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 Posted:   May 30, 2014 - 9:23 AM   
 By:   Quartet Records   (Member)

THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR – THE COMPLETE EDITION
Music Composed and Conducted by Michel Legrand
Limited edition of 1000 units



Quartet Records and MGM are proud to present the world premiere release of Michel Legrand’s complete original soundtrack from the highly sophisticated 1968 thriller The Thomas Crown Affair, the story of a Boston millionaire who puts together an insurance scam by committing holdups against himself.

Brilliantly directed by Norman Jewison (Fiddler on the Roof, In the Heat of the Night, The Cincinnati Kid), and starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway, the film enjoyed great critical and commercial success and has become an icon of sixties style—known for its agile and surprising editing (by Hal Ashby), Pablo Ferro’s designs, the hot chemistry between Dunaway and McQueen, the costumes, and, of course, the music.

Having just moved to Los Angeles after the success of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Michel Legrand (The Young Girls of Rochefort, Summer of ’42, Yentl, Never Say Never Again), infused his music with a new, fresh and never-before-heard style, mixing influences of jazz, pop, Baroque and Stravinsky. It was sophisticated and chic—and worked perfectly with the film.

Legrand also composed (along with Alan & Marilyn Bergman) the beautiful song “The Windmills of Your Mind”—a song that immediately became a classic, with countless recorded versions around the world. It won Legrand and the Bergmans the Academy Award for Best Original Song (the composer was also nominated for Best Original Score).

The music was recorded in Los Angeles, with Michel Legrand conducting a great group of musicians—including Ray Brown and Shelly Manne in the rhythm section, Louise DiTullio on flute, Bud Shank on alto saxophone, Vincent DeRosa on horn, etc. When the film and the song became a success, United Artists naturally decided to release an album, but as was common with soundtrack LPs of the era, they opted for a re-recording with new arrangements that made for a supposedly more pleasant listening experience. Legrand beautifully arranged his material and re-recorded the music in France. The LP—a masterpiece in terms of its arrangements, sound and production—was a huge success, repeatedly re-released until today. The album was first issued on CD in the nineties by Ryko; it was later reissued by Varèse Sarabande and a couple of times in Japan, but the original film recording has never before been released—until now.

This CD contains the remastered album presentation (with much-improved sound) plus the entire original recording presented from mono elements, courtesy of MGM. The package includes a 16-page full-color booklet with liner notes by Legrand biographer Stéphane Lerouge, including quotes from the composer, Norman Jewison, Alan & Marilyn Bergman and Alexandre Desplat.

The ultimate presentation of a score that defines the essence of the elegant and sophisticated sound of the sixties. The cool essence!


CD will ship the second week of June. To place an order, see the cover, or hear audio samples, please visit www.quartetrecords.com

 
 
 Posted:   May 30, 2014 - 9:46 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

¶ Perfect, perfecto! Thank you, muchas gracias!
This is a dream come true: Quartet makes my day!
The music samples are fantastic!


•••THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR TRAILER

 
 
 Posted:   May 30, 2014 - 10:27 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

TRACKLISTING


THE 1968 SOUNDTRACK ALBUM RECORDING
01. The Windmills Of Your Mind* (2:24)
02. Room Service (1:41)
03. A Man’s Castle (2:41)
04. The Chess Game (5:58)
05. Cash And Carry (2:35)
06. His Eyes, Her Eyes** (2:17)
07. Playing The Field (5:48)
08. Moments Of Love (2:19)
09. The Boston Wrangler (2:49)
10. Doubting Thomas (3:48)
11. The Crowning Touch (2:59)
12. The Windmills Of Your Mind (2:22)
13. His Eyes, Her Eyes (2:15)


THE ORIGINAL FILM SCORE
14. The Windmills Of Your Mind* (2:25)
15. Knock, Knock (0:50)
16. The Gang (3:02)
17. Getaway (0:52)
18. Escapeline (1:28)
19. Cemetary (1:20)
20. More Cemetary (1:19)
21. Enter Vicky (0:25)
22. The Windmills Of Your Mind* (1:25)
23. Polo (0:47)
24. Brandy (1:33)
25. Chess Anyone? (4:26)
26. Let’s Play Something Else (1:18)
27. Togetherness (1:38)
28. Don’t Bug Me (1:15)
29. Beach House (1:01)
30. Love Montage (1:21)
31. No Deals (1:01)
32. All My Love, Tommy (3:07)

Total Disc Time: 71:26


Footnotes
* Sung by Noel Harrison
Music by Michel Legrand
Lyrics by Alan & Marilyn Bergman

** Sung by Michel Legrand

 
 Posted:   May 30, 2014 - 10:30 AM   
 By:   Michael Condon   (Member)

One of my all time favorite scores. Looking forward to the improved sound and the actual film tracks!

