Distinctive Tarantino
sound can’t be missed

The soundtracks for Quentin Tarantino's movies have always been an integral part of his creative process.

Remember the wince-inducing torture scene in "Reservoir Dogs," done to the tune of "Stuck in the Middle With You"?

Quentin Tarantino once again puts his musical touch on the 'Kill Bill" soundtrack.

The blast of Dick Dale's surf classic "Misrilou" during the opening credits of "Pulp Fiction?"

Chuck Berry's "You Never Can Tell" in the diner dance scene with Uma Thurman and John Travolta?

The liberal use of classic soul hits in his homage to the blaxploitation flick, "Jackie Brown"?

Well, it's no different with Tarantino's just-released "Kill Bill, Volume 1." The CD soundtrack has been out since Sept. 23, but fans are sure to snap up copies from store shelves now that they can associate the music with certain scenes.

The music tracks run down like this:

>> "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down" (Nancy Sinatra)

>> "That Certain Female" (Charlie Feathers)

>> "The Grand Duel -- (Parte Prima)" (Luis Bacalov)

>> "Twisted Nerve" (Bernard Herrmann)

>> "Ode to Oren Ishii" (The RZA)

>> "Run Fay Run" (Isaac Hayes)

>> "The Green Hornet Theme" (Al Hirt)

>> "Battle Without Honor or Humanity" (Tomoyasu Hotei)

>> "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" (Santa Esmeralda)

>> "Woo Hoo" (The's)

>> "Crane/White Lightning" (The RZA/Charles Bernstein)

>> "The Flower of Carnage" (Meiko Kaji)

>> "The Lonely Shepherd" (Zamfir)

Toss in a couple of excerpts:

>> "Ironside" theme (Quincy Jones)

>> "Super 16" (Neu!)

Plus, the CD soundtrack is video enhanced with theatrical trailers -- one teaser and two full trailers.

And as with the "Pulp Fiction" and "Jackie Brown" soundtracks, snippets of dialogue are interspersed throughout the collection, if only twice. Traditional Tarantino fans will probably miss in this first "Kill Bill" the intricate, seemingly mundane but revelatory conversations his characters have shared in his other movies.

"That was really the point of it," Tarantino has said. "Not dialogue, but to be more visual," adding that the "Kill Bill" characters will talk much more in Volume 2, out Feb. 20.

"(Quentin's) work is by nature controversial and provocative," said the movie's star, Uma Thurman. "He wouldn't be him if he didn't leave a few people offended, a few delighted and a few people ecstatic. He's trying to engage audiences in a way that is challenging."

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