The Assassination of Jesse James [Original Soundtrack]

The Assassination of Jesse James [Original Soundtrack]

by Warren EllisWarren Ellis



Australian buddies Nick Cave and Warren Ellis spent a lot of time on the prairie in 2005 and 2007, laying down music for (and even appearing in) the Westerns Proposition and the Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. While the former relied heavily on Cave's doom-laden vocals, Assassination focuses on fellow Bad Seed Grinderman and founding member of the Dirty Three Warren Ellis' violin and Celeste-tinged audio landscapes to color the "new" Old West. Like a music box tipped on its side in the desert, Cave and Ellis' all instrumental soundtrack occasionally echoes familiar genre exercises (check out the Morricone-esque "Song for Jesse"), but it's long, languid motifs are as spread out as the film's 160-minute run time. If anything, Assassination is comparable to Angelo Badalamenti's lonely score for David Lynch's Straight Story, or the Horseflies' work on the films of Jay Craven (Where the Rivers Flow North and A Stranger in the Kingdom), and like those recordings, the power it yields lies squarely in the understanding of the often overwhelming weight of solitude.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/05/2008
Label: Mute U.S.
UPC: 0724596937624
catalogNumber: 69376

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Warren Ellis   Primary Artist,Piano,Violin,Celeste,Viola
Nick Cave   Piano,Celeste,Triangle
Mark Berrow   Violin
Martyn Casey   Electric Bass
Paul Kegg   Cello
Maciej Rakowski   Violin
George Robertson   Viola
Sonia Slany   Violin
Mary Scully   Bass
Peter Lale   Viola
Frank Schaefer   Cello
Julia Singleton   Violin
Rachel Bolt   Viola
Beatrix Lovejoy   Violin
Vicci Wardman   Viola
Luke Cave   Triangle
Matt Dunkerly   Conductor
Gerard McCann   Celeste,Cello
Gabrielle Lester   Violin,Leader
Jonathan Evans-Jones   Violin
Jonathan Williams   Cello
Christopher Laurence   Bass
James Sclavunos   Drums
Steve Morris   Violin

Technical Credits

Nick Cave   Producer,String Arrangements
Warren Ellis   Producer,String Arrangements
Jake Jackson   Engineering
Keith Zajic   Album Administrator
Gerard McCann   Producer,String Arrangements
Dirk Hebert   Album Administrator

Customer Reviews

Assassination of Jesse James [Original Soundtrack] 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful, touching, soul-stirring music:  Because of its connection to the movie, a rush of images continually flood the mind.  To achieve the full effect, obviously, both movie and soundtrack should be acquired; however, either can be appreciated for its merits independently
Al-in-Denver More than 1 year ago
I saw the movie and loved the soundtrack. It arrived quickly and the shopping experience was very easy.
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