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The Liquidator (1966)
Music by Lalo Schifrin
The Liquidator The Liquidator
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Price: $19.95
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: October 2006
Catalog #: Vol. 9, No. 16
# of Discs: 1

Released by Special Arrangement With Turner Classic Movies Music.

The Liquidator (1966) was an M-G-M spy spoof starring Rod Taylor as "Boysie" Oakes, a cowardly assassin who takes orders from Trevor Howard and falls for Howard's secretary, future "Bond girl" Jill St. John. The film was a black-comic look at the secret agent milieu popularized by the James Bond series, filmed in England and on the French Riviera, directed by noted cinematographer Jack Cardiff, and based on the novel by John Gardner.

Scoring The Liquidator was the composer who would become iconic for another '60s spy franchise, Mission: Impossible—Lalo Schifrin. The Liquidator was one of Schifrin's first feature-film assignments, which he tackled with his characteristic jazz/symphonic panache, combining eclectic, tuneful source cues with dramatic, avant-garde score—all with a gloriously '60s flair. Schifrin did not attempt to emulate the James Bond scores, but provided his own sense of danger and excitement, making use of many of England's finest jazz players.

The Liquidator soundtrack does acknowledge the James Bond films in one major way, which is the presence of Shirley Bassey (Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever) singing the main and end titles. Schifrin wrote a memorable title theme (lyrics by Peter Callendar) which fits gloriously into the '60s spy-film tradition—an unusual, dance-like melody, almost a tango—and is belted out with gusto by the distinctive Bassey.

The Liquidator was available on LP and cassette but in a shorter program focusing on the source music. This premiere CD of the complete score is entirely in stereo for the soundtrack's definitive presentation. (A vinyl source has been used for a handful of tracks, due to missing masters.) Liner notes feature new interview material with the composer.

Lalo Schifrin Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Lalo Schifrin (b. 1932) is an Argentinean-born composer, conductor, arranger and pianist who has made a major impact on film, TV, the concert hall and jazz stage. He parlayed an early career as a pianist and arranger for Dizzy Gillespie into a run as one of the hottest film and TV composers of the 1960s and '70s, with projects such as Mission: Impossible, Bullitt, Dirty Harry, Cool Hand Luke, Enter the Dragon and more. His more recent films include the popular Rush Hour series. He is beloved for his Latin jazz but is also an accomplished classical composer and conductor with ongoing recording, composing and performing projects.IMDB

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I haven't listened to this album in ages, but the film itself is on Turner Classic Movies (EST) Wednesday January 11 @11:45am. I'm curious to hear the score in context with the film.

I haven't listened to this album in ages, but the film itself is on Turner Classic Movies (EST) Wednesday January 11 @11:45am. I'm curious to hear the score in context with the film.[/endquote]

Yeah, I have it scheduled for my DVR. I don't have the album, but 60's Lalo is always interesting. :)

And most important, it's being shown in it's original aspect ratio of 2.35. I've only recently watched the full screen version. It's a mildly amusing take on the 60s Spy hero and Rod Taylor does a great job. Watch out for Jill St. John. But most of all, the opening Main Titles with that Shirley Bassey vocal and Lalo Schifrin's score makes this film worth watching. This is a rare TV screening.

This turns out to be a great album for the current hot summer evenings. Excluding the marching music (tracks 1 and 4a) the rest is highly enjoyable cool 60's Lalo, lots of great source music, lovely arrangements, great themes and wonderful title song!

I found this CD at Silver Platters in Seattle for eight dollars a couple weeks ago. Rather nice find.

This turns out to be a great album for the current hot summer evenings. Excluding the marching music (tracks 1 and 4a) the rest is highly enjoyable cool 60's Lalo, lots of great source music, lovely arrangements, great themes and wonderful title song![/endquote]

Yes, it is solid top-to-bottom, once you program out the godawful march music which has no business being on the CD. ;)

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