Thursday, April 7, 2016

Cowboy Bebop (Kanno, 1998)


     One of the most celebrated Japanese animated series of all time is Cowboy Bebop, which is based on the adventures of a quartet of bounty hunters in 2071, when Earth has been largely abandoned and several planets and moons of the Solar System have been colonized through terra-forming.  Despite the future setting, the drama itself is based on post-modern retro-noir styles, due to the fact that the colonies are far from "futuristic".  In fact, several episodes focus entirely on a specific genre, such as spaghetti western, Hong Kong gangster drama, blaxploitation, space horror, etc.  This stylistically eclectic approach naturally extended to the show's musical palette as well.

     For both the score and the plentiful source music ("in scene") cues, Yoko Kanno (the composer/arranger of this and many other popular Japanese anime programs) created a jazz-rock combo named "The Seatbelts", which is in effect an umbrella title for several studio bands based in Tokyo, New York City, Oslo and Paris.  The "primary" Seatbelts band is based in Tokyo, and it is this group which is usually considered "The Seatbelts".  The music Kanno provided for the series is rarely scored "to picture", instead it functions more as a jazz/rock background element to provide "atmosphere" (as is usually the case whenever jazz or rock is used as the primary style in a score).



     In any case, the compositions, arrangements and performances are top-notch, and easily hold up outside the narrative sequences they were written for.  Some of the New York and Europe musicians are quite famous in their own right, such as Stanley Clarke, Jan Garbarek, Joshua Redman, Pierre Bensusan, Nicholas Payton and Terje Rypdal (actually it's not entirely clear whether some of these celebrities are really on these soundtracks (see below), but in any case the performances are at a very high level).  The Tokyo version of the Seatbelts have toured live with a set consisting of the most popular songs used for the series with the original vocalists and eventually released a concert DVD.

     There is no shortage of Cowboy Bebop websites detailing the music used in each episode (see links at bottom, which were very helpful to me in compiling my tables), so this post will instead be organized by albums.  However, following the album listings at bottom is a narrative run down of the Cowboy Bebop movie in film sequence (for the TV series, tracks were often retracked a few times, but the movie has only a couple of instances of that).

     There are many discs in the Cowboy Bebop discography (including a "Best of" and a remix album, which are not covered here).  Below are quick links to each album:

     In the listings below, tracks with vocals have the singer's name in bold.  All tracks were composed and arranged by Yoko Kanno, unless otherwise noted.  Additionally, all vocal credit for Gabriela Robin are supposedly a pseudonym for Yoko Kanno herself.  A band listing of "The Seatbelts" refers specifically to the Tokyo group.  The episode numbers of the first couple of appearances of the cue appear in parenthesis in the last column.  Also, some of the NYC Band credits are imprecise, since the CD booklet information does not always match the credit in the Bebopedia listing.

"I think it's time we blow this scene,
Get everybody and the stuff together...
OK, three, two, one let's jam." 


 

Cowboy Bebop
Trk Dur Title Musicians Episode Sequences
1 3:30 Tank! The Seatbelts
(Brass, bass, drums, Alto sax solos: Masato Honda, spoken word: Tim Jensen)
Opening Theme sequence.
2 3:34 Rush The Seatbelts
(Brass with guitar/rhythm section/string synth, Trombone solo: Yoichi Murata)
(1) Spike fights the drug-dealer Asimov in front of a bar, gangsters arrive and begin shooting.
3 4:04 Spokey Dokey The Seatbelts
(Harmonica: Ryuichiro Senoo, Guitar: Tsuneo Imahori, (Synth: Keishi Urata))
(Harmonica solo then duo based on Forever Broke)
(1) Opening: Spike trains, Jet cooks/end scene.
4 4:09 Bad Dog
No Biscuits
The Seatbelts
(Brass with ska guitar/rhythm section/sampler, trumpet and trombone solos)
(partially based on Tom Waits' "Midtown")
(2) During a street chase, Hakim captures Ein, a Welsh Corgi.  Spike pursues in his fighter, the Swordfish.
5 2:35 Cat Blues NYC Band (Winds/brass/guitar/rhythm section, bass clarinet: Chris Potter) (2) Hakim talks on his cellphone with a client who wants Ein.  Jet ands Spike search for Hakim in their own ways.
(10) Ed harasses a captured bounty in her own bizarre way.
6 1:36 Cosmos Solo trumpet: Steven Bernstein (16) Flashback of Jet pursuing his nemesis Udai and getting caught in a trap/Udai tells Jet that he was actually set up by his own partner (flashback).
7 7:10 Space Lion Oslo (ECM) Band
(synth, rhythm section, choir, sax solo: Jan Garbarek)
(13) Spike helps a dying Gren fly back out into space after Gren tells him about meeting Julia;  Spike and Faye return to the Bebop and Ed asks why he was left out.
8 3:29 Waltz for Zizi The Seatbelts
(ac. guitar, ac. bass, drums, mandolin, pedal steel, bandoneon)
(5) Annie tells Spike that his old mob boss, Mao,   looked for him after he disappeared.  Spike drinks a toast to him.
(10) Jet talks about his feelings after Alisa abandoned him/Jet says goodbye to Alisa and throws away his keepsake of her.
(24) Faye talks to a Sister at Ed's former orphanage.
9 2:47 Piano Black NYC Band
(piano, sampler, drums, synthesizers, Sax: Joshua Redman)
(3) Faye activates her ship remotely, as Spike fights casino goons.  Faye blasts her way out of the casino (with Spike and Jet clinging to her ship's hull).
(14) Chess Master Hex plays chess with Ed/Spike and Faye fly towards the space junk squatter colony.
10 2:14 Pot City The Seatbelts
(Dub: delayed guitar, brass, bass, drums)
(2) Spike gets info from a mohawked arms dealer.
(14) Spike, Jet and Faye combine their intel (montage) in order to catch a bounty (a Gate hacker).
11 2:34 Too Good Too Bad NYC Band
(Brass with drum march, Alto Sax solo: Gary Bartz, Baritone Sax solo: James Carter)
(4) Spike and Faye attempt to destroy the Space Warriors' bio-weapon torpedoes inside a hyperspace gate.
(19) Doohan launches in the Columbia space shuttle to help the out of gas and falling Swordfish.
12 2:49 Car 24 NYC Band
(Winds, brass, drums, Alto Sax: Gary Bartz, Bass Clarinet: Chris Potter)
(9) When Faye tries to renege on her promise to let Ed join the Bebop, Ed remote controls the Bebop to come pick her up.
13 2:42 The Egg
and I
Paris/Oslo Band
(Percussion ensemble, flutes, ac. slide guitar (Tsuneo Imahori), bandoneon)
(7) Source music inside a kid's ice cream parlor as Faye scouts for a bounty (Decker).
(9) Ed, Faye and Jet look for the hacker who created the Nazsca-like Earth paintings.  Jet receives varying opinions on Ed's character and ends up buying an egg candy.
14 2:39 Felt Tip Pen The Seatbelts
(ac. slide guitar: Tsuneo Imahori, ac. bass, drums, mandolin)
(1) Scenes inside the bar (the 3 old men mumble to each other).
(8) At the airport, Roco nags at Spike to teach him fighting skills.
15 3:23 Rain
(Steve Conte
version)
Steve Conte with
The Seatbelts
(organs, bass, el. guitar solo)
(5) Spike goes to the abandoned cathedral in order to confront Vicious (and rescue Faye). (unused)
16 2:24 Digging My Potato NYC Band
(Harmonica: Chris Michalek, Percussion/Drums)
(6) Spike dreams of weird lab experiments on an eye (his own) while listening to a harmonica player (Wen) in a bar/Jet explains how a special gem works and Wen's background/Spike kills Wen with the special gem/bullet.
17 1:31 Memory Yoko Kanno: music box (keyboard/synth) (1) Opening flashback montage of Spike's Syndicate days.
(25, 26) Spike meets Julia at a graveyard.  She pulls a gun on him.  They talk about the past (montage).



