This is the first time the complete score to The Conversation has been released on vinyl. The film itself was originally released in 1974 and a 7' demo of the theme was sent out as promotional material by Paramount (PAA-0305), but a USA stock edition was never issued. In Japan the same music was also issued on a 7' at about the same time (JET-2273), with a picture sleeve, but until now nothing else has ever been pressed on vinyl.
Jonny Trunk's little obsession with this music began after I'd caught the film, late night, sometime in the mid 1990s. Musically it's an exceptional example of the 'new minimalism' in film music of the period, marking a departure (for some) from big scores to smaller, more economic ensemble sounds.
The film was written, produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and is still a thrilling journey into sound, mind and murder.
Sonically this movie - all about sound - is groundbreaking in many ways, with actual 'sound Design' Provided By The Legendary Walter Murch - The Man Who Actually Invented The Term In The First Place.
For The Music, Coppola Wisely Chose A Young David Shire, His Brother In Law. Shire's Deceptively Simple Piano Theme (composed Because Of No Budget For Big Orchestra) Is One Of Tragic Beauty, Brilliantly Capturing Caul's Loneliness, His Slightly Disturbed Nature And This Trip Into Darkness. The Melody Has Both Sweet And Sour Tones, Feeling A Little Like A Slow Ragtime, Which Both Develops And Retreats Throughout The Film; There Are Even Trips Into Avant-garde Territory With Electro-acoustic Flourishes And Concrète. The Solo, Agitated Figure Of Caul, Wearing His Distinctive Transparent Mac, Is Made All The More Raw And Poignant By The Score - The Sparse And Curiously Emotional Compositions Are Unlike Any Others I Can Think Of From The Period.
The Soundtrack For The Conversation Proved To Be A Major Break For Shire, His Career Really Taking Off From This Musical Point. His Next Score Was To Be The Underground Classic Taking Of Pelham 123, Followed Up Later Ironically By All The Presidents Men - A Thriller About The Watergate Scandal.
- 1.Theme From The Conversation03:33
- 2.The End Of The Day01:37
- 3.No More Questions / Phoning The Director02:18
- 4.Blues For Harry (Combo)02:39
- 5.To The Office / The Elevator02:40
- 6.Whatever Was Arranged02:09
- 7.The Confessional02:21
- 1.Amy's Theme02:51
- 2.Dream Sequence02:35
- 3.Plumbing Problem02:54
- 4.Harry Carried02:47
- 5.The Girl In The Limo02:25
- 6.Finale And End Credits03:54
- 7.Theme From 'The Conversation' (Ensemble)02:31
- The Conversation - Soundtrack (Special Collection) - Full Album (1974)
- David Shire - Theme From 'The Conversation'
- David Shire - Whatever Was Arranged
- Theme From 'The Conversation'
- The End of the Day
- Dream Sequence
- Amy's Theme
- To The Office / The Elevator
- The Confessional
- The Girl In the Limo
- Finale and End Credits
- Theme From the Conversation (Ensemble)
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