Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The Idol

In this mod '60s relic you don't see mentioned too often, Jennifer Jones (filling in at the last minute for a departed Kim Stanley) and Michael Parks star in the oh-so-edgy tale of a beautiful matron who starts having an affair with one of her son's best friends (a plot later rehashed in the '80s as Class). The ultra-smooth score comes from library music favorite John Dankworth, who was busy at the time scoring lots of Joseph Losey films (The Servant, Modesty Blaise, etc.) as well as bits of studio fluff like Fathom. His wife, vocalist Cleo Laine, gets to sing two songs, and the whole score has a fun Mancini-style vibe perfect for a lazy weekend. (Note: sorry for the occasional distortion in some of the early tracks, but this was taken from the rare stereo LP pressing and sounds as good as I could make it.)

The Idol
1. Empty Hands And Empty Heart (Vocal: Cleo Laine)
2. The Idol (Vocal)
3. The Seducer
4. The Party
5. Empty Arms And Empty Heart (Instrumental)
6. Title Music
7. Won't You Believe Me
8. There's A Fight Outside
9. The Houseboat Set
10. The Idol
11. End Title Music

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Blogger gspeedlace said...

Fantastic! John(ny) Dankworth is always welcome. Have you seen ALL NIGHT LONG, the 1961 "jazz OTHELLO" with Patrick McGoohan? Dankworth has a cameo as himself!



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11:32 AM  
Blogger nankes said...

Thanks for all the great scores! Err - can I request one? It's the score for George Romero's modern-day vampire flick Martin (from '77). It's as moody and great as the movie itself - and impossible to find. Hence the request.

12:55 PM  
Anonymous dom said...

manchester morgue posted the Martin s/track (as have others), here is the link... http://rapidshare.de/files/35008426/Martin_OST.rar....

Dankworth did a nice score for Losey's "The Criminal" also, at least I remember it that way from when it was last on british tv (approx 20 years ago)

3:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

... Patrick Mc Goohan ... 77 ... 7 Black Notes ... The patterns of J. Barry's Black Hole OST ... six + one ... You're the real soundtracks lover ... :)

3:32 PM  

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