Vitaminless (EP)
Trk Dur Title Musicians Episode Sequences
1 6:16 The Real
Folk Blues
Mai Yamane with
The Seatbelts
(synth, brass, el. guitars with rhythm section, joined by vibraphone, strings, with extended end jam)
Ending theme song.
2 3:09 Odd Ones NYC Band
(Sax solo: Chris Potter, Piano solo: Mark Soskin, bass, drums)
(8) Shoot out at night between Piccaro's men, Spike and Faye's Red Tail.
(15) The Swordfish pursues and disables Faye's Red Tail in order to prevent her from absconding with Whitney, the man who cheated her.
3 3:14 Doggy Dog   The Seatbelts
(clapping/ethnic percussion, male chants/barking, didgeridoo (?))
(14) Opening scene, an office is deluged with paper since their electronic mail is down.
4 2:44 Cats on Mars Gabriela Robin with
Yoko Kanno (keyboard, synthesizers, electronic drums)
(9) Ed talks with the AI "MPU", who explains why he made the Earth paintings/end shot.
5 2:01 Spy NYC Band
(el. twang guitar, winds/brass, vibes, bass, drums)
(alt. arr. of You Make Me Cool)
(3) After being captured by Gordon for dodging her debts, Faye is forced to work a con at his casino.
6 4:57 Fantaisie Sign 
(ending edited)
Carla Vallet with
NYC Band
(Synth, electronic percussion, sequencer, brass, Sax solos: Joshua Redman)
(unused)
7 3:04 Piano Bar I Solo Piano: Mark Soskin (3) Spike and Jet infiltrate a space casino.
(5) Ending scene: Spike wakes up and accuses Faye of being tone-deaf.
(21) Jet's voice-over as he and Meifa investigate Pao's cryptic email.
8 3:14 Black Coffee
(w false start)
NYC Band
(Bass clarinet: Chris Potter, Trumpet: Nicholas Payton, bass, drums, spoken word)
(3) Negotiation scene between Jet and Gordon for the data chip.



No Disc
Trk Dur Title Musicians Episode Sequences
1 1:07 American Money The Seatbelts
(banjo, bass, drums, chanting, sampler)
Theme song for the bounty hunter TV show, Big Shot.
2 5:19 Fantaisie Sign Carla Vallet with
NYC Band
(Synth, electronic percussion, sequencer, brass, Sax solos: Joshua Redman)
(unused)
3 3:39 Don't Bother None Mai Yamane with
The Seatbelts
(ac. slide guitar: Tsuneo Imahori, el. guitar, harmonica, drums)
(1) Spike runs into the drug dealer Asimov in the bar restroom (guitar intro).
(6) Spike tails a bounty (who is chasing Wen).
4 0:10 Vitamin A The Seatbelts
(brass, organ, rhythm section)
(7) Eyecatch.
5 3:22 LIVE in Baghdad Masaaki Endoh with
The Seatbelts
(el. guitars, bass, drums)
(7) Source music: space trucker VT docks/music in VT's truck as she takes Spike and Faye to the Bebop/Faye works with the explosives.
6 2:44 Cats on Mars
(reprise)
Gabriela Robin with
Yoko Kanno: keyboard, synthesizers, electronic drums
(9) Ed talks with the AI "MPU", who explains why he made the Earth paintings/end shot.
7 4:10 Want It All Back Mai Yamane with
The Seatbelts
(clavinet, el. guitars, bass, drums, brass)
(2) Spike, a bounty and some lab coats chase Ein through the streets (alt version).
8 2:18 Bindy Oslo (ECM) Band
(Sax: Jan Garbarek, winds, ethnic percussion, voice)
(3) Faye confronts Spike at the casino, men arrive to rough him up.
(8) Source music: Roco hides from Piccaro's men in the bazaar.
(15) Faye leaves the Bebop with the man who had cheated her, Whitney.
9 3:11 You Make Me Cool Masayoshi Furukawa with
NYC Band
(brass, flute, el. guitar, bass, drums)
(17) Coffee drives into town.  The police find Ed and Ein hiding out in her trunk.  They continue their quest for food.
10 0:08 Vitamin B The Seatbelts
(brass, organ, rhythm section)
(4) Eyecatch.
11 1:53 Green Bird Gabriela Robin with
Yoko Kanno: piano, vocals
(5) Vicious throws Spike through a cathedral window, but not before Spike tosses a grenade at him (intercut with Julia/past flashbacks).
12 5:04 ELM Paris Band
(vocals & guitar: Pierre Bensusan, synth, percussion)
(1) Gas pump: Spike and Katerina talk about running away, Asimov interrupts.
(10) Jet pursues a bounty, who happens to be mixed up with Alisa, Jet's old flame.
13 0:06 Vitamin C The Seatbelts
(drum machine, trumpet)
(unused)
14 2:58 Gateway NYC Band
(brass (with shared solos), piano solo: Mark Soskin, bass, drums)
(21) Meifa, daughter of a deceased friend, uses feng shui to aid her and Jet escape from gangsters.
15 4:39 The
Singing Sea
Tulivu-Donna Cumberbatch
with NYC Band
(sax quartet, bass, drums, soprano sax solo: Steve Wilson)
(10) While turning in a bounty, Jet goes to visit a woman from his past (montage of seaside scenes on Ganymede) (alt version).
16 3:42 The Egg
and You
NYC Band
(piano solo: Mark Soskin, bass solo: Scott Colley, drums)
(4) After they end up with no reward for their efforts, Faye tries to comfort Jet and Spike by joining their bounty operation (to their chagrin).
(17) Spike, Jet and Faye are sick of eating shiitake mushroom dishes.
17 3:14 Forever Broke ac. slide guitars: Tsuneo Imahori (8) Spike visits Stella in the hospital after Roco is killed.
(10) Ed fishes, Faye sunbathes.
18 5:28 Power of Kung Food
(TANK!  Remix)
The Seatbelts/DJ Food
(Sampler, brass with rhythm section)
(unused)



