Isaac Julien: Looking for Langston


Original Soundtrack from the Film ‘Looking For Langston,’ 1989, 2017
Released by The Vinyl Factory
Mastered by Noel Summerville
Pressed on the EMI 1400 in Hayes, Middlesex
12 2/5 x 12 2/5 inches / 31.5 x 31.5 cm



This vinyl set features the original archive soundtrack for the 1989 award-winning film, Looking for Langston. Inspired by the unexplored aspects of the life and work of the poet Langston Hughes (1902-1967), the film is a visually beautiful and lyrical exploration of black and white gay identities set in the Harlem Renaissance in New York of the 1920s and 1930s. The poetry of Langston Hughes, Bruce Nugent and Essex Hemphill are set to blues and jazz as well as 1980s’ house music and features the voices of Toni Morrison and Stuart Hall.



Track Listing


Side A

1.Toni Morrison Eulogy for James Baldwin at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, December 8, 1987 (1’55”)
2. Peter J Spenser – ‘Loneliness/ Langston Hughes ‘Harlem’ (1’10”)
3. ‘Hey!’ And ‘Too Blue’ – Langston Hughes with Jazz Quartet from the NBC Documentary ‘The Subject Is Jazz’ (1’10”)
4. Blackberri- ‘Blues For Langston’ with Bessie Smith ‘St Louis Blues’ (1925) Interlude (1’48”)
5. Stuart Hall Voiceover (1’00”)
6. George Hannah – Freakish Man Blues (2’45”)
7. Peter J Spenser-  ‘Smoke Lilies Jade’ (2’19”)
8. Bruce Nugent – ‘Smoke Lilies Jade (3’48”)
9. Joseph Bashorn Piano Solo (1’05”)
10. Stuart Hall Voiceover (0’15”)
11. Blackberri – ‘Blues For Langston’ (1’10”)
12. Essex Hemphill – ‘Where Seed Falls’ (1’30”)
13. Essex Hemphill – ‘Under Certain Circumstances’ (1’22”)


Side B

1. Blackberri – ‘Beautiful Black Men’ (2’15”)
2. Stuart Hall Voiceover (0’48”)
3. ‘If His Name Were Mandingo’ with Wayson Jones on Bass (1’30”)
4. Essex Hemphill- ‘Le Salon’ (0’31”)
5. Essex Hemphill- ‘Now We Think’ (0’54”)
6. Stuart Hall Voiceover (2’15”)
7. ‘Blues For Langston’ Instrumental
8. Langston Hughes – ‘Poem or To Fs’ (0’20”)
9. Langston Hughes – ‘Stars’ (0’28”)
10. Essex Hemphill- ‘The Edge, Third Movement (1’22”)
11. Essex Hemphill- ‘The Brass Rail’ Call and Response with Wayson Jones mixed with ‘Can You Party (Club Mix) by Royal House (2‘55”)
12. ‘Ballad of a Fortune Teller’ and ‘Hey!’ – Langston Hughes with Jazz Quartet from The NBC Documentary
13. ‘The Subject is Jazz’ (1’03”)
14.‘Blues For Langston’ Instrumental (4’00”)