Easy Rider [Expanded]

Easy Rider [Expanded]

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2004
Label: Hip-O Records
UPC: 0602498163597
catalogNumber: 000211502
Rank: 6574

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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
Rascals   Producer
Marcus Tybalt   Producer
Vartan   Art Direction
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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Easy Rider 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i really love the movie a lots i give it a 10 on my list of movies or dvds but i can't find it no where at all please e-mail me at res1uysp@verizon.net thank -you corky darway.