LAST RUN / CROSSCURRENT / THE SCORPIO LETTERS
Label: FSMCD Vol.9 No.20
Dates: 1971 / 1967
Time = 79:23
Soundtrack triple-header puts action in spotlight. Headlining is 1971 Euro-flavor action music for Richard Fleischer auto-bound thriller with George C. Scott. Jerry Goldsmith scores for orchestra but gives spotlight to rhythms via unusual color of cimbalom, harpsichord, electric bass, drums. Flavorful melodies add breeze but Goldsmith plays to action, locale over character. Main keyboard theme, haunting guitar, string & trumpet-led "Spanish Coast" lead melodic pack but composer balances with punchy action sequences as well: "Double Cross" highlights. Same contents as previous LP, CD releases appear. In bonus, CD also offers complete (albeit brief) Jerry Goldsmith score for 1971 TV movie CROSSCURRENT (also known as THE CABLE CAR MURDER). Aggressive, percussive music is real treat for Goldsmith fans. Here composer spotlights signature left-hand piano with irregular drum pattern. Chopping, start-stop ideas evolve into exciting sequences for keyboards, tympani, vibraphone, drum set plus array of electric guitars. Already generous album also presents debut film work of Dave Grusin via small ensemble score for 1967 TV spy thriller THE SCORPIO LETTERS with Alex Cord. Grusin approaches genre with meld of hip-sixties jazz and - surprisingly - reflective material for flute, harp. Composer avoids overt melody, allows lines to wind upwards, downwards with degree of ambiguity. Action plays large role: dynamic tympani/piano figure during "Last Chase" juxtaposed with shrill piccolo just one of many such highlights. Often austere harmonic palette another big asset. Top-drawer production from FSM presents each score in stereo, adds profuse liner notes courtesy of excellent trio of writers: Jon Burlingame, Alexander Kaplan, Lukas Kendall. Limited edition of 3000 copies. Jerry Goldsmith, Dave Grusin conduct their respective works, collectively score a knockout!
THE LAST RUN (Jerry Goldsmith) 1. The Last Run - sung by Steve Lawrence (2:12) 2. Main Title The Last Run (2:51) 3. Border Crossing (2:52) 4. Spanish Coast (2:39) 5. Claudie Says "Yes" (1:59) 6. Rickard Escapes (1:56) 7. The Last Run (2:36) 8. Double Cross (2:45) 9. Yo Te Amo (2:31) 10. Claudie's Stockings (2:57) 11. The Trap (1:55) 12. End Title (2:11) CROSSCURRENT aka THE CABLE CAR MURDER (Jerry Goldsmith) 13. Main Title (1:58) 14. Moose Chase - film version (1:32) 15. Moose Chase - alternate #1 (2:04) 16. Moose Chase - alternate #2 (1:38) 17. The Killer (2:53) 18. End Title (1:43) THE SCORPIO LETTERS (Dave Grusin) 19. Chaffee / Main Title / Alien Registration (2:37) 20. The Vigil / First Chase (3:49) 21. Fretoni Demise / Frightfully Respectable / Bridge to Phoebe (2:58) 22. After You (0:57) 23. No Pass (1:43) 24. Miss Gunther (1:59) 25. Phoebe's Theme (3:21) 26. Bianeri (0:57) 27. Madame Desires / Paris in the Fall (3:09) 28. No New Problems (0:54) 29. Valse de Vitsse / Drinking Party (3:24) 30. Max the Knife (3:46) 31. Interuptus / Innocence / Villa Zoom (1:43) 32. Flight of the Flaming Bullets (2:36) 33. Last Chase / Scorpio Finis (2:08) 34. Wrap Up / End Title (0:50)