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Desperado Soundtracks

The soundtrack to Desperado (sequel to El Mariachi – artist/musician hero in black sports guitar case full of weapons) desperately sought to capture the style of Pulp Fiction, with its Latin-flavored, Tarantino-meets-Morricone mood. It partially succeeded, integrating movie dialogue with choice contributions from Los Lobos and uncentered offshoot band Latin Playboys and vintage instrumental kickers courtesy of Link Wray’s “Jack the Ripper” and the obscure “Pass the Hatchet” by Roger & the Gypsies. Salma Hayek’s steaming “Quedate Aqui” and Dire Straits‘ “Six Blade Knife” stay in character, but the mood is lost to bombastic blues rockers by Tito (Larriva of The Cruzados) and Tarantula, Carlos Santana, and one uncharacteristic Los Lobos miscue (the dire “Let Love Reign”).

Track listing

  1. “Canción del Mariachi” (“Morena de Mi Corazón”) (Los Lobos and Antonio Banderas) – 2:06
  2. “Six Blade Knife” (Dire Straits) – 4:34
  3. “Jack the Ripper” (Link Wray) – 2:31
  4. “Manifold de Amour” (Latin Playboys) – 2:03
  5. “Forever Night Shade Mary” (Latin Playboys) – 3:00
  6. “Pass the Hatchet” (Roger & The Gypsies) – 3:00
  7. “Bar Fight” (Los Lobos) – 1:54
  8. “Strange Face of Love” (Tito & Tarantula) – 5:51
  9. “Bucho’s Gracias/Navajas Attacks” (Los Lobos) –  3:56
  10. “Bulletproof” (Los Lobos) – 1:42
  11. “Bella” (Carlos Santana) – 4:29
  12. “Quedate Aqui” (Salma Hayek) – 2:05
  13. “Rooftop Action” (Los Lobos) – 1:36
  14. “Phone Call” (Los Lobos) – 2:16
  15. “White Train (Showdown)” (Tito & Tarantula) – 5:57
  16. “Back to the House That Love Built” (Tito & Tarantula) – 4:41
  17. “Let Love Reign” (Los Lobos) – 3:22
  18. “Mariachi Suite” (Los Lobos) – 4:22

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