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ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW (ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK LP VINYL, 1959)


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  • Vinyl
  • Label: UNITED ARTISTS
  • ASIN: B001E2N424
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,083,853 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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RARE 1959 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK LP VINYL (MONAURAL SOUND) WITH MUSIC FOR THE DRAMA FILM COMPOSED BY JOHN LEWIS. FILM STARRED HARRY BELAFONTE, ROBERT RYAN, SHELLEY WINTERS, GLORIA GRAHAME; ROBERT WISE DIRECTOR. CULT COLLECTIBLE LP!

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William E. Adams on December 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan of the Modern Jazz Quartet since 1960 or so, but somehow I never heard this film score composed by leader John Lewis and performed in a studio version in late 1959. It is lightly swinging and highly enjoyable. I never saw the movie it was written for, either, but according to the booklet, on the film soundtrack these works are done by a larger orchestra. I'd like to hear that version as well. The six pieces on this disc are great, sounding more like famous pop songs you just can't quite name than anything else. The MJQ did have a tendency to put out records in the 50's and 60's which were a bit cerebral,with some songs even dirge-like. This one avoids that fate. I think it would be a great introduction to the famous group for any jazz "newbie."
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William Metcalfe on August 22, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Yes, I too first heard this in the 1960s shortly after it came out as an album called Patterns. I loved it very much but then lost the album and for decades was haunted by the memory of those simple, elegant melodies. Then about ten years ago I found a pristine-quality vinyl edition of it in a used bin, paid a lot of money for it, and I cherish it again to this day.It's not one of their best-known albums and I am not sure why not. You won't be disappointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Bonds VINE VOICE on August 22, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It's about time this great recording was re-released on CD. This was my first introduction to the MJQ back in the '60s when I was a college student. Over the years its haunting sounds have stayed with me and have shaped the way I listen to music. The original LP that I had was called "Patterns," but as I recall it did mention the film "Odds Against Tomorrow" (which is worth seeing, btw). This is about as close to a perfect jazz record (jazz of a certain type) as it gets, in my opinion. Every note seems like the only note that would work at that moment, and the sense of ensemble is, of course, incredible. If you love the MJQ or simply want to know more of their music, I suggest getting this CD before it goes into the out-of-print Limbo again!
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