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on 29 May 2014
The CD reissue of the original soundtrack album on the Varese Sarabande label in 1990 was serviceable, an as-faithful-as-possible reproduction of the 1967 vinyl classic, but this 45th Anniversary Edition is the poodle's potatoes.
Despicable and wretched as the film is - a colossal waste of money and time; "30 Seconds Of Fun-Filled Entertainment Squeezed Into 2 Hours!!!!!" - the score is a masterpiece, one of Bacharach's stellar creations. By turns whimsical, comic, romantic and dramatic, it is resolutely date-stamped but none the worse for it. Listening to Disc 1, which is the complete score in chronological order as it occurs in the film, one can almost imagine a better movie (maybe with the Boulting Brothers directing, lending it a harder, more satiric edge...).
The selling point for me was the inclusion of the unnerving music that gave the Berlin School sequence its edge - with the percussion sounding like a ruler being twanged on a table top - and the ludicrously comic Noel Coward-type vocal version of the theme song that played over the end credits. (The line "We're fighting for our lives!" is hilariously silly to me.)
The accompanying CD is a freshly mastered version of the 1967 soundtrack album which might be superfluous were it not for the fact that you might wish to play the album without all the mad bagpipes tracks that predominate the opening portion of Disc 1.
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