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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the most gorgeous theme ever and it doesn't end there, 26 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Midnight Cowboy: Music From The Motion Picture (Audio CD)
John Barry's pedigree as a writer and orchestrator is beyond doubt. Not content with his instantly recognisable work on the James Bond films, his genius is very much in evidence here. Never have strings and harmonica sounded better than the swooning loveliness of the main theme. You can also imagine the bed sliding out of the wall in your space-age batchelor pad to the unashamedly easy listening of 'Fun City'.

I bought this CD when I made my first trip to Miami and had the quirky 'Florida Fantasy' running through my head. I'd seen the film and recalled the music being especially memorable. In particular, I was fascinated by the weird track that plays during the Warhol party scene. The band Broadcast seem to have based their entire career on the hypnotic 'Old Man Willow' by Elephant's Memory. It still sounds as strange as it did when I first heard it in the mid 70s.

Then there's not one but two helpings of 'Everybody's Talking'. The optimism and sunniness of that track is in stark contrast to the grim New York situation the characters find themselves in during the movie - which is probably why it seemed more suited to being bought in Florida.

A wonderful film and a musically diverse album that harks back to a golden period in both genres.
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