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THX 1138 [Soundtrack]

Lalo Schifrin Audio CD

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Before Star Wars, before Indiana Jones -- even before American Grafitti -- there was THX 1138 (1971), the first film directed by George Lucas. Based on a student short made by Lucas and Walter Murch, THX 1138 is a 1984/Brave New World-type of story of a dehumanized worker (Robert Duvall) who breaks free from the shackles of his totalitarian society. The flipside of Star Wars' carefree adventure, THX 1138 was a downbeat experience little seen at the time, but its reputation has grown due to its famous creator and its copious merits: innovative editing and graphic design, fascinating sound montage (by Murch), and a mesmerizing look-and-feel. Lalo Schifrin's score for THX 1138 is as far from John Williams' symphonic sweep for Star Wars as one can get, but Lucas' first musical collaborator proved to be no less imaginative than his most-used one. Schifrin provided an eclectic blend of styles, from Baroque-influenced choral work for the main titles, to liturgical cues, to brooding strings for the oppressive society, to the use of Bach's St. Matthew's Passion for the end credits. There are strange, avant garde sounds for the film's memorable creations -- buzzing organ for the white-on-white prison and menacing percussion for the robot policemen -- an evocative love theme for alto flute and harp, and multiple source cues meant to sound like "drugged-out" Muzak. FSM's premiere release of the THX 1138 soundtrack is a fascinating musical journey of Schifrin's score and source music, ranging from avant garde soundscapes to cheeky plays on his Latin jazz of the '60s. The CD includes passages not heard in the finished film and is entirely in stereo, remixed from the original Warner Bros. elements. Liner notes by Jeff Bond and Lukas Kendall include a history of the film's production and Schifrin's comments.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A different but excellent work from Lalo Schifrin. 24 Nov 2013
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Most of us know Lalo Schifrin for his jazz music and scores to Dirty Harry and Bullitt. That's how I first became aware of him and found other scores of his over the years that are completely different. THX 1138 is definitely one of those scores. Sure there are some jazz cues in here but mostly this score is more laid back, in a sense that is underscores the forbidden romance and mystery of the world this movie projects. I found this score one of the most interesting I've ever heard. It has cues that are in there own way hauntingly beautiful and others that are just plain haunting. I think this CD will work for you even if you haven't seen the movie. Once you have heard this score, you'll want to see the movie just to find out what it's all about which is what it was for me. I recommend this for Schifrin fans and definitely for film score fans.
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