Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas [Original Soundtrack]

Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas [Original Soundtrack]

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For years, it was speculated that Hunter S. Thompson's wild, dope-fueled, hallucinatory Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was simply one of those books that couldn't be adapted for film. Nevertheless, Terry Gilliam -- possibly one of the only contemporary directors with enough visual panache to

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For years, it was speculated that Hunter S. Thompson's wild, dope-fueled, hallucinatory Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was simply one of those books that couldn't be adapted for film. Nevertheless, Terry Gilliam -- possibly one of the only contemporary directors with enough visual panache to pull it off -- brought it to life in 1998 with Johnny Depp as Raoul Duke and Benicio Del Toro as Duke's Samoan lawyer, Dr. Gonzo. Promising cast, promising director, and a bunch of promising cameos (Christina Ricci, Tobey Maguire, Cameron Diaz, Lyle Lovett, etc.) -- all the ingredients for a good movie, plus a good period-piece soundtrack, as well. Gilliam has stocked the film with familiar cuts from the late '60s and early '70s -- "White Rabbit," "For Your Love," "Get Together," "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)," "One Toke Over the Line" -- plus album cuts (albeit classics) from Bob Dylan ("Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again"), Buffalo Springfield ("Expecting to Fly") and Big Brother & the Holding Company ("Combination of the Two"). There's also a clutch of Las Vegas lounge standards, such as Tom Jones' "She's a Lady," Perry Como's "Magic Moments" and Debbie Reynolds' "Tammy," that hammer home the fact that the movie is set in Vegas. Excerpts from the score and bits of dialogue are scattered throughout it all. All of this plays better if you know the book or seen the movie, but it still has a certain warped charm that's pretty fun, regardless of your familiarity with the crown prince of gonzo journalism.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/19/1998
Label:
Fontana Geffen
UPC:
0720642521823
catalogNumber:
25218

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Perry Como   Track Performer
Debbie Reynolds   Track Performer
Big Brother & the Holding Company   Track Performer
Booker T. & the MG's   Track Performer
Brewer & Shipley   Track Performer
Buffalo Springfield   Track Performer
Dead Kennedys   Track Performer
Bob Dylan   Track Performer
Jefferson Airplane   Track Performer
Three Dog Night   Track Performer
Yardbirds   Track Performer
Youngbloods   Track Performer
Tom Jones   Track Performer
Ray Cooper   Track Performer
Tomoyasu Hotei   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Jello Biafra   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Ray Cooper   Producer
Rupert Coulson   Engineer
Terry Gilliam   Producer
Doc Pomus   Composer

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Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas [Original Soundtrack] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Gonzo84 More than 1 year ago
Like a lightening bolt, this soundtrack, like the film, launches you into an all-out world of madness. I would have to say, that like the film itself, which is my Personal Favorite film; this is my Personal Favorite soundtrack. For many years, since I was a kid, Soundtracks have been very important, especially since I wanted to make films when I was just a kid. Music is essential when it comes to film, just as much as the acting, direction, cinematography, sound, etc...Martin Scorsese and Quintin Tarantino are usually leading the fore-front when it comes to music and film, especially since the music takes on a story of its own. With this soundtrack, which is beautifully constructed, you get sort of a great review of the film and even Thompson's novel. Like Tarantino's soundtracks, this little fella has the same pattern with an assortment of wonderful blazing dialogue that gives you flashbacks of the wild times throughout the film with Duke (Depp) and Dr. Gonzo (Del Toro). Also similar to another great, critically acclaimed, cult status soundtrack "Pulp Fiction;" this album begins with dialogue, then music of the scene follows, sometimes the two are synced together. Now for the music, which in my mind has an excellent selection of tracks that suits the film perfectly, from 60s psychedelic popular music (Big Brother, Jefferson Airplane, Buffalo Springfield), to folk (Dylan), to even Pop-Standards (Perry Como, Debbie Reynolds?)...there is even some beautifully composed music as well which ignites the heavily psychedelic indulgent sequences which is composed by Hotei Tomoyasu. I picked this up years ago and it is one of those rare soundtracks that will stay with you and the tracks make you want to keep listening to the album over and over. This is definitely a must-have for any Gonzo nut, such as myself. So Turn On, Tune In, and Hold On...