Lalo Schifrin – Bullitt (180g LP)


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A high-speed car chase between a Dodge Charger and a Ford Mustang, with super-cop Bullitt at the wheel, who forces the hitman off the road and into a petrol station, which explodes and incinerates him. Prior to that, harsh clashes of metal, hubcaps flying all over the place, and the chief character Steve McQueen, who grimly changes gears and hurtles through the streets of San Francisco, wheels screaming and rubber burning. That was how Hollywood staged one of the longest and most dramatic car chases, long before the days of the Anti-Blocking-System and Anti-Slide-Control.

Very up-to-date and just as exciting as the screenplay is the music Lalo Schifrin wrote for the film, which embeds the characters, places and events in a musical context. For example, “Bullitt,” the metrically angular main theme portrays a mysterious, cool character who sums up a situation with keen alertness and then makes his attack with the speed of lightning.

Initially the music travels through easy-going Latin terrain. But gradually the rhythmic texture changes and takes a rougher path, with clicks, knocks and hammering. Legendary flute lines create a compensatory placidness with airy clouds floating above the sharp mix. A really special track is “Shifting Gears.” Here you can listen to Schifrin tuning the car, how he manipulates a jammed springy bossa to take on the sound of clean, smooth-running rock.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.

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Lalo Schifrin - Arranger & Conductor

John Audino & Bud Brisbois & Tony Terran - Trumpet & Flugelhorn

Milt Bernhart & Dick Noel & Lloyd Ulyate & Lew Mccreary - Trombone

Bud Shank & Ronnie Lang & Gene Cipriano & Bill Perkins & Jack Nimitz - Reeds

Mike Melvoin - Piano & Organ

Mike Deasy & Howard Roberts & Bob Bain - Guitar

Ray Brown - Bass

Carol Kaye & Max Bennett - Electric Bass

Stan Levey - Drums

Larry Bunker - Percussion

Unknown Strings

Robert Helfer - Orchestra Manager

Dick Hazard & George Del Barrio - Arranger

Side One:

  1. Bullitt (Main Title)
  2. Room "26"
  3. Hotel Daniels
  4. The Aftermath Of Love
  5. Music To Interrogate By
  6. On The Way To San Mateo

Side Two:

  1. Ice Pick Mike
  2. A Song For Cathy
  3. Shifting Gears
  4. Cantata For Combo
  5. The First Snowfall
  6. Bullitt (End Title)

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