Terrific sixties-style spy movie score by Sol Kaplan makes CD premiere in two versions! John Le Carre's superb cold war espionage tale gets superb filming by Martin Ritt. Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Oskar Werner, Sam Wanamaker star. Unlike glamorous, exotic worlds of super-spy James Bond, ordinary protagonists of Le Carre's thriller play out their tense game in decidedly non-exotic shadows of East Berlin, West Berlin. First version of score is new mastering of terrific RCA original score album, recorded in London in October 1965 and presented intact from original stereo album master tapes. Second version is world premiere of actual soundtrack performances recorded one month earlier in London, presented from original 35mm three channel scoring session masters. Sol Kaplan writes to moody, grim black & white story but infuses music with wide variety of styles: Brassy intro, melancholy main theme featuring sax, powerful John Barry-ish motif for "The Compound", haunting "Piano Prelude" variant of main theme, tentative, dark-hued "Cell Door" music, brazen "Pussy Willow Club" sequence, more. Sequences of lean, austere material trade with dangerous, throbbing ideas. And always that memorable theme, close by. Also worthy of spotlighting: when score reaches conclusion, Kaplan returns to main theme but ultimately closes with unaccompanied solo sax for final cadence. Stark, powerful ending! Both soundtrack and re-recorded score cover similar territory as actual score in picture runs under half an hour. For RCA version, Kaplan prepared charged, upbeat arrangement of main theme to help bring LP duration to 33 minutes. An additional un-used arrangement made during October sessions plays at end of entire CD, following soundtrack performances. Un-used alternate version of final solo sax cadence also appears. The sixties era offers a plethora of cool movie & TV spy soundtracks, from Bond to U.N.C.L.E., from Flint to Palmer, from Matt Helm to I Spy. Kaplan's contribution, like the film it accompanies, is one of the finest. CD packaging offers both original RCA album duo-tone artwork plus dramatic, full-color "flipper cover" artwork. Choose your favorite! Sol Kaplan conducts. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remain!