Blue
Trk Dur Title Musicians Episode Sequences
1 5:01 Blue Mai Yamane with
The Seatbelts
(choir: Soichiro Otsuka/Gabriela Robin, el. guitars, electronic drums, synths, bass, drums)
(26) After Spike's final battle, Spike falls to the floor on the stairs, pull back to end credits over blue skies slowly panning to space.
2 3:27 Words That We Couldn't Say Steve Conte with
The Seatbelts
(strings, ac. guitar (w solos), bass, percussion, drums)
(13) After freeing Faye from Gren, Jet fills her and Spike on what he's found out about Gren's relationship with Vicious.
3 3:54 Autumn in Ganymede NYC Band (?)
(Electric Bass: Stanley Clarke (?), Guitar solo: Peter Bernstein, brass, piano, drums, guiro, sampler)
(21) Jet's voiceover, as he walks the streets of Mars colony investigating an email from a deceased friend/Jet and Meifa walk together under a sunset, wondering about the Sunstone (voiceover).
4 3:18 Mushroom Hunting Tulivu-Donna Cumberbatch
with NYC Band
(el. piano, brass (sax solo), conga, bass, drums), from a DJFood composition
(17) Coffee, Shaft, Ed and Ein pursue Domino on a train.
5 2:37 Go Go
Cactus Man
The Seatbelts
(ac. guitar, el. guitar, jaw harp, whistling, synth strings, bass, drums, samples)
(22) Cowboy Andy arrives and mistakes Spike for the Teddy Bomber/Andy appears and the Teddy Bomber runs; Faye joins Andy on his horse and everyone pursues.
6 4:55 Chicken Bone SYDNEY w. Sister R with Yoko Kanno: synthesizer/sampler, sequencer, electronic drums (17) When the Bebop crashes on a planet, Ed and Ein go looking for food (or something).
7 4:00 The
Real Man
Yoko Kanno: synthesizer/sampler, electronic drums,
el. bass: Bakabon Suzuki
(16) Jet hunts alone for his nemesis Udai on a liberated prison ship.
8 5:03 N.Y. Rush NYC Band
(brass, drums,
trumpet solo: Steve Berstein,
el. piano solo: Mark Soskin,
bass solo: Booker King,
el. guitar solo: Stew Cutler
(3) When a deal goes sour, Spike takes out an assassin; Faye escapes in her ship after destroying the casino.
(19) Spike engages space pirates above Earth's atmosphere while dodging orbiting debris.
9 5:39 Adieu Emily Bindiger with
NYC Band
(Piano: Mark Soskin, guitar, bass, drums)
(25) Julia returns home in the rain.
(a piano variation, Piano Bar II, is used when Faye is in Cowboy Andy's apartment)
10 4:42 Call Me
Call Me
Steve Conte with
The Seatbelts
(ac. guitars, mandolins, pedal steel, strings, bass, drums)
(24) Faye and Ed (with Ein) leave the Bebop to find their own true homes, Jet and Spike eat eggs in silence.
11 5:47 Ave Maria Jerzy Knetig with
Warsaw Philharmonic (strings, harp)
(5) Opera source music as Faye looks for Mao Yenrai and is captured by Vicious.
12 1:08 Stella by Moor Yoko Kanno: music box (keyboard/synth) (8) Stella's music box (source)/Spike leaves Stella's hospital and sees falling plant spores.
13 3:32 Flying Teapot Emily Bindiger with
NYC Band
(Piano: Mark Soskin, Trumpet: Steven Berstein)
(15) Whitney helps Faye get used to her new time period after waking from cryosleep (flirting montage).  They are pursued by a collection agency and Whitney is apparently killed.
14 3:41 Wo Qui
Non Coin
Aoi Tada (Ed) with
The Seatbelts
(ac. guitar, synthesizer/sampler, electronic drums, flutes (synth?))
(24) Faye leaves her old classmate and she and Ed return to the Bebop in silence under orange skies.
15 2:52 Road to
the West
Oslo (ECM) Band
(Sax solo: Jan Garbarek, Synth: Rainer Brüninghaus)
(1) The Bebop pursues Asimov and Katerina into space
(25) Spike and Faye launch and defend the Bebop from Vicious' Syndicate forces/Vicious is about to be executed for betraying the Syndicate but turns the tables. (alt)
16 5:12 Farewell Blues NYC Band
(trumpet: Steven Berstein, piano: Mark Soskin, bass, drums)
(16) Jet gives his old partner a final cigarette before he dies.  Even though he was betrayed, he lets his partner keep his honor.
(25) Preview for final episode.
17 5:55 See You Space Cowboy... Not Final Mix Mountain Root Mai Yamane with
The Seatbelts
(piano, brass, strings, el. guitars, bass, drums, with extended end jam)
(alt. ver. The Real Folk Blues.)
(26) Spike takes off from the Bebop towards his final battle with Vicious, Jet and Faye express their frustration/sadness, montage of flashbacks with Julia, Vicious prepares for Spike, Spike blasts his way to face down Vicious on the top floor of his headquarters.



