22 July 2006

DON ELLIS - THE FRENCH CONNECTION 1 & 2
























I am a massive fan of Don Ellis, Gene Hackman and William Friedkin so both French Connection 1 and 2 are perfect films for me.When I heard Lucas Kendall over at Film Score Monthly was releasing the soundtracks to both I had the credit card out and the order in on the first day of issue-I wasn't dissapointed!Its a limited press of 3000 copies but I think its still available.The cd booklet is superb with detailed analysis of each track,information about Don Ellis and the films themselves.

Read what they had to say about it at
www.filmscoremonthly.com

"In 1971 Twentieth Century-Fox released a film that was a smash hit both commercially and critically. It remains a benchmark by which other police thrillers are judged and one of the triumphs of 1970s "New Hollywood": The French Connection. The true-life story of two New York City narcotics detectives who busted one of the largest drug rings in history, it made the careers of director William Friedkin as well as actors Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider.
One other name had a film career launched by the movie and that was composer Don Ellis. Although little-known to soundtrack aficionados, Ellis was a cutting-edge jazz artist who pioneered the use of unconventional time signatures, harmonies, and instrumentations in a big band setting. He toured with his big band in the 1960s and '70s (they formed the core of the French Connection orchestra) and was accepted as hip by popular audiences at a time when the genre was out of vogue. He died tragically young of heart problems in 1978 -- he was only 44 -- and might have otherwise gone on to greater success in film scoring.
As it stands, The French Connection is Ellis' greatest movie score, a dissonant, jazzy, experimental work that nonetheless fits snugly alongside cutting-edge '70s crime scores by Jerry Goldsmith, Lalo Schifrin, Quincy Jones, Jerry Fielding and others. In the film, Ellis' work was used in bits and pieces, rearranged by director Friedkin to be even more austere and strange. This first-ever release of the score presents it as conceived and composed by Ellis, supplementing the familiar segments from the movie with 20 minutes of deleted material never before heard. The cut passages add a much stronger narrative throughline and feature truly experimental techniques as well as more accessible themes for the French mobsters and the hardworking cops.
As a special bonus, the CD also showcases Ellis's complete underscore for the 1975 sequel directed by John Frankenheimer, French Connection II, in which "Popeye" Doyle journeys to Marseilles to take down the drug ring. The sequel score is in the style of the original but with all new themes and added colors. It was used in the film in a slightly more traditional and therefore accessible fashion than the original, and compares solidly with Jerry Goldsmith's "travelogue" crime scores of the era.
The French Connection/French Connection II is 75 minutes of prime '70s cop scoring - firmly of the period but enhanced with the signature of a fresh voice. The sequel score is entirely in stereo; the original is mostly stereo with some mono cues. Sound quality is clear throughout and the booklet notes explain exactly where the deleted cues were meant to go. "

13 comments:

bacoso said...

2 FILES AS IT WAS TOO BIG TO GO ON ONE UPLOAD


http://rapidshare.de/files/26648790/CONNECTION_2.rar.html


http://rapidshare.de/files/26656157/The_French_Connection-French_Connection_II.rar.html

Muse said...

Thanks so much for this! This is the 1 Ellis I've had a hard time finding. Thanks & Cheers!

jason said...

Brilliant! I've been looking for this for a long time.

Payola said...

XCLLNT! thanks again!

malenka2000 said...

THANKS FOR A WONDERFUL POST. Just a query...'cos you seem like the kind of guy who might just have this! Would you have anything by the gwnius that is Miroslav Vitous? Either way, keep up the good [GREAT] work! Thanks again.

alank said...

re: miroslav vitous - found this link at:
jazz-rock-fusion-guitar.blogspot.com
http://tinyurl.com/kexh6 - mountain in the clouds
i have the vinyl and it is great.

mj said...

saw this at moma last week - music was the most memorable part (aside from the chase scene) - thnx for the rec!

sgmchef said...

Hi BACOSO, I started a search a month ago for the French Connection Soundtrack you discuss here. I have visited every site I can find that has rare, new and used, and out of print soundtracks and no one is willing to let it go! Your Blog came up on the search but I see that I am about 7 months too late for your gracious upload to rapidshare. I know it is a real stretch, but I just have to ask… Is there any chance of you sharing these files again? I have some of his other albums and could send you some of those tracks. Thanks for appreciating Don’s music and remembering him.

bassclar said...

I'm a Don Ellis fan, but I don't know anything about French Connection except that he did the music. Is it orchestral? Big band?? From what others have said, I'm too late....

Btw, I just reviewed a Don Ellis big band track on my blog.

RSMachado said...

Hi there, Is there any chance of you sharing these files again? Thanks in advance. Ricardo (rsm@smachado.com.br)

Don Lew said...

Hello,
I too Have been searching for this Soundtrack everywhere, and cannot find it for less than 150$
Please consider sharing this again. I know there are plenty of us that would be extremely grateful.
Your blog is very cool, Thank you!

mike roman said...

any chance of re-upping this you tightwad?

Budd said...

Hiya Bacoso - I can get lost for hours looking through yoour archive posts - brilliant stuff!! Any chance of a reup of these Don Ellis albums, I have just watched the movies back to back and can't find the osts anywhere :(