6 May 2007
DAVID SHIRE - FAREWELL MY LOVELY
Time for a soundtrack and here's a rarity on vinyl from David Shire with his soundtrack for the 1975 version of "Farewell My Lovely " starring Robert Mitchum.I had always enjoyed the film and thought the music played an integral part of it(you can't beat a good film noir) so I was chuffed to bits when I turned up a vinyl copy in a dumper bin for $5 in a small town in south west Florida.It's amazing what you can pick up when you leave your woman on the beach sunbathing-and I don't mean crabs!!!
Shire made a fabulous job of this haunting,brooding soundtrack which features solos by Don Menza,Dick Nash and Ronny Lang.I also find it somwhat reminiscent of Goldsmith's masterful "Chinatown" score (a future post and a favourite film).
Here's a few lines from Film Score Monthly who reissued it on cd:
Farewell, My Lovely resurrected the Philip Marlowe detective character - expertly played by Robert Mitchum - in a remake of the earlier Murder, My Sweet (1944). At the time, David Shire was in the midst of a remarkable run of brilliant scores as disparate as The Conversation, The Taking of Pelham One-Two-Three, All the President's Men and The Hindenburg. For Farewell, My Lovely, he crafted a wonderful, melancholy main theme which stands with Jerry Goldsmith's Chinatown, Bernard Herrmann's Taxi Driver, and John Barry's Body Heat as one of the best pieces of film jazz of the era. The entire score is permeated with melody - bluesy, haunting, and lovely - merging the Los Angeles of the '40s with the dramatic sensibility of the '70s. The theme for Charlotte Rampling's character is a perfect complement to Marlowe's music, and, much like Chinatown, the suspenseful moments are treated with modern, avant garde effects.Farewell, My Lovely was expertly designed by Shire as one of the best LPs of the 1970s.
This post is ripped from the original vinyl @320.It was reissued (with extra cues) on cd by Film Score Monthly in a limited run of 3000 copies