I did a quick comparison of the Tadlow and the La-La Land CD’s, and although the Tadlow CD is longer by a couple of minutes, the La-La Land CD contains more “True Grit” music. This is due to the bonus tracks. Where the Tadlow CD also contains bonus tracks, they are not all “True Grit” music (i.e.: music from Katie Elder, The Shootist, Comancheros, Cahill, and Big Jake). The La-La Land CD on the other hand, contains nine bonus tracks – all of which are “True Grit” music, including some rare demo tracks featuring Glen Campbell, John Hartford (Grammy award winner who passed away in 2001), Michael Dees (singer/composer), and Elmer Bernstein (actually singing the title song). Rather than looking at these two great soundtrack CD’s from the point of view of “which one is better,” I think the two of them actually complement each other. Both contain True Grit music that is not on the other, and between the two of them, overall, they are the ultimate True Grit soundtrack collection.
As with the Tadlow CD, the La-La Land CD is limited to 3000 copies, so it is sure to sell out fast. If past experience has taught me anything about these soundtracks, it is to get one as soon as possible. I am confident that there are some folks out there who will buy up as many as they can, and when the supply of 3000 is gone, they will sell theirs at inflated prices on eBay and other online sale outlets.
The new True Grit soundtrack CD can be purchased online direct from La-La land records for $19.98. And for those who are wondering, the answer is yes, they do accept PayPal. Here is a link to their site: http://www.lalalandrecords.com/TrueGrit.html