Various - The Best Of Cult Fiction
Ever since Pulp Fiction in the mid-nineties, soundtracks have taken on a new form by basing themselves on older themes or songs from a forgotten age. Capitalising in on the trend, This Is Cult Fiction and its many sequels culled together as many television or movie themes as it could muster, along with any older song that had been revitalised by a contemporary film.
Nearly ten years later, and The Best Of Cult Fiction is released on two discs, with the best cult television themes on one disc and cult movies themes on another. Musical connoisseurs would firstly question whether the selected cuts included on this compilation are originals or reproductions, as there is a fine difference. The fact is that most of the original film and television themes have since been re-recorded many, many times over the years due to licensing, quality or other reasons. This has resulted in a glut of film theme compilations flooding the market with many re-imagined workings of the themes included, with versions that appeared nowhere near the original product.
The themes appearing on The Best Of Cult Fiction are a mixture of original soundtrack cuts and very good reproductions. Disc one, a collection of cult television themes, seems to centre itself on some of the classic British shows of the sixties, seventies and eighties. Opening with Ron Grainer’s classic Dr. Who Theme, and quickly flying through time via such minor gems as Grange Hill Theme or kitsch sixties spy-actioners such as Man From U.N.C.L.E or Danger Man. There are thirty two television themes included, and the disc is certainly a good excuse to sit down and reminisce at one’s lost youth or at television nostalgia.
The second disc, a collection of cult movie themes, is probably a stronger of the two discs, even if it seems to have been compiled as if trying to impress Quentin Tarantino. Song cuts from each of his film, even Kill Bill, can be found on the twenty-three tracks on offer, even if some original gems such as Ennio Morricone’s Fistful Of Dollars or Bernard Herrmann’s Taxi Driver are sprinkled throughout. Still, as a good one-stop-shop grab at collecting some decent movie themes, any compact disc with Little Green Bag, Across 110th Street and Suicide Is Painless is worth its weight in gold, even if the people that this collection may appear will probably already own the original soundtracks of each of the films in question.
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