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The RZA*Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai (Music From The Motion Picture)

Label:36 Chambers – TSC011-LP, 36 Chambers – TSC011W-LP
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, White
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Hip Hop, Stage & Screen
Style:Soundtrack, Score, Lo-Fi, Conscious

Tracklist

A1Ghost Dog Theme (W/ Dogs & EFX)1:37
A2Opening Theme (Raise Your Sword Instrumental)3:22
A3Flying Birds1:13
A4Samurai Theme1:17
A5Gangsters Theme1:03
A6Dead Birds0:47
A7Fast Shadow (Version 1)
FeaturingWu-Tang Clan
1:25
A8RZA #71:48
A9Funky Theme2:31
A10RZA's Theme2:30
B1Samurai Showdown (Raise Your Sword)
VocalsRZA
3:55
B2Ghost Dog Theme1:13
B3Fast Shadow (Version 2)
FeaturingWu-Tang Clan
2:45
B4Untitled #82:01
B5Untitled #12 (Free Jazz)2:44
B6Wu-World Order (Version 1)
FeaturingWu-Tang Clan
3:33
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Notes

White vinyl edition. Limited to 2500 copies.

Tracks are listed sequentially on the release.
Tracks 9 and 10 are wrongly listed as part of side B on back cover and labels, they actually are on side A of the record.
'Side B' misspelled as 'Sidde B' on back cover.
Cat. number and barcode on sticker only. Same sleeve used for all versions of this release with cat. number TSC011-LP on spine.

Text on sticker:
Ghost Dog / The Way Of The Samurai / A Film By Jim Jarmusch / Music By The RZA

Text on back cover:
Ghost Dog / The The Way Of The Samurai / Music From The Motion Picture / By The RZA

Text on spine:
The RZA / Ghost Dog: The The Way Of The Samurai (Music From The Original Motion Picture)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): TSC011-LPA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): TSC011-LPB
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout (etched)): TSC011C-LP-A NRP
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout (etched)): TSC011C-B NRP
  • Barcode (On sticker): 850017429147

Other Versions (5 of 18)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai (Music From The Motion Picture) (CD, Album)VictorVICP-60944Japan1999
Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai (Music From The Motion Picture) (LP, Album, Unofficial Release, White Label)Not On Label (RZA)VICTOR CHEMINSwitzerland1999
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Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai (Music From The Motion Picture) (LP, Album, Unofficial Release)Victor (4)VICTOR-CHEMINJapan1999
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Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai (Music From The Motion Picture) (LP, Album, Unofficial Release)Victor (4)80944Japan1999
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Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai (Music From The Motion Picture) (LP, Album, Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition, Reissue, Stereo, Red and White Merge)36 ChambersTSC011-LPUS2020

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  • nairn.gordon's avatar
    nairn.gordon
    Superb piece of music - can't stop playing this. Bewitching, mystical and not without a dollop of head-nodding hard FONK. Vinyl sounds ace on my player. Strongly recommend
    • Loud_and_Noisy's avatar
      Edited one year ago
      I bought one over discogs and one in a local record shop: both have a damaged label and brownish surface marks plus one has a chipped outer edge. Factory or delivery issue?
      • psycleradi0's avatar
        psycleradi0
        Spoiler Alert: If I purchased this off the shelf with no prior info, I would 100% say this was a mediocre and mildly amusing bootleg.

        While the release ultimately leaves me disappointed, it has bolstered a deeper appreciation for the work within the context of the film. First impressions of the sound quality build perception that the release suffers from a poor master, and a general lack of detail in its translation to vinyl. Could very well be sourced from the CD release, rather than the original master bounce. As we move deeper into Side A, the frequency range fills out, and a full analysis of the loudness range reveals that some of the opening tracks were not misrepresented by the pressing quality, but in fact arranged and mixed in an intentional manner to add a distinct colouring and thus, a persuasion to the film. I can only speculate as to the motivations in the mix process (we'll get to this in a moment).

        As an avid viewer of the film, I'm now able to connect the dots in how the score helps narrow in the walls of the universe Jarmusch is presenting. The superpower of Ghost Dog (along with all great Samurai) is the ability to hold a strong mental foundation. Shaping the chaos to fit around one's own pace warrants control in action/reaction, avoiding psychological deceit and potential error in combat. The somewhat tacky, boxed in, '32 bit, late generation SEGA Genesis' scoring is one of the reasons Ghost Dog becomes so believably badass. We enter the corridor's of Jarmusch's interpretation of Samurai, and The RZA holds the walls steady.

        Checking my proverbial bullshit at the door, the tracks just top out completely on Side B. The loudness swing is absurd, with a telescopic amount of headroom left to be pondered early into Side A in contrast to a complete brickwall of compensation in the Rap and straight forward Boom Bap tracks on Side B. Everything from the string arrangements to the kick to the vocals are just welded together. On the bright side, turn it up as loud as you want because the dynamics aren't going to be affected from the jump,

        The presentation is where we really have to bring honest disappointment to the table. Standard single jacket, regular thin-wax single LP on white wax (a nice subtle cream/beige marbling makes one appearance for me. probably a defect but I'll take it.) Cheap paper inner sleeve. No Insert, no Download Code, nothing. The jacket contains nothing but the basic information, much of which is incorrect anyway. The film credits, down to the costume designer, are listed on the back but no mention of recording dates, process, equipment, or accountability from whoever is responsible for this mess. No note from the Director or Musician, no mention of this being the first vinyl release, absolutely no pride shown in putting this up for sale.

        I'm not a huge fan of bells and whistles to drive up the price of a reissue, but for the suggested retain price I would have appreciated at least some of these inclusions;
        Gatefold, 2xLP, 45RPM, 180g, Etched Side D, Obi Strip, single page insert with set photos on one side, short notes from Jarmusch and/or The RZA, Numbered Edition, glossy jacket, limited edition with original artwork, unreleased tracks/demos/remixes, sound interludes from the film.

        Just some ideas for anyone with ambition to properly license this and come through with a definitive release.
        • ShanLei's avatar
          ShanLei
          Edited 2 years ago
          It's nice to finally get the actual music from the movie, not some more or less related songs as with the original version of this soundtrack.

          Unfortunately, the quality is very low-budget: everything about the record itself and the cover screams cheapest production quality, including a badly scanned cover photo.

          To not have included a selection of voice samples of the movie, that is Ghost Dog citing the Hagakure, is a big loss and would have perfectly complemented the music and overall atmosphere and given a faithful reproduction of the movie. Probably 36 Chambers would have had to pay extra licenses to include those narrations from the movie, but that would at least explain the high price of this record.

          The sound quality is unimpressive. I can't really compare it to anything, watched the movie in the cinema when it came out and several times on VHS, so maybe this record already sounds better than the CD and files. But I doubt it has been properly mastered for vinyl from the original sources. In any way, the acoustic presentation lacks any wow-factor and fails to evoke any emotion...the music is just there, nothing more, nothing less.

          All in all, due to a lack of alternative versions this release is probably the best way to ever have this great movie's cool music, unless you can get an original Japanese pressing (edit: the original Japanese was a CD only release, the LP pressings were bootlegs). But it's a complete cash-in from the label. If something like this was released by an underground band and sold for half the price, it would be perfectly fine, but a major artist like RZA selling it as this price is nothing but a rip-off!
          • SoundsGoodRecords's avatar
            Glad to see this one officially on vinyl. One of the greatest movies of all Time.

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