- Released: June 28, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Hip-O Records
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Photographer: Gene Page.
This follow-up to writer/director Rob Zombie's cult horror film HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES finds three killers from that movie on the run from the police. Rather than filling THE DEVIL'S REJECTS soundtrack with his own ghoulish metal and other like-minded rock, Zombie throws a musical curveball here by offering up an expertly selected set of blues, country, and classic rock.
The Allman Brothers Band perfectly establishes the tone with the urgent "Midnight Rider," featuring the appropriate refrain "I'm not gonna let 'em catch me." Zombie showcases three spare, folk-like tunes by the underrated singer/songwriter Terry Reid, all of which come from the British performer's 1976 album SEED OF MEMORY. In addition to vintage country (Buck Owens & His Buckaroos' redemptive "Satan's Got to Get Along Without Me") and blues (Otis Rush's searing "I Can't Quit You Baby"), Lynyrd Skynyrd's ever-requested "Free Bird" serves as a highly unusual counterpoint to a pivotal scene in the bloody thriller, ensuring that listeners will never hear the Southern-rock chestnut the same way again.