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The Italian Job [Soundtrack]

Various Artists - Soundtracks - Film Scores Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (20 Nov 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: MCA Records
  • ASIN: B000053F2R
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,109 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Italian Job
2. Something's Cookin'
3. Hello Mrs. Beckerman!
4. Britannia And Mr Bridger, if you please
5. Trouble For Charlie
6. On Days Like These
7. It's Caper Time
8. Meanwhile Back In The Mafia
9. Smell The Gold!
10. Greensleeves And All The Jazz
11. On Days Like These (Reprise)
12. Getta Bloomin' Move On!

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drop your plates of meat / right upon the seat 22 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
Down in the antipodes, decent OSTs like this are about as rare as Cockneys themselves. I had to travel to London on a regular jaunt to find this gem and do not regret it one moment (especially after paying under 10); later I bumped into a friend of the CD producer, who apparently went to work for MCA and asked for the soundtrack on CD, to be told that it didn't exist (in the days when decent vinyls were going for 75). His mission from that point: to re-create one of his favourites on CD-God bless his decision and persistence!
Quincy Jones's original compositions are marvellous, recalling the moments in the film-and despite the relative brevity of the entire CD, it all seems more substantial. His jazz background serves the score well, including his rearrangements of traditional tunes, which work well independently of the movie. No other Matt Munro-performed song touches 'On Days Like These', while the instrumental (present here, thankfully) is as elegant.
As an earlier reviewer said, the quality of the remastering is excellent, while the liner notes are a useful complement (while presenting little new information for fans, souvenirs such as an image of the original poster are worthwhile). I can't wait for my next drive around Italy with this soundtrack in the CD player. While remembering that in that country, 'They drive on the wrong side of the road!'
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
With good condition vinyl original copies of this changing hands for big money this CD must've been eagerly awaited. The artwork on the sleeve bears no resemblence to the original but the tracks are the same. The anthemic "Self Preservation Society" recently re-awakened by adverts and english footie fans is the real gem. If you love the film, this is a must, and if you own a Mini Cooper like me, fit a CD player and you'll be in seventh heaven. Turn it up and "blow the bloody doors off"
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A truly great soundtrack that brought flooding back the fact I dragged my poor mother to the flicks over 10 times to see this film at the age of 8! But I agree with previous reviewers - adding some of the truly classic dialog... "...doors off..", "Hang on lads, I've got an idea", and Noel Coward's "Everyone's bent" would have added the 5th star for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I think this is a great soundtrack but lacks in the fact that there is no dialogue from the film. Adding a few quotes here and there would have got this album a five.
Other than that its a great ST. Get your skates on mate and stand on your plates of meat and go and but it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Get your skates on, mate!' 7 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
So it's here at last - and about time too! After a wait of nearly 30 years, Quincy Jones and Don Black's soundtrack to the quintessential British caper movie doesn't disappoint. From the opening of Matt Monro's sublime vocals in the simply beautiful 'On Days Like These' to the beery finale provided by the cockney chorus in 'Get a Bloomin Move On', the long overdue CD release of 'The Italian Job' will no doubt fill a void in many a collection of cult movie soundtracks. As an Oscar winning London born songwriter, Don Black's participation was predictable enough for a 'Swinging Sixties' project, but just how Quincy Jones got himself involved would surely be a story worth hearing. Anyway, betwen them they pulled it off to create a memorable accompaniment to many a bloke's favourite British movie. Welcome home, Charlie Croker and the boys!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why no dialogue? 4 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD today and was very impressed with the quality of the recordings - obviously a decent re-mastering job has been done - but I couldn't help but feel a little short-changed. The CD runs for just over 28 minutes in total and there's no excerpts of dialogue - which was a real disappointment as it's the dialogue (especially from Caine) that really MAKES the film! Surely, some dialogue from the film could have been included, as is normally the case with many soundtrack albums, and this would have helped to fill out the rather measly 28 minutes of music you get on this CD. Still, having said all that, it's a hugely entertaining album to listen to and it's release on CD has long been overdue. I can't give it the 5 stars I'd like to as I feel it's a little bit of a wasted opportunity.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
Many people have said it's a pity that this soundtrack lacks quotes from the film. Whilst I can see where they're coming from, it is a soundtrack, and if you want quotes, you buy the film, which is also worth the money. It's the best film ever, and the soundtrack doesn't let it down. How I wish I was small enough to drive a Mini!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cockney rhyming slang is back in fashion... 5 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Qiuncy Jones has created one of the greatest soundtracks for any British film ever, with many a tune to drive to (Although Matt Monro's "On Days Like These"/Crashing into a JCB I'd rather not imitate). Tracks 7 and 12 are the greatest drinking songs ever, as by the time you down your third pint, you'll wish you were in the minis themselves. This CD was well worth the wait. Nice one Lads.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Just the job
Great nostalgia trip with a wicked score. One of England's finest cinematic achievements with a great sixties enduring quality. Fab!
Published 1 month ago by Gary James Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for any classic mini owner!
Bought this to play in my classic mini and nothing sounded better it in. A great album even if you don't have a mini!
Published 5 months ago by masterbarnard
5.0 out of 5 stars You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!
If you have seen the film then this cd album is a must, It contains all the tracks from the film :)
Published 5 months ago by Sean Coyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Love the music in the movie, and went out to buy it when I thought if there was a soundtrack for the movie. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Luke Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars Blow your B##### ears off
The original ---- The best . What more can I say . P.S. Don't bother with the new one , Its rubbish .
Published 8 months ago by Anthony Rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars At last, the Sound Track that was missing from my collection
Very pleased to finally get my hands on this one. One of the great British films of the past , we know the wonderful
Matt Monro song --- now sounding superb, but the rest of... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Grant J. Waglan
5.0 out of 5 stars in days like these...
We love the movie and the sound track. If you enjoy smooth music you will like this too. Good Purchase.
Published 15 months ago by Orli Grobler
What to say about this soundtrack? Well the 1969 film is 5star and so is the soundtrack. Completetly love the film and mini too.
Published 23 months ago by beakhouse76
4.0 out of 5 stars Five for the music, but a star off for the packaging.
Never mind the lack of dialogue; that is NOT a drawback. Nor is it the length (many soundtrack albums of the 1960s were about half an hour long, vinyl being what it was/is). Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2011 by Victor Field
5.0 out of 5 stars Italian Job
Item VERY good but Amazon service VERY poor.....Paid extra for fast delvery....very slow....over a week to arrive and too late for the purpose needed for..... Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2010 by Tony
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