THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH No, it’s not by Bowie…

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re­leased 28 Oc­tO­ber (vinyl)/ OUt NOW! (cd)

Com­posers John Phillips,

stomu Ya­mashta La­bel UMc

The Man Who Fell To Earth is a strange film, and this sound­track has an ap­pro­pri­ately odd his­tory. Star David Bowie was orig­i­nally hired to com­pose it, but the mu­sic he cre­ated was deemed un­us­able. The Ma­mas And The Pa­pas’ John Phillips and com­poser Stomu Ya­mashta were roped in in­stead, but what they came up with is hardly your typ­i­cal sound­track fare. It’s lurked in the vaults un­re­leased for 40 years.

Over 25 tracks, it’s noth­ing if not di­verse. Tracks like Louis Arm­strong’s “Blue­berry Hill” and Holst’s “Mars, The Bringer Of War” will be fa­mil­iar to most. More in­trigu­ing are Ya­mashta’s ethe­real in­stru­men­tals, which al­ter­nate be­tween med­i­ta­tive and men­ac­ing. Phillips’ ex­cur­sions into groovy li­brary funk are fun too.

There’s no for­giv­ing the naff coun­try and western pas­tiches, though. Di­rec­tor Ni­co­las Roeg ap­par­ently wanted some “twang” on the score, and he gets it, but songs like “Boys From The South” are em­i­nently skip­pable. Weird­est of all, though cu­ri­ously like­able, is the ti­tle track, which closes the al­bum – a croony bit of easy lis­ten­ing that jars with the film’s de­tached tone. Will Salmon

The two LP/two CD deluxe box set comes with a bonus CD, book­let, art cards, the press book and an A4 poster.

This lit­tle lot will set you back about £80.

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