In my opinion the Jackie Brown Soundtrack is the best thing to come out of the Jackie Brown movie. It is also one of the best soundtracks from the Tarantino films. As with his previous soundtracks, in the Jackie Brown soundtrack, Quentin Tarantino interweaves dialogue and music from the movie.
Because the dialogue in Jackie Brown isn’t as memorable as in Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs, this is probably reflected in the dialogue on the Jackie Brown Soundtrack. However, I still can’t get enough of hearing Samuel L Jackson and Robert De Niro discussing an employee that ‘had to be let go’ or all the girls Jackson’s character has ‘got set up’. Bridget Fonda also chimes in with her character’s explanation of the benefits of coughing.
As with the soundtracks from other Tarantino films, the Jackie Brown soundtrack features music from a variety of genres. However, sticking with the theme of the movie there is a clear focus on soul music. Key songs include Bobby Womack’s ‘Across 110th Street’ and The Delfonics’ ‘Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)’. My favorite song on the album is ‘Strawberry Letter 23’ by The Brothers Johnson, which also features on the Collector’s Edition version of the Pulp Fiction Soundtrack.
Released in 1997, the Jackie Brown soundtrack is an essential edition to your collection of soundtracks from Tarantino films. While the movie may not stand up as well as earlier Quentin Tarantino movies, the Jackie Brown soundtrack may be even better.
Here’s a preview of the Jackie Brown soundtrack:
Checkout the Jackie Brown soundtrack tracklisting below.
Jackie Brown: Music From The Motion Picture Track Listing:
1. Across 110th Street – Bobby Womack – 3:48
2. Beaumont’s Lament (dialogue) – Samuel L. Jackson & Robert De Niro – 0:50
3. Strawberry Letter 23 – the Brothers Johnson – 4:58
4. Melanie, Simone and Sheronda (dialogue) – Samuel L. Jackson & Robert De Niro – 0:32
5. Who is He (And What Is He To You?) – Bill Withers – 3:12
6. Tennessee Stud – Johnny Cash – 2:54
7. Natural High – Bloodstone – 4:54
8. Long Time Woman – Pam Grier – 2:52
9. Detroit 9000 (dialogue) – Council Cargle – 0:07
10.(Holy Matrimony) Letter to the Firm – Foxy Brown – 3:26
11. Street Life – Randy Crawford – 4:18
12. Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time) – the Delfonics – 3:21
13. Midnight Confessions – The Grass Roots – 2:43
14. Inside My Love – Minnie Riperton – 3:56
15. Just Ask Melanie (dialogue) – Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro & Bridget Fonda – 0:43
16. The Lions and the Cucumber – the Vampire Sound Incorporation – 5:07
17. Monte Carlo Nights – Elliot Easton’s Tiki Gods – 3:25
Quentin Tarantino and Lawrence Bender were the Jackie Brown soundtrack’s executive producers. Michele Huznetsky and Mary Ramos acted as music consultants and Ann Karlin and John Katovsich as coordinators. Tom Baker performed the Jackie Brown soundtrack mastering.
The Jackie Brown soundtrack may not have the cult following of the soundtracks from Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs. However, the soundtrack to Jackie Brown is an effective, complete album with many great tracks. If you are a fan of Tarantino movies or a music fan in general, then the Jackie Brown soundtrack is an essential album in your collection. Highlights from the Jackie Brown soundtrack include dynamite dialogue from Samuel L. Jackson and Robert De Niro, Across 110th Street by Bobby Womack, Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time) by the Delfonics and Strawberry Letter 23 by the Brothers Johnson.