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O Lucky Man! Import, Soundtrack

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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.

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

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!

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 30, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: June 20, 1973
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Bros UK
  • Run Time: 178 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002KEW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,288 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Harris Fogel on 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 By David Kinney on 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Galina on March 19, 2007
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Erik Morton on May 22, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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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