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Title - 'The Motorcycle Diaries' [Vinyl]
Artist - Gustavo Santaolalla

For those not in the composing know, Gustavo Santaolalla is an Argentine musician, film composer and producer who has won Academy Awards for Best Original Score in two consecutive years; for 'Brokeback Mountain' in 2005, and 'Babel' in 2006.

More recently, he composed the original score for the video game 'The Last of Us,' and the theme music for the Netflix series 'Making a Murderer'.

The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for Walter Salles’ biopic 'Motorcycle Diaries', based on the written memoir of young Ernesto Guevara (later to become the famous “Che”), was awarded a BAFTA Award for Gustavo Santaolalla’s score, while Jorge Drexler’s song “Al otro lado del rio” won an Oscar® for Best Original Song in 2005.

This release, out now via Deutsche Grammophon, is the first time this multi-award winning soundtrack has been released on vinyl. Not only that, but it comes with a bonus audio CD of the music too.

Side A:
1. Apertura; 2. Lago Frías; 3. Chichina; 4. Chipi Chipi; 5. Montana; 6. Sendero; 7. Procesión; 8. Jardin; 9. La Partida; 10. La Muerte de la Poderosa; 11. Lima.

Side B:
1. La Salida de Lima; 2. Zambita; 3. Que Rico El Mambo; 4. Círculo en el Río; 5. Amazonas; 6. Cabalgando; 7. Leyendo en el Hospital; 8. El Cruce; 9. Partida del Leprosario; 10. De Usuahia a la Quiaca; 11. Revolución Calente; 12. Al otro lado del Río.

Santaolalla (who also scored 'Amores Perros') has perfectly captured a lovely evocation of the roundabout trek that Ernesto (Che) Guevara took with his best buddy Alberto Granado from their native Buenos Aires to Caracas in 1952.

Showcasing their impassioned spirits on the open road as they experience the elements and meet the people that change their lives, Santaolalla's beautiful score is seamlessly dream-like and rugged; the perfect background travel music as it draws on a variety of flavors in Latin music.

Though mainly guitar-led instrumentals, the recording also has jazz and rock elements driven by African drums and Latin rhythms. I agree with my friends though when they say his music sounds a bit like Ry Cooder - and I'd also add Earl Klugh and the Buena Vista Social Club for good measure - but surely that's no bad thing re: Cooder!

There are a couple of memorable vocal numbers such as the charming "Chipi Chipi" (where Guevara and Granado dance with the Chilean locals who think they are celebrity doctors) and the melancholy last track, "Al Otro Lado del Río", sung by Jorge Drexler.

This fusion of traditional and contemporary sounds is flawlessly mastered by the composer and works for the listener whether you have seen the film or not. But, of course, if you have seen the film by Walter Salles, you will certainly have the benefit of being taken back to the images of that mesmerizing cinematic work.

• 180g Vinyl LP
• Mastered from original sources
• Includes Bonus Audio CD of the complete album
• Made in Germany

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