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Midnight Cowboy: Original Motion Picture Score [Soundtrack]

Harry Nilsson, John BarryAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Everybody's Talkin'Harry Nilsson 2:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Joe Buck Rides AgainJohn Barry 3:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. A Famous MythThe Groop and Garry Sherman 3:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Fun CityJohn Barry 3:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. He Quit MeLeslie Miller and Garry Sherman 2:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Jungle Gym At The ZooElephant's Memory 2:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Midnight CowboyJohn Barry 2:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Old Man WillowElephant's Memory 7:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Florida FantasyJohn Barry 2:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Tears And JoysThe Groop and Garry Sherman 2:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Science FictionJohn Barry 1:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Everybody's Talkin' (Edit)Harry Nilsson 1:54$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00000DQWS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,713 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Though perhaps overshadowed by the pop success of Harry Nilsson's rendition of Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talkin'" (and overwhelmed on the album by songs from B.J. Thomas, Elephant's Memory, and even early Warren Zevon), John Barry's elegant title track and handful of cues here still rate as some of his best. Their melodies frequently carried by a mournful solo harmonica, Barry's coolly detached music ironically undercuts the grit and grime of John Schlesinger's Oscar-winning classic. Melodically irresistible, Barry's Midnight Cowboy music further cemented Barry's reputation as one of modern film's greatest composers. --Jerry McCulley

Product Description

A well-above-average soundtrack both for the contributions of top film scorer John Barry and some interesting odds and ends of late-'60s rock. The Midnight Cowboy soundtrack is most famous for Nilsson's hit single cover of Fred Neil's 'Everybody's Talkin' ' present in both the familiar version and a shorter one that is substantially different particularly in its use of harmonica (which is not present at all on the single). Barry's five compositions are suitably atmospheric the standout being the 'Midnight Cowboy' theme with its memorable languid melancholy melody and Toots Thielemans-style harmonica; it should have been a hit single (Ferrante & Teicher had one with a less interesting cover of the tune). The album is filled out by rock from the Groop Leslie Miller and Elephants Memory which is mostly period music suitable for background party scenes though Leslie Miller's 'He Quit Me' was written by a then-unknown Warren Zevon. Check out Elephants Memory's seven-minute 'Old Man

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Barry worked as "Musical Supervisor" on this classic gem of a movie to integrate found pop with his original themes.
Many of the "pop tunes" were culled from fledgling United Artists acts of the late sixties such as The Groop ("Tears and Joys" and the Mamas and Papas-sounding "A Famous Myth" are included herein), and someone had the great sense to steer him to the avant garde New York group Elephant's Memory (whose influential work - see Stereolab and Komeda - on Buddah records remains sadly out of print)to patch together a soundscape for the film's psychedelic Warholesque party scene where Joe Buck gets high and Ratso steals all the salami. Of course, it was the inclusion and reorchestration of Fred Neil's folk tune, "Everybody's Talkin'", as sung by Nilsson, that made the soundtrack a hit in 69 and has kept it in print all these decades.
The lasting impression that this time capsule of a soundtrack leaves is the abundance of vocal energy and inventive harmonizing that proliferated in the late sixties, and how styles were changing from cool lounge and orchestral scoring to topical pop music placement to reflect the moment. Modern day soundtrack producers would do well to study this package and the film from which it was borne.
Barry's themes - "Midnight Cowboy", "Fun City" "Science Fiction" "Joe Buck Rides Again" and "Florida Fantasy" reflect and refract pieces of the pop tunes while draping pivotal scenes in a lovely sadness. Outstanding is Toots Theilman's wailing harmonica on the Main Theme; the piece is a wee bit overproduced for the soundtrack edition and I wish the version used in the film - just harmonica and stummed guitar - had been included here.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Toots Thielemans Correction July 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Though I agree with most of the previous reviews, I was disappointed to see (hear) that Toots Thielemans is not to be found on this recording. He is also not mentioned anywhere on the albums credits.

He was used in the original score for the film, but according to his manager "Toots" was not included on this album.

