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Tarantino also excavates Bobby Womack's string-laden chronicle of ghetto life "Across 110th Street," the title song from an obscure 1972 Yaphet Kotto film. Released at a time when R&B was assuming a new social consciousness, this song stands as Womack's answer to "What's Going On," a symphony of grim reality and stubborn determination that defines the character of Jackie Brown.

The most striking example of the Tarantino touch, however, actually comes with one of the album's lesser tracks. Jackie Brown star Pam Grier sings the jailhouse lament "Long Time Woman," from her 1971 breakthrough film The Big Doll House. With this gritty track, Tarantino indulges his passion for cinematic myth-mongering, and subliminally reminds us of the long journey Grier took from rebellious kid to the world-weary icon we see in Jackie Brown.

--Gilbert Garcia

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