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O Lucky Man! [Import, Soundtrack]

Alan PriceAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 30, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: June 20, 1973
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Bros UK
  • ASIN: B000002KEW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,350 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. O Lucky Man!
2. Poor People
3. Sell Sell
4. Pastoral
5. Arrival
6. Look Over Your Shoulder
7. Justice
8. My Home Town
9. Changes
10. O Lucky Man!

Editorial Reviews

After playing the haunting organ intro to the Animals' "House of the Rising Sun," Alan Price went solo and carved himself a niche (in England, at least) as a pop craftsman. For many, his most enduring contribution has been this soundtrack to Lindsay Anderson's allegorical 1973 film about a coffee salesman. Price's characteristic keyboard flourishes are all over tracks like "Pastoral" and "Arrival," while the biting wit of "Poor People" and "Sell Sell" never once overshadows the innate tunefulness of the songs. Even if you've never seen the movie, Price's delightful and memorable score is highly recommended. --Dan Epstein

Product Description

First time on CD for the soundtrack to the 1973 comedy starring Malcolm McDowell. Musical score composed by Alan Price for which he won the British Academy Award. Standard jewelcase.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars O'Lucky at last! November 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I was thrilled to discover that this album was finally released on CD. I've worn through numerous copies of the LP, and ever since the advent of the CD, I have been looking for it on CD with no luck, until now!
Like many other folks, I was profoundly moved by the film and music of O Lucky Man. Years later, when my wife finally saw the film I had talked about for so long, she offered the opinion that it was a little boys adolescent fantasy, and in retrospect, I think there is some truth in that. As soundtracks go, O'Lucky Man is in a class by itself. Not a mere aural background to a film, but rather it is an integrated part of the film, the characters, and the commentary.
I still think of it as an amazing bit of work, and was lucky enough to attend a seminar on the movie in Los Angeles, hosted by Lindsay Anderson and Malcolm McDowell, in which we learned among other things that the song "My Home Town" had a sequence of someone attempting suicide, which Travis tries to stop by climbing a rain gutter and effect a rescue, only to have it tear away from the building at the last moment. Anderson discovered that even the original negative of the scene had been destroyed by Warners, who felt that film was too long, and ordered the cut. Anderson joked about the impact of a 3 minute scene on a movie that was already running at a "leisurely pace" and found a first generation print of the scene under his bed. That night was to be the first time the film was to be screened as it was intended. This was not to be, and although he hand carried a print of the scene to be spliced into the film for the night, somehow, it still never happened! Which led to a very funny, and (...)off director howling at Hollywood for it's classic ineptitude.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars O lucky listener..... January 29, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Here's a rarity alright...a soundtrack to a great cult film that stands on it's own merit. It is not at all neccessary to have seen Lindsay Anderson's minor masterpiece to appreciate Alan Price's wonderful song stylings. Alan Price had a featured role in the film and many of the songs were performed concert style within the context of the fiim, but they have lost none of their lustre away from the big screen and some 30 years down the line. Ballads, instrumentals, music hall, and good old northern english soul make for an eclectic and thouroughly pleasant listening experience.Top pick; The title cut ,a rollicking good time and a tune Alan's old mates The Animals would have been proud to call their own. Hey, go rent the movie (uh..good luck) but by all means don't pass up the chance to own this wonderful timeless piece of musical inspiration.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Galina
Format:Audio CD
"O Lucky Man!" (1973), directed by Lindsay Anderson (with Ralph Richardson, Malcolm McDowell and Helen Mirren) is a constant source of joy when I watch it again and again. Off I go with Mick Travis (McDowell) in his crazy surreal journey up and down, back and forth, "around the world in circles" along with the Alan Price's band that provide the music commentaries in the traditions of a Greek Chorus or Brecht's Theater. I love his songs to the film very much. It is possibly the best use of a rock soundtrack in a film. I am a proud CD owner and I listen to it constantly - in my car, at work, while exercising. It is short; ten songs only last for 25 minutes but what the minutes they are. Each song, every note and each word feel so perfectly simple and so joyously cool that you can't forget them. For many years, after I saw the film for the first time, I used to sing to myself from time to time, especially if I was sad or confused or would face the important and not easy decisions:

"Everyone is going through changes

No one knows what's going on.

