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I Want To Live: Original MGM Motion Picture Soundtrack [Enhanced CD]
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
A work of unrelenting intensity, 1958's I Want to Live stands as a benchmark of American film. Taking on a grab bag of then-taboo topics--prostitution, gambling, drug addiction--and presenting them in a morally ambiguous... more »
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A work of unrelenting intensity, 1958's I Want to Live stands as a benchmark of American film. Taking on a grab bag of then-taboo topics--prostitution, gambling, drug addiction--and presenting them in a morally ambiguous, unorthodoxly grim context, I Want to Live predated the "new Hollywood" revolution wrought by such films as Bonnie and Clyde and Easy Rider by nearly a decade. With its unprecedented all-jazz score, Live's music is no less trailblazing. A meta soundtrack of sorts, this collection actually functions as two LPs in one, documenting the performances of Gerry Mulligan's seven-piece band, who appears in the film, and the larger jazz ensemble underscore that sets the pace and tone for some of Live's most memorable scenes. While Mulligan's combo swings with characteristic cool, it's the ensemble pieces that really stun. Composer Johnny Mandel intentionally chose an odd array of lead instruments and linked all his compositions with an arsenal of percussion to add to the film's edge of your seat/edge of sanity allure. The achieved effect is by turns moody and impressionistic, deliberate and plodding. Whatever the mood, Live's clench on the listener is positively physical. --Matt Hanks
An imortant introduction to jazz
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Any Jazz lover who is over about 45 yrs of age probably "cut his/her teeth" on listening to the soundtracks of I WANT TO LIVE and to THE HUSTLER. In my opinion they were defining works in that anyone who went to movies probably saw those two films. They came out about the same time and the soundtracks were readily available. Even though the music is from what is informally called "cool" jazz, the intensity of emotions displayed in the film are well augmented by the score. The music ranges from "firey" to "haunting" and even if the listener has not seen the film, one can associate the title of a track with the music quite easily. I know that a "true jazz aficionado" wants to only hear a live performance in order to experience the spontaniety of jazz. But, for a new generation that will probably never have that opportunity, this is just about as good as it will ever get."
Two for the price of one
A. Dekkers | The Netherlands | 05/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I Want To Live was originally released as a "Gerry Mulligan" album and as a seperate soundtrack. The soundtrack is first of all interesting for Johnny Mandel fans.
Mulligan doesn't play on the soundtrack. However he appears in the opening-scene of the movie. A DVD is available. Mulligan's music was originally on the album The Jazz combo from I want to live. (London SAH-T 6023) With Shelly Mann, Frank Rosolino, Art Farmer, Bud Shank, Red Mitchell and Pete Jolly. Mulligan plays like a hungry dog having his dinner!
This is both albums on a single CD.
How I met Gerry Mulligan
Nancy | British Columbia, Canada | 10/14/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The soundtrack for the movie I Want to Live is Mulligan at his best. The film came out in 56 and I wasn't really aware of Mulligan until that time. His baritone sax gives the score depth and feeling.... a feeling of sadness and wildness both. My favourite track is "Black Nightgown". If you like Gerry Mulligan get the album and if you want to see a good flick, rent the video."