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Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969 Film) Soundtrack

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Bacharach crafted some of his all-time finest songs and instrumentals for this classic 1969 soundtrack. Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head (the B.J. Thomas smash and an instrumental version) join The Sundance Kid; Come Touch the Sun; South American Getaway , and more!
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 12, 1987)
  • Original Release Date: October 24, 1969
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: A&M
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002GAB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,141 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Gavin Wilson on July 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
For many, 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' is the quintessential 60s movie, portraying a couple of lovable, free-spirited rogues whose lives end in glorious defeat. (It was immensely popular in England, perhaps because we try so hard to be good losers!)
It's virtually impossible to divorce the soundtrack from the movie. In the space of a little less than 28 minutes, you get three versions of the theme from 'Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head' and six other tracks. (And fortunately none of the versions is the lamentable single recorded by Sacha Distel!)
Composers didn't write scores in the 1960s the way they write them now. No attempt is made here to include ethnic instruments or musical styles from Latin America. This is (North) American popular music through and through, and it is hugely enjoyable.
The stand-out track, to my ears, is 'South American Getaway', a slightly elongated version of the music that accompanies the pair's many bank raids in Bolivia, hotly pursued by growing numbers of mounted police or soldiers. But this is music that stands on its own and would grace any Bacharach album, movie or no movie. Its upbeat wordless vocals are so optimistic, and it would be a joy to see this piece performed live.
The movie marked the end of the 60s. It was perhaps appropriate that the heroes get killed, but that we the cinema-goer, like Sundance's teacher girlfriend, did not quite see the pair die. And the soundtrack also marked the end of Bacharach's compositional brilliance. Bacharach's genius dominated the 60s, but he was only occasionally to regain his form in the 70s and 80s. I believe that his mantle -- for writing optimistic, sophisticated popular music with underlying Latin rhythms -- has been inherited by guitarist Pat Metheny.
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I'd not seen this film since its release. The other day my son (a heavy-metal guitarist) saw it, and was raving about a couple of the soundtrack bit. To my surprise, I could recall each one he mentioned. So I ordered the soundtrack.

Yes, it's very good. The only thing that keeps it from five stars is that there are actually only a few themes here and they're re-used in interesting but not spectacular ways. As another reviewer wrote, "South American Getaway" is the standout piece, but "Bicycle Built For Joy" and the main theme are also quite good. Heck, "Raindrops" is good, but it was so damned overplayed when the film came out that I still have a hard time hearing it without reacting to the over-exposure. If you're not pushing 60, you might not have the same problem.

Overall: definitely worth buying. It was money well-spent.
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This sountrack is just as fresh today in 2003 as when it was released on L.P. so many years ago. Some of Burt Bacharach's Best Work. You'll notice "South American Getaway" has been recently been used on SBC commercials.
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I've watched this film so many times, and what keeps me coming back is not only the cinematography, but also the music. A lot of the things I like in 60s pop music can be found in this score. Also, I've been listening to a lot of dream/baroque pop recently, and can't help but feel that "South American Getaway(which is one of my favorite tracks, as well as scenes in the film)reminds me of The Free Design.

If you love the film, chances are you will like the soundtrack as well.
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William Goldman's BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID is one of the great classic Westerns, and his screenplay is a model for superlative screenwriting. However, as brilliant as Goldman's script is, the film just would not be the same without Burt Bacharach's multilayered soundtrack score. The cuts range from the optimistic "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" -- Butch's theme -- to the sentimental and nostalgic "Not Goin' Home Anymore," which segues from the ragtimey "The Old Fun City." From what we know of the real Butch Cassidy (George Leroy Parker), he would've approved of this music -- and ridden his bicycle to it joyfully.
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What a classic movie! There's hardly a moment in this movie that is not brilliantly done either from the point of view of acting or producing/editing. And the soundtrack...ah, the soundtrack - fantastic!
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A remarkably good album for only 9 songs. The songs span several different styles: pop ("Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head"), '60ish scatting ("South American Getaway"), circus music ("On A Bicycle Built For Joy"), old-fashioned brass band ("Old Fun City"), moody harmonica ("Not Goin' Home Anymore"). There are 3 versions of "Raindrops..." here under different song titles. One of these versions (the instrumental one) never appeared in the movie, but the music in the movie's intro (a guitar version of "Not Goin' Home Anymore") doesn't appear on the album. ... B.J.'s voice is hoarse in "On A Bicycle Built For Joy" but surprisingly that somehow makes it sound even better! It would also be great if, like on the M*A*S*H film soundtrack, they added bits of the very cute dialog from the film.
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I like the music from Butch Cassidy, but this soundtrack cries out for a modern update that includes all the music (or at least as much as a CD can hold) run through modern remastering machines to capture all the sound. I have to dock it one star for their laziness in reissuing it. Who doesn't put this album/CD on and want the music that plays along with the silent movie at the beginning? Burt Bacharach's gift for melody and mood are clear in every song, but 42 years later it is time for all his music to appear.
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