And everybody changes places

But the world still carries on." -

and the song would always make me feel better. Eventually, it has become the important part of my life philosophy.

The most famous and deservingly so is the title song, "O Lucky Man" which was presented in the movie not once but two times, in the opening scene and in the final one. The second rendition is perhaps the best track on the CD, the most memorable scene in the movie and the best performance by Alan Price. I can go on forever about the disc, the songs, their melodies and the lyrics but it is better to hear them once than to try to describe them.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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The album itself is a mini-masterpiece. The two-star rating refers to this Collector's Choice reissue of the album. Right from the get-go, there are serious problems with background noise/hiss, and it's pretty distracting (and I'd imagine, pretty simple to remove with modern technology). I downloaded the title track from iTunes, and sure enough, their version was crisp and clean. So I figured I had purchased a faulty CD, and ordered another. Sure enough, the same darn background fuzz was there. This is interesting to me, since the Collector's Choice reissue of Alan Price's "Between Today & Yesterday" was devoid of such sound problems.

I'm no audiophile, just a casual music lover, and the sound quality issues on this CD were very noticeable. The remaster needed more noise reduction, or something (and yes, I'm aware that employing too much noise reduction can be detrimental, but go compare the CD and iTunes versions of the title track for yourself to see what I mean).

UPDATE: I sought out the original CD release by Warner Bros., and the background hiss and problems are all gone! So all fans of this album and Alan Price should BUY THE WARNER ARCHIVES CD RELEASE!!!!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The TRUTH never Changes
Have thought this was the best music since I saw O Lucky Man in 1973. Of all the songs 'Changes' make me roar with laughter and sing along since it is the answer to the question... Read more
Published 12 months ago by William Z. Morphis
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the greatest soundtracks
alan price was the organ player for the animals on their first two records but he wanted to step out on his own his solo material was very different than the blues the animals... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Arlen Rimmer
4.0 out of 5 stars very, very short ... but very, very good
First word of warning (if that's the right word to use for a CD with such good music): this CD is only 25 minutes long, and two minutes-plus of that total is a redundant version of... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome
This is the sound track to a very unique movie. It helps to see the movie to appreciate the unusual sound track, but is not necessary.
Published on September 7, 2012 by Bruce C. Williams Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars lucky to have this
This was alan prices most popular disc except his animals days stuff and it's well written and well structured throughout. Read more
Published on April 2, 2011 by Michael Dobey
5.0 out of 5 stars STAY LUCKY MAN!
Probs gotta check out this movie some day. I've heard of it, but have never been able to find it. Malcom Mcdowell flick. Read more
Published on June 15, 2010 by wally gator
5.0 out of 5 stars When I found the urgency to review ...
Calling himself an anarchist, acclaimed director Linzy Anderson made this trilogy of satirical films: 'If....', 'O Lucky Man!', & 'Britannia Hospital'. Read more
Published on September 25, 2009 by R. Yadav
3.0 out of 5 stars For serious 70s Brit-Rock Soundtrack collectors only!
If you are old enough to remember about this 'strange' movie... You're old enough to remember -and enjoy- Alan Price music. Read more
Published on July 17, 2009 by ARMANDO R. VENEGAS
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best soundtracks ever!
Words can't explain how much I love this album - but I'll try! ----

It's a timeless collection of music and poetry interwoven with one of the most unique and compelling... Read more
Published on January 24, 2009 by M. Frank
4.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable cd for fans of the film
These songs are classics really. I'm very glad I finally have them now on cd. Sell sell sell, poor people, and stand-out Lucky man. Read more
Published on January 14, 2009 by J. M. Timp
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