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 Posted:   Jan 29, 2007 - 3:23 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

After an eternity of neglect, I decided to give this score a listen and have been thrilled with its energy and "Mod" fun, along with the haunting "The Windmills of Your Mind" that (deservedly) won an Oscar back in the days when Oscar-winning songs were still worthy of winning the award and getting "covered" by then-contemporary singers- Dusty Springfield's version comes to mind- and I also like Legrand's vocalese! I should also mention my love for the instrumental version of "The Windmills of Your Mind", it's mind-blowingly good. I've been lukewarm about this score for years but now add it among my favorites. Great late-Sixties score and most definitely a "dated relic"wink I will never fail to enjoy.

"The Boston Wrangler", anyone?

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2007 - 3:26 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I love this one also and don't find it a bit dated, possibly because I skip the Noel Harrison version of the theme when I listen; and possibly because I listen to few scores after about 1975!

What's odd about this one is that there were two versions of the soundtrack LP, each containing a slightly different track lineup. I think the CD collects both variations.

 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2007 - 3:29 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I love this one also and don't find it a bit dated, possibly because I skip the Noel Harrison version of the theme when I listen; and possibly because I listen to few scores after about 1975!

What's odd about this one is that there were two versions of the soundtrack LP, each containing a slightly different track lineup. I think the CD collects both variations.


I've amended my initial post...Same goes for me, though there are a few scores from the last ten years or so that I absolutely love. Most of what I like (in all music) usually predates 1970!

Nice to see you posting here, OnyaBirri...you're more "prolific" at the Jazz board...wink

 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2007 - 3:33 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

After an eternity of neglect, I decided to give this score a listen and have been thrilled with its energy and "Mod" fun, along with the haunting "The Windmills of Your Mind" that (deservedly) won an Oscar back in the days when Oscar-winning songs were worthy of winning the award and getting "covered" by then-contemporary singers- Dusty Springfield's version comes to mind- and Legrand's vocalese! I should also mention my love for the instrumental version of "The Windmills of Your Mind" is mind-blowingly good. I've been lukewarm about this score for years but now add it among my favorites. Great late-Sixties score and most definitely a dated relic I will never fail to enjoy.

"The Boston Wrangler", anyone?


I saw this at a drive -in theater in East Dallas in the summer of 1968 at the ripe old age of 11. Faye Dunaway, hot off the heels of her real breakthrough success in BONNIE AND CLYDE was pretty good as the elegant, ice-cold insurance investigator- let's face it, Faye played hard-edged ice-bitches well. I think Norman Jewison's multi screen takes on the heist at the beginning are dated and a bit artsy-fartsy, but, yeah, an entertaining enough film, and I like the score. I was glad Varese reissued it a few years ago. Steve McQueen was pretty much at his peak in 1968, with this and BULLITT, and coming off a recent Best Actor nomination for SAND PEBBLES.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2007 - 3:45 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)



I've amended my initial post...Same goes for me, though there are a few scores from the last ten years or so that I absolutely love. Most of what I like (in all music) usually predates 1970!


There are aspects of the film that are dated, though, like the split screen effects, and the great line, "Our bank has a computer!"

Has anyone seen what Faye Dunaway has done to her face recently?

 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2007 - 3:54 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)



There are aspects of the film that are dated, though, like the split screen effects, and the great line, "Our bank has a computer!"

Has anyone seen what Faye Dunaway has done to her face recently?


Nay. Pray tell what the Queen has done now, or show us an image of The New Look.

 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2007 - 4:24 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

After an eternity of neglect, I decided to give this score a listen and have been thrilled with its energy and "Mod" fun, along with the haunting "The Windmills of Your Mind" that (deservedly) won an Oscar back in the days when Oscar-winning songs were worthy of winning the award and getting "covered" by then-contemporary singers- Dusty Springfield's version comes to mind- and Legrand's vocalese! I should also mention my love for the instrumental version of "The Windmills of Your Mind" is mind-blowingly good. I've been lukewarm about this score for years but now add it among my favorites. Great late-Sixties score and most definitely a "dated relic"wink I will never fail to enjoy.

"The Boston Wrangler", anyone?






I own the three CD editions (EMI/ODEON, RYKO/MGM, Varese Sarabande).
I still whistle when I hear "A Man's Castle".
I am over-excited when I Hear "Playing the Field".
I can drive a car with the sound of "Cash and Carry"!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2007 - 4:51 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Great score, Zelig.

Quite apart from Windmills of Your Mind, which doesn't sound the same sung by anyone else (although he's not a great singer) there are many highlights, particularly Legrand singing His Eyes, Her Eyes, a long time favourite of mine.

