Album Review

Alejandro Jodorowsky – El Topo – [ABKCO Records]

Sir Cumference   6/20/2012   CD, Soundtrack

El Topo Soundtrack

Alejandro Jodorowsky reads to be quite an interesting person. Born in Chile to Jewish Ukrainian parents, worked as a clown, moved to Paris and studied mime and created a comic strip before embarking on a career in film making. El Topo is Jodorowsky’s second film – described as an Acid Western – and was written, directed, starred and (important to note here) scored by Jodorowsky himself.

This soundtrack, which was part of the 2007 Anchor Bay DVD release of the films of Jodorowsky, is a reissue of the Apple records release from 1971 (apparently recorded at the request of John Lennon, who was a big fan of the film) and not to be confused with the Shades of Joy release.

It sounds like Jodorowsky does a great job of creating music that is needed for the scene. The music goes from standard film score sounds to spaghetti western horns to south of the border oompah march music to even some jazz. Basically, a little something instrumental for most people.

If you want to do a pairing, maybe Genesis’ The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. Peter Gabriel has claimed the movie was an inspiration for the album…


you heard it 25 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 443 days ago, Whining Ghoul played El Alma Nace En La Sangre (The Soul Born In The Blood)
  • 2631 days ago, Kitty Roca & Cecily played Entierro Del Primer Juguete (Burial of The First Toy)
  • 2640 days ago, Morris Minor played Bajo Tierra (Under The Earth)
  • 3626 days ago, Sir Cumference played Las Flores Nacen En El Barro (Flowers Born In The Mud)
  • 3761 days ago, Shark Starr I played La Catedral De Los Puercos (The Pigs Monastery)
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