Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt
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Funk 'n' Thrills

The waning of the 60s and the onset of the 70s was one of the most interesting in the history of film. Stripped of the innocence of earlier eras and freed from the restrictive shackles of the Hayes Commission, cinema instead concentrated on harder, grittier material. The result was a cycle of movies that dealt with dark issues, harsh characterizations and social unrest.

The urban thriller was at the vanguard of this new era, and the music needed to reflect the contemporary era. For a brief period of time, these films were scored with a strange fusion of genres that was never before seen and rarely since, and then only in pastiche. Jazz, funk and rock idioms mixed with more traditional dramatic scoring, but also with sophisticated 20th Century musical techniques.

Many of the tracks on this album are indeed funky, while some are jazzier, and others are more psychedelic. This disc was created as a snapshot of that moment and incorporates not only music from Hollywood veterans, but also from musicians lured into film scoring by the promise of a new palette upon which to work. Herbie Hancock returned to the genre, while Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield were relative newcomers. There is quite a lot of Lalo Schifrin on this album for obvious reasons; selections from Bullitt are culled from the original 1968 album rather than the newer recording he made for his label. "Fat Caz" is a conflation of the two tracks "Dolowitz Takes a Look" and "Dolowitz Killed" from The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.

The album came together pretty quickly once I had all the tracks on the computer, mostly because I had extensive notes on what I wanted to do with each track before I even sat down to put this project together. I decided to drop the working title "Funk 'n' Thrills" feeling that not only was the wordplay not representative of what one would find on this album, but also because I wanted a title that was more hard-hitting, as befits the music.




Urban Danger
Cityscapes of Violence

79:47

1.
"Main Title" from The Taking of Pelham One Two Three 2:16
Composed and Conducted by
David Shire

2.
"Junkie Chase" from Superfly (Album Version) 1:33
Composed by
Curtis Mayfield
Arranged by
Jimmy Pate

3.
"Main Title" from Dirty Harry 3:25
Composed and Conducted by
Lalo Schifrin

4.
"Opening" from Brother on the Run 4:44
Composed and Conducted by
Johnny Pate

5.
"Copstail" from The French Connection 3:59
Composed and Conducted by
Don Ellis

6.
"Revenge" from Death Wish 3:12
Composed by
Herbie Hancock
Arranged and Conducted by
Jerry Peters

7.
"Fat Caz" from The Taking of Pelham One Two Three 1:24
Composed and Conducted by
David Shire

8.
"Liquor Store Holdup" from Dirty Harry 1:17
Composed and Conducted by
Lalo Schifrin

9.
"Stampede Along the Thames from Brannigan 1:59
Composed and Conducted by
Dominic Frontiere
Performed by
The London Symphony Orchestra

10.
"'T' Stands for Trouble" from Trouble Man 4:44
Composed by
Marvin Gaye
Arranged by
J.J. Johnson

11.
"Stakeout" from Magnum Force 2:23
Composed and Conducted by
Lalo Schifrin

12.
"The Getaway" from The Mack 1:43
Composed and Conducted by
Willie Hutch

13.
"Dirty Laundry" and "Fooled" from McQ 4:07
Composed and Conducted by
Elmer Bernstein

14.
"The Money Express" from The Taking of Pelham One Two Three 3:55
Composed and Conducted by
David Shire

15.
"Main Title" from Bullitt 2:01
Composed and Conducted by
Lalo Schifrin

16.
"Subway" from The French Connection 3:09
Composed and Conducted by
Don Ellis

17.
"Chase" from Foxy Brown 2:28
Composed and Conducted by
Willie Hutch

18.
"Palancio" from Magnum Force 4:17
Composed and Conducted by
Lalo Schifrin

19.
"Closing" from Brother on the Run 2:02
Composed and Conducted by
Johnny Pate

20.
"Harlem Clavinette" from Across 110th Street 2:06
Composed and Conducted by
J.J. Johnson

21.
"Revenge" from French Connection II 1:13
Composed and Conducted by
Don Ellis

22.
"The School Bus" from Dirty Harry 1:55
Composed and Conducted by
Lalo Schifrin

22.
"Knock, Knock" from Brannigan 2:25
Composed and Conducted by
Dominic Frontiere
Performed by
The London Symphony Orchestra

23.
"Big Chase" from French Connection II 2:31
Composed and Conducted by
Don Ellis

24.
"Ice Pick Mike" from Bullitt 2:58
Composed and Conducted by
Lalo Schifrin

25.
"Fill Your Hand" from Death Wish 4:28
Composed and Conducted by
Herbie Hancock

26.
"Junkie Chase" from Superfly (Film Version) 4:11
Composed by
Curtis Mayfield
Arranged by
Jimmy Pate

27.
"End Title" from The Taking of Pelham One Two Three 2:59
Composed and Conducted by
David Shire
Tags: david shire, don ellis, elmer bernstein, film music, johnny pate, lalo schifrin, my mixes
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