Ask DNA (EP for Cowboy Bebop The Movie: Knockin' On Heaven's Door)
Trk Dur Title Musicians Film Sequence
1 2:45 What Planet Is This? The Seatbelts
(brass, el. guitar, bass, drums, chorus, sax solo: Masato Honda, sampler, organ)
Spike dogfights the army (alt ver).
2 4:52 Ask DNA Raju Ramayya with
The Seatbelts
(el. piano, synth, el. guitar, bass, drums, brass, chorus, sax solo, el. guitar solo)
Main title, montage of street scenes.
3 4:28 Cosmic Dare
(Pretty with a Pistol)
Reynada Hill with
The Seatbelts
(drums/perc, sequencer/sampler)
Source music: radio song as Faye tails a bounty in her ship through urban skies.
4 1:54 Hamduche Hassan Bomhide:
vocal and Piano
(Montage) Spike searches Moroccan St. and finds out the "bean-seller" was involved in the invention of the bio-weapon, Vincent tells Faye that he has spared her from the weapon's effects.
5 4:40 Is It Real? Scott Matthew with
The Seatbelts
(piano, synth, sampler, strings)
With Faye captive, Vincent tells her that he was a victim of army experiments with the bio-weapon and now sees butterflies;  the bean-seller scientist tells Spike how the bio-weapon works.


 

Future Blues (Soundtrack for Cowboy Bebop The Movie: Knockin' On Heaven's Door)
Trk Dur Title Musicians Film Sequence
1 3:21 24 Hours Open The Seatbelts
(2 songs: Strings: Shinozaki Masatsugu Group, flute: Takashi Asahi, People In Panic: Gey's AX, bass, percussion, gunshot/siren samples)
Convenience store hold-up (source).
2 4:07 Pushing
the Sky
Mai Yamane with
The Seatbelts
(el. guitars, bass (Bakabon Suzuki), drums, synth)
Spike and Vincent spar at the top of the Eiffel tower structure as it begins to rain.  Vincent detonates the parade inflatables holding the bio-weapon.
3 3:49 Time To Know ~
Be Waltz
The Seatbelts
(ac. guitar, bass, drums, strings, flute, brass, backup vocals, sax solo: Masato Honda, rap: Hideyuki Takahashi)
Ed and Ein interview/annoy people while looking for the terrorist hacker Sampson.
4 5:15 Clutch drums: Sano Yasao
bass: Sase Tadashi
guitar: Michishita Kazuhiko
piano: Arimasa Yukiyoshi
Trp solo: Hara Tomonao
Sax solo: Honda Masato
After infiltrating a medical supply company, Spike ends up fighting the security head (Electra) and then is forced to escape.
5 3:28 Musawe Hassan Bohmide: vocal and ethnic lute,
sax solo: Masato Honda
A "bean-seller" leads Spike through Moroccan St.
6 4:04 Yo Pumpkin Head The Seatbelts
(brass, bass, drums/percussion, chorus, trumpet solo: Koji Nishimura)
Source music for Halloween parade with large inflatables, as Vincents awaits atop an Eiffel Tower-like structure.
7 5:05 Diggin' Steve Conte with
The Seatbelts
(el. guitar solo: Kiyoshi Tuchiya, pedal steel, acoustic guitars, bass, drums, electronics)
(Montage) Spike interviews people on the street looking for the terrorist bounty Faye had noticed (Vincent).  Spike interrogates the 3 old men.
8 1:37 3.14 Aoi Tada with music box Ed sings while explaining how he hacked the medical company.
9 4:31 What Planet Is This?!
(Extended Version)
Mai Yamane with
The Seatbelts
(brass, el. guitar, bass, drums, chorus, sax solo: Masato Honda, sampler, organ)
Near water and dam structures on Mars, Spike and the Swordfish are pursued by army fighters, Jet asks for and gets antique planes in order to release the vaccine.
10 6:46 7 Minutes The Seatbelts
(el. guitar, synth, bass drums/percussion, strings, choir)
Spike and Electra escape from their cells and collect vaccines, Vincent prepares to poison the water supply, police forces converge on the water works plant, Faye escapes from her bonds, the army arrives at the plant and takes over.
11 4:24 Fingers The Seatbelts
(Kalimbas: Mataro Misawa, piano, bass, drums, background choir, synth)
Spike voice-over with Vincent playing with blue "marbles"/Vincent asks Faye to join him as he plans to detonate the bio-weapon.
12 1:30 Powder The Seatbelts
(chorus, synth, piano, strings)
Vincent defeats Spike and throws him off an elevated train; Electra holds him at gunpoint, but he sets off a grenade/Spike is affected by the bio-weapon vaccine and sees butterflies, Electra shoots Vincent.
13 4:57 Butterfly Mem Nahadr with
NYC Band
(el. piano (Mark Soskin), el. guitar (Peter Bernstein), synth, drums)
(unused)
14 5:59 No Reply Steve Conte with
The Seatbelts
(el. guitars, synth, bass, drums, strings)
(unused)
15 1:55 Dijurido Gabriela Robin with
The Seatbelts
(piano, strings)
At sunset on a river's edge, Jet and Spike discuss Vincent;  Electra is reprimanded by her bosses for the loss of life in the train explosion (alt version w/o vocals in film).
16 5:19 Gotta Knock a Little Harder Mai Yamane with
The Seatbelts
(guitars, piano, el. piano, chorus, bass, drums)
As Vincent dies, he regains his memory of his relationship with Electra, Jet explains that the rain spread the vaccine, Faye asks him if he wants to go to the races with her, end credits montage of street scenes in the rain, following days and finally Spike on a couch.
17 1:06 No Money Hassan Bohmide: vocal Spike follows the bean-seller through residential areas of Morrocan St.
18 3:23 Rain
(Mai Yamane version)
Mai Yamane with
The Seatbelts
(organs, bass, el. guitar solo)
Bonus track: (5) Spike goes to the abandoned cathedral to confront Vicious (and rescue Faye).



