The sleeve of The Byrds, Ballad of Easy Rider (1969) was given a thorough revision for the Japanese market. This version outperforms the OST, but I still ‘dig’ the design of the standard version of the Byrds’ somewhat brazen exploitation of the film’s popularity …
James Taylor’s Walking Man was released in 1974, but the cover portrait by Richard Avedon looks like a still from Two-Lane Blacktop (1971), or maybe he liked the jumper he wore in the film so much he kept it …
Donnie Fritts never looked so good as he did in Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, which is why he put a picture of himself in the film on the cover of his debut long player, Prone to Lean (Atlantic 1974) … In Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia he and sidekick Kris Kristofferson have bellies that look like over-gorged water sacks. Those images didn’t appear on either singer songwriters’ albums …
Despite the cover shot from Cisco Pike (1972) and the inclusion of three tracks used in the film’s soundtrack there is no direct reference to the film on Kristofferson's The Silver Tongued Devil and I…
Songs on album and film are:
“Loving Her Was Easier,” "The Pilgrim: Chapter 33" and “Breakdown."
A forth song, "I’d Rather Be Sorry" was not included on the album. It was sang as a duet in the film with Karen Black and later recorded with Rita Coolidge. It’s the former that breaks my heart … Someone has put the two versions together here
That cigarette, suede jean jacket over denim shirt sure looks good … Did he swipe Dennis’ belt?
Not so much a soundtrack album as a 3 track EP, UK only I think.
And Introducing Kris Kristofferson: Cisco Pike (1971)
A class act: from Betsy introducing Travis Bickle to his music in Taxi Driver, back through his role in Scorsese’s earlier Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, wandering minstrel cameos in Dennis Hopper’s The Last Movie and Sam Peckinpah’s Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, a starring role in Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, soundtrack highlights on John Huston’s Fat City and Monte Hellman’s Two-Lane Blacktop, right on down to his feature introduction in Cisco Pike … a film CV unmatched by any of his (country) rock royalty contemporaries I’ll wager … and all this with eyes that look like two pissholes.
John Buck Wilkin, In Search Of Food Clothing Shelter And Sex (Liberty, 1970)
Liberty spared no expense on packaging Wilkin’s album, gatefold with lyric and portrait inner. Hopper gets a thank you in the acknowledgements. I’m guessing there wasn’t enough original material to produce a soundtrack for The Last Movie, which used music recorded in performance and on location, so this is as close as we have to one, with ‘Bobbie McGee’ and ‘My God and I’ shared between album and film.
Wilkin appears to be wearing the poncho Hopper wore in the movie, and the locations mimic the desert junkyard theme at the beginning of Easy Rider and in countless biker movies.
Wilkin had once played in Ronny and the Daytonas and made one more album after this.