180 gram vinyl release of the eclectic soundtrack from this 2007 cult favorite from WES ANDERSON. Set in India, the film incorporates the music of acclaimed director Satyajit Ray's own films, scoring from early Indian Merchant-Ivory films, and hit songs as well as deep album cuts by the Rolling Stones and the Kinks.
For fans of director Wes Anderson, a new movie from the bespectacled auteur means the materialization of a quirky new soundtrack as well. While 1999's British Invasion-heavy audio companion to Rushmore remains the unofficial fan fave, each collection of music (Bottle Rocket, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) has been a glimpse into the Texas-bred Anderson's obviously deep record collection, a window he once again opens with the typically eclectic Darjeeling Limited. This time around, Anderson populates his tale with classic Indian art film music, from celebrated director/composer Satyajit Ray to violinist/singer/composer Shankar. Adapting these previously recorded scores to the director's model of "life with a near constant soundtrack" means peppering them with well-placed bursts of rock & roll, so the employment of tracks from Anderson stalwarts the Rolling Stones and the Kinks should come as no surprise, as they have long been the acts that Anderson uses to drive in the emotional nail. Toss in a little Debussy and Beethoven, "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)" by the painfully earnest U.K. folkie Peter Sarstedt, and a dash of gospel, and then wrap it all up with 1969's international smash "Les Champs-Elysées" from American expatriate/French pop superstar Joe Dassin, and you've got what amounts to the usual Wes Anderson smorgasbord of hip, never will be hip, or soon to be hipper than hip.
A1 -Peter Sarstedt Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)
A2 -Ustad Vilayat Khan* Title Music From Satyajit Ray's Film Jalshagar
A3 -Kinks, The This Time Tomorrow
A4 -Satyajit Ray Title Music From Satyajit Ray's Film Teen Kanya
A5 -Jyotitindra Moitra And Ustad Ali Akbar Khan* Title Music From Merchant-Ivory's Film The Householder
A6 -Satyajit Ray "Ruku's Room" From Satyajit Ray's Film Joi Baba Felunath
A7 -Satyajit Ray "Charu's Theme" From Satyajit Ray's Film Charulata
A8 -Shankar/Jaikishan* Title Music From Merchant-Ivory's Film Bombay Talkie
A9 -Satyajit Ray "Montage" From Nityanada Datta's Film Baksa Badal
A10 -Jodphur Sikh Temple Congregation "Prayer" (Traditional)
A11 -Jyotitindra Moitra And Ustad Ali Akbar Khan* "Farewell To Earnest" From Merchant-Ivory's Film The Householder
A12 -Satyajit Ray "The Deserted Ballroom" From Merchant-Ivory's Film Shakespeare Wallah
A13 -Alexis Weissenberg Suite Bergamasque: 3. "Clair de Lune"
B1 -Shankar/Jaikishan* "Typewriter Tip, Tip, Tip" From Merchant-Ivory's Film Bombay Talkie
B2 -Narlai Village Troubador "Memorial" (Traditional)
B3 -Kinks, The Strangers
B4 -Udaipur Convent School Nuns And Students "Praise Him" (Traditional)
B5 -Chicago Symphony Orchestra* Conducted By Fritz Reiner Symphony No. 7 In A (Op 92) Allegro Con Brio
B6 -Rolling Stones, The Play With Fire
B7 -Ustad Vilayat Khan* "Arrival In Benaras" From Merchant-Ivory's Film The Guru
B8 -Kinks, The Powerman
B9 -Joe Dassin Les Champs-Élysées