82519-2 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: The Crow
See production credits below
Released on March 29, 1994
US CHART POSITION #1 . . . 3x PLATINUM RECORD
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T he idea of the leading gothic, industrial and punk/metal bands contributing new tracks for a cool film based on a comic book hero come back from the dead looks great on paper, especially if that piece of paper had the Billboard charts printed on it, where this soundtrack soared to #1. In retrospect, The Crow simply arrived at the right time, as albums by The Cure, Stone Temple Pilots, Nine Inch Nails and Pantera were in the #1 and #2 positions. There are a handful of good songs on here, including an honest-to-goodness hit with Stone Temple Pilots’ “Big Empty,” but mostly this is the sort of stuff that showed up as bonus tracks on EPs and CD singles. There are covers (“Dead Souls,” “Ghostrider,” “The Badge”), alternate versions (“Milktoast,” “Darkness”) and songs unique to the soundtrack (“Burn,” “Golgotha Tenement Blues,” “After The Flesh”). It’s an interesting mix, but I would recommend buying almost any single album from one of these artists over this sampler. I found myself skipping ahead to some tracks (“Darkness,” “After The Flesh,” “Time Baby III”) and ignoring the rest of it. For example, the opening “Burn” is the same smoldering stuff that appears in spades on Cure albums, and covers by NIN and Pantera add nothing to what they’ve already accomplished with Downward Spiral and Vulgar Display. The soundtrack to The Crow remains an interesting collectible as a crystallized portrait of alternative 90s rock in its ascension, only it’s no diamond in the rough. As a soundtrack, it’s a crowning success, but as an album of goth/industrial/metal music it’s nothing to crow about.

82519-2 back sleeve
82519-2 back sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. The Cure: BURN    (Robert Smith/Simon Gallup/Boris Williams/Perry Bamonte)    6:39
  2. Machines of Loving Grace: GOLGOTHA TENEMENT BLUES    (Scott Benzel/Mike Fisher/Stuart Kupers/Thomas Melchionda)    3:58
  3. Stone Temple Pilots: BIG EMPTY    (Dean Deleo/Scott Weiland)    4:55
  4. Nine Inch Nails: DEAD SOULS    (Ian Curtis/Peter Hook/Bernard Sumner/Stephen Morris)    4:52
  5. Rage Against The Machine: DARKNESS    (Rage Against The Machine/Zack de la Rocha)    3:41
  6. Violent Femmes: COLOR ME ONCE    (Gordon Gano/Brian Ritchie)    4:10
  7. Rollins Band: GHOSTRIDER    (Martin Rev/Alan Vega)    5:44
  8. Helmet: MILKTOAST    (Page Nye Hamilton)    3:59
  9. Pantera: THE BADGE    (Tom Roberts/Jerry Long)    3:53
  10. For Love Not Lisa: SLIP SLIDE MELTING    (For Love Not Lisa)    5:45
  11. My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult: AFTER THE FLESH    (Buzz McCoy/Groovie Mann)    2:58
  12. The Jesus And Mary Chain: SNAKEDRIVER    (William Reid/Jim Reid)    3:39
  13. Medicine: TIME BABY III    (Jim Goodall/Brad Laner/Jim Putnam/Ed Ruscha/Beth Thompson)    3:50
  14. Jane Siberry: IT CAN'T RAIN ALL THE TIME    (Graeme Revell/Jane Siberry)    5:34

CREDITS

THE CURE
  Perry Bamonte -- guitar and keyboards
  Simon Gallup -- bass
  Robert Smith -- vocals, guitar, producer
  Boris Williams -- drums
HELMET -- producer
  Henry Bogdan -- bass
  Rob Echeverria - guitars
  Page Hamilton -- guitar, vocals
  John Stanier -- drums
THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN
FOR LOVE NOT LISA
MACHINES OF LOVING GRACE -- producer
  Scott Benzel -- voice
  Mike Fisher -- keyboards
  Brad Kemp -- drums
  Stuart Kupers -- guitar, bass
MEDICINE
  Jim Goodall -- drums
  Brad Laner -- guitar, vocals, producer
  Jim Putnam -- guitar, banjo
  Ed Ruscha -- bass
  Beth Thompson -- vocals
  Elizabeth Fraser -- additional vocals
MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT
NINE INCH NAILS
  Trent Reznor -- performer, producer, engineer
PANTERA -- producer
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE -- producer
  Timmy C. -- bass
  Zack de la Rocha -- vocals
  Tom Morello -- guitar
  Brad Wilk -- drums
ROLLINS BAND
  Sim Cain -- drums
  Cris Haskett -- guitars
  Henry Rollins -- vocals
  Theo Van Rock -- sound, engineer, mixing, producer
  Andrew Weiss -- bass
JANE SIBERRY -- vocals (14)
  Matthew Cooker -- cello
  Mark Gasbarro -- piano
  Graeme Revell -- rhythm programming and keyboards, producer
  Carl Verheyen -- guitar
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS
  Dean Deleo -- guitars
  Robert Deleo -- bass
  Eric Kretz -- drums
  Scott Weiland -- vocals
VIOLENT FEMMES -- producer
  Michael Blair -- drums, vocal
  Victor Delorenzo -- drums, vocal
  Gordon Gano -- vocal, guitar, violin
  Michael Ramos -- keyboards
  Brian Ritchie -- bass, vocal
Jeff Most -- executive producer
Jolene Cherry -- executive producer, soundtrack supervision, compilation & sequencing
Tom Carolan -- executive producer
Leslie Reid -- soundtrack supercision, compilation & sequencing
Chris Apthorp -- engineer (13)
Jim Bartz -- engineer (6)
Doug Carrion -- co-producer, engineer (10)
Nick DiDia -- engineer (3)
John Flannery -- additional engneering (10)
Robin Guthrie -- remix (13)
Finn Halle -- engineer (5)
Richard Hasal -- engineer (13)
Matt Hyde -- engineer, mixing, producer (10)
Buzz McCoy -- engineer, mixing, producer (11)
Dick Meaney -- engineer (12)
Roli Mosimann -- mixing (2)
Bryan "Chuck" New -- engineer, mixing (1)
Brendan O'Brien -- mixing (3,5), producer (3)
Rog Patterson -- engineer (5)
Vinnie Paul -- engineer, mixing (9)
Jim Reid -- producer (12)
William Reid -- producer (12)
John Siket -- engineer (8)
T-Ray -- mixing (8)
Butch Vig -- producer (8)
Dan Wallin -- engineer (14)
Darren Crawforth/Geezer -- art direction/design
Robert Zuckerman -- photography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US March 29, 1994 Atlantic CD/CS 82519-2/4  

 

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