Wild Palms (Original Series Soundtrack) album cover
Wild Palms (Original Series Soundtrack)

Ryuichi Sakamoto

1993
Capitol Records

After the surprise success of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks – but before the concept of prestige television became commonplace – ABC signed director Oliver Stone to produce Wild Palms, a miniseries that aired over five consecutive nights and prominently featured Sakamoto’s composed themes. It would perhaps be as close as Sakamoto ever got to being in the American mainstream, being broadcast into homes on a nightly basis. His driving piano, synthesizer themes, and heart-stirring orchestrations meet operatic vocals to create a passionate soundtrack that has lingered far after the original series faded from collective memory.

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