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Desperado
(1995)
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Composed, Performed, and Produced by:
Los Lobos
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Columbia/Epic Soundtrax
(August 15th, 1995)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Winner of a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if you love the film and want a pretty competent (though not complete) representation of its songs, limited score, and dialogue on album.

Avoid it... if you expect this listening experience to be as tightly cohesive and consistently entertaining as Once Upon a Time in Mexico.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,784
WRITTEN 10/18/09
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Desperado: (Los Lobos) The irony of Robert Rodriguez's Desperado is, of course, that the only reason it existed was because a major studio decided to allow him to revisit the territory of El Mariachi with a larger budget, ultimately leading to an inferior product. Some refer to Desperado as a remake of the $7,000 cult favorite from a few years prior, but it technically extends the narrative while making substantial changes to the basic premise of the original. There is still a guitar-playing gunslinger on the road to revenge, but this time he spends less time playing his instrument and speaks English instead of Spanish. Extreme bloodshed is omnipresent, building upon raw Sam Peckinpah shootouts by adding John Woo flair in the photography. The sparse environment of the first film was replaced with an atmosphere so thick and a pair of leads so attractive that it became all eye candy and not much mystique. Still, that didn't stop Rodriguez from making yet another sequel in 2003, comprised of what Rodriguez has stated were his intended third and fourth parts of the saga. Most critics wrote at the time that Desperado was completely unnecessary, though its $7 million budget yielded a return of almost four hundred percent in America alone. Given the integral role of music in the franchise, most of the soundtracks for the three films play like an extended series of source inclusion, all of which relevant to the narrative but often jumping across several decades and sub-genres with the general Latin spectrum of music. The integration between original score and licensed or original songs became more coherent as the franchise went on, the first film not even managing a soundtrack album release and Once Upon a Time in Mexico enjoying an extremely entertaining blend. In the middle, Desperado was a strong seller and won a Grammy Award for one of its instrumental pieces, but it remains far more fragmented in its flow than its successor. Whereas Rodriguez eventually handled the duties of writing his own scores by the mid-2000's, he turned to the Los Angeles rock band Los Lobos for the score (and some of the song material) for Desperado. Their contribution to this film is consistent with the blend of Chicano rock and traditional Ranchera music that you would expect for this topic, taking few liberties to extend their instrumental palette outside of their comfort zone.



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Average: 2.84 Stars
***** 13 5 Stars
**** 16 4 Stars
*** 17 3 Stars
** 17 2 Stars
* 19 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 59:25
• 1. Cancion del Mariachi (Morena de Mi Corazon) - performed by Los Lobos and Antonio Banderas (2:06)
• 2. Six Blade Knife - performed by Dire Straits (4:34)
• 3. Jack the Ripper - performed by Kink Wray & His Ray Men (2:31)
• 4. Manifold de Amour - performed by Latin Playboys (2:03)
• 5. Forever Night Shade Mary - performed by Latin Playboys (3:00)
• 6. Pass the Hatchet - performed by Roger & the Gypsies (3:00)
• 7. Bar Fight** (1:54)
• 8. Strange Face of Love - performed by Tito & Tarantula (5:51)
• 9. Bucho's Gracias/Navajas Attacks** (3:56)
• 10. Bulletproof** (1:42)
• 11. Bella - performed by Carlos Santana (4:29)
• 12. Quedate Aqui - performed by Salma Hayek (2:05)
• 13. Rooftop Action** (1:36)
• 14. Phone Call** (2:16)
• 15. White Train (Showdown) - performed by Tito & Tarantula (5:57)
• 16. Back to the House That Love Built - performed by Tito & Tarantula (4:41)
• 17. Let Love Reign - performed by Los Lobos (3:22)
• 18. Mariachi Suite* (4:24)
* score material by Los Lobos
** score material by Los Lobos and dialogue

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The insert includes extensive credits and photography, but no extra information about the score or film.
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