I also agree. This is a fantastic score. The main title is as macabre as it gets, but the lovely "Edie's Theme" is a knockout. If readers want to treat themselves to a classic film score for the holidays, this is it!
One of my all-time favourite suspense scores ever since I bought the album way back when. I do agree, though, it really sounds like it influenced John Williams and that's not a bad thing. It's my favourite Andre Previn score....and this CD should have sold more. It really deserves it. (I'm not getting paid to say this).
Thanks for the tip Lukas. This is a title I always wanted to order, but somehow I postponed every time. It will be now part of my next SAE order for sure (still waiting for the previous one to arrive! )
I adore this CD too. I recently picked up Kritzy's ELMER GANTRY, and - as if I needed any reminding - Previn really did have a strongly recognisable compositional style which ran through his entire Hollywood career. A very clear voice indeed.
I'm sure there's another (probably more than one) DEAD RINGER thread out there. I recall reading, and maybe commenting on, the Williams connection. FAMILY PLOT came up in relation to DEAD RINGER, and the opening of NONE BUT THE BRAVE to Previn in general.
I come back to this one again and again. My guilty pleasure from this score is the source track "Muzak for Murder," played as Edie dispatches her twin sister while the jazz combo plays downstairs in Edie's cocktail lounge. Notice how the tempo accelerates as the dirty deed is done.