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Cool Hand Luke [Original Soundtrack Recording] Soundtrack


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Product Details

  • Composer: Lalo Schifrin
  • Audio CD (May 8, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Aleph Records
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005B55H
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,573 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Main Title
2. Tar Sequence
3. Just A Closer Walk With Thee
4. The Chase
5. Lucille
6. Egg Eating Contest
7. Eye-Ballin Glasses
8. Arletta Blues
9. Criss-Crossing The Fence
10. Plastic Jesus
11. Got My Mind Back
12. Ballad Of Cool Hand Luke
13. First Morning
14. Bean Time
15. Road Gang
16. Radio In Barracks
17. Dog Boy
18. End Title
19. Symphonic Sketches Of Cool Hand Luke
20. Down Here On The Ground (Symphonic Version)

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Product Description

The story and characters of this 1967 Paul Newman classic can never be extricated from its Oscar-nominated Schifrin score, which brilliantly blended bluegrass with bold symphonic music. Harry Dean Stanton's Just a Closer Walk with Thee and Newman's shattering Plastic Jesus join Egg Eating Contest; Ballad of Cool Hand Luke; The Chase , and more.

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With an iconic, Academy Award®-nominated lead performance by Paul Newman as the free spirit who refuses to be broken by cruel Southern justice, director Stuart Rosenberg's Cool Hand Luke has rightly taken its place as a modern American classic. One of the key elements to the film's deft balance of drama and humor is also its most unlikely: the Oscar®-nominated score of Argentine-born composer Lalo Schifrin. As he's done throughout a career that's moved gracefully between jazz recordings, classical podiums, and scoring stages, Schifrin's music fuses seemingly disparate genres--bluegrass, symphonic, rhythmic jazz--into a soundtrack that evokes them all yet becomes distinctly more than the sum of its parts. Given that gratifying sensibility, it's a soundtrack full of surprising twists and turns, crackling with energy. Such is its dynamic nature that one reedited cut ("Tar Sequence") has taken on a second life as the ubiquitous "Eyewitness News" theme music at local TV stations across America. --Jerry McCulley

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By YippieHippie on January 7, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I love the score for this film, but I am a bit disappointed. I guess it was stupid of me to assume the version of Plastic Jesus on here was going to be the one by Paul Newman. I also would have liked it more if some of Harry Dean Stanton's playing was on here as well. I would not have gotten it if I knew that ahead of time.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Cutro on November 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Never having heard the music from Cool Hand Luke, I decided to pick up a copy of this soundtrack anyway because I like Lalo Schifrin. I'm glad I got this soundtrack because it is really good. It actually was nominated for an oscar back in 1967. The main theme is a catchy guitar rhythm and also a song titled "Down Here On the Ground" in which guitar, banjo, and sometimes harmonica are used. "Tar Sequence" has actually been used as a theme for a news program. The piano sequences sound like something Jerry Goldsmith would write and actually has used before. The other action cues are "The Chase" and "Criss-Crossing the Fence". There are some jazz tracks present in "Egg Eating Contest" and "Ballad of Cool Hand Luke". The last 2 tracks are symphonic versions of the main theme and the song "Down Here on the Ground". Most of the tracks have a bluegrass feel to them and sound like they belong on a bluegrass compilation album. The time on the soundtrack runs a little under 60 minutes, which is plenty of music. Get this score if you can find it. It was re-released on Schifrin's record company Aleph last year and you may end up finding it if you look hard. It is worth it though.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Critic on May 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is a very nice re-recording of the original score, but lacks the heart of the original in a few ways. First, the songs from the film are re-recorded and rather lifeless compared to the film soundtrack. Secondly, the "Tar Sequence" track has been given a strange piece of introductory music rather than just starting naturally and loudly, as in the film.

Still a good listen, but these changes are not for the best. Probably still the preferable version of the Cool Hand Luke CD.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mark D. Dimont on January 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Paul Newman's original version of Plastic Jesus is not on this CD. This CD is re-recorded instrumental versions of the songs from the film. Thoroughly disappointing.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karl F. Stephens on March 26, 2010
Format: Audio CD
You should definitely alert people to the fact this does not have Paul Newman singing "Plastic Jesus"---I agree that that would be the only reason to buy the music for "Cool Hand Luke".(I wish there was some way to obtain that!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thelma Hernandez on August 29, 2010
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Even though This CD was a very good soundtrack It was not what I was looking for. My husband and I loved the Vocals of the movie, But the Cd was strickly instrumental no singing. He wanted the Song PLASTIC JESUS with the words sung by Paul Newman. Can't seem to find it anywhere Or anyplace> Found Plastic Jesus sung by Billy Idol but did not sound like the song in the movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ruvayn on October 14, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Several of the reviews claim that this is not the original soundtrack. And yet, Lalo Schifrin, in his notes, suggests otherwise. He credits the original session players, several of whom have passed, and, even more revealing, the album indicates that these tracks are all licensed by MCA records, of which DOT, the original soundtrack l.p. label, was a subsidiary. Additionally, the album, though well-mastered, is clearly a product of pre-Dolby analog recording, replete with audible oxide hiss. I have the DVD of the film, and this certainly sounds like the original soundtrack to me, one of Schifrin's very best film works, and worthy of a place on your soundtrack shelf.
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