon (3:22)
  5. 5 White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane (2:31)
  6. 6 I Can See for Miles - The Who (4:07)
  7. 7 A Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum (4:04)
  8. 8 Groovin' - The Young Rascals (2:28)
  9. 9 High Flyin' Bird - Richie Havens (3:36)
  10. 10 The Weight - The Band (4:34)
  11. 11 You Ain't Going Nowhere - The Byrds (2:35)
  12. 12 The Time Has Come Today - The Chambers Brothers (4:57)
  13. 13 With a Little Help from My Friends - Joe Cocker (5:12)
  14. 14 Summertime Blues - Blue Cheer (3:47)
  15. 15 Nights in White Satin - The Moody Blues (4:26)
  16. 16 Mendocino - The Sir Douglas Quintet (2:44)
  17. 17 Get Together - The Youngbloods (4:37)
  18. 18 My Uncle - The Flying Burrito Brothers (2:37)
  19. 19 Something in the Air - Thunderclap Newman (3:55)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Hoyt Axton Composer
Chris Hillman Composer
Eddie Cochran Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Justin Hayward Composer
Carole King Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Gram Parsons Composer
Robbie Robertson Composer
Doug Sahm Composer
Grace Slick Composer
Pete Townshend Composer, Producer
John Weider Composer
Sky Saxon Composer
David Axelrod Composer
Mars Bonfire Composer
Gary Brooker Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
John "Speedy" Keen Composer
Billy Edd Wheeler Composer
Danny McCulloch Composer
Eric Burdon Composer
Eddie Brigati Composer
Vic Briggs Composer
Jerry Capehart Composer
Felix Cavaliere Composer
Willie Chambers Composer
Chas Chandler Producer
Denny Cordell Producer
John Court Producer
Jim Dickson Producer
David Hassinger Producer
Jimi Hendrix Composer
Elliot Ingber Composer
Barry Jenkins Composer
Abe "Voco" Kesh Producer
Kit Lambert Producer
Roger McGuinn Composer
Andy McKaie Producer
Gabriel Mekler Producer
Frazier Mohawk Producer
Felix Pappalardi Producer
Art Polhemus Producer
Chester Powers Composer
Keith Reid Composer
David Rubinson Producer
Ralph Scala Composer
Gary Usher Producer
Bob Wyld Producer
The Young Rascals Producer
Marcus Tybalt Producer
Vartan Art Direction
Erick Labson Mastering
Hugh Mendi Executive Producer
Bud Scoppa Liner Notes
Annette Tucker Composer
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
L. Wagner Composer
Ronald Gilbert Composer
Robin Schwartz Licensing
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Michele Horie Art Manager
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    40 Years Of "Easy Rider"? No Way!

    Has it really been forty years since this landmark movie first came out? It was many things to many people: a hippie film, a road movie, a drug trip and an American tragedy. The soundtrack to "Easy Rider", now available in a special deluxe edition, captures the spirit of that movie and celebrates it, very much the way the "Woodstock" documentary did that year.

    From the rumbling opening of Steppenwolf's "The Pusher" and "Born To Be Wild", the soundtrack draws us into the late Sixties counterculture. Roger McGuinn and The Byrds (who were close friends of the film's star and producer, Peter Fonda) play a big role in this album and their closing track, "The Ballad Of Easy Rider" (complete with motorcycle crashing sound effects) is still memorably haunting. Some of the songs are more-than-dated, particularly "If You Wanna Be A Bird", which is perhaps the most tuneless and least listenable song on the record. However, you can't argue with the power of Jimi Hendrix's "If Six Was Nine" or The Electric Prunes' "Kryie Eleison".

    For added measure, there is also a second-disc that features great garage rock from The Seeds ("Pushing Too Hard") and Blues Magoos ("We Ain't Got Nothing Yet") as well as the beginnings of prog-rock from Procol Harum ("A Whiter Shade Of Pale") and The Moody Blues ("Nights In White Satin"). While the soundtrack still has Smith's version of Robbie Robertson's "The Weight", fans will be happy to know that this version also contains The Band's original version of that song---finally. Although most of the songs range towards the obvious, there are some surprises, such as "My Uncle", a terrific draft-dodger ode by The Flying Burrito Brothers and "Something In The Air", a magnificent one-off by Thunderclap Newman.

    Using popular songs on motion picture soundtracks is almost a given these days. Yet, one has to remember that there was a time when that was pretty damn hard to do in the first place. About twenty years ago, Nike was using "Revolution" by The Beatles to sell sneakers, which is now practically commonplace. The songs on "Easy Rider" were being used to tell a story, plain and simple.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Essential '60s soundtrack receives a full release

    In some ways it's fitting that the soundtrack to this landmark film has suffered a series of legal hassles from The Man. In its original 1969 vinyl release, it was denied the film's use of The Band's "The Weight" (by the band's then-label Capitol), and a sound-alike cover by Smith was issued in its place. More recently, the soundtrack was withheld from domestic CD reissue, squeaking out a European version many years before MCA's 2000 digital issue. The latter reunited The Band with their film-mates, at the expense of altering the original Smith-bred artifact. Hip-O's deluxe two-disc reissue provides the best of both worlds – including both versions of "The Weight" – and filling out a second disc of contemporaneous radio hits. ¶ The original soundtrack is a five-star release on its own, brilliantly capturing the flavor of the film and its times with a carefully selected set of music, and augmented with snippets of sound and dialogue. Many of these songs were, or became, period classics, burned into everyone's consciousness by endless radio play; but what really makes the album great are the non-hit tracks. Beyond the collection of well-worn hits are more unusual inclusions: The Holy Modal Rounders' lunatic old-timey "If You Want to be a Bird (Bird Song)," Fraternity of Man's stoner country "Don't Bogart That Joint" and The Electric Prunes' reverb-drenched psychedelic mass "Kyrie Ellison." Roger McGuinn's cover of Dylan's "It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" and his original "Ballad of Easy Rider" close out the original track lineup with a helping of paranoia, dissolution and salvation. ¶ Disc two adds 19 period selections that flesh out the country's growing acid-paranoia, from the independence-minded garage punk of The Seeds and psychedelic trippings of the Electric Prunes and Jefferson Airplane, to the reactionary folk of Richie Havens and The Youngbloods, and heavy-metal acid freak-out of Blue Cheer. Nearly all of this will be very familiar to those weaned on the era's radio, as well as those who've bought other late-60s anthologies. The Band's original version of "The Weight," omitted from the original soundtrack, is a bonus; the rest of the disc, which, unsurprisingly, plays more like an anthology than a film soundtrack, is superfluous in contrast to the original soundtrack.

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