I’ve been playing a ton of Red Dead this weekend, so today’s #albumoftheday is Red Dead’s Red Dead Redemption (Original Soundtrack). This was the soundtrack to the Rockstar action-adventure game, composed by Bill Elm and Woody Jackson and released in 2010. Composed in the vein of a spaghetti western, Rockstar did an amazing job with the soundtrack to Red Dead Redemption. The score is nearly entirely ambient, with various rattles and creaks mixed in with the western-styled instrumentation. Here, less is more, and Elm and Jackson did an incredible job of conveying so much emotion and energy with so little instrumentation. The score feels mysterious and lonesome, but still with a touch of energy buried within each track. Each track does a fantastic job of representing what the game is all about. While the soundtrack is far more enjoyable when heard within the context of the game, the music in Red Dead Redemption is enjoyable enough to listen to outside of riding through the lawless west. I have used the soundtrack countless times when studying, as the ambient nature of the soundtrack goes perfectly with time for concentration. If you have never played or heard the music in Red Dead Redemption, you are absolutely missing out. My favorite songs off of this soundtrack are Dead End Alley, The Shootist, and (Theme From) Red Dead Redemption. (Song: Dead End Alley) #reddeadredemption#deadendalley#rockstargames#rockstar#rdr#soundtrack#western#album#albums#record#records#art#artwork#videogame#videogames#music#song#billelm#woodyjackson#game#games#composer#gaming#musicreview#albumreview#review#reviews
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Album: Red Dead Redemption (Original Soundtrack)
Artist(s): Bill Elm, Woody Jackson, José González, Jamie Lidell, Ashtar Command, William Elliott Whitmore
Label: Wax Poetics Records, 2010
Games: Red Dead Redemption
The very first game soundtrack I bought on vinyl. And a pretty good place to start if I may say so. While the game is certainly popular, the vinyl soundtrack was released just in the early days of the vinyl resurgence and before the flood of game soundtracks on vinyl that we're seeing these days began. It didn't sell out instantly at all back then, but these days it is a difficult album to find - at least at a good price. For us lucky bastards who bought it when it originally came out? $15 + shipping.
The score by Elm and Jackson is pretty fantastic. It fits the Western-themed world perfectly with all its dirt and lonely vastness. They experimented with a ton of different instruments to make the atmosphere just right and they brought in musicians who perform on instruments of the time that the game is set in. This makes for a fantastic, authentic sounding soundtrack... or as authentic as the music from any classic Western film at least, which is more or less my frame of reference for this. There's four vocal songs from different artists added as well, where José González' "Far Away" in particular is an absolutely stunning song, that I've listened to many times.
The album itself comes in a gatefold jacket with game art and credits, while the two discs are (almost obviously) on red translucent vinyl. It's a pressing of 1000 copies, which might seem low now, but at the time it was a pretty reasonable run. It was available for some time at least, but prices have since skyrocketed. The pressing is okay, but nothing spectacular. Still, it's a lovely release and one of the ones that's gotten the most spins on my turntable.