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Final Gravity

Title - 'Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Dance of Reality OST'
Artist - Alejandro Jodorowsky

If you are all-knowing of the great Alejandro Jodorowsky, and his musical and cinematic works of art - such as the also-reviewed, and just-released classic double album, 'The Holy Mountain,' then you will also already be in the know about this newly-released film, 'The Dance of Reality.'

Released in mid-2014, 'The Dance of Reality' marked the triumphant return, after a 23-year hiatus, of Alejandro Jodorowsky, the visionary Chilean filmmaker behind cult classics 'El Topo' and the aforementioned 'The Holy Mountain.'

'The Dance of Reality' is a heavily autobiographical French film written and directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky, starring Brontis Jodorowsky (his youngest son), Pamela Flores, and Jeremias Herskovits. Indeed, credit where credit is due for such a visionary, because this masterpiece is actually Jodorowsky's first film in 23 years! As all fans of followers of the great man might also know, the film is also based on an earlier work by Jodorowsky, first published in Spanish under the title, 'La Danza de la Realidad: Psicomagia y Psicochamanismo' in 2001.

In the highly-anticipated, and mightily lauded film, a young Jodorowsky (played by his son, Brontis) is confronted by a collection of compelling characters that contribute to his burgeoning surreal consciousness. Adding to the autobiographical nature of the work, the film was shot in Tocopilla, a coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert, where the filmmaker was born in 1929.

As for the accompanying soundtrack, released on both CD and vinyl LP (which is the edition I am reviewing from today), no tracks are particularly long in length, and yet all create an ambiance that you feel taken away from this film might well remove its actual color scape.

Jodorowsky has even brought his oldest son to the fore here as Adan Jodorowsky (aka Adanowsky), whose work as a composer and performer (with Devendra Banhart, among others) has won him an international following in his own right. The first track is the delightful 'Ice-Cream,' which is followed by the jangly piano-bounce of 'The Clowns,' the beautifully delicate 'Teosofo,' and both the empowering 'Ibañez Orgasm,' and soulful 'Carlito's Death.'

The stern, thrusting 'The Wave' is in turn followed the fun, melodic, jazzy 'Shoes Dance,' with the gentle acoustic guitar and piano work of the beautiful 'God Doesn't Exist' and then the piano-based 'Los Mineros,' the longest track on the album at just over four minutes, bringing the Side A of the LP to a close.

Side B opens with the sweeping 'Bucéfalo,' the sentimental, gentle piano key stroking of 'Jaime and Bucéfalo' and 'Bucéfalo Dies' both excellent examples of how to create mood with simplistic orchestrations. The jazz music hall fun is back on the short 'Bodisua,' and as we lower ourselves into the stoic mire of 'José,' that leaves just 'Aquilles,' and then finally, the haunting tones of 'The Midget.'

Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology, and poetry, Jodorowsky Snr. has brought forth in 'The Dance of Reality' a film and accompanying soundtrack score - albeit through his son - that truly reflects his very own philosophy that reality is not objective; but rather a dance created by our own imaginations.

As part of its continuing association with ABKCO Music & Records, Inc., Real Gone Music has just released this January this as-detailed-above complete soundtrack to The Dance of Reality on vinyl LP (and CD, of course). Mastered by Joe Yannece and with lacquer cutting by Carl Rowatti at Trutone Mastering, the album cover art (front and primarily back) includes a number of production stills from the film.

So, if you are a true fan of Alejandro Jodorowsky's work, or you find this kind of surreal storytelling to be your cup o' tea, believe me when I tell you this is yet another album you have to have in your vinyl record LP collection.