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Dean, James, “Dean’s Lament”, 10″, Cleopatra

While interesting, the material on this 10″ is probably public domain and a rather blatant way of exploiting the dead film star, James Dean. James Dean was a very talented actor known for his work in the films “Rebel Without A Cause”, “Giant” and “East of Eden”. Dean was nominated twice for an Oscar and was the first and?? one of the few actors?? to receive a posthumous Academy Award for Best Actor. Dean became a cultural icon and received legendary status due to his death in a car crash at a very young age (he was 24 years old).

Side A features a an extremely low fi recording of a late night jam session with Dean (on bongos) and Bob Romeo (flute?). The track has a soundtrack feel and sounds like something you might here in “Orgy of the Dead” (the Ed Wood film) or the soundtrack to a female “snake charmer” scene.” The “interview”?? is actually Dean explaining his motivation for his role in “Rebel Without a Cause.” Side B features another jam session track with Bob Romeo and Duke Mitchell and is more flute and bongos, very rhythmic and again brings to mind the dancing of natives…The disc concludes with?? a short interview with actor Gig Young for an episode of “Warner Brothers Presents”… In the interview which was done during the filming of “Giant” Dean, instead of saying the popular phrase “The life you save may be your own” instead said “The lives you might save might be mine .” Dean’s sudden death prompted the studio to re-film the section, and the piece was never aired – though in the past several sources have referred to the footage, mistakenly identifying it as a PSA. (The segment can be viewed on editions of Rebel Without a Cause).

  • Reviewed by ophelia necro on December 3, 2008 at 6:54 pm
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