(1973) The Holy Mountain (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Various Artists

... read moreWhile not as well-known as his iconic lysergic western El Topo, which became one of the major midnight movies of the '70s, The Holy Mountain is arguably the definitive work from Chilean/Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, a visually dazzling and gloriously confounding story of the search for...

01:12′:56″ 24 Songs

1
Trance Mutation
Various Artists
3:32
2
Pissed And Passed Out
Various Artists
1:48
3
Violence Of The Lambs
Various Artists
2:03
4
Drink It
Various Artists
1:37
5
Christs 4 Sale
Various Artists
0:44
6
Cast Out And Pissed
Various Artists
1:47
7
Eye Of The Beholder
Various Artists
2:17
8
Communion
Various Artists
1:24
9
Rainbow Room
Various Artists
4:41
10
Alchemical Room
Various Artists
4:15
11
Tarot Will Teach You/Burn Your Money
Various Artists
8:45
12
Mattresses, Masks & Pearls
Various Artists
5:53
13
Isla (The Sapphic Sleep)
Various Artists
2:22
14
Psychedelic Weapons
Various Artists
1:12
15
Rich Man In A Fishbowl
Various Artists
4:09
16
Miniature Plastic Bomb Shop
Various Artists
3:14
17
Fuck Machine
Various Artists
3:12
18
Baby Snakes
Various Artists
1:21
19
A Walk In The Park
Various Artists
1:31
20
Mice And Massacre
Various Artists
3:27
21
City Of Freedom
Various Artists
3:22
22
Starfish
Various Artists
2:22
23
The Climb/Reality (Zoom Back Camera)
Various Artists
4:15
24
Pantheon Bar (Bees Make Honey…)
Various Artists
3:43
Released 01 January 1973, This Compilation ℗ 2010 ABKCO Music & Records, Inc.

Review

While not as well-known as his iconic lysergic western El Topo, which became one of the major midnight movies of the '70s, The Holy Mountain is arguably the definitive work from Chilean/Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, a visually dazzling and gloriously confounding story of the search for spiritual enlightenment. While it's all but impossible to describe what happens in The Holy Mountain, given its emphasis on surreal visuals over narrative, it's a cult film for the best reasons -- love it or hate it, it's a remarkable and thoroughly individual accomplishment -- and the soundtrack album, featuring Jodorowsky's original score, is an eclectic and interesting listen in its own right. The music sways from rock ("Psychedelic Weapons") to esoteric folk music ("Pissed and Passed Out") to subtle tone poems ("Violence of the Lambs") to grand-scale orchestral themes ("Christs 4 Sale"), with plenty of room for lyrical musical backdrops ("Communion"), a dash of vintage dance music ("A Walk in the Park"), and even some Tuvan throat singing ("Trance Mutation"). This music is never as trippy or engrossing as the movie it was designed to accompany, but Jodorowsky's melodic sense is sure and appealing, and it's not hard to imagine he could have become a successful composer if he'd set his mind to that goal. The Holy Mountain is most strongly recommended for fans of the film, but soundtrack collectors with a taste for the offbeat with doubtless find this rewarding. ~ Mark Deming