Kill Bill Vol. 1 Original Soundtrack is the soundtrack to the first volume of the two-part Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill. Released on September 23, 2003, it reached #45 on the Billboard 200 album chart and #1 on the soundtracks chart. It was organized, and mostly produced and orchestrated by RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan.
In a 2003 Interview, RZA spoke about the soundtrack's creation process:
It was more of a collaboration. He had an idea and a vision when he wrote the script. I think I was more of somebody that kept it in the guidelines of what he wanted. He was like, here go the eggs, the milk, the cake, the sugar, everything, and I’m going to stir it up. Put this in the oven, watch it, take it out in forty-five minutes. Now, am I going to take it out in forty five minutes or am I going to fall asleep? I made sure it got out and if I saw something wrong with it, I fixed it. So when he saw it, he was like, this is cake. There was one situation where you see, "Crane and White Lightning." That’s part of the original score, so it’s not really a song. A lot of that stuff is what I use to keep the vibe going between songs.
"Crane and White Lightning" is a piece of music that Quentin wanted on the soundtrack, but was originally set for a Metallica track. There’s only one piece of music that I didn’t feel comfortable with when we were done. We lost a sample, I made one Hip Hop beat. I was like I gotta throw one in there. Quentin loved this beat. We rocked with it and it was one of the first things we did. I could've gotten away with it. It was a sample, but so undetectable. So unnoticeable. I wanted to take a chance, but in the movie business you can’t take those kind of chances. I wouldn’t risk nobody else. If it was my movie, I would have taken a chance. But this is Quentin Tarantino’s movie.
The last three are merely noises that occur as sound effects in the movie.
The vinyl record version includes only the first fifteen tracks.
Numerous tracks used in the film and to advertise it were not included in the soundtrack album:
"Seven Notes in Black" by Vince Tempera – From Sette note in nero ("Seven Notes in Black"; AKA The Psychic). Heard when The Bride awakens and fends off her would-be rapists; background music for the RZA's "Ode to O-ren"
"Police Check Point" by Harry Betts (from the film Black Mama White Mama) – heard briefly in the House of Blue Leaves battle.
"Yagyu Conspiracy" by Toshiaki Tsushima (from Shogun's Samurai) – background music for "You're My Wicked Life"
"Funky Fanfare" by Keith Mansfield – heard as the logo music for the Our Feature Presentation film snipe.
"I Giorni Dell'Ira" by Riz Ortolani (from Day of Anger) – heard when The Bride plucks an eye from one of the Crazy 88. This track would be later used in another Tarantino film Django Unchained, where it was included in the soundtrack.
Other brief clips are not included nor are credits as to who wrote or performed them available.