Mondo & Howe Records are excited to continue their Howard Shore / David Cronenberg series, celebrating its 25th anniversary, the score for Naked Lunch, composed by three-time Oscar-winner Howard Shore collaborating with both jazz legend Ornette Coleman and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring all new, incredible artwork by Rich Kelly.
Based on the novel by William S. Burroughs, Cronenberg takes the character of William Lee (Peter Weller) through his drug-fuelled escapades through the land of Interzone, while also blending it with a semi-autobiographic story about Burroughs himself. Once referred to as an un-filmable novel, the filmNaked Lunch is one of the great book-to-film adaptations, in no small part due to the wildly inventive score by Shore and Coleman. Their collaboration transports you seamlessly into Burroughs' world.
The soundtrack is a dazzling mix of a traditional Hollywood Orchestral score with incredible free jazz flourishes from Coleman. Here he works with the London Philharmonic creating incredible textures over Shore’s beautiful, edgy and moody orchestrations that recall Bernard Herrmann’s work on Taxi Driver. Occasionally lets loose without them ('Bugpowder', 'Interzone Suite') backed only by his son Denardo on drums. These tracks are thrilling and offer a perfect counterbalance to the more measured tracks with the Orchestra, showcasing the incredible and fearless free jazz stylings that made him a legend.
“Naked Lunch is one of the great film scores” wrote Royal S. Brown. “The whole thing, which has been recorded with exceptional depth and warmth, gives a simultaneous impression of simplicity and complexity, of harmony and dissonance, of reality and half dream, rather like Burroughs’ own disturbing visions.”