one of the most interesting (and, of course, disturbing) aspects of wes craven's "last house on the left" is the intermingling of some truly vile events on screen with gently-strummed folk-rock ballads on the soundtrack. even more interesting is that said ballads (and all other tracks) are performed by none other than actor david hess, who portrays the lead villian, krug (a character who makes his quasi-namesake freddy kreuger in director craven's "nightmare on elm street" look like a complete wuss [well, if we're talking one of the umpteen sequels, plenty of characters make kreuger seem like a wuss...but, as usual, i digress]).
anyway, the soundtrack flits through moods just as uncomfortably as the film does, from the aforementioned ballads, to hick-twang, to italian giallo-like synth-moans, and is very much worth your time. "now you're all alone", in particular, is profoundly haunting.
for further listening, david hess has a compilation of his work available on diggler entitled "climbing up the sunshine path", which i'd also recommend to '60s soft-rock fans (the bonus track here called "promised land" appears on that compilation as "hey hey he's a friend of mine").
01 intro/opening credits
02 little cows lookin' for some grass
03 wait for the rain
04 baddies' theme (instrumental)
05 mari's birthday surprise
06 water music/sadie & krug
07 phyllis spills her guts
08 now you're all alone
09 ada's chickens
10 the chase
11 daddy, put your coat of many colors on
12 mayhem montage
13 ice cream song
14 urban snatch
15 blow your brains out
16 etude for chainsaw/goodbye dick
17 aftermath/end credits
"last house on the left-overs":
18 daddy, put your coat of many colors on (vox mix)
19 new york times
20 promised land