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Quentin Tarantino's 8 favorite albums

Quentin Tarantino is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, and actor who is known for his distinctive style, which combines elements of exploitation films, pop culture references, and nonlinear storytelling. Quentin Tarantino first gained fame with the release of his debut film "Reservoir Dogs" in 1992 and has since directed and written a number of critically acclaimed films, including "Pulp Fiction" (1994), "Django Unchained" (2012), and "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" (2019). In addition to his work in film, Quentin Tarantino has also worked in television, producing and directing a number of television shows and documentaries. He has received numerous awards and accolades for his work, including an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

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Quentin Tarantino's favorite albums

  • Jack Nitzsche - Revenge
    Jack NitzscheRevenge

    Out of all the soundtracks, this is the best. It’s from a Tony Scott movie – he directed True Romance – and it’s a very lush, elegant score. You don’t need to know the film to enjoy the soundtrack: It works in its own right.

  • Jerry Goldsmith - Under Fire
    Jerry GoldsmithUnder Fire

    The Main Theme’ is one of the greatest pieces of music written for a movie. It’s so haunting, so beautiful, – full of pan flutes and stuff. It’s shattering y’know – like a Morricone theme. Oddly enough, ‘The Main Theme’ works really well, but they never play it over the opening credits. They play it over the middle and during the closing credits, which is very strange.

  • Bernard Herrmann - Sisters
    Bernard HerrmannSisters

    This is from a Brian De Palma movie. It’s a pretty scary film, and the soundtrack… ok if you want to freak yourself out, turn out all the lights and sit in the middle of the room and listen to this.

  • Elmer Bernstein -  The Great Escape
    Elmer BernsteinThe Great Escape

    I used to have a huge collection of film soundtracks. I don’t get enthusiastic about them any more, though, because now most soundtracks are just a collection of rock songs, half of which don’t even appear in the movie. This is a real classic. It has a great min theme which brings the movie right into your head. All the tracks hold up – it’s so damn effective. It took me ages to get hold of a copy, and, Jeez, I almost wept when I finally did.

  • Phil Ochs - I Ain’t Marching Anymore
    Phil OchsI Ain’t Marching Anymore

    This is one of my favourite protest/folk albums. While Dylan was a poet Ochs was a musical journalist: He was a chronicler of his time, filled with humour and compassion. He’d write songs which would seem very black and white, and then , in the last verse, he’d say something which, like, completely shattered you. A song I love very much on this album is Here’s To The State of Mississippi – Basically, it’s everything the movie Mississippi Burning should have been.

  • Elvis Presley - The Sun Sessions
    Elvis PresleyThe Sun Sessions

    This has been a hugely important album to me. I was always a big rockability fan and a big Elvis fan, and to me this album is the purest expression of Elvis there was. Sure, there are better individual songs – but no one collection ever touched the album.

  • Freda Payne - Band Of Gold
    Freda PayneBand Of Gold

    I’m a gigantic music fan. I love fifties rock‘n’roll, Chess, Sun, Motown. All the Merseybeat bands, Sixties girl groups, folk. This is just so cool: it’s a combination of the way it’s produced, the cool pop/R&B sound, and Freda’s voice. Its kinda kitschy in a way – y’know, it’s got a really up-tempo tune – and, the first few times I heard it, I was, like, totally into the coolness of the song. It was only on the third or fourth listen I realised the lyrics were so fucking heartbreaking.

  • Bob Dylan - Blood On The Tracks
    Bob DylanBlood On The Tracks

    This is my favourite album ever. I discovered folk music when I was 25, and that led me to Dylan. He totally blew me away with this. It’s like the great album from the second period, y’know? He did that first run of albums in the Sixties, then he started doing his less troublesome albums – and out of that comes Blood On The Tracks. It’s his masterpiece.

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