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The Thomas Crown Affair: Original MGM Motion Picture Soundtrack [Enhanced CD]
Michel Legrand
The Thomas Crown Affair: Original MGM Motion Picture Soundtrack [Enhanced CD]
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Soundtracks
 
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One of the tricks in utilizing a contemporary form like jazz in scoring a film is to avoid the idiom's passing fads and clichés, which have severely dated many lesser projects. Paris-born composer Michel Legrand was classi...  more »

      
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All Artists: Michel Legrand
Title: The Thomas Crown Affair: Original MGM Motion Picture Soundtrack [Enhanced CD]
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rykodisc
Original Release Date: 6/19/1968
Re-Release Date: 4/7/1998
Album Type: Enhanced, Soundtrack
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Soundtracks
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Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 014431071928

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One of the tricks in utilizing a contemporary form like jazz in scoring a film is to avoid the idiom's passing fads and clichés, which have severely dated many lesser projects. Paris-born composer Michel Legrand was classically trained in Europe and worked as an arranger and film scorer there, but also had the good fortune to work with jazz greats such as John Coltrane and Miles Davis in America. This background helped elevate his "symphonic jazz" score to director Norman Jewison's romantic caper The Thomas Crown Affair beyond the excesses of much late '60s "contemporary" film music--with the exception of Noel Harrison's Rod McKuenesque rendering "The Windmills of Your Mind." Harrison may have gotten the Oscar for it, but Dusty Springfield made the song a classic. One minor fault: Ryko's generous interspersing of film dialogue between the cuts of its reissues occasionally distracts from Legrand's symphonic intent, but these cuts can easily be programmed out. --Jerry McCulley

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You will enter the very film itself!
07/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm a huge Steve McQueen fan, so I thought what better way to satisfy my McQueen fix than with the soundtrack to one of my all time favorite films! Man, I'm so happy that I did. The music is fabulous! I can't help but feel I AM Mr. Crown, about to get the girl, fool the Feds, and pull off the greatest heist!Excellent music, excellent movie! Can't wait for the remake"
The sublime Monsieur Legrand at his very best!
Music Lover | United Kingdom | 08/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's incredible to think that a whole generation of moviegoers think that 'Windmills Of Your Mind' was written for Sting's contribution to the 1999 hit remake of 'Thomas Crown'. Some 32 years earlier the young Noel Harrison was whispering his way through this captivating melody, with lyrics from the incomparable Alan & Marilyn Bergman, as Steve McQueen slipped his way through the traps set by the elegant and sexy Faye Dunaway. Michel Legrand's remarkable score embraces his jazz upbringing, providing the perfect catalyst for an ultra cool blend of high romance and 60's 'caper' action. As love songs go, Michel Legrand's own vocal interpretation of the beautiful 'His Eyes, Her Eyes' also has to be about as good as it gets. The other jazz cues fare just as well away from the split screen frames that characterised Norman Jewison's memorable film. 'The Thomas Crown Affair'is one of the sublime M.Legrand's musical milestones, in partnership with the best of 1960's American filmmaking."
One of the best sound tracks of a movie.
Music Lover | 09/07/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw the movie in 1968 and recently bought it to add to a small collection. It was great seeing it again and the music is superb. I play it almost constantly."