Artist: Will Oldham
Title: Black/Rich Music
Format: 12" Single
Label: Drag City
Catalogue Number: DC100
Year of Release: 1998
A1 Organ: Do What You Will Do
A2 Do What You Will Do
A3 The Risen Lord
A4 Organ: Allowance
B2 Black / Rich Tune
B3 Organ: Black / Rich
B4 Guitar: Do What You Will Do
The first full soundtrack EP from Will Oldham, following on from songs contributed to the Matewan soundtrack (a film he also starred in). Black/Rich Music (aka Songs Put Together For The Broken Giant) was itself was followed by songs for the soundtracks to Ebbs Folly, Dutch Harbour, and the instrumental soundtrack EPs Ode Music and Seafarers Music.
Will's relationship with films and acting has been covered in many interviews (here are three hastily found examples, that all happen to be from the same British newspaper), and a full list of his acting credits can be found on the excellent Royal Stable website.
The instrumental tunes on this record (the ones preceded by Organ or Guitar in the tracklisting) certainly suffer from being lifted from a film soundtrack. They sound like pieces that set a mood, and don't work well without pictures. The organ pieces are wheezy and almost accordion-like bookends to the main action. The guitar tracks are simple refrains, and nothing more.
The four songs are similar to early Palace work, and also the Patience single, and though with less of the country and western lilt that that single has. The label notes state:
"do what you will do" apologies to joe wise
"the risen lord" lyrics by d.h. lawrence. excerpted from the poem of the same name
"black rich tune" by brian rich
photos by robert arellano
estep nagy commissioned this music and is responsible for the selection from job
gracias a migala
Joe Wise is a writer and painter, and has released 19 albums, although I haven't heard any of them, so don't really get the reference. The quote from Job is on the label on Side B, and is most of Chapter 38, which you could read at bible.cc if you like that kind of thing.
The Risen Lord by D.H. Lawrence can be read on Google Books.
Estep Nagy is the director of the film Broken Giant.
This record is not essential.