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

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

     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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:
01/15/2013
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0887654308221
catalogNumber:
543082

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Tracks

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

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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   Producer,Engineer
Ryan Dorn   Producer,Engineer
Warren Ellis   Composer,Score Producer
Ruth Ellsworth   Composer
Clarence Greenwood   Composer,Producer
Ben Harper   Producer
Adam Kasper   Producer
Patti Smith   Composer
Greg Steele   Composer
Eddie Vedder   Composer,Producer
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   Producer
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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