 
 
 Posted:   May 30, 2014 - 10:34 AM   
 By:   captain_avis   (Member)

Anyone want to unload their Ryko or Varese edition of this title? I'll pay $20 with shipping to Canada. caavis@gmail.com

Chris

 
 
 Posted:   May 30, 2014 - 11:52 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

I own the three CD editions:
• Ryko (with dialogues)
• EMI (with 5 bonus tracks)
• Varèse Sarabande

 
 
 Posted:   May 30, 2014 - 12:27 PM   
 By:   Illustrator   (Member)

Wonderful!

 
 
 Posted:   May 30, 2014 - 2:20 PM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

I got excited for a minute, I thought it was Conti's THOMAS CROWN.smileStill a good release though.

 
 Posted:   May 30, 2014 - 2:48 PM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

Does anyone know why Ryko use those green tinted CD jewell cases? The reputation of Legrand came out of this and Ice Station Zebra. For me, these two scores cover an awful lot of underscore territory - difficile de résister.

 
 
 Posted:   May 30, 2014 - 3:31 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

This is one of my favorite soundtrack albums ever.

In watching the film recently and listening to the samples, it seems to me that the album versions of many of the cues were an improvement over the film versions and more fully developed.

But there are a number of segments not represented on the album at all, like the bank robbery music.

I suspect I will burn a custom CD with the album version supplemented by key tracks from the film. I will also remove Noel Harrison's version of "Windmills" and replace it with Dusty Springfield's definitive version, as well as Legrand's French version. My revised version will be one hell of an album. I am looking forward!

 
 Posted:   May 30, 2014 - 6:28 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

The ultimate presentation of a score that defines the essence of the elegant and sophisticated sound of the sixties. The cool essence!

Make that the very essence of cool!

 
 Posted:   May 30, 2014 - 6:29 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

Anyone want to unload their Ryko or Varese edition of this title? I'll pay $20 with shipping to Canada. caavis@gmail.com

Chris


No promises, but I'll see if I can dig one up for you. smile

 
 Posted:   May 30, 2014 - 11:20 PM   
 By:   JB Fan   (Member)

Ordered.
Sadly, my funds not allow to combine this with something else - this is the only sad moment to me. wink

 
 Posted:   May 31, 2014 - 9:20 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Fabulous score, one of my favourites.

Definitely ordered, with Mancini's 'Once Is Not enough' and Sol Kaplan's' The Spy Who Came In From The Cold'

 
 Posted:   May 31, 2014 - 9:53 AM   
 By:   JB Fan   (Member)

Fabulous score, one of my favourites.

Definitely ordered, with Mancini's 'Once Is Not enough' and Sol Kaplan's' The Spy Who Came In From The Cold'


Wow! Great choice - I ordered both this titles (along with another 4) week ago and now waiting for shipping confirmation from BSX.
I really love such coincidence wink

 
 
 Posted:   May 31, 2014 - 12:24 PM   
 By:   MI6   (Member)

The Windmills Of Your Mind is one of my favourite songs from an American film. The sound on the Ryko disc is kind of muffled and I have been waiting for a remastered version for years.
Now the Quartet release also comes with the complete score. The Thomas Crown Affair is a 60's title that's been screaming for a new release and I'm glad Quartet spotted this. Definitely not one to be missed.

 
 
 Posted:   May 31, 2014 - 12:26 PM   
 By:   captain_avis   (Member)

Anyone want to unload their Ryko or Varese edition of this title? I'll pay $20 with shipping to Canada. caavis@gmail.com

Chris


No promises, but I'll see if I can dig one up for you. smile


Managed to snag a copy. Thanks though!

Chris

 
 
 Posted:   May 31, 2014 - 1:26 PM   
 By:   xG-MONEYx   (Member)

Just wondering how many copies are left? I'm just trying hold till Tuesday. My guess is that it's going fast!!

 
 Posted:   May 31, 2014 - 1:59 PM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

Just wondering how many copies are left? I'm just trying hold till Tuesday. My guess is that it's going fast!!

I'm pretty sure you're fine. The days of 24 hour sellouts are more or less over.

 
 Posted:   May 31, 2014 - 2:50 PM   
 By:   Valiant65   (Member)

I didn't want to take any chances on this or "Golden Needles" - both released at 1000. They may last several weeks, but I ordered mine asap just in case. I was kind of surprised that this classic score was that limited.

 
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