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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Joe Strummer had become friendly with filmmaker Alex Cox when Strummer contributed some songs to the soundtrack of Cox's movie Sid and Nancy, and Joe later tagged along for the drunken holiday in Spain that was Straight to Hell. In 1987, when Cox began filming his ambitious perhaps too ambitious film about the life of American mercenary William Walker, he brought Strummer along to play a small role in the film and compose the score. Strummer's music turned out to be just as ambitious as the film itself; Walker bears almost no resemblance to Strummer's work with the Clash, instead aiming for a airy fusion of several Latin musical styles and showing a faint influence of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Joe Strummer had become friendly with filmmaker Alex Cox when Strummer contributed some songs to the soundtrack of Cox's movie Sid and Nancy, and Joe later tagged along for the drunken holiday in Spain that was Straight to Hell. In 1987, when Cox began filming his ambitious perhaps too ambitious film about the life of American mercenary William Walker, he brought Strummer along to play a small role in the film and compose the score. Strummer's music turned out to be just as ambitious as the film itself; Walker bears almost no resemblance to Strummer's work with the Clash, instead aiming for a airy fusion of several Latin musical styles and showing a faint influence of the music of legendary film composer Ennio Morricone, though thankfully not stumbling into the clichés that have grown from his work. Strummer only sings on three cuts "The Unknown Immortal," "Tennessee Rain," and "Tropic of No Return," which sound more like Mexican folk tunes than anything else, and while more than a few fans will wonder what Joe was thinking when he recorded this stuff, Strummer obviously took his assignment seriously and rather than forcing a period piece set in 1850 to bend to the force of his music, he pulled back the reigns on his rock influences and fashioned a series of simple but evocative pieces that conjure up the mystery and beauty of Nicaragua with commendable sense of dynamics and grace. In short, Strummer could have become a first-rate film composer if he'd stuck with it, and while Walker is something of an anomaly in his discography, it's also a lovely and engaging set of music. [In 2005, Astralwerks reissued the album with three unreleased cuts, one of which is an extended version of the opening cut, " Filibustero."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2005
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • UPC: 724347763229
  • Catalog Number: 77632
  • Sales rank: 14,186

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Filibustero (3:59)
  2. 2 Omotepe (3:48)
  3. 3 Sandstorm (1:57)
  4. 4 Machete (3:06)
  5. 5 Viperland (2:42)
  6. 6 Nica Libre (3:17)
  7. 7 Latin Romance (3:54)
  8. 8 The Unknown Immortal (3:47)
  9. 9 Musket Waltz (2:40)
  10. 10 The Brooding Side of Madness (3:04)
  11. 11 Tennessee Rain (2:55)
  12. 12 Smash Everything (3:21)
  13. 13 Tropic of No Return (3:07)
  14. 14 Tropic of Pico (4:29)
  15. 15 Straight Shooter (1:45)
  16. 16 Brooding Six (5:17)
  17. 17 Filibustero (4:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Strummer Primary Artist, Vocals
Mary Fettig Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
David Bendigkeit Trumpet
Dick Bright Fiddle, Violin
Rich Girard Bass
Michael Hatfield Organ, Marimbas, Vibes
Samuel Lehmer Bass Drums
Rebeca Mauleón Organ, Piano
Zander Schloss Banjo, Guitar, Tamboura, Guitarron, Charango
Michael Spiro Percussion, Bongos, Conga, Timbales
John Tenney Violin
John L. Worley Jr. Trumpet
Susan Chan Viola
Dean Franke Violin
Dean Hubbard Trombone
Richard Zobel Banjo, Harmonica, Mandolin, Vocals
Dan Levin Piano
Stephen Michell Snare Drums
Technical Credits
Joe Strummer Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Dick Bright Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Greg Fulginiti Mastering
Samuel Lehmer Special Effects, Engineer
Zander Schloss Guitar Arrangements
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Walker - Joe Strummer

    If you are expecting Clash this is NOT for you. It's all accoustic and mix of country,hillbilly,jazz,rythym and blues with a western cowboy bent.
    There are only two songs that Joe sings on (Unknown Immortal & Tennessee Rain) all the rest are instrumental.
    This is an excellent cd for sitting out in the back porch, drinking some beer and whisky and enjoying a good sunset.
    The music arrangements are interesting and range from brooding to foot tapping.
    This is the soundtrack to the movie of the same name starring Ed Harris, about the American mercenary that invade Nicaruaga back in the 1850's.

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