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Classic Album Review: Various Artists | Blow Soundtrack

From Keef to Skynyrd, this drug-movie compilation keeps the hits coming.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Who better to kick off the soundtrack to a drug movie than Keith Richards? Slashing out the opening lick of The Rolling StonesCan’t You Hear Me Knocking, the Glimmer Twin opens up this companion disc to the Johnny Depp flick Blow on a high note.

The rest of the set keeps the buzz going with classics from the likes of Link Wray (Rumble), The Faces (Glad and Sorry), Cream (Strange Brew), Ram Jam (Black Betty) and Manfred Mann (Blinded by the Light), along with a touch of disco (KC & The Sunshine Band’s Keep It Coming Love) for period authenticity. Of course, every high has to end in a low, so you also get Lynyrd Skynyrd’s That Smell, Bob Dylan’s All the Tired Horses and Nikka Costa’s trip-hop chillout Push & Pull, the set’s only new track. The only ending more perfect would have been another Stones track: Comin’ Down Again.