Cowgirl Ed (Future Blues Bonus EP)
Trk Dur Title Musicians Episode Sequences
1 1:56 Goodnight Julia NYC Band
(Piano: George Colligan, Sax: Joshua Redman)
(alt arr. Space Lion)
(12) source music: Faye inside the Blue Crow club, Gren plays sax.
(sax solo version plays for when Faye and Gren talk in his apartment/Spike confronts Vicious for using Julia's name as a code word for a drug deal and is shot by Lin/Faye finds out Gren is a bounty (and transgender)).
(13) Sax solo version: recap of Session 12.
2 4:11 PAPA Plastic Gabriela Robin with
The Seatbelts
(el. guitar, bass, drums)
(24) Applederry and McIntire tries to examine a meteorite but it's too hot.
3 0:18 Telephone Shopping Yoko Kanno: synth, electronic drums, female voice (23) source music for DJ exer-cycle infomercial, which allows DJs to exercise.
4 3:42 Kabutoga ni Kodai no Sakana
(The Horseshoe Crab, The Ancient Fish)
The Seatbelts
(ethnic percussion, ac. guitars, ethnic strings, synth)
(2) source music: the pet store.
(9) source music: news program from beginning of the episode about the mysterious land paintings.
(14) Faye and Spike float past the sleeping denizens of the space junk squat as Ed continues playing chess with Chessmaster Hex.
5 3:32 Slipper Sleaze NYC Band
(piano solo: George Colligan, el. guitar solo: Peter Bernstein, el. bass (Stanley Clarke), drums)
(3) Spike sits down at Faye's blackjack table and she mistakes him for someone else (source).
(5) Faye arrives at an opera house and talks her way past the guards.
6 4:51 23 Wa
(Episode 23)
Soichiro Otsuka with
Oslo Band
(guitars: Terje Rypdal, keys/synth: Rainer Brüninghaus, harp: Soichiro Otsuka)
(23) Source music for the Scratch cult commercial, calling for people to "transcend their bodies"/Spike confronts the Scratch conciousness and rescues Faye, as Jet and Ed unplug the vegetative boy who secretly poses as the Scratch leader.  


Cowboy Bebop Boxed Set (includes live album and mini CD)
The box set includes many tracks of dialogue, which I left out of the listings below for space purposes. Tracks with an asterisk (*) after the title mean that the track is unique to the box set (other tracks are available on the previous soundtrack albums).

Disc 1
Trk Dur Title Musicians Episode Sequences
2 1:32 Tank!
(TV Edit)*
The Seatbelts
(Brass, bass, drums, Alto sax solos: Masato Honda)
Opening Theme sequence.
4 4:01 Want It All Back
(clavinet hater version)*
Mai Yamane with
The Seatbelts
(piano (w solo), el. guitars, bass, drums, brass)
(2) Spike, a bounty and some lab coats chase Ein through the streets.
5 4:01 Sax Quartet* NYC Band
(Soprano Sax: Steve Wilson,
Alto Sax: Gary Bartz,
Tenor Sax: Chris Potter,
Baritone Sax: James Carter)
(4) Spike and Jet scope out a bounty at a seafood restaurant.
7 2:49 Encore
un Verre*
Valentin Coupeau with
Paris Band
(muted trumpet, bass, drums/percussion, electric guitar solo)
(4) Spike interrogates Faye after recapturing her (when she is floating in space without fuel).  Spike unwittingly tries to open the the capsule with the Monkey Business virus.
8 1:01 March For Koala* Marimba: Daniel Sadownick (4) Theme song for the Space Warriors, an animal rights militia group led by "Mom".
10 2:39 Felt Tip Pen The Seatbelts
(ac. slide guitar: Tsuneo Imahori, ac. bass, drums, mandolin)
(1) TJ scenes (the 3 old men mumble to each other).
(8) At the airport, Roco nags at Spike to teach him fighting skills.
11 3:39 The Egg
and You
NYC Band
(piano solo: Mark Soskin, bass solo: Scott Colley, drums)
(4) After they end up with no money, Faye tries to comfort Jet and Spike by joining their bounty operation (to their chagrin).
(17) Spike, Jet and Faye are sick of eating shiitake mushroom dishes.
13 2:18 Pot City II
(Yab's Dub)*
The Seatbelts
(Dub: delayed guitar/brass/drums, bass)
(unused alt).
15 5:03 N.Y. Rush NYC Band
(brass, drums,
trumpet solo: Steve Berstein,
el. piano solo: Mark Soskin,
bass solo: Booker King,
el. guitar solo: Stew Cutler
(3) When a deal goes sour, Spike takes out an assassin; Faye escapes in her ship after destroying the casino.
(19) Spike engages space pirates above Earth's atmosphere while dodging orbiting debris.
17 1:58 Fe* The Seatbelts
(female sighs, harpsichord, vibraphone, ac. bass, drums)
(3) Flashback: Gordon tells Faye took look for a special client at the blackjack table.  Back in the present, Spike loses to Faye.
18 2:47 Piano Black NYC Band
(piano, sampler, drums, synthesizers, Sax: Joshua Redman)
(3) After Faye says, "showtime", her ship activates remotely, as Spike fights casino goons.  Faye blasts her way out of the casino (with Spike and Jet clinging to her ship's hull).
(14) Chess Master Hex plays chess with Ed/Spike and Faye fly towards the space junk squatter colony.
20 4:33 Spokey Dokey

(alternate take)*
The Seatbelts
(Harmonica: Ryuichiro Senoo, Guitar: Tsuneo Imahori)
(Harmonica solo then duo based on Forever Broke)
(6) Spike watches Wen perform in the bar/Wen plays harmonica in the past (flashback).
21 3:14 Forever Broke ac. slide guitars: Tsuneo Imahori (8) Spike visits Stella in the hospital after Roco is killed.
(10) Ed fishes, Faye sunbathes.
23 2:53 Road to
the West
(with rhythm)*
Oslo (ECM) Band
(Sax solo: Jan Garbarek, synth, bass, drums/percussion)
(1) The Swordfish pursues Asimov and Katerina into space.
(25) Spike and Faye launch and defend the Bebop from Vicious' Syndicate forces/Vicious is about to be executed for betraying the Syndicate but turns the tables. (alt)
25 1:51 Meteor* Yoko Kanno: ambient clunking textures, drones (6) Wen tells Spike that he has been around "since humans were still crawling"/Wen tells Spike that due to exposure from a hyperspace accident he doesn't age.  He opens fire on Spike.
27 4:15 Digging My Potato
(alternate version)*
NYC Band
(Harmonica: Chris Michalek, percussion/drums)
(extended fast jam at end)
(6) Spike dreams of weird lab experiments on an eye (his own) while listening to a harmonica player (Wen) in a bar/Jet explains how a special gem works and Wen's background/Spike kills Wen with the special gem/bullet.
29 3:24 Rain
(Mai Yamane version)
Mai Yamane with
The Seatbelts
(organs, bass, el. guitar solo)
(5) Spike goes to an abandoned cathedral to confront Vicious (and rescue Faye).
31 1:54 Green Bird Gabriela Robin with
Yoko Kanno: piano, vocals
(5) Vicious throws Spike through the cathedral window, but not before Spike tosses a grenade at him (intercut with Julia/past flashbacks).



