Best known for his 'Get Carter' score, Roy Budd's work has been well served over the years with several 'Best Ofs', 'Remixes' and, through the label Cinephile, the majority of his scores. All now out of print. Of late Silva Screen has picked up the baton and methodically re-packaged these scores and released them at an affordable price.
A word of warning: for those searching out more of the same jazz funk that Budd pioneered on 'Get Carter' this collection of 5 scores is not for you, being predominantly orchestral, occasionally lush and as far removed from Michael Caine holding a sawn off as you are likely to hear.
'Soldier Blue' (1970), one of the most controversial westerns ever made is surprisingly sweet considering the on screen violence. The score would have been weightier had Buffy Saint Marie's ragged vocal been included. To my ears the music sounds as if it's been given a contemporary twist and it would not surprise me if Budd had re-arranged his cues for the soundtrack release.
Though made in 1971, Budd's score for the comic western 'Catlow' steers very clear of Morricone's spaghetti stylings, and instead recalls Elmer Bernstein's score for 'The Magnificent Seven'. There's too mucho comic banjo for my enjoyment but the action cues are satisfying.
The WW1 drama 'Zeppelin' (1971) features a blistering main theme that fades in and fades out with sampled engine noise. All I can say is it's on a par with the very best of Jerry Goldsmith. No higher compliment can I pay. The second track is blighted by a wretched vocal clearly inspired by Noel Harrison's 'The Windmills Of Your Mind'.
Budd's score for the thriller 'Something To Hide' (1976) could be subtitled 'Budd goes Rachmaninov'.
To round off the album are 2 tracks from 'The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins'(1971) which are best described as light 'n' frothy comic sleaze - the sort of material you would expect to hear on a video from under the counter. Not Budd at his best.
The sound, it has to be said, is not as good as on other Budd releases. The booklet contains decent liner notes and many pictures.