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August 28, 2019

A Sixties Soundtrack

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Curated by director Quentin Tarantino, the Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood soundtrack celebrates 1969’s radio hits

The soundtrack for Quentin Tarantino’s music-laden film Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood is available now. The soundtrack released globally through Columbia Records coincides with the nationwide film release.

Personally curated by Tarantino himself, the soundtrack is a love letter to the music of 1960s-era Hollywood. The Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood soundtrack features over 20 tracks from artists such as Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Box Tops, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jose Feliciano, Dee Clark, Deep Purple, Vanilla Fudge, The Bob Seger System, Los Bravos, and Neil Diamond, as well as vintage radio advertisements, creating a true time capsule of a golden era of filmmaking.

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s
golden age.

Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, the film also stars Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate plus Al Pacino, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Dakota Fanning, Bruce Dern, Lena Dunham, and more.

Highly effective on screen and the soundtrack are era-specific deejay intros from famed KHJ radio personalities The Real Don Steele and Humble Harve dovetailing product advertisements and weather reports from 1969.

There are several recordings broadcast in the movie but not incorporated in the soundtrack: Aretha Franklin’s “The House that Jack Built,” Otis Redding’s “I Can’t Turn You Loose,” “Soul Serenade,” courtesy of Willie Mitchell, Billy Stewart’s rendition of “Summertime,” and the potent screen-only inclusion of The Rolling Stones’ “Out of Time.”

The “Out of Time” heard in the movie’s score takes on prophetic significance and is a telling musical sequence foreshadowing the celluloid tale’s
murderous task ending.

The initial media announcement earlier in 2019 of the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood soundtrack album had listed the addition of the Rolling Stones’ “Out of Time” culled from the epochal Stones’ Aftermath UK edition, cut in Hollywood at RCA Studios in 1966, produced by their manager and liner note flapsmith, Andrew Loog Oldham. An edited version also appears on the Stones’ 1967 album Flowers.

The actual “Out of Time” eventually implemented in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is from their Metamorphosis compilation album of 1964-1970 outtakes and alternate versions, produced by Andrew Loog Oldham and Jimmy Miller, issued in June 1975 by ABKCO Records.

This “Out of Time,” was done in England at Pye Studios April 27-30, 1966, produced by Mick Jagger for Oldham, featuring singer Chris Farlowe, for which Jagger recorded a reference vocal for the artist he was producing on a backing track comprised of English session musicians including guitarists Jimmy Page and Big Jim Sullivan, and overdubbed horn section assembled from the Ronnie Scott jazz club bandstand.

The result featuring Chris Farlowe was a number one UK hit single for Oldham’s Immediate Records label.

In July 2018 I interviewed Andrew Loog Oldham and he reminisced about both his “Out of Time” studio endeavors.

“In one of my dreams that did not come true, Mick and Keith and I were gonna be Holland-Dozier-Holland for Immediate. That was the original idea. But it didn’t work out. Everybody got extra busy, whatever. But that was one of the original thoughts behind it. Mick did a wonderful job on Chris Farlowe’s ‘Out of Time’ and his album. Expensive. 12, 000 pounds. A lot of money then. The price of a Rolls Royce Phantom V.

“It was also Mick’s first production with me for my label Immediate. The only reason Mick, Keith and I started to produce together was that we like to do things the Beatles hadn’t done.

“There came a settlement between the Rolling Stones and Allen Klein in the early seventies that I didn’t know much about. 1973 or ’74. I was living in Paris with my wife Esther. We got together with Mick and Bianca. Mick was meant to be settling with Allen Klein. Mick was gonna deliver great tracks and stuff that would make a great last album of the deal between the Stones and ABKCO. And then Mick and I were supposed to get together in New York to mix it and this was the album that would become Metamorphosis.

“I was not privy to what was going on. But Mick obviously changed his mind and delivered a bunch of lesser stuff to Allen Klein. It was just abysmal.

“In an attempt to not only rescue the album but make it complete, a full album, when I used to do Andrew Loog Oldham Orchestra recording sessions for Decca, when say 2 hours and 10 minutes was gone out of the 3 hours allotted, I would have done the tracks, whether it be a Four Seasons album, Beach Boys, Rolling Stones songbook, and I would have 50 minutes left with, you know, 16 musicians. Which included Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and I would then record anything I wanted, something new I was working on, or more often than not, doing elaborate demos of songs that Mick and Keith had written. So that makes up five or 6 things that are on side one of Metamorphosis. The Rolling Stones are not playing on them. It’s just Mick and Keith doing some vocals. Same is true of ‘Out of Time.’

“Then I remembered that Mick had done a reference vocal for Chris Farlowe for ‘Out of Time.’ So I let Allen have it for Metamorphosis ‘cause we needed a decent song. I mixed that and added a lot of people from Connecticut, bass players and background vocals that I used on a Donovan session. Same year. And that went onto the album with the Jimmy Miller-produced ‘I Don’t Know Why.’

“Stuff they worked on and not bothered to finish. For example, the version of Stevie Wonder’s ‘I Don’t Know Why’ which was recorded on the night Brian Jones died. The ‘I Don’t Know Why’ that they recorded at Olympic, the night that dear Brian died, was like 1:30. Right?

