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The movies that Quentin Tarantino writes and directs are special in their own right, but typically just as special are his soundtracks. Rather than going the typical route, hiring a composer to create a score and/or an artist to write some original music, throughout his career Tarantino has instead opted to only use pre-written music that he feels meshes well with the material he has created. And the process has worked well because soundtracks for Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill, Grindhouse and Inglorious Basterds are some of the best to be released in the last 20 years.
But for his latest film, Django Unchained, Tarantino decided to go a different route. While the music is still almost entirely made up of older tracks, this time around the filmmaker went around to artists like Rick Ross and John Legend to have them write some original material for Django. It's an interesting change to make after two decades in the industry, but now you have the chance to find out exactly what was going on in Tarantino's mind when he made the call.
JoBlo has discovered a special track-by-track commentary by Tarantino in which he talks about his music selections for his newest film. You can listen to the whole thing below, but just to warn you it does go for nearly 90 minutes.
Tarantino's music choices are always so fascinating that I wish we could get him to do one of these for all of his previously released soundtracks. Who do we need to talk to in order to make that happen?