Disc 2
2 2:45 Cats on Mars Gabriela Robin with
Yoko Kanno: keyboard, synthesizers, electronic drums
(9) Ed talks with the AI "MPU", who explains why he made the Earth paintings/end shot.
3 3:47 Doggy Dog II* The Seatbelts
(clapping/ethnic percussion, male chants/barking, el. surf guitar, electronic drums, sax squawks, sampler)
(7) VT and a hungover Spike fight other bounty hunters at a space trucker bar.
4 1:50 Doggy Dog III* The Seatbelts
(sax, el. surf guitar, bandoneon, bass, drums, sampler)
(7) VT helps Spike by pursuing a bounty on her own (Decker).
6 3:04 Piano Bar I Solo Piano: Mark Soskin (3) Spike and Jet infiltrate a space casino.
(5) Ending scene: Spike wakes up and accuses Faye of being tone-deaf.
(21) Jet's voice-over as he and Meifa investigate Pao's cryptic email.
7 5:12 Give And Take* Sydney Thiam with
Paris Band
(sampler/electronics, synth, el. guitar (Pierre Bensusan), brass, bass, drums)
(17) While being interrogated, Coffee notices Ed scootering outside as she looks for her bounty.  Shaft notices as well and they all pursue her.
9 2:35 Cat Blues NYC Band (Winds/brass/guitar/rhythm section, bass clarinet: Chris Potter) (2) Hakim talks on his cellphone with a client who wants Ein.  Jet and Spike search for Hakim in their own ways.
(10) Ed harasses a captured bounty in her own bizarre way.
11 4:23 The Singing Sea II* Tulivu-Donna Cumberbatch
with NYC Band
(sax quartet, soprano sax solo: Steve Wilson)
(10) Jet goes to visit an old flame (alt version).
13 5:04 ELM Paris Band
(vocals & guitar: Pierre Bensusan, synth, percussion)
(1) Gas pump: Spike and Katerina talk about running away, Asimov interrupts.
(10) Jet pursues a bounty, who happens to be mixed up with Alisa, Jet's old flame.
14 3:30 Waltz for Zizi The Seatbelts
(ac. guitar, ac. bass, drums, mandolin, pedal steel, bandoneon)
(5) Annie tells Spike that Mao looked for him after he disappeared.  Spike drinks a toast to him.
(10) Jet talks about his feelings after Alisa abandoned him/Jet says goodbye to Alisa and throws away his keepsake of her.
(24) Faye talks to a Sister at Ed's former orphanage.
16 1:07 Poor Faye (High Socks)* Yoko Kanno: piano (18) Faye watches the video she sent to herself from the past (in which her younger self cheers her amnesiac future self on).
17 4:30 Farewell Blues (alternate take)* NYC Band
(trumpet: Nicholas Payton, piano: Mark Soskin, bass, drums)
(16) Jet allows his old partner a final cigarette before he dies.  Even though he was betrayed, Jet lets his old partner keep his honor.
(25) Preview for final episode.
19 3:28 Words That We Couldn't Say Steve Conte with
The Seatbelts
(strings, ac. guitar (w solos), bass, percussion, drums)
(13) After freeing Faye from Gren, Jet fills her and Spike in on what he's found out about Gren's relationship with Vicious.
21 1:34 Space Lion
(music box version)*
Yoko Kanno: music box (keyboard/synth) (13) Source music: during a break in a battle on Titan, Gren admires the song on Vicious' music box/Gren explains to Faye that he was the product of medical experiments and he thinks Vicious is to blame/source music: the music box triggers a bomb in Vicious' drug stash.
22 1:52 Waste Land* NYC Band
(Brass ensemble)
(13) Montage of battle scenes with Gren and Vicious as Gren confronts Vicious about his betrayal.
24 1:49 Goodnight Julia NYC Band
(Piano: George Colligan, Sax: Joshua Redman)
(alt arr. Space Lion)
(12) Source music: Faye inside the Blue Crow club, Gren plays sax.
(unreleased sax solo version plays when Faye and Gren talk in his apartment/Spike confronts Vicious for using Julia's name as a code word for a drug deal and is shot by Lin/Faye finds out Gren is a bounty (and transgender)).
(13) Sax solo version: recap of Session 12.
25 7:07 Space Lion Oslo (ECM) Band
(synth, rhythm section, choir, Sax solo: Jan Garbarek)
(13) Spike helps a dying Gren fly back out into space after Gren tells him about meeting Julia, Spike and Faye return to the Bebop and Ed asks why he was left out.