I would not have purchased this CD if I had known this in advance.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Midnight Cowboy August 3, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've had this soundtrack in its original LP form as well as cassette, and now the CD. This disc would be a welcome addition to any serious soundtrack collector's set. The CD works on many levels. Besides Nilsson's famous "Everybody's Talkin," there are hauntingly mellow tracks by British composer John Barry which, on their own, convey the loneliness and vastness of a big city. These tracks blended in seamlessly to the gritty New York City landscape of the film and reinforced the onscreen images. They also make for great listening by themselves. "The Florida Fantasy" segment has a nice comedic calypso beat to it. Rounding out Barry's compositions is the also famous soulful harmonica track, "Midnight Cowboy." Finally, we also get some energetic rock club music of the late 60's psychedelic era by groups such as The Groop, and The Elephants Memory. All in all, this is a highly recommended recording. One of Barry's best.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing music: January 7, 2009
By Bean
Format:Audio CD
I have this soundtrack on cassette, one of the original cassettes that were first produced and I like it, only I am dissappointed that both the one I have and the new releases of it seem to be missing music from the movie. In particular, I was hoping to find anything about the music that is playing the in bar when Joe Buck goes back looking for Ratso when he realizes he got ripped off by him, where the crossdresser hangs out.
I really like that kind of late 60s early 70s swingin sound. Corny as this may sound, tracking down exact examples of this very specific sound has become frustrating. It's very funky and rock at the same time, very much what was happening in NY at the time. It didn't last long before disco started to evolve out of soul and erased it. In watching the movie "Klute" I found they used the same type of music during two scenes when Bree goes to the bar. It would be really nice to find out some artists that produced this stuff so I can track it down. Other than that, Old Man Willow is much shorter than what is played in the movie throughout the whole scene. Just as I get into it, the song fades. With such a wonderful soundtrack, one that (like the whole movie) was very ahead of its time and revolutionary, it only leaves me wanting more! I definitely recommend this however, especially if you are like me and cherish that ever so unique frame of time in history.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great slice of history July 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I first saw the movie on TV about fifteen years ago, having no idea what it was about. I fell in love with it and its been a part of me ever since. I rushed out the next day and bought the soundtrack (on vinyl no less) - primarily for the lovely harmonica theme and 'Everybody's Talkin''. After listening to the whole album a few times, I realized it contained a few gems - notably 'Old Man Willow' by New York's vastly underrated, Elephant's Memory. It plays during the party scene and has to be one of the weirdest, most beautiful and epic slices of psychedelia I've heard! The same band supply 'Jungle Gym at the Zoo' - another great track. Other vocal tracks include the very cool 'He Quit Me', sung by Leslie Miller - whoever she is. I say that, because I'd never heard of her before, or since for that matter, but her voice is terrific. The incidental music that rounds out the soundtrack is great too and supplies the perfect companion to the movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved the the soundtrack. I wore the first CD out so had to get another one.
Published 25 days ago by E. Arbuckle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by AMAURY Z.
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw movie in HS
Such a sad movie about two losers.
The music was haunting and was the redeeming factor of the movie.
I just love the eerie sound of the music.
Published 3 months ago by Lover of all things Christmas!
5.0 out of 5 stars Terriffic sound quality.
I tried twice to get this at Faye..Not in stock, so they burned it for me from someplace else. It was terrible sounding and it skipped. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Alfie
5.0 out of 5 stars Midnight Cowboy
This is one of the first movies that I saw after graduating from high school in 1968. I really like Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight. Both exceptional actors. Read more
Published 9 months ago by James D. Weinberg
4.0 out of 5 stars "...Bankin' off of a northeast wind, sailin' on a summer breeze;...
First pressing labels of the 1969 UNITED ARTISTS motion picture score to MIDNIGHT COWBOY (UAS 5198) are salmon and orange red. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Annie Van Auken
5.0 out of 5 stars Midnight Cowboy: Original Motion Picture Score
If you like the movie "Midnight cowboy" you will love this CD.
This CD would be also a great addition to any serious soundtrack collection.
Published 22 months ago by Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars not yet received
... But I am sure I will love it. I loved the film when it was released, I own it on DVD and I love the music.
Published 22 months ago by Joann Raso
5.0 out of 5 stars great old DVD movie
I saw the orginal movie way back and decided to try this new DVD. It is in great shape and it came in on time. Good movie...
Published on March 23, 2011 by B.J. Emberson
1.0 out of 5 stars waste of time and money
The music on this CD is for a select group of listeners, which I am not one of. Several of the songs were instrumentals that I almost never hear anywhere, and all the songs were... Read more
Published on October 30, 2010 by freedeep
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