Bonnie & Clyde
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Arthur Penn s 1967 film 'Bonnie & Clyde' signaled the dawn of a new era in Hollywood, and changed the gangster film genre forever with its amoral, even gleeful depiction of violence and frank attitude towards sex. It also boasted one of the decade s great soundtracks, as Charles Strouse s score slyly commented on the action alongside period pop songs. We were thus amazed to find out that the soundtrack album is out of print; when Warner Music licensed this one to us, we sort of felt like we were getting away with, um, armed robbery! This is the movie that introduced Flatt & Scruggs. Foggy Mountain Breakdown to the masses. Also includes plenty of dialogue from the film!
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This purports to be a soundtrack of Charles Strouse's period score, but it is actually full of sound-clips from the film. We get constant snippets of dialogue that have no value without the visual. The only uninterrupted music is the main title: "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" by Flatt & Scruggs. This is superb, in a country/blue grass vein. All the other tracks are sound effects and dialogue that segue into the composer's background score. The music sections are very short, which is probably why the CD is formatted this way, but I would gladly have a very short album than a truncated thing like this. Strouse has written some very winning music that has a hint of Americana in Copland mode, with occasional flavorings of banjos and trumpets. If I was Charles Strouse? I would sue the album producers. What in Heaven were they thinking?!
Thus, we have a lot of Warren and Faye, such as his embarrassed "lover boy" speech and her recitation of only a number of verses of doggerel that Bonnie Parker herself entitled "The Trail's End," a lengthy poem that after the bank robber's demise became known as "The Story of Bonnie and Clyde."
Fans of Arthur Penn's movie may find this assemblage interesting; those seeking only the music from BONNIE & CLYDE are almost certain to be disappointed.
[2:10] Foggy Mountain Breakdown
[3:52] Bonnie Meets Clyde (Sometimes I'm Happy)
[1:32] I Ain't Much of a Lover Boy
[3:46] I Ain't No Rich Man
[2:15] Buck and Blanche Meet Up with Bonnie and Clyde (Can't We Be Friends)
[2:13] The Law's Outside! (Lucky Day)
[2:41] Captain Hamer Spits at Bonnie
[2:16] Bonnie and Clyde (as sung by the Barrow Gang)
[4:51] Family Reunion
[3:17] Buck Falls
[3:21] (a) Bonnie Wounded / (b) The Okies
[2:11] Bonnie's Poem ("The Story of Bonnie and Clyde")
[4:09] The Ambush and End Title
TOTAL TIME: 38:34