We know, we know: going to see “Watchmen” for the music is like reading Playboy for the articles. However, in the interest of covering every square inch of the meta-universe that is “Watchmen,” we wanted to add that Warner Sunset/Reprise Records will offer fanboys three different musical offerings starting March 3, three days before “The Watchmen” opens in theaters.
“Music From the Motion Picture Watchmen” contains primarily licensed material from the ’60s and ’70s, such as Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” Janis Joplin’s “Me & Bobby McGee,” and Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower.” The only track recorded specifically for the film is My Chemical Romance’s cover of Dylan’s “Desolation Row.”
“Watchmen Original Motion Picture Score” features music composed by Tyler Bates, who has also worked with “Watchmen” director Zack Snyder on such films as “300” and “Dawn of the Dead.”
For “Watchmen” completists, on March 24, the label will release “Watchmen Music Collectors Edition 7″ Box Set.” For the ultimate “Watchmen” geek, the set includes seven double-sided 7″-picture discs of each “Watchmen” character on one side and that character’s image from the graphic novel. Musically, the collection features 13 tracks from Bates and MCR’s “Desolation Row.”