A soundtrack is a collection of specially written songs. These may be for a programme, a radio show, a film or a venue.
The world is accepting popular music and instrumental music in increasing numbers. Getting back to the old days, let’s take a look at the soundtracks created specifically for casinos in Canada.
1. George Delerue – Theme de Camille
The string-based orchestral theme perfectly illustrates the feeling of being in a despise. The song evokes a sad ethereal feel.
The song was used as the main theme in the 1995 film Casino, which was dedicated to Brigitte Bardot’s character.
2. Muddy Waters – Hoochie Coochie Man
The father of Chicago blues gives you a classic mood experience. A major influence on the British blues explosion in the 1960s, he is ranked No. 17 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Muddy’s songs have been featured in a number of movies including Goodfellas, Casino, The Color of Money, and Shine a Light.
3. Little Richard – Slippin’ and Slidin’
L.R. made some of the world’s earliest and most influential rock ‘n’ roll records by combining sacred shouts of the black church with profane sounds of the blues. Throbbing shrieks, flamboyant dress, and joyful, gender-bending persona embodied the spirit and sound of the art form, and we can hear that in the song.
4. The Animals – House of the Rising Sun
“Now all a gamblin’ man needs is a suitcase and a trunk, And the only time a fool like him feels satisfied Is when he’s all stone cold drunk,” the lyrics tell us exactly how a person’s life has gone wrong in New Orleans. Eric Burdon’s soulfulness makes him sound like he’s been living with the weight of his New Orleans experiences and makes House Of The Rising Sun one of the biggest hits of 1964. This is not a song, it’s a testimonial.
5. Otis Redding – Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)
The voice of soul music, he has created a perfect combination of emotions. Although the song is known as a sad song, its composition is very moody and swinging.
6. Jimmy Smith – Walk On The Wild Side
Composers who compose brass sections have been influenced by Jimmy Smith. Walking on the wild side is a good example of integrating jazz and soul music. Hammond B-3 was also popularised by him.
7. Les Paul and Mary Ford – How High The Moon
Guitarist Les Paul and country-western singer Iris Colleen Summers aka Mary Ford present you with a jazz standard. Many fans consider the duo to be the first pop duo to bring jazz into pop music.
8. Ray Charles & Betty Carter – Takes Two to Tango
Charles, who was blind as a child, merged blues, jazz, rhythm and blues, and gospel styles to pioneer the genre of soul music in the 1950s. His contribution to the integration of country music, rhythm and blues, and pop music was significant. A true genius, he deserves to be inducted into the Grammy hall of fame.