From Bob Dylan to Elvis Presley: Quentin Tarantino created a list of his 10 favourite albums of all time
As we’re all searching for new playlists while music venues keep their doors closed, we’re dipping back into the Far Out Magazine vault to deliver a selection of albums curated by Quentin Tarantino.
Tarantino has long been celebrated for his use of music in his films, his repeated combination songs from the 1960s and 1970s 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 says 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.”
With the likes of Freda Payne, Elvis Presley, Phil Ochs and more, see the full list, below.
Quentin Tarantino’s 10 favourite albums:
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.”
Given some restrictions on Spotify, we’ve done our best to piece together a playlist on Tarantino’s recommendations. You can stream it, below.