20 Feet From Stardom – Music From The Motion Picture
This soundtrack to the hit documentary ticks most of the right boxes with a good range of the tunes featured in the film. Kicking off with Walk on The Wild Side and Slippery People before a group singing session on a version of Nobody’s Fault But Mine and then the Spector sound is represented with He’s A Rebel.
Joe Cocker’s Space Captain is a great inclusion but a shame to not have the original version of The Rolling Stones’ Gimme Shelter included on the soundtrack, given it’s one of the memorable stories from the film. That’s the Stones though, Mick Jagger’ll appear in the film but good luck getting his song for the soundtrack. You want that? You buy the original Stones album.
Still Merry Clayton’s solo version of Gimme Shelter is actually fantastic – but only when it builds to the gospel chorus, the opening riff feels a bit like it’s drawn on in crayon. Never mind that though – her version of Neil Young’s Southern Man just might be the reason to buy this soundtrack, especially given her own albums aren’t that easy to find these days – it’s a standout cover; one of the best you’ll ever hear.
There are lovely quieter moments too – like Lisa Fischer’s Sure On This Shining Night and the closing version of Lean On Me led by Darlene Love has a majesty about it that fits the head-held-high theme within the film.
Sure there’s one or two things you don’t actually need (another rendition of Young Americans) but nothing here detracts, nothing is bad, and if you loved the film you just might love this too.