Trending
MOST READ
‘Walking the Camino’ Explores a Treacherous Trek Through Spain

‘Walking the Camino’ Explores a Treacherous Trek Through Spain

Screens: In the Middle Ages, pilgrims walked the 500-mile El Camino de Santiago de Compostela as a pilgrimage to the tomb of Apostle St. James. It was an... By Stephen James Ross 10/22/2014
Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Music: Chris Pérez never saw it coming. “All I ever wanted to do was play guitar,” he told the Current. “I never thought I’d be the subject of an interview... By Enrique Lopetegui 8/28/2013
SAPD Issues Thousands of Tickets for Homelessness

SAPD Issues Thousands of Tickets for Homelessness

News: Data and records obtained by the Current show that between January 1, 2013, and early October of this year the... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta and Elaine Wolff 10/22/2014
5 Awesome Ways to Survive on Ramen

5 Awesome Ways to Survive on Ramen

College Guide 2013: Nearly every college student has lived off of ramen noodles at one point or another. What a lot of them didn’t know was that the classic just-add-water... By Mary Caithn Scott 8/20/2013
A Closer Look: The ins and outs of a few important races

A Closer Look: The ins and outs of a few important races

News: For more than a year now gubernatorial candidates Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott have dominated airwaves and secured way... By Mark Reagan 10/22/2014
Calendar

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

Aural Pleasure Review

Alejandro Jodorowsky: 'El Topo' (original motion picture soundtrack)

Photo: , License: N/A


If you have never seen the epic cult classic El Topo, stop reading and correct this immediately. Go ahead, I’ll wait. … Finished? OK. Welcome back. Do you feel like you’ve dropped a tab of fun stuff, traveled through a handful of sinister allegorical dimensions and no longer know your purpose in this world? Good. Moving on. The 1970 film by Chilean-French trailblazer Alejandro Jodorowsky is bloody and whimsical. Long considered the original midnight movie and definitive acid Western, El Topo follows a bandit’s trippy revenge-fueled pilgrimage through a boundless desert replete with gunmen, monks, and bandidas. The melee of absurdism, violence, and religious symbolism translate into both captivating imagery and an adventurous soundtrack. First distributed in the U.S. by Apple Records in 1971 (Lennon flipped for the movie after he saw it in New York and helped Jodorowsky secure $1 million for his next film, 1973's The Holy Mountain), the Jodorowsky-penned soundtrack is as fanciful and mischievous as it is dark and ominous. Following our bandit through his journey from the “Entierro del primer juguete (Burial of the First Toy)” to “La primera flor después del diluvio (The First Flower after the Flood),” the soundtrack employs everything from chamber orchestras to sad, rustic pan flutes. Now remastered, it's available as a stand-alone CD as well as in its first LP reincarnation. With the original 1971 gatefold album cover reproduction, new liner notes, and a booklet of film imagery, this is the ultimate purchase for anyone aiming to document their personal trip through El Topo

★★★★ (out of 5 stars)

Recently in Music
We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus