Tuesday, March 31, 2009

La Planète sauvage OST

As cult movie soundtracks go, this is one of the all-time classics. Originally released in 1973, the animated sci-fi film "La Planete Sauvage" (AKA "Fantastic Planet" in U.S. release) featured an incredibly stoned-out "psych jazz funk orchestral" soundtrack created by the Frenchman Alain Goraguer. Prior to the "La Planete Sauvage" soundtrack, Goraguer worked extensively with Serge Gainsbourg, but this was the moment where he truly stepped out on his own. The music is all based on one theme, so listening to the entire soundtrack CD can get a little repetitive after awhile... I picked out two of the best and most influential highlights for your MP3 download needs (although go ahead and grab the whole thing if you can't get enough wah-wah pedal and flute action). To say this soundtrack has been influential is an understatement... the track "Le Bracelet" in particular has been sampled many times in hip-hop songs, such as Big Pun's "Boomerang" and The Rascalzs' "Soul Obligation." Madlib's first "Quasimoto" record was entirely built around "La Planete Sauvage" samples and homages. The band Air has also listed this soundtrack as a key influence on their work, particularly for the "Virgin Suicides" soundtrack... in fact, one could argue that the Goraguer track "La Femme" offers a blueprint for the entire chilled-out psych-funk style of Air's music in general. Take a trip to this far-out planet and you will not be disappointed...

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