 

Disc 3
2 0:55 Go Go
Cactus Man
(guitar version)*
The Seatbelts
(ac. guitar, jaw harp, whistling)
(22) The Teddy Bomber tells Spike and Andy that they are trapped in a rigged elevator (unreleased variations used throughout episode).
4 2:35 Too Good
Too Bad
NYC Band
(Brass with drum march, Alto Sax solo: Gary Bartz, Baritone Sax solo: James Carter)
(4) Spike and Faye attempt to destroy the Space Warriors' bio-weapon torpedoes inside a hyperspace gate.
(19) Doohan launches in the Columbia space shuttle to help the out of gas and falling Swordfish.
6 1:02 Eyeball* Yoko Kanno: percussion, cymbal bowing, etc. (20) Mad Pierrot, a strange clown-like figure travels through dark gothic city streets towards thugs/Spike fends off Pierrot's attacks, just barely escaping with his life.
8 3:45 Amusement Park* Yoko Kanno: Circus calliope music, synth, glockenspiel, marching drums (20) Source music: Mad Pierrot appears and turns on all of the rides at the SpaceLand amusement park/Pierrot cries from his knife wound, and is then crushed underneath the foot of a giant SpaceLand puppet.
9 3:50 On the Run* Yoko Kanno: synthesizer, drums (Pink Floyd cover) (20) Montage of scenes showing the creation of Mad Pierrot, a government lab-created assassin who went insane.
11 4:52 23 Wa
(with dialogue)
Soichiro Otsuka with
Oslo Band
(guitars: Terje Rypdal, keys/synth: Rainer Brüninghaus, harp: Soichiro Otsuka)
(23) Source music for the Scratch cult commercial, calling for people to "transcend their bodies"/Spike confronts the Scratch consciousness and rescues Faye, as Jet and Ed unplug the vegetative boy who secretly poses as the Scratch leader.  
13 5:02 Don't Bother None
(long version)*
Mai Yamane with
The Seatbelts
(ac. slide guitar: Tsuneo Imahori, el. guitar, harmonica, piano, drums)
(24) Spike and Jet attempt to arrest Applederry.  Spike and Applederry spar until Ed arrives with the Bebop.
15 2:36 Wo Qui Non Coin
(short, sad version)*
Aoi Tada with
The Seatbelts
(ac. guitar, synthesizer/sampler, electronic drums, flutes (synth?))
(24) Faye leaves her old classmate, she and Ed return to the Bebop in silence under orange skies.
16 1:04 Poor Faye (Lip Cream)* Yoko Kanno: piano (24) Faye's flashback to her youth and space accident while in the shower.
17 4:43 Call Me
Call Me
Steve Conte with
The Seatbelts
(ac. guitars, mandolins, pedal steel, strings, bass, drums)
(24) Faye and Ed (with Ein) leave the Bebop to find their own true homes, Jet and Spike eat eggs in silence.
19 1:31 Memory Yoko Kanno: music box (keyboard/synth) (1) Opening flashback montage.
(25, 26) Spike meets Julia at a graveyard.  She pulls a gun on him.  They talk about the past (montage).
20 6:13 Adieu
(long version)*
Emily Bindiger with
NYC Band
(Piano: Mark Soskin, guitar, bass, drums)
(25) Julia returns home in the rain.
(a piano variation, Piano Bar II, is used when Faye is in Cowboy Andy's apartment).
22 5:56 See You Space Cowboy... Not Final Mix Mountain Root Mai Yamane with
The Seatbelts
(piano, brass, strings, el. guitars, bass, drums, with extended end jam)
(alt. ver. The Real Folk Blues.)
(26) Spike takes off from the Bebop towards his final battle with Vicious, Jet and Faye express their frustration/sadness, montage of flashbacks with Julia, Vicious prepares for Spike, Spike blasts his way into the Syndicate HQ to face down Vicious on the top floor.
24 5:02 Blue Mai Yamane with
The Seatbelts
(Choir: Soichiro Otsuka/Gabriela Robin, el. guitars, electronic drums, synths, bass, drums)
(26) After Spike's final battle, Spike falls to the floor on the stairs (camera pull back to end credits over blue skies slowly panning to space).



Disc 4 (The Seatbelts Live, with bonus tracks)
1 4:01 Tank!
(live)
The Seatbelts Opening theme sequence
2 4:13 Rush
(live)
The Seatbelts (1) Spike fights Asimov in front of the bar, gangsters arrive and begin shooting.
3 4:53 What Planet Is This?!
(live)
The Seatbelts Spike dogfights the army (alt ver).
4 2:31 Too Good Too Bad
(live)
The Seatbelts (4) Spike and Faye attempt to destroy the Space Warriors' torpedoes inside a hyperspace gate.
(19) Doohan fires up the Columbia.
5 4:31 Bad Dog No Biscuits
(live)
The Seatbelts (2) During a street chase, Hakim captures Ein.  Spike pursues in the Swordfish.
6 5:20 Call Me
Call Me
(live)
Steve Conte with
The Seatbelts
(24) Faye and Ed (with Ein) leave the Bebop to find their own true homes, Jet and Spike eat eggs in silence.
7 4:09 Mushroom Hunting
(live)
Mai Yamane with
The Seatbelts
(17) Coffee, Shaft, Ed and Ein pursue Domino on a train.
8 6:08 The Real Folk Blues
(live)
Mai Yamane with
The Seatbelts
Ending theme song.
9 7:52 Piano solo
(live)
Yoko Kanno: piano 0:15 Stella by Moor
0:49 The Singing Sea
1:44 Piano Black
2:42 ELM
4:12 Green Bird
5:03: Piano Bar 1
10 4:52 Ask DNA
(repr.)
Raju Ramayya with
The Seatbelts
(el. piano, synth, el. guitar, bass, drums, brass, chorus, sax solo, el. guitar solo)
(Knockin on Heaven's Door) Main title, montage of street scenes.
11 1:27 SF Game Center Yoko Kanno: electronics (Knockin on Heaven's Door) Source music: Sampson plays an arcade game, when Faye catches up with him.
12 3:38 Rouya Acoustic guitar: Tsuneo Imahori (Knockin on Heaven's Door) While in adjacent jail cells, Spike tells Electra about his past and that he must find Vincent.
13 1:04 Old School Game Yoko Kanno: electronics (Knockin on Heaven's Door) Source music: The terrorist-hacker Sampson plays an old school hand-held game as he rides with Vincent.



