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The Ipcress File Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (15 Feb. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Silva Screen
  • ASIN: B000069RI3
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,763 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Ipcress File hails from the most liberatingly experimental period in film music: composer John Barry could choose an instrument such as the twanging cimbalom without worrying that it was geographically inaccurate. His "Man Alone" theme, therefore, made a big impression in 1965 and has proved one of his most lasting favoured creations. The Ipcress File gave Michael Caine his first leading role, and he has consistently praised the composer for the boost it gave his career. This album features the "Man Alone" theme in all its incarnations. There's "Jazz Along Alone", "Alone in Three-Quarter Time" and "Alone Blues". Even though the theme never overstays its welcome, there are other great tracks in between, most of which perpetuate the film's darkly mysterious atmosphere, such as "Meeting with Grantby and Fight"). Potentially distracting to some listeners are the dialogue extracts which alternate with the music cues. They can't completely spoil the score's effect, but do be prepared for the "secret track" which definitely will be as annoying to you as it was to Palmer. --Paul Tonks

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Nation on 10 Dec. 2003
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John Barry's signature sounds are audible here, in the instrumentation, arrangements and main theme but what makes this soundtrack so enjoyable and evocative to me is the extent to which the music is from the jazz idiom. This puts it head and shoulders above his Bond film music and I guess, taking Palmer and Bond as film characters into account, this is as it should be. I had this music in my head since I saw the film when it first came out: thirty years later I got the album and it still worked its quiet but subtle charm.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 Dec. 2002
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Truly Barrys finest score of the 60s. The icy cool of the cymbalom echoes magnificently from your speakers for the first time in 30 years! A truly wonderful digital remaster brings this, the quintessance of that 60s espionage sound to fresh vibrant life. The old and very expensive japanese edition can be forgotten and once again a man alone can walk the mean streets of Cold war London for a mere 8 pounds!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 24 Aug. 2010
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When the name John Barry is mentioned, people immediately think of his long time collaboration with the James Bond series. But he did equally good, if not better, work of a whole range of films. This little gem is, for my taste, one of his best.

Unlike Bond, Harry Palmer was an unassuming spy who used his wits to keep him out of trouble, and only used violence as a last resort. The film score for his debut, the Ipcress File, reflects this. No big sweeping grandiose action themes here, but largely clever little jazzy numbers which serve to underscore Palmer's complex nature and intelligence. When the full orchestra is employed it is used to build up tension in dark and moody sections. The music did not intrude too far into the film, and accentuates rather than drives it. It is, however, a great score that can be listened to with great enjoyment in isolation from the film.

This is a pretty decent release from Silva Screen, with a nice clear sound. There is a nice booklet with separate essays about the book, film, cast and music. There are planty of images from the film and a snap of Barry. Punctuated with excerpts of dialogue from the film, this is a must for any fan. It is also a decent little jazzy blues album of interest to anyone whose tastes lean that way.

Excellent release, you won't regret it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By semanteme on 6 Oct. 2009
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This is guaranteed to take you back to a London in the 1960s (even if that's a little before your time). There is a loneliness about this music that perfectly matches the espionage job Harry Palmer has to do. In fact many of the tracks are called 'Alone' (Alone blues, Alone in 3/4 time, A Man Alone, etc.)

It is not just the inspired use of the cymbalon in the main theme to evoke an E. European, Iron Curtain menace and austerity, but also the very accomplished arrangements of the theme. Alone Blues in particular is sublime.

Many of the tracks have an emotional, wistful quality in their own right and the power instantly to evoke a smoky, London seediness of another age. It positively transports you. Atmospheric is an understatement.

The inclusion (and choice) of dialogues (notwithstanding the controversies of the script during the making of the film) is a perfect match to the qualities of the music. There is an inimitable English humour and understatement to them: for example:

"D: It isn't usual to read a B107 to its subject Palmer, but I'm going to put you straight: "Insubordinate, insolent, a trickster, perhaps with criminal tendencies.
P: Yes sir, that's a pretty fair appraisal, ....sir."

Fantastic!

(The film is pretty good too by the way!)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Aug. 2002
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Finally... the coolest of all John Barry's scores gets the CD release it deserves.
Silva Screen Records have done an absolutely marvelous job with this issue of the Ipcress File, not only is the sound sparklingly fresh and vibrant but the sleeve is beautiful, printed on high grade matt paper for that authentic feel and look.
Also, there is the sometimes tricky issue of dialogue... I'm glad to say that this is one of those rare occasions where the dialogue clips really bring the album to life, they are mostly quick and snappy, and are marked as separate tracks, so if you feel the need to skip them you can.
Forget the shoddy and expensive Japanese issue, get this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Palmer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Dec. 2013
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I bought this with a view to perhaps covering it in my 'classic album' column for a UK drumming mag I've been writing for for over a decade now. It's probably over two decades since I saw the film, and yet the spookily jazzy theme is etched on my mind still. John Barry has produced some great and often iconic music, and his theme for The Ipcress Files is amongst that. However, as good as the basic theme is, it makes here for a somewhat thin album.

Unlike some OST albums, which can be very broad and diverse, this one is quite limited, with most of the music being near identical renderings of near identical compositions. Sure, it's a great theme, and the slight variations in texture and instrumentation work superbly both musically and, even more so, in setting the mood and atmosphere within the film, but even so the repetition left me disappointed in this as a musical package. It's padded out a little by snippets of dialogue from the movie, which is nicely evocative. But still, this doesn't compensate adequately for thinness of musical content.

I was also disappointed by the paucity of info in the booklet on the music (there are several pages on the film), as I'd hoped buying the CD might enable me to find out who played what, and in particular who was the drummer. So, whilst Barry's theme for The Ipcress Files is undoubtedly a classic piece of cinematic scoring, as a standalone musical experience this OST CD is a little thin, at least to my ears, being something akin to a remix CD with numerous rehashes of the same track.
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