The Chess Game and Boston Wrangler are also stand-outs - in fact the CD as a whole is really well constructed, something I admire and that doesn't happen enough. Legrand's rarely given the respect he deserves on this board.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2007 - 5:11 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Great score, Zelig.
Legrand's rarely given the respect he deserves on this board.


I think that's partially because some his best work was not done for soundtracks; and much of his best work has not been issued on CD.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2007 - 5:45 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

An example of a great, forgotten Legrand album is the Richard Rodgers album he did for Philips from the early 60s. Scored for big band instrumentation, plus a french horn section and some extra percussion. Really inventive arrangements, along the lines of Lalo Schfrin's work from that period.

 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2007 - 5:48 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

I think his score for ICE STATION ZEBRA is an outstanding one.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2007 - 6:53 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I've done threads on both CROWN soundtracks (without having seen either version), but I can't find them with the search engine out of order.

While I think "Windmills of Your Mind" is one of the most beautiful film songs in history, I think we have yet to hear a proper vocal attached to it (I did not care for the "talkative" original, nor Sting's vocal masturbation in the remake).

NP: THE BRITISH YEARS (Zimmer)

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2007 - 8:04 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)



While I think "Windmills of Your Mind" is one of the most beautiful film songs in history, I think we have yet to hear a proper vocal attached to it (I did not care for the "talkative" original, nor Sting's vocal masturbation in the remake).



You must not have heard Dusty's version. It's definitive.

Also, Jack Jones - don't laugh - made a great album of all Michel Legrand songs, with Michel arranging and conducting. It comes off almost like a lost Scott Walker record.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 1, 2007 - 1:16 AM   
 By:   Bill Finn   (Member)



You must not have heard Dusty's version. It's definitive.

Also, Jack Jones - don't laugh - made a great album of all Michel Legrand songs, with Michel arranging and conducting. It comes off almost like a lost Scott Walker record.


I kind of like Petula Clark's recording, which came out shortly after the film. It's been put on CD at least twice now, so it's available.

The arrangement (by Tony Hatch?) really tries to capture the feeling of the original score by Legrand.

 
 Posted:   Feb 1, 2007 - 1:42 AM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

I love this one also and don't find it a bit dated, possibly because I skip the Noel Harrison version of the theme when I listen; and possibly because I listen to few scores after about 1975!



My favorite thing about the score,is Noel Harrison's rendition of THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND. Perhaps, because in Philadelphia, it went to Number 2 on the local charts, and got tons of radio play, while Dusty Springfield's version peaked at Number 31, and didn't get anywhere near the airplay.

http://media.putfile.com/01---Theme-Noel-Harrison---The-Windmills-Of-Your-Mind

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 1, 2007 - 3:17 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)



I kind of like Petula Clark's recording, which came out shortly after the film. It's been put on CD at least twice now, so it's available.

The arrangement (by Tony Hatch?) really tries to capture the feeling of the original score by Legrand.


I'll have to check if I have this. I really like Tony Hatch and have the 3 CD set of his music.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 1, 2007 - 3:33 AM   
 By:   Bill Finn   (Member)



I'll have to check if I have this. I really like Tony Hatch and have the 3 CD set of his music.


I've just got a 1 cd by Hatch, but it has a lot of cuts. He was (is) sorely underestimated, but was a huge part of Pet Clark's success I think.

Also, he scored a number of TV shows and films, but is little spoken of. He definitely had his own distinct 'sound' more or less. Probably not that much distant from that a certain Mr. John Barry.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 1, 2007 - 10:36 AM   
 By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

While the album was always quite a pleasant listening experience, I've also always regretted that the extended cue for the actual robbery wasn't included.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 1, 2007 - 10:47 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

While the album was always quite a pleasant listening experience, I've also always regretted that the extended cue for the actual robbery wasn't included.

Do you have both versions of the albums with both track line-ups? Maybe it's on the other one.

 
 Posted:   Feb 1, 2007 - 4:29 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)



My favorite thing about the score,is Noel Harrison's rendition of THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND. Perhaps, because in Philadelphia, it went to Number 2 on the local charts, and got tons of radio play, while Dusty Springfield's version peaked at Number 31, and didn't get anywhere near the airplay.



Since I started "digging" this fine score again, I have probably heard no less than five versions (instrumental and vocal) of "The Windmills of Your Mind"! I still prefer Noel Harrison's version; he was meant for that song!

This score triggers my perception (I wasn't born yet!) of how the late Sixties must have sounded, "felt" and "been like"; I'm basing this on all of the things I have read, movies I have watched, archival local and national newscasts I've seen and the photographs of my family's scrapbook from the era, and more specifically, my hometown as it might have been, circa 1968. Talk about one's "Non-Musical" connections!

Oh, and if i didn't mention it before: I just looove that harpsichord!!!

 
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