Disc 5 (3cm Mini-CD)
1 3:18 Wandering Cowboy Aoi Tada with
The Seatbelts
(synth, electronic drums, sampler, bandoneon, Ein, sax solo)
(TANK! Remix)
(unused)
2 2:44 Fascinating Horse Riding  Masashi Ebara ("Andy") with
The Seatbelts
(ac. guitar, el. guitar, jaw harp, male/children's choir, whistling, synth strings, bass, drums, samples)
(Go Go Cactus Man with "Andy")
(unused)
3 3:19 Wandering Cowboy
(karaoke)
The Seatbelts
(synth, electronic drums, sampler, bandoneon, Ein, sax solo)
(TANK! Remix karaoke)
(unused)



Cowboy Bebop The Movie: Knockin' On Heaven's Door (Film Order Listing)
FB=Future Blues, Box=Cowboy Bebop CD Box
Trk Title Musicians Film sequence
FB 11 Fingers The Seatbelts
(Kalimbas: Mataro Misawa, piano, bass, drums, background choir, synth)
Spike voice-over as Vincent, a terrorist, plays with blue "marbles" (a bio-weapon).
FB 1 24 Hours Open The Seatbelts
(2 songs: Strings: Shinozaki Masatsugu Group, flute: Takashi Asahi, People In Panic: Gey's AX, bass, percussion, gunshot/siren samples)
Source music: Thugs hold up a convenience store, but Spike and Jet intervene.
Ask DNA 2 Ask DNA   Raju Ramayya with
The Seatbelts
(el. piano, synth, el. guitar, bass, drums, brass, chorus, sax solo, el. guitar solo)
Main title, montage of street scenes.
Ask DNA 3 Cosmic Dare
(Pretty with a Pistol)  
Reynada Hill with
The Seatbelts
(drums/perc, sequencer/sampler)
Source music: Faye tails a bounty in her ship through urban skies with the radio on.
FB 7 Diggin' Steve Conte with
The Seatbelts
(el. guitar solo: Kiyoshi Tuchiya, pedal steel, acoustic guitars, bass, drums, electronics)
(Montage) Spike interviews people on the street looking for the bounty-terrorist Faye had noticed (Vincent).  Spike interrogates the 3 old men.
FB 5 Musawe Hassan Bohmide: vocal and ethnic lute, sax solo: Masato Honda A "bean-seller" leads Spike through Moroccan St.
FB 17 No Money Hassan Bohmide: vocal  Spike follows the bean-seller through residential areas of Morrocan St.
Box 4.13 Old School Game Yoko Kanno: electronics Source music: The terrorist-hacker Sampson plays an old school hand-held game as he rides with Vincent.
Box 4.11 SF Game Center Yoko Kanno: electronics Source music: Sampson plays an arcade game, when Faye catches up with him.
FB 4 Clutch drums: Sano Yasao
bass: Sase Tadashi
guitar: Michishita Kazuhiko
piano: Arimasa Yukiyoshi
Trp solo: Hara Tomonao
Sax solo: Honda Masato
After infiltrating a medical supply company, Spike ends up fighting the security head (Electra) and is then forced to escape.
FB 3 Time To Know ~
Be Waltz
The Seatbelts
(ac. guitar, bass, drums, strings, flute, brass, backup vocals, sax solo: Masato Honda, rap: Hideyuki Takahashi)
Ed and Ein interview/annoy people while looking for  Sampson.
FB 12 Powder The Seatbelts
(chorus, synth, piano, strings)
When cornered, Vincent defeats Spike and throws him off an elevated train; Electra holds Vincent at gunpoint, but he sets off a grenade and disappears.
FB 15 Dijurido Gabriela Robin with
The Seatbelts
(piano, strings)
At sunset by the river's edge, Jet and Spike discuss Vincent;  Electra is reprimanded by her bosses for the loss of life in the train explosion (alt version w/o vocals in film).
FB 8 3.14 Aoi Tada with music box Ed sings while hacking the medical supply company computer.
Ask DNA 4 Hamduche Hassan Bomhide:
vocal and piano
(Montage) Spike searches Moroccan St. and finds out the "bean-seller" was involved in the invention of the bio-weapon, Vincent tells Faye that he has spared her from the weapon's effects by giving her his blood.
Ask DNA 5 Is It Real? Scott Matthew with
The Seatbelts
(piano, synth, sampler, strings)
With Faye captive, Vincent tells her that he was a victim of army vaccination experiments with the bio-weapon and now sees butterflies;  the bean-seller scientist tells Spike how the bio-weapon and vaccine works.
Box 4.12 Rouya acoustic guitar: Tsuneo Imahori While in adjacent jail cells, Spike tells Electra about his past and that he must find Vincent.
FB 11
(rep.)
Fingers The Seatbelts
(Kalimbas: Mataro Misawa, piano, bass, drums, background choir, synth)
Vincent asks Faye to join him as he plans to detonate the bio-weapon.
FB 10 7 Minutes The Seatbelts
(el. guitar, synth, bass drums/percussion, strings, choir)
Spike and Electra escape from their cells and collect vaccines from the med lab,  Vincent prepares to unleash the bio-weapon,  police forces converge on the water works plant where Vincent is suspected to hit, Faye escapes from her bonds, the army arrives at the plant and takes over.
FB 9 What Planet Is This?!
(Extended Version)
Mai Yamane with
The Seatbelts
(brass, el. guitar, bass, drums, chorus, sax solo: Masato Honda, sampler, organ)
Near water and dam structures on Mars, Spike and the Swordfish are pursued by army fighters, Jet is forced to use antique planes to release the vaccine into the air.
FB 6 Yo Pumpkin Head The Seatbelts
(brass, bass, drums/percussion, chorus, trumpet solo: Koji Nishimura)
Source music for a Halloween parade with large inflatables, as Vincent awaits atop an Eiffel Tower-like structure.
FB 2 Pushing
the Sky
Mai Yamane with
The Seatbelts
(el. guitars, bass, drums, synth)
Spike and Vincent spar at the top of the Eiffel tower structure as it begins to rain.  Vincent detonates the parade inflatables filled with the bio-weapon.
FB 12
(rep.)
Powder The Seatbelts
(chorus, synth, piano, strings)
Spike is affected by the bio-weapon vaccine (spread by the planes) and sees butterflies, Electra shoots Vincent.
FB 16 Gotta Knock a Little Harder Mai Yamane with
The Seatbelts
(guitars, piano, el. piano, chorus, bass, drums)
As Vincent dies, he regains his lost memory of his relationship with Electra, Jet explains that the rain spread the vaccine, Faye asks him if he wants to go to the races with her, end credits montage of street scenes in the rain, following days and then finally Spike on a couch catching a butterfly.


Links
Yoko Kanno Wiki Entry

2 comments:

  1. thx I was searching for the music about that cowboy andy

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  2. Great article about a favorite film/series and soundtrack. I bought a copy of the boxed set, but I suspect it was pirated since it doesn't contain a mini CD. Sure wish someone would reissue the music in its entirety.

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