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5.0 out of 5 stars The Real McCoy AT LAST
After many years and interminable scrappy compilations from various Dirty Harry films under different guises and, God help us all, cover version albums, here we finally have the real deal. All the original music from the original (and vastly superior) film.
To my surprise, Lalo Schifrin composed the lot - The main themes obviously, the music wafting out of cars...
Published on 12 July 2004 by John Walker

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3.0 out of 5 stars at last !! The full score
Don't get me wrong - this is a truly excellent score - the performances in it are top notch and incredible. It's truly fantastic to be able to hear all of the pieces from this landmark movie in clear sound and really hear what's going on. Here's the problem - the mix is good , but it's NOT Dirty Harry. The incredible bass playing in the Main Title has been subdued to an...
Published on 20 April 2010 by rallaman


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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real McCoy AT LAST, 12 July 2004
This review is from: Dirty Harry - The Original Score by Lalo Schifrin (Audio CD)
After many years and interminable scrappy compilations from various Dirty Harry films under different guises and, God help us all, cover version albums, here we finally have the real deal. All the original music from the original (and vastly superior) film.
To my surprise, Lalo Schifrin composed the lot - The main themes obviously, the music wafting out of cars (particularly during the iconic robbery sequence), the music emanating from strip clubs heard fleetingly when Harry & Chico patrol the red light district. Even the chiming bells at the very beginning of the film, where the list of police officers killed in the line of duty scrolls up, are there. I suppose some choice dialogue could have been intercut with the tracks but perhaps that would have been gilding the lily and you can always do that yourself I suppose.
Needless to say, this is indispensible listening. The definitive Schifrin item mysteriously withheld until now. In terms of big movie soundtracks not available on CD this probably now leaves The Shining (also Warners) and, um, Wrath of Khan, the latter of which is more of a guilty pleasure. Come to think of it though, aren't all Soundtrack albums a guilty pleasure to some extent?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Harry OST, Lalo Schiffrin - Cool, moody, edgy; perfect soundtrack for a great film, 10 Sep 2010
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This review is from: Dirty Harry - The Original Score by Lalo Schifrin (Audio CD)
Dirty Harry was a classic film. With a great central performance from Clint Eastwood, a cracking script and atmospheric and tight direction it had to be a winner. But personally, the thing that always sticks in my mind is the great score from the king of cool soundtracks, Lalo Schiffrin.

The main theme suits the character of Harry Callahan to a tee. Indescribably cool jazz, but with a dark and complex overtone that describes a man who is in control of himself, but always pushing at the edge of darkness, fighting off many demons. Then there is the theme associated with Scorpio, the villain of the piece. Almost ethereal, he drifts through the city like a shadow, watching, observing until suddenly BANG! It explodes with a sudden and lethal burst of violence.

The soundtrack serves to colour in the characters, and heightens the suspense and drama of the film. But, like Schiffrin's work on the equally cool `Bullit', it is also a suite of music than can be listened to without ever having seen the film with total enjoyment.

This edition contains a few alternative takes and a couple of cues that did not make it onto the original LP release. These are OK, but nothing really special. The sound is very good and has been nicely remastered. There is no dialogue from the film, but there is a good set of liner notes which describe where in the film each cue falls and the action is a backdrop to. The inlay notes are excellent and well thought through.

A five star release for a five star soundtrack. Recommended to any one who likes the film, or has an interest in the cool jazz sound of the late `60s.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars at last !! The full score, 20 April 2010
This review is from: Dirty Harry - The Original Score by Lalo Schifrin (Audio CD)
Don't get me wrong - this is a truly excellent score - the performances in it are top notch and incredible. It's truly fantastic to be able to hear all of the pieces from this landmark movie in clear sound and really hear what's going on. Here's the problem - the mix is good , but it's NOT Dirty Harry. The incredible bass playing in the Main Title has been subdued to an after thought - the quality of the mix, the empathy of the parts, have been completely forgotten in this new mix from original multi-tracks. There appears to have been virtually no thought as to what the score originally did. So instead we have what sounds like an amateur pushing faders up on a console completely at odds with the compositional and performance intention. To those who mixed it - you're supposed to only blow the bloody doors off!!!

So - the score gets 5/5. The mix and sound gets a big fat zero. Average it out, and be more on the side of the music - and you get a three star. Terrible as that is for me to say the modern production staff on this reworking have trashed one of the finest soundtracks in movie history. Shame on you - luckily Lalo's work is that of genius!!!
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice compilation from Dirty Harry movies., 7 July 2005
This review is from: Dirty Harry - The Original Score by Lalo Schifrin (Audio CD)
This is a cool collection of songs from the Dirty Harry films. There's only one dialoge in the album and it's that classic "do u feel lucky??" by Eastwood. Album opens with that and right after the dialogue we get right to the point. Warm rhodes, funky bass and drums with some dissonance stringchord we go to the "Main Theme" which is Lalo Schifrin in his best. The "Scorpios theme" is another killer with its human vocal line and groovy beat. There are also some disturbing stringwork and "suspense" music which does not hold up so well without its original concept. And when we get to the 80's stuff it's just seems that Schifrin has lost his way at some point. Plastic synthsounds and terrible sounding drum machines is more near to "Beverly Hills Cop" sound that Schifrin's great scores before.
All in all, there are enough some good stuff to make this worth to buy and for those familiar with Schifrin's other 70's funky scores will definitely have something in this compilation.
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