West of Memphis: Voices for Justice [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
West of Memphis is a documentary film written and directed by Amy Berg, and produced by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and others, which follows the heavy hands of misplaced justice after the murders of three eight-year-old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1993. Three teenagers were arrested and convicted of the murders in a controversial trial that featured, among other twists of dubious police work, forced confessions, vague witnesses, concocted stories of satanic rituals, and the astounding introduction of heavy metal music as a crime motivator. All three of the teens were sent to prison, and one of them, Damien Echols, was placed on death row. The film chronicles efforts...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
West of Memphis is a documentary film written and directed by Amy Berg, and produced by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and others, which follows the heavy hands of misplaced justice after the murders of three eight-year-old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1993. Three teenagers were arrested and convicted of the murders in a controversial trial that featured, among other twists of dubious police work, forced confessions, vague witnesses, concocted stories of satanic rituals, and the astounding introduction of heavy metal music as a crime motivator. All three of the teens were sent to prison, and one of them, Damien Echols, was placed on death row. The film chronicles efforts to free Echols from the row, after DNA and other surfacing evidence cleared all three of any crime. Eventually Echols and the other two were allowed to leave prison (and death row) in the summer of 2012 after 18 years of incarceration under the rarely-used Alford Plea, which allows defendants to declare innocence while pleading guilty, but is really a way for the justice system to say, hey, we messed up but we're not going to admit it so you can't sue us for false imprisonment. This set is drawn from the soundtrack to the film, along with additional tracks either submitted or contributed specifically for this album project. Given the subject matter of the film, these tracks range from angry, somber, and anguished to something closer to forced resignation, but the overall feel of the whole album is redemptive. Among the highlights are Lucinda Williams' re-recording of her 2006 song "Joy," Marilyn Manson's cover of Carly Simon's "You're So Vain," a poignant song from Eddie Vedder, "Satellite," and Bob Dylan's sturdy "Ring Them Bells" from his 1989 album Oh Mercy. Few, if any, of these songs are uplifting when taken one by one, but again, the overall effect of this playlist is positive, the way stories of resilience and winning freedom always are.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/15/2013
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 887654308221
  • Catalog Number: 543082
  • Sales rank: 262,590

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Damien Echols Death Row Letter Year 9 - Henry Rollins (2:32)
  2. 2 Mother - Natalie Maines (5:50)
  3. 3 Joy - Lucinda Williams (4:40)
  4. 4 The Jean Genie - Camp Freddy (4:18)
  5. 5 Little Lion Man - Tonto's Giant Nuts (4:11)
  6. 6 You're So Vain - Marilyn Manson (4:01)
  7. 7 Dumpster World - Band of Horses (3:41)
  8. 8 DFW - Citizen Cope (2:44)
  9. 9 Satellite - Eddie Vedder (2:28)
  10. 10 Anything Made of Paper - Bill Carter (4:13)
  11. 11 House of Pain - The White Buffalo (4:30)
  12. 12 Ring Them Bells - Bob Dylan (2:59)
  13. 13 West of Memphis Score Suite - Warren Ellis (4:58)
  14. 14 Damien Echols Death Row Letter Year 16 - Tonto's Giant Nuts (3:29)
  15. 15 Wing [L - Patti Smith (4:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Stevens Guitar, Guest Appearance
Lucinda Williams Electric Guitar, Vocals
Ben Harper Lap Steel Guitar
Jake Smith Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
David Sutton Bass
Eddie Vedder Ukulele, Vocals
Bruce Witkin Piano, Strings
Oleg Schramm Hammond B3
Butch Norton Drums
Natalie Maines Vocals
Tyler Ramsey Guitar, Vocals
Jesse Ingalls Bass, Keyboards
Jordan Richardson Drums
Creighton Barrett Drums
Ryan Monroe Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Benjamin Birdwell Guitar, Vocals
Bill Reynolds Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
David Bowie Composer
Nick Cave Composer, Score Producer
Bob Dylan Composer
Carly Simon Composer
Roger Waters Composer
Lucinda Williams Composer
Bill Carter Composer
Adam Block Liner Notes
Mike Clink Engineer
Ryan Dorn Producer, Engineer
Warren Ellis Composer, Score Producer
Ruth Ellsworth Composer
Clarence Greenwood Composer, Producer
Ben Harper Producer
Adam Kasper Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Patti Smith Composer
Greg Steele Composer
Eddie Vedder Composer, Producer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Jim Watts Engineer
Bruce Witkin Producer, Engineer, Spoken Word Producer
Eric Liljestrand Producer, Engineer
Taime Downe Composer
Ethan Allen Engineer
Natalie Maines Producer
Jake Jackson Engineer, Score Producer
Tom Overby Producer
Fran Walsh Soundtrack Executive Producer
Camp Freddy Engineer
Ryan Gilligan Pro-Tools
Tonto's Giant Nuts Producer
Mumford & Sons Composer
Damien Echols Soundtrack Executive Producer
Mandy Eidgah Marketing
Benjamin Birdwell Composer
Peter Jackson Soundtrack Executive Producer
Long Vu Art Direction
Jennifer Feinberg Marketing
Keenan Wyatt Engineer
Lorri Davis Soundtrack Executive Producer
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