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Customer Reviews

Great Soundtrack as well as the Movie! Certain tracks are not playing.

I saw this movie on video disc back in the 80s and I loved it. The soundtrack samples are really good except for a few that won't play. The track samples that I really like are Baja 1000 Lost in the weeds Escape to San Marcos Murder at Swallow's Camp I don't want to purchase this CD if half the tracks won't play. But, all-in-all the soundtrack samples are alright by me.

One of my favorite movie soundtracks ever

I've been a fan of "Timerider" since I saw it in the theater in 1982, and a major factor in my enjoyment was Michael Nesmith's music. I wanted this soundtrack in the worst way, but the closest I could get was recording the movie's sound from my VCR onto audio cassette (after a year or more of waiting for the VHS tape to come out). Not a perfect solution, but the only one back then. When I picked up the guitar in the mid-80s, I spent a lot of time trying (unsuccessfully) to recreate its numerous and delicious leads. ("The Baja 1000" is a veritable smorgasbord of tasty licks). It will come as no surprise that I'm itching to pick up my guitar again and take another shot at it.

Listening to the music by itself, with headphones, has been a revelation. Although the music is a big part of the movie (in terms of the movie's "construction," two-thirds of it is visuals and concept; the other third is the music--not surprising, considering that we're talking about Michael Nesmith here), the nuances tend to get lost behind the sound effects and dialogue. I'm impressed by the numerous variations on the main musical themes: I love how "Escape to San Marcos" is essentially "Lost in the Weeds" on acoustic guitar. Nearly every track offers something new and different, yet never fails to reference a main theme. Especially noteworthy is "Scared to Death," with its Mexican-style guitar and subtle maracas. I could be mistaken, but I get the impression that the recording sessions were a lot of fun.

If I have a gripe at all, it's the very-80s synthesizer work. Without synthesizers, and with guitar or even a symphony filling out the sound, this soundtrack could have been far less dated, perhaps even able to stand on its own, like a Ry Cooder album (note the jaunty slide guitar on "No Jurisdiction"). That said, apart from keeping production costs down, I imagine that synthesizers were used to underscore the idea of a present-day man and his slightly futuristic machine being thrust into the past. Where they are most effective is in adding some beef behind the guitars, as in "Murder at Swallow's Camp." Conversely, where they are least effective (read: most cringe-worthy) is when they are made to fill in for real orchestral instruments, as in "Two Swanns at the Pond." So while the synth work--like the movie itself--is definitely a product of its time, it still has its many charms. In fact, the first time I listened to "Lost in the Weeds," I got goosebumps. And I'm not exaggerating, but the final moments of "Out of Ammo" stir my soul (jeez, did I just write that?) like nothing since Wagner's "Siegfried's Funeral Music."

The digital tracks sound great to me. But then, I started collecting soundtracks in the vinyl era, so I almost expect to hear pops, clicks and hiss. Color me ecstatic.

Great Soundtrack

Never realized exactly how much the music made this movie but listening to the soundtrack is like a time warp in itself. Murder at swallow's camp immediately takes you to the shootout scene with the appropriately cast LQ Jones. Not only was that a perfect track for the scene, it was masterfully edited to amp up the tension just as LQ drew his six shooter on the dummy and subsequently got toasted by Peter Coyote. Out of ammo seems to play to the desperation of the scene and Baja 1000 is great too. Baja even has the time machine sound efx heard on the opening titles. This soundtrack is a blast! If you liked the movie as a kid, treat yourself...

Biography

Born: December 30, 1942 in Houston, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The comparatively level-headed member of '60s teen sensation the Monkees, Michael Nesmith was the most proficient instrumentalist in the group and wrote their best in-house songs, rootsy pop numbers like "Papa Gene's Blues," "You Told Me," "You Just May Be the One," and "Tapioca Tundra." In fact, he had written many songs before even joining the group, and one of his compositions, "Different Drum," was a hit for Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys in 1968. After he left the Monkees one year later,...
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