RIYL: Heroin & Jazz

Label: Mondo Records

William S. Borroughs’ novel Naked Lunch was widely considered impossible to visualize as a watchable film, but in 1991, David Cronenberg set the naysayers straight.  His vision was grotesque, compelling and unforgettable, and a significant portion of the film’s cohesion is owed to Howard Shore and Ornette Coleman’s soundtrack.

Shore and Coleman seamlessly composed the inner caverns of William Burroughs’ mind, addictions and all.  One minute, Coleman’s saxophone writhes and wails like an afflicted heroin junkie going cold turkey, and the next minute, it glides along a cloud 9 soaked in smack.  This is one of those rare soundtracks that not only supports the film’s vision, but stands alone as its own work of art.  Regardless if you enjoyed the novel or the film, a jazz completist ain’t complete without the soundtrack to Naked Lunch.  Fact.

There are no pressing numbers, but the limited ‘bugpowder yellow’ variant will undoubtedly sell out soon.  For well over 20 years, music fans have begged and pleaded for a vinyl release to no avail.  The wait is finally over.  Whether you’re a jazz collector, a heroin junkie or a Mondo soundtrack addict, your day has finally come.

The Details

Naked Lunch - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 2XLP. Music By Howard Shore // Ornette Coleman.
Performed by The London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Original Artwork by Rich Kelly.
First time ever on Vinyl.

Pressed on 180 Gram Bugpowder Yellow Vinyl. Also available on 180 Gram Black Vinyl. $35

Price $35

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