Radiant: Western Adrenaline

By Jo Phillips

Realising the radiance and the gloriousness of the heroes of the Wild Wild West this summer is Disney‘s blockbuster, The Lone Ranger. The Film – based on the fictional icon from the American legend of the same name – is about two unlikely best friends’ deeds to save the world from the crime of greed and evil. This new version, which brings actor Johnny Depp once again working with director Gore Verbinski of all the Pirates of the Caribbean films and the animated Western film Rango, is not only going to leave cinema-goers breathless with its star casts and riveting scenes of larger-than-life train crashes in 3-D, but also two charming soundtracks for those special headphone moments: the ‘inspired by’ version and the Original Soundtrack composed and produced by Hans Zimmer.

The Lone Ranger Inspired by Soundtrack
The Lone Ranger: Wanted – Music Inspired by the Film

Casting listeners to another full on action adventure in the heart of the American Old West of their own imagination is the ‘inspired by’ soundtrack. Compiled by Verbinski, the album features 14 tracks of entirely new recordings and includes an eclectic mix of artists, such as John Grant, Iron & Wine and Iggy Pop.

A full list of the ‘Inspired by’ soundtrack is below:
1) Holy Water – Ben Kweller
2) Devil’s Train – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
3) Poor Paddy on the Railway – Shane MacGowan
4) So Long Gone – Pete Molinari
5) Central and Union – Sara Watkins
6) The American Dream – The White Buffalo
7) Lonesome Whistle – Dave Alvin
8) Sweet Betsy from Pike – Iggy Pop
9) Rattling Bone – Iron & Wine
10) Cowboy – The Rubens
11) Everything But the Truth – Lucinda Williams
12) The Truth Lives On – The Aggrolites
13) Butch’s Ballad – Gomez
14) Saddle the Wind – John Grant

“These are the artists we listened to on the way to set each morning and in the evenings with the dust, like bitter chalk, upon our teeth,” said Verbinski. “Echoes of their passionate performances in our minds, for 150 days and nights, we took to the work of storytelling. May the musicians and songwriters who inspired us on our epic journey be an inspiration to you on yours.”

Does this sound like a soundtrack with the power to make one smile radiantly for the way it emanates great joy of inspiration? Listen and tell us what you think.

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Walt Disney Records is set to release the soundtrack both physically and digitally on the 5th August 2013; while the film, also starring Armie Hammer and Helena Bonham Carter, is released on the 8th August 2013 in the U.K.