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Classic Album Review: Various Artists | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Quentin Tarantino's blood-drenched martial-arts epic gets a typical killer soundtrack.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


In addition to making some of the coolest movies around, Quentin Tarantino has also put together some of the coolest soundtracks. The companion piece to his fourth film, the blood-drenched martial arts revenge epic Kill Bill, is naturally no exception.

In general, QT sticks to his signature formula — this 17-track disc is a music-geek mix of buried treasures (Nancy Sinatra’s torchy twanger Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down), Charlie Feathers’ psychobilly freakout That Certain Female), vintage cheese (Zamfir’s Lonely Shepherd, Santa Esmeralda’s extended disco mix of Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood), genre studies (Meiko Kaji’s ironically lulling Flowers of Carnage) and snappy dialogue. This time out, though, Tarantino also reflects the movie’s stylistic mish-mash by expanding his palette with orchestral pieces, old TV theme music and even hip-hop (from Wu-Tang Clan sensei RZA, natch) — along with three video trailers on the multi-media portion of the disc. Which means that any way you slice it, Bill kills.