“When I was putting together Metamorphosis in New York at the Record Plant in 1975, John Lennon was next door. Right? And I borrowed the horn people from Elephant’s Memory. Stan Bronstein. And John Lennon said to me, ‘Use him, man.’ And I just suggested, ‘I want a Jimmy Miller horn section.’ (laughs).

“And they did that on ‘I Don’t Know Why.’ And if you listen to it, Mick Jagger repeats the same verse and chorus three times. I just made it 3:40 with the addition of the horn section and the Connecticut musicians. And Allen Klein’s classic words to me at the time were ‘Don’t worry Andrew. I’ve done the research. You could put shit on a Rolling Stones’ record and it would still sell a quarter of a million in America alone.’

“As for the Stones’ ‘Out of Time’ in this movie, maybe Quentin Tarantino is so vinyl anal he was familiar with Metamorphosis. Right? Good for him.”

In a July 26, 2019 story on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood by Armond White in the National Review, contrasts the powerful exhibition of the Rolling Stones’ “Out of Time” off the UK Aftermath in an earlier film from director Hal Ashby, Coming Home, with the “Out of Time” utilized in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

“Tarantino’s pop sadism vents the undigested frustration of the juvenile mentality. The hit parade of half-obscure pop tunes is a mere distraction, proof that Tarantino’s understanding of pop music — like his understanding of movies — is far shallower than we imagined. The Mamas and the Papa’s trenchant ‘Twelve Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon)’ has been used more felicitously elsewhere, as was The Rolling Stones’ ‘Out of Time,’ which Hal Ashby scored in Coming Home so that it expressed the forgotten romance and regret behind Sixties political anxiety.”

In a 2004 interview for my book Hollywood Shack Job: Rock Music In Film and on Your Screen, Andrew Loog Oldham was enthusiastic about the placement of his Aftermath master recording from RCA in Coming Home.

‘“Out Of Time.’ It’s used twice in the Coming Home movie. I do remember, we all have our way of looking at it, survival mode, I am sure I reached Hal Ashby outside the cinema. I got (producer) Lou Adler, who knew him, to connect me. ‘I want you to hear me while I still have a lump in my throat. Great. You just blew me away….’

“Not like I had never been moved. I’ve had a moment that will be with me forever. The double use of ‘Out Of Time’ as a political statement and a love statement was just incredible.

“Hal was on location and I reached him. If a piece of art has affected you like that either you want the person to see your eyes or the sound of your voice. And I was able to do it.”

Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood Soundtrack
1. Treat Her Right – Roy Head & The Traits
2.  Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man – The Bob Seger System Boss Radio feat. Humble Harve:
3. Hush – Deep Purple
4. Mug Root Beer Advertisement
5. Hector – The Village Callers
6. Son of a Lovin’ Man – Buchanan Brothers
7.  Paxton Quigley’s Had the Course (from the MGM  film Three in the Attic) – Chad & Jeremy
8. Tanya Tanning Butter Advertisement
9.  Good Thing – Paul Revere & The Raiders
10. Hungry – Paul Revere & the Raiders
11. Choo Choo Train – The Box Tops
12. Jenny Take a Ride – Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
13. Kentucky Woman – Deep Purple
14. The Circle Game – Buffy Sainte-Marie Boss Radio feat. The Real Don Steele:
15. Mrs. Robinson – Simon & Garfunkel
16. Numero Uno Advertisement
17. Bring a Little Lovin’ – Los Bravos
18. Suddenly / Heaven Sent Advertisement
19. Vagabond High School Reunion
20. KHJ Los Angeles Weather Report
21. The Illustrated Man Advertisement / Ready For Action
22. Hey Little Girl – Dee Clark
23. Summer Blonde Advertisement
24. Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show – Neil Diamond
25. Don’t Chase Me Around (from the MGM film GAS-S-S-S) – Robert Corff
26. Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon – Paul Revere & the Raiders (feat. Mark Lindsay)
27. California Dreamin’ – Jose Feliciano
28. Dinamite Jim (English Version) – I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni
29. You Keep Me Hangin’ On (Quentin Tarantino Edit) –  Vanilla Fudge
30. Miss Lily Langtry (cue from The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean) – Maurice Jarre
31. KHJ Batman Promotion

Harvey Kubernik is an award winning author of 15 books. His literary music anthology Inside Cave Hollywood: The Harvey Kubernik Music InnerViews and InterViews Collection Vol. 1, was published in December 2017, by Cave Hollywood. Kubernik’s The Doors Summer’s Gone was published by Other World Cottage Industries in February 2018.

Harvey’s The Doors: Summer’s Gone has been nominated for the 2019 Associa-tion for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Exce-llence in Historical Recorded Sound Research.

During November 2018, Sterling/Barnes and Noble published Kubernik’s The Story of The Band From Big Pink to the Last Waltz.

Harvey Kubernik’s 1995 interview, Berry Gordy: A Conversation With Mr. Motown, that initially was published in 1995 in Goldmine and HITS magazines will be included in The Pop, Rock & Soul Reader edited by David Brackett to be published in 2019 by Oxford University Press.

This century Harvey penned the liner note booklets to the CD re-releases of Carole King’s Tapestry, Allen Ginsberg’s KaddishElvis Presley The ’68 Comeback Special and The Ramones’ End of the Century.

In November 2006, Kubernik was a featured speaker discussing audiotape preservation and archiving at special hearings called by The Library of Congress and held in Hollywood, California.






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