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Jean-Pierre Mirouze

Le Mariage Collectif (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

(Born Bad; US: 25 Sep 2012; UK: 25 Sep 2012)

As a film, Le Mariage Collectif will probably not be remembered by history, a fact even admitted by the press release for its soundtrack. As a soundtrack, however, Le Mariage Collectif should go down as something of a minor classic. The story behind the recovery of the album is noteworthy by itself: the music, long forgotten, had been preserved through only a handful of acetate copies, one of which was recovered in a Paris garbage dump in 2010. The mouths of record collectors have probably begun watering from that description alone, but fortunately the score by Jean-Pierre Mirouze is a rightfully resurrected gem.


Those who loved David Holmes’ scores for Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s trilogy will find much to love here, especially in the liberal usage of Hammonds and Fender Rhodes. The mood here is all psychedelic cool, although there are plenty of lovely moments throughout: “Tivoli Garden” and “Karin on the Ryke” are two such tranquil interludes. But the defining track of Le Mariage Collectif is “Sexopolis”, the swanky, organ-heavy jam that captures the true essence of the soundtrack. For fans of psychedelic rock, intriguing film music, or an album with a great story behind it, this is a must-own.

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Brice Ezell is the Assistant Editor of PopMatters, where he also reviews music, film, and books, which he has done since 2011. He also is the creator of PopMatters' Notes on Celluloid column, which covers the world of film music. His writing also appears in Sea of Tranquility and Glide Magazine (formerly Hidden Track). His short story, "Belle de Jour", was published in 67 Press' inaugural publication The Salmagundi: An Anthology. You can follow his attempts at wit on Twitter and Tumblr if you're so inclined. He lives in Chicago.


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