Wednesday, 24 October 2007

X marks the spot

Spike Lee's 1992 three hour plus biopic of assasinated activist Malcolm X was perhaps not everybody's cup of java. The movie was considered too long, too imperfectly paced, too superficial in some places, and too obsessive in others. It was however, highly entertaining, illuminating, and deeply inspiring, as is its soundtrack.

Eschewing a score per-se, the Malcolm X soundtrack features a virtual history of black music to frame Malcolm X's life.

1. Revolution - Arrested Development
2. Roll 'Em Pete - Joe Turner
3. Flying Home - Lionel Hampton
4. My Prayer - The Ink Spots
5. Big Stuff - Billie Holliday
6. Don't Cry Baby - Erskine Hawkins
7. Beans & Cornbread - Louis Jordan
8. Azure - Ella Fitzgerald
9. Alabama - John Coltrane
10. That Lucky Old Sun Just Rolls Around Heaven - Ray Charles
11. Arabesque Cookie - Duke Ellington
12. Shotgun - Jr. Walker & The All-Stars
13. Someday We'll All Be Free - Aretha Franklin.

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