Following the release of his highly celebrated new film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, a list of Quentin Tarantino’s all time favourite albums has surfaced online.
Tarantino has long been celebrated for his use of music in his films, his repeated combination songs from the 1960s and ’70s have dominated soundtracks on most of his projects. For Tarantino, however, the music choice begins at home when formulating his next film, deciding on the tracks used for the opening and closing credits before anything else.
“One of the things I do when I am starting a movie, when I’m writing a movie or when I have an idea for a film is, I go through my record collection and just start playing songs, trying to find the personality of the movie, find the spirit of the movie. Then, ‘boom,’ eventually I’ll hit one, two or three songs, or one song in particular, ‘Oh, this will be a great opening credit song’,” Tarantino explained in a booklet that came alongside The Tarantino Connection, a collection of soundtrack songs from his films.
When asked to select a number of his favourite records of all time during an interview with Melody Maker which has been republished via Uncut, Tarantino can’t hold back his love for Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Phil Ochs and more.
“This is my favourite album ever,” the filmmaker say by opening up his list by talking about Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks. “I spent the end of my teenage years and my early twenties listening to old music–rockabilly music, stuff like that. Then I discovered folk music when I was 25, and that led me to Dylan. He totally blew me away with this. It’s like the great album from the second period, y’know? It’s his masterpiece.”
See the full list, below.
Quentin Tarantino lists his 10 favourite records:
- Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks
- Bob Dylan – Tangled Up In Blue
- Freda Payne – Band Of Gold
- Elvis Presley – The Sun Sessions
- Phil Ochs – I Ain’t Marching Anymore
- Phil Ochs – The Highwayman
- Elmer Bernstein – The Great Escape
- Bernard Herrmann – Sisters
- Jerry Goldsmith – Under Fire
- Jack Nitzsche – Revenge
When speaking about Elvis it should come as little surprise that Tarantino details the King’s influence on him given his early stint as an impersonator on national TV. “This has been a hugely important album to me. I was always a big rockability fan and a big Elvis fan, and to me this album is the purest expression of Elvis there was. Sure, there are better individual songs—but no one collection ever touched the album.”
He added: “When I was young, I used to think Elvis was the voice of truth. I don’t know what that means, but his voice… shit man, it sounded so fucking pure. If you grew up loving Elvis, this is it. Forget the Vegas period: if you really love Elvis, you’re ashamed of that man in Vegas. You feel like he let you down. The hillbilly cat never let you down.”