An Avant-garde Symphony

The most quirky, off- beat soundtrack in film history. Jerry Goldsmith achieved everything with this score. It even has a simian personality, with all those high pitched animal-like sounds. Its tribal. Its loose and tight. It gets into the listener’s spine. Unsettling. If any soundtrack sums up the upside down, surreal 1960s it is Planet Of The Apes. A soundtrack worth experiencing under the influence of class A drugs. So influential was this album that even rock musicians borrowed elements from it (Pink Floyd’s “Time” from the “Dark Side of the Moon” LP in 1973). The keyboard and percussive rythmns are chaotic and startling.

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Poetry In Song

What a lush soundtrack Michel Legrand composed for the Thomas Crown Affair film of 1968. This must have been a big hit – all 2 minutes 20 seconds of it. Noel Harrison’s vocals are very unaffected and natural. He sings as if time is running out, and of course, it is. Its both eerie and sad in a wholesome (not morbid) way.  As someone once pointed out “this song will outlive us all.” Quite! Its already outlived Noel Harrison, Steve McQueen and a few others…

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