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Summer of 42 Soundtrack


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Audio CD, Soundtrack, August 23, 2005
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First time on CD. Composed & Conduted by the legendary Legrand including his "Picasso Suite."

This nostalgic coming-into-manhood fantasy features a gorgeous Oscar(r)-winning score by Michel Legrand ("Yentl," "The Thomas Crown Affair").

Director Robert Mulligan (To Kill a Mockingbird) evokes the period with double-dip ice cream cones, paddleball, saddle shoes, packages of Fels Naptha and the mist of memory in which the hero's thoughts are enwrapped. Herman Raucher's screenplay is a discerning and appreciative translation of one boy's trip along a trajectory of psychological and sexual change.


1. Theme For Summer Of '42
2. Summer Song
3. The Bacchanal
4. Lonely Two
5. The Dancer
6. Montage: But Not Picasso - Full Awakening
7. High I.Q.
8. The Summer Knows (End Title Theme from Summer of '42) The Picasso Suite
9. The Entrance To Reality
10. La Guerre
11. Los Manos De Muerto
12. Awakening Awarness
13. And All The Time

Product Details

  • Performer: Michel Legrand
  • Audio CD (August 23, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Drg
  • ASIN: B000A0GP1I
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,032 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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You get to enjoy the movie and music which sounds better away from the CD.
picture goer
David, thanks for your review, I was looking for the theme for "The Picasso Summer" and your review pointed out that the "Summer of 42" cd included the theme music.
Louis Anthony
After listening to the CD the first time, it all came back to why this was a favorite!
Julie Pontow

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By picture goer on September 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Other than the theme and end tracks, the whole album is from Picasso Suite. I have never seen that film but I have seen the Summer of 42. It is a lovely film. The sumptuous photography, the sensitive acting performances from Herme and the beautiful Jennifer O`Neill. I still treasure the impressionistic image of her on the sheet music. And best of all is Michel Legrand`s masterpiece. If you want to enjoy this all-time romantic favourite, The Summer Knows, get the DVD. You get to enjoy the movie and music which sounds better away from the CD. And Legrand`s variations on the theme (no vocal version included) are priceless gems. You cannot anything better than the piano tinkling out the theme and the strings sweeping in. Peter Nero got a hit on his piano but it cannot surpass the soundtrack. I wonder who played the piano for the soundtrack. Good man. The theme music was played in the film on as source music coming from the turntable (I still have the record) while the boy and Miss Lovely Jennifer were dancing. He was comforting her because she had just lost her husband to the War. Very touching scene.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Julie Pontow on February 23, 2013
Format: Audio CD
!had the album in 1972 and loved it. Over the years it became to scratched to listen to. Have searched Goodwills, etc. in hopes of finding an album in better shape. After listening to the CD the first time, it all came back to why this was a favorite! Like certain smells, music can also bring back so many memories.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By David C. Tester on October 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
When this soundtrack first appeared in 1971, it was then, as it is now, misleadingly advertised as the soundtrack to only the film SUMMER OF '42. Unfortunately, for the lovers of the Michel Legrand pop standard "The Summer Knows" (the main theme of SUMMER OF '42), this tune comprises only two of the twelve bands on this CD. Fortunately, for those of us who admire Legrand's eclectic score for the film THE PICASSO SUMMER, the remaining ten selections (including the beautiful "Summer Me, Winter Me") are from this 1969 Albert Finney/Yvette Mimieux-starring cinematic search for the most important figure in 20th Century art. An unbalanced album? Perhaps, but I personally appreciate its distribution of weight.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Louis Anthony on January 14, 2011
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David, thanks for your review, I was looking for the theme for "The Picasso Summer" and your review pointed out that the "Summer of 42" cd included the theme music. It was under the title of "A Summer Song" on the cd but in reality, it is the theme music from "The Picasso Summer. Thanks - I bought the cd based on your review. I didn't like the movie at all - but Michel Legrand's score was superb. Thank You!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 105278sw on July 27, 2013
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Perfect summer listening. Everyone that hears remembers the movie. We just raised a glass to the Summer of '13 with the Summer Knows playing in the background.
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