The Thomas Crown Affair: Original MGM Motion Picture Soundtrack [Enhanced CD] Enhanced, Soundtrack
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One of the tricks in utilizing a contemporary form like jazz in scoring a film is to avoid the idiom's passing fads and clichés, which have severely dated many lesser projects. Paris-born composer Michel Legrand was classically trained in Europe and worked as an arranger and film scorer there, but also had the good fortune to work with jazz greats such as John Coltrane and Miles Davis in America.
This background helped elevate his "symphonic jazz" score to director Norman Jewison's romantic caper The Thomas Crown Affair beyond the excesses of much late '60s "contemporary" film music--with the exception of Noel Harrison's Rod McKuenesque rendering "The Windmills of Your Mind." Harrison may have gotten the Oscar for it, but Dusty Springfield made the song a classic.
One minor fault: Ryko's generous interspersing of film dialogue between the cuts of its reissues occasionally distracts from Legrand's symphonic intent, but these cuts can easily be programmed out. --Jerry McCulley
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Michel Legrand's jazz-influenced "symphony" for this classic 1968 caper movie features the Academy Award winning, #1 single "Windmills of Your Mind" performed by Noel Harrison. The film stars Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway, and Michel Legrand's music received an Academy Award Nomination for Best Score. Legrand and Harrison were both interviewed for our liner notes. First Time on CD!
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UPDATE (January 7, 2016): I subsequently purchased the 2014 limited edition "The Thomas Crown Affair: Expanded Original MGM Motion Picture Soundtrack" from Screen Archives Entertainment for only $15. This new album is fantastic. I recommend you visit the SAE website if you are interested in this album. The CD pressing is limited to only 1,000 copies.
The music captures all that has been seen on the screen and can be replayed many, many times for utter enjoyment.
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Roger ( Falkner )
Legrand is a GENIUS. The score is a long-form theme and variation for jazz orchestra. Five stars is not enough.
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For me, this soundtrack helped make the original movie so incredibly entertaining. LeGrand helps to make Faye Dunaway even more beautiful and enhanced McQueen's unreachable detachment.
One of my all time favorite CD's
See the movie after you have listened to the music.