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Soundtrack album: The Color of Money

[cover art]

[session photo]
Robbie, Scorsese, Evans and Dixon.

Ex-Band songwriter/guitarist Robbie Robertson put together this soundtrack, which allowed him to collaborate with blues master Willie Dixon and jazz master Gil Evans, though it was his collaboration with Eric Clapton that produced the album's hit song, "It's in the Way That You Use It." Also featured: Don Henley, Robert Palmer (three tracks), and B. B. King.
-- William Ruhlmann, All-Music Guide

David Geffen, annoyed that Robertson's first solo album was beeing interrupted, refused permission for Robbie's voice to be used on the Color Of Money soundtrack. Instead, Robbie recorded various instrumentals and did what he'd done on The King of Comedy, which was to blend already-recorded songs with special performances. A special deal inked between Touchstone Pictures and MCA Records, enabled Robbie to approach the likes of Eric Clapton, who'd just recorded "Holy Mother", his own tribute to Richard Manuel. In the end, the soundtrack boasted contributions from Clapton, Don Henley, B.B. King, Willie Dixon, Mark Knopfler, Warren Zevon and Robert Palmer, who cut an affecting version of Little Willie John's obscure but brilliant 1963 side "My Baby's In Love With Another Guy".
-- Barney Hoskyns, Across the Great Divide

There's an entry for the film in the Internet Movie Database.


1. Who Owns This Place (Henley/Kortchmar/Souther)
2. It's in the Way That You Use It (Clapton/Robertson)
3. Let Yourself in for It (Palmer)
4. Don't Tell Me Nothin' (Dixon)
5. Two Brothers & a Stranger (Knopfler)
6. Standing on the Edge of Love (Williams)
7. Modern Blues (Robertson) AU file (225K)
8. Werewolves of London (Marinelli/Wachtel/Zevon)
9. My Baby's in Love with Another Guy (Brightman/Lurie)
10. Theme from "The Color of Money" (Robertson)


  • Eric Clapton
  • Willie Dixon
  • Gil Evans
  • Don Henley
  • B.B. King
  • Mark Knopfler
  • Robert Palmer
  • Robbie Robertson
  • Woodie Wachtel
  • Warren Zevon

Soundtrack album - The Color of Money - 37:15 - 1986 - MCA 6189

AMG Rating: